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Noted: Teaching Your Child How to Draw

For mother and blogger Jean Van’t Hul, ambivalence towards how-to books sparks a lively debate about cultivating young artistic talent.

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Noted: The Secret Symbols of Travelers and Thieves

When living a life on the outskirts of society, pictorial languages protect and inform the unseen and overlooked.

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Crewel in America: The Legacy of Erica Wilson

The passing of a needlecraft legend is honored by those who pull their thread in new directions.

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Noted: Remembering the Recipe Card

For many, the most treasured family heirlooms aren’t made of glass or precious metal — they’re stored in a wooden box, written on a 3×5 index card.

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Noted: The Rise of Art Theft

With the recent rise in crime against our cultural artifacts, new task forces have developed to make sure the Mona Lisa stays just where she is.

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In Defense of the Keyboard

Our current fascination with smartphones and iPads threatens to destroy a vital touchstone to communication.

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Noted: Fake Fir, Real Problems

An artificial Christmas tree may seem like the eco-friendly option for your holiday festivities, but an expert wants you to consider the real deal.

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Noted: The Sketchbook of Susan Kare

The lone artist behind’s Apple’s powerful user interface proves that there’s more to a painter than her canvas.

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The Challenge of Designing Non-Latin Typefaces

While the printing press revolutionized one half of the world, it left another struggling to adapt.

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Noted: The Crystal Bridges Museum

A small Arkansas town is now home to the most controversial institution in the art scene today.

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The Museum of Arts and Design: Crafting Modernism

A new exhibition reveals how post-war era artists and craftsmen made the leap to mass production without compromising their artistic expression.

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Noted: Growing an Art CSA

A novel take on sustainable farming could serve as the basis for a new form of patronage that promotes and supports local artists.

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Noted: The Entrepreneurial Generation

Whether you call them Generation Y, Echo boomers, or Millennials, the upcoming workforce looks nothing like youth movements of yore.

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The World’s Biggest Treasure Hunt

With over 4 million players worldwide, geocaching is the greatest game you might’ve never heard of — and everyone is invited to join.

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Noted: When Video Games Were Innovative

The release of Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare has some old-school gamers pining for the days of Commodore blips and Atari glitches.

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Design for the Money-Conscious Mind

In a time when credit cards are the norm, our relationship with money has become abstract. Reconnect with your cash, thanks to some ingenious wallets.

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Noted: The Incredible Stages of the Bregenz Festival

Along the picturesque bank of the Rhine lies the most unbelievable and exquisite set design you’ve ever seen.

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The Trouble With Animating Tintin

This old-school cartoon gets a high-tech, motion capture makeover — and not everyone is too happy about it.

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Noted: The Unseen Tours of London

Gain a whole new perspective on urban life from someone who knows what it’s like to be homeless in England’s bustling capital.

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Noted: Hire Your Own Eco-Concierge

Tired of separating paper and plastic? Wish you could find a vegan hair salon? Help is but a phone call away — if you can afford it.

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Noted: The Past and Future of Punctuation

Despite the popularity of emoticons and LOL-speak, digital communication’s persistent ambiguity calls out for a renaissance in punctuation.

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