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  1. An Introduction to Product Design
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    An Introduction to Product Design

    Last night I went to a corner liquor store to buy some toothpaste. While the beer and candy aisles of the store were heavily trafficked, the back “household goods” section was not. And...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  2. Product Developments
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    Product Developments

    We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned crystal balls.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  3. Books You Should Read
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    Books You Should Read

    The Champ Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999. Phaidon Press, 2006 This quintessential collection of 999 product designs in three thigh-numbing volumes explores product design from the late 16...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  4. Words You Should Know
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    Words You Should Know

    Charrette: An intense period of design activity in which a group collaborates to work out a solution to a specific design problem. It’s like a workshop, but sounds either more important or...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  5. 101 Product Design
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    101 Product Design

    We’re surrounded by legions of products, most of them unremittingly lousy. What separates the good from the bad from the ugly? Take out your well-designed pencils for Product Design 101.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.11.09

  6. 101 Home Cooking
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    101 Home Cooking

    How did such a simple act become so complex? Dwell analyzes how to cut, cook, and enjoy your food - and the plate it;s served on.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  7. Yummy Interiors
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    Yummy Interiors

    These designers believe that dining out definitely shouldn’t make you feel like you’re staying in.

    written by: Ken Scrudato
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  8. A Square Meal
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    A Square Meal

    So many recipes leave so much to chance, and that is why I love the waffle iron.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  9. Fond of You
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    Fond of You

    The love of my life can prepare entire meals using only a sharp knife and a cast-iron pan. It’s a useful skill, but if you want to know the truth, I find his attitude a little annoying.

    written by: Deborah Baldwin
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  10. Iron Chef
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    Iron Chef

    The entire town of Solomonville, Arizona, heard their bickering, even through the thick walls of their adobe house, and they say that when my great-grandfather left my great-grandmother and lit out...

    written by: Susan Guerrero
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  11. Coffee Talk
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    Coffee Talk

    I love coffee. It’s coffee shops I have a problem with. Whenever someone suggests we “grab coffee and catch up,” I instinctively shudder and suggest instead a nice cocktail or...

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  12. Dining In, Dining Out
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    Dining In, Dining Out

    Once while dining at a minimal-chic German restaurant in San Francisco, my date marveled at the elegant simplicity of the mid-century-modern salt and pepper shakers on our table.

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  13. Never Dull
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    Never Dull

    When someone gets fired from a French kitchen, the chef de cuisine says simply, “Take your knives.” To a chef, the knife is like an extra appendage, and its dismissal cuts deeper than...

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  14. 101 Architects
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    101 Architects

    From plans to personalites: Everything you need to know about working with an architect (well, almost).

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    05.27.09

  15. To Be or Not to Be... Licensed
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    To Be or Not to Be... Licensed

    In the United States, it’s illegal to call yourself an architect unless you have been licensed by a state—a process requiring a degree in architecture, years of apprenticeship, and a...

    written by: Hope Reeves
    05.27.09

  16. Five Questions About Working With Architects
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    Five Questions About Working With Architects

    The idea of building or renovating your home can be daunting. Design schemes flood your brain as you stare at an empty lot or cramped kitchen. How can you best translate those visions into reality?...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    05.27.09

  17. The Architectural Insider
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    The Architectural Insider

    The old joke “Enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?” isn’t a joke to architects, it’s part of their profession. Dwell asked one design...

    written by: Donlyn Lyndon
    05.27.09

  18. The Architectural Outsider
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    The Architectural Outsider

    The architectural profession is shrouded in mystery. What goes on in those offices is as foreign to most people as what goes into making Spam. So Dwell asked an inquisitive non-architect for his...

    written by: Robert Sullivan
    05.27.09

  19. 101 Travel
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    101 Travel

    From trains to planes, see how travel is inextricably linked to design. Plus is Philippe Starck coming to a Motel 6 near you?

    written by: Sam Grawe
    05.27.09

  20. The Bilbao Effect
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    The Bilbao Effect

    In the last 15 years, many a postindustrial city has redefined itself as a design center. Glasgow after its year as European City ...

    written by: Jane Szita
    05.26.09

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