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An example of the very first Olympic flag, known as the Antwerp flag. Marc Tielemans / Alamy

Why designing an Olympic logo is so difficult

A logo must artfully evoke the spirit of the Olympics as well as represent the host nation and it’s not an easy feat.
The golden ratio, which has been a key tenet of modernist design, may have origins in Africa. tatadonets via Getty Images

The African roots of Swiss design

Long thought to have originated in Ancient Greece, the golden ratio that forms the basis of the Swiss design style may have first emerged in Africa.
By encouraging random encounters and free-flowing conversation, coffee shops are engines of innovation. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images

Why being stuck at home – and unable to hang out in cafes and bars – drains our creativity

By missing out on chance encounters and observations that jolt 'a-ha' moments, new ideas, big and small, go undiscovered.

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