Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in the Catalan city by the beach

2019 Webby Award Winners Include Fortnite, LEGO, Hulu + More

From Factcheck.org’s victory to Disney’s 32 trophies, the Webby Awards once again honored the best of the internet. This year saw many unexpected (Deadpool The Musical 2) nods even more household names—including The Lego Foundation, NASA and Google Creative Lab. Categories ranged from shopping (where Hublot and Wayfair collected the awards) to best launch (for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Carnegie Deli Pop-Up by Tool) and …

Plants Are Nice Zine

$5

By artist/designer/musician Mikie Poland, Plants Are Nice is an ode to flora and growth. Across 22 pages, readers will find drawings of plants, various doodles and sketches, notes and more. Ultimately, it’s a sweet zine about “appreciating plant time.”

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Stories from around the web that we think you should read

John Cameron Mitchell’s Podcast Musical

With Anthem: Homunculus, director John Cameron Mitchell and co-writer Bryan Weller have crafted a six-hour, 10-episode, 31-song original musical podcast. Mitchell, who reinvented the rock opera with 2001’s groundbreaking stage play-turned-film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, tapped immense talent for the production—including Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard and Laurie Anderson. Read more about Anthem: Homunculus, (which debuts on the podcast platform Luminary today) at the New …

24 Covers for the Washington Post’s Climate Change Issue

For 21 April’s issue of the Washington Post Magazine, their staff took a look back at the past year’s most important climate change-related stories and republished them with well-designed, poignant covers. Counting 24 in total, the full collection of covers and cover stories can be scrolled through online. Even though an entirely new issue full of current stories was possible, the Post felt that “the …

Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible

Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those museums should take a tip from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art whose open-source software—a tool that can be added to any website—”seamlessly integrates image descriptions …

Brilliantly Playful Artist Websites

While many artists opt for minimal, straightforward websites (with a CV, About and Exhibition/Work pages), several artists are creating trippy online delights. Chaotic animations, ’90s era internet motifs, beautiful shapes, splashes, glitter, drips, illusions and various thoughtful and playful approaches to their web presence is more and more common in the art world. Artsy has listed some of their favorites—from Marisa Olson to Petra Cortright …

Adiff Makes Impactful Garments from Remnants of Crisis

We speak with Angela Luna about creating opportunities from disaster

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Parachute Coat

$550

Made from lightweight nylon, Proenza Schouler’s parachute coat is two garments in one. Thanks to a zip, the bottom third can be removed, making a shorter cropped jacket. Bright, adjustable hiking-style cords at the waist can be adjusted to create a looser or tighter fit, while adding a little color to the otherwise all-black coat. With silver hardware and elastic drawstrings at the cuffs, hem …

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Trash Tee

$25

EVERYBODY.WORLD’s Trash Tee is made from first-of-its-kind 100% recycled cotton. That means discarded and wasted fibers from yarn factories in the US are collected and reworked into new yarn. Then it’s knitted, cut, sewn and dyed in Los Angeles by employees who are earning fair wages. The Trash Tee comes in three shapes (Classic, Boxy or Tailored) and seven colorways. Each cut is available from …

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Rhomb Jacket

$650

Plenty of raincoats trap heat while keeping the elements out, but Veilance’s new Rhomb jacket is impossibly lightweight and highly breathable, so it’s perfect for humid, summer rains. It also looks a lot like leather, making it a great city accessory. Made from a single layer of black Gore-Tex, the hood features elastic sides for a snug and secure fit (even on windy days) as …

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Hemp Grow Kit

$50

Limited to 200, this hemp set by Back To The Roots includes everything you need to pot, plant and grow your own hemp—though it shouldn’t be used commercially or industrially. The kit features a handy informational booklet, organic and non-GMO seeds, as well as soil and five pots. Since the passing of the USA’s farm bill, industrial hemp cultivation is legal and fruitful—and this at-home …

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Say Yes Dog: Lies

Trio Say Yes Dog (aka Aaron Ahrends, Pascal Karier and Paul Rundel) recently released an upbeat and satisfying electro-pop tune in “Lies.” The second single from their upcoming album VOYAGE, it’s synth-laden with an unwavering groove—making for a delightfully buoyant bop. The video depicts a man in a parachute tracksuit and headphones, dancing at the back of a concert crowd. Unsurprisingly, his unabashed and gleeful …

Florence + the Machine: Jenny of Oldstones

In a moment of quiet amidst the ever-changing character landscape of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, squire Podrick Payne begins to sing. Florence + The Machine recorded a version of this track, “Jenny Of Oldstones,” with lyrics by George RR Martin, Ramin Djawadi and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) produced the haunting track. It’s the second …

Robert Zhao Renhui’s “A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World”

Surprising and oftentimes heartbreaking, a catalog of species permanently altered by human existence

Singaporean photographer Robert Zhao Renhui‘s A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World (published by The Institute of Critical Zoologists) documents the species of plants and animals that have been most impacted by human existence. Renhui studies our own species through our relationships with others. Sometimes we’re the protagonist and a noble hero, but most often we’re reprehensible; permanently rearranging the world around us. …

Atelier & Repairs and Candiani Denim’s Sustainable Collaboration

Luxury denim that employs eco-friendly materials and processes

Tycho: Easy

The multi-talented Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) has just released the first track from his upcoming fifth album—his first since 2016’s Epoch. The dreamy song, called “Easy,” is filled with pulsing and groovy bass lines, airy synths, and hazy vocals by Saint Sinner. Hansen says of the tune, “‘Easy’ is about coming to terms with my past and defining a clear vision moving forward. It’s a …

Four Tet: Teenage Birdsong

Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) has just released a new track and it’s a sweet, flute-and-synth-led tune called “Teenage Birdsong.” Minimal to begin with, the song becomes more and more layered, shimmery and beguiling. While it’s meditative and ambient, the song’s flawless production makes it deeply engaging. Hebden announced on Twitter that he’s been working on new music, but it’s not clear if this song …

Earth Day: Apps + Organizations That Help Us Do Better

Six opportunities to make it easier to reduce, reuse or recycle

Listen Up

From dark and enthralling to sweet and dreamy, some of favorite new music this week

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web

Animals on the Underground

Animals on the Underground identifies the hidden animal pictograms in the London Tube map. The Tube map is already an information design icon -turns out it’s cute and fun as well.

Philips 759

The new Philips 759 and 755 mobile phones have touch screens and software that allow you to draw on or edit the pictures you snap with the embedded VGA (640×480 pixels) camera. They are both tri-band GSM phones and are reported to be launching in the 3rd quarter of this year. press release

New Hologram Tech

Hitachi (Japan) announced that it has developed a holographic-like display called the Transpost, which allows 360 degree viewing of an object rendered in light without wearing any special glasses. The whole set up is about 6 feet tall and is reportedly being developed for use in shop displays and games. Transpost uses a combination of mirrors and light to create the image.