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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

This dystopian film was supposed to critique today’s tech. Instead, Silicon Valley loved it

‘Sight’ rocked the internet in 2012. Now its creators are back for a sequel.

I want you to close your eyes and try to remember 2012. You’re listening to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” when Google announces its augmented reality headset Google Glass. Later that year, a company called Oculus launches a weird Kickstarter campaign for a virtual reality headset—its first prototype is a scuba mask modified with a phone screen inside. Two years later, Facebook legitimizes Oculus by buying the company for $2 billion. Two years after that, by the time most of us have forgotten about Google’s flop, Microsoft launches a thing called the Hololens that does augmented reality, too. Then comes Magic Leap. Apple’s ARKit. Deepfakes. Hololens 2. And a superb, portable version of the Oculus Rift.

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This majestic new book collects seven decades of cat photography

Walter Chandoha started photographing cats in the 1940s. Taschen’s latest tome contains hundreds of his iconic pictures of felines of all stripes.

Walter Chandoha took perfect photos of cats for decades, beginning in 1942 and continuing until 2018, the last year of his life. The images he produced ranged from the saccharine cuteness of his famous 1955 photo of a kitten and his toothless daughter Paula smiling at the camera to blood-curdling photos of street cats in New Jersey, like those depicted his 1961 photo The Mob.

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Branding has a moral responsibility. Yes, really

Tish Evangelista, partner at the San Francisco agency Character, argues that branding can’t be superficial anymore. It has to promote products that “enhance lives and society as opposed to just adding more waste and clutter.”

Tish Evangelista is a creative director and founder at Character, a branding and design agency that has done work for Levi’s, Peet’s, Pottery Barn, and more. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women, a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry.

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A first look at the bold expansion of New York’s New Museum

The New Museum’s futuristic expansion has been designed by OMA / Shohei Shigematsu in collaboration with Cooper Robertson.

Come 2022, New York will have another futuristic tower — but this time it will not be another financial cathedral or $20-million condo building for Russian oligarchs. It’ll be the expansion of one of the best and most singular museums the city has to offer: The contemporary art-focused New Museum.

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Trump’s terrible new design for Air Force One is unpatriotic

The original design is in the MoMA. This new one looks like a budget carrier from the 1980s.

Donald Trump has unveiled a new design for Air Force One in a segment filmed with ABC News. He first teased the concept last July, insisting that it would be rendered in red, white, and blue, and look “more American” than the design in use today. Indeed, the images Trump shared with ABC News show a flat red, white, and blue paint job, with the American flag on the tail. Part of a $3.9 billion plan to revamp the presidential plane, the new look may arrive in 2024, pending approval from the House Armed Services Committee. One reporter described Trump’s vision as “patriotic.” Except one problem. It’s exactly the opposite.

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How to get the ultimate home office, according to 4 CEOs who work remotely

The CEOs of Basecamp, Flexjobs, InVision, and Dribbble share the ultimate work-life hacks. Tip No. 1: Make sure there’s a door—that locks.

If you commute to an office every day, working from home is the ultimate perk. But some companies have transitioned completely away from headquarters and have workforces that are entirely remote. Some workplace experts are even calling remote work the “new normal.”

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Firefox’s bold new branding is a glimpse into Mozilla’s grand plan

It’s the result of a years-long process that involved the public’s feedback on two potential design directions.

The logo of the popular browser Firefox is instantly recognizable: a little red fox encircling a blue orb. But for Mozilla, the internet freedom nonprofit that builds and runs the browser, Firefox is evolving to become a lot more than just a browser. That meant Firefox needed a new logo and a new branding system that could encompass all the services that Mozilla is starting to offer, including a password manager, file-sharing service, and a hack notification system.

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This elegant glass is just for drinking Japan’s unofficial national beverage

It makes consuming Calpis, the yogurt-y Coca-Cola alternative, downright elegant.

To people in the U.S., the prospect of a milky Coca-Cola may sound odd. But since 1919, Calpis–a sweet and acidic fermented yogurt drink–has been a mainstay in Japan. Bottled as a concentrate, it took off in prewar Japan, as it required no refrigeration to stay fresh and it was fortified with calcium.

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Inside the secret laboratory where Marriott is cooking up the hotel of the future

The hotel giant, which faces stiff competition from Hilton and Airbnb, uses the lab to get insights into the smallest details–from the shape of wall sconces to the location of electrical outlets.

As anyone who’s pulled off the interstate late at night knows, hotels like Marriott, Residence Inn, Sheraton, and Aloft are frequently neighbors, lined up side by side on the outskirts of town. It’s less usual to see them side by side in a basement in Bethesda, Maryland, though. Yet two stories below Marriott International’s sprawling headquarters, they do just that.

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