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Sberbank Technopark in Russia by Zaha Hadid Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects

Algorithms are designing better buildings

Algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct buildings and even change them over time to meet user needs.
Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign logo inspired scholars to study the role of typeface in political communication. Getty/Sebastian Willnow/DDP/AFP

Typefaces have personality – and can be political

Everything is political. And that includes typefaces, write two scholars who found that people see one group of typeface styles as liberal, another group of styles as conservative.
There’s a creeping conformity taking place on the web. Mint Images via Getty Images

Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar

Design bloggers have long had creeping suspicion of a more monolithic web, so a team of researchers decided to analyze the aesthetics of nearly 10,000 websites.
Two illustrators for the CDC created an iconic image that would become ingrained in the minds of millions. Alissa Eckert, Dan Higgins/CDC

Visualizing the virus

Far from alarmist, images of the coronavirus seem to communicate patience and trust in science – both of which will be needed in the coming weeks and months.
This aquarium at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne helps reframe hospitals as exciting hubs of activity with things to do and friends to meet. Shannon McGrath/Advanced Aquarium Technologiess

Aquariums, meerkats and gaming screens: how hospital design supports children, young people and their families

The design of children’s hospitals and other health facilities for young people have come a long way from the institutions of the past. Now, they’re a place to reduce stress and support mental health.
You would recognise their designs: bright, bold, colours; clothing filled with fun. Step into Paradise gives us a glance at the women, as well as the fashion. Hugh Stewart/Powerhouse Musuem

Step into Paradise review: from koala jumpers to the Sydney Olympics, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson defined Australian fashion

With bright colours and a celebration of Australiana, designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson came to define Australian fashion. A new exhibition traces their nearly 50 years of creation.

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