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Photo of the day: Pen Pocket

All men carry pens, right? But putting a pen in your pants pocket can be a bit of a pain — it rolls around with your keys, sticks out to one side, the cap tears at the pocket lining. Sitting next to my friend Nik Agharkar at a dinner party, I noticed him reach inside [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Negative Floors

Some buildings label their 1st floor as 1, others as L for lobby or G for ground floor. I’ve even seen it as 0 in European cities where the “1st floor” denotes the first floor above ground level — what Americans consider to be the 2nd floor. But never have I ever seen this: Negative [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Follow this line

I walked into the Barnes & Noble on 18th Street and Fifth Ave the other day, and found something curious. Lines of colored tape along the floor. As I approached a sales guy for help finding something, I overheard him talking to the gentleman before me: “Just follow the yellow line to the end and [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Brand Transparency

Headed back home from Heathrow Airport after a lovely vacation, I stopped at the Pret A Manger for a quick pre-flight bite. When I got to the cash register, I noticed this awesome sticker — concise, honest, and, best of all, empathetic. VAT NIGHTMARE We’re legally required to add on VAT when you eat in. [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Visualizing Genres

Hotel alarm clocks are usually a big pain in the butt. Hampton Inn aims to fix all that — and takes simplicity to inconceivable levels. They go so far past easy to use and intuitive that they come back around to obscure and pointless. They visualize musical genres. Columns for Classical Stream for Soft Rock [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: The corner of W 13th St and W 4th St

For anyone who’s ever been to Manhattan, or perhaps even heard of Manhattan, chances are you know that our roads are based on a grid — Streets are east-west and are numbered, Avenues are north-south and are numbered or named. 62nd Street and 2nd Avenue 106th Street and Park Avenue 1st Street and 1st Avenue [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Back in 30 minutes

Time has always bothered me; I don’t really believe in it. It’s a human invention, a representation of reality. Now the passage of time, that’s something I can believe in. You can feel it. You can measure it. But it’s always, ALWAYS, relative to something else. Like when you’re in the train station waiting for [Keep Reading…]