Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Redesigning the Pride Flag, searching space, making the marijuana industry non-profit and more

1. A Pride Flag Incorporating LGBTQ+ People of Color First unfurled at a Pride Month launch celebration in Philadelphia, a new rainbow flag aims to recognize the POC members of the LGBTQ+ community. Part of the “More Color More Pride” campaign, the flag calls to attention—and embraces—the diversity within the already marginalized queer world. A testament to intersectionality, the pride flag’s value lies in its …

A/D/O Design Academy’s “Utopia vs Dystopia”

Celebrating creative, scientific and inspiring makers and thinkers at the impressive new Greenpoint space

We were quick to visit A/D/O‘s recently renovated Greenpoint space when it was unveiled, but our return this past weekend offered an opportunity to see it in action as the design community center it was always imagined to be. Attendees were eager to learn and be inspired by each other and the panelists who took part in the inaugural Design Academy—a forward-looking and workshop oriented …

Test Drive: 2017 MINI Countryman

Bigger and brawnier than its predecessor, this car is as pragmatic as it is fun

by Michael Frank The new 2017 Countryman is a half-foot bigger than its predecessor (making it the largest-ever MINI) but it’s still only VW Golf-sized. The headline appeal is that at the starting price of $26,950 for the front-wheel-drive Cooper, you get a small, stylish city car that’s easy to street park, but capacious enough to handle bulk grocery shopping trips, weekends away and more. …

100+ Years of British Car-Making at the MINI Oxford Plant

We interview three employees whose families have a long history with the carmaker

by Michael Frank In an age when automakers are suddenly front and center in potential trade wars, it’s important to take a step back and realize that these companies—regardless of where they manufacture—employ human beings. The impacts of trade disputes will affect the bottom lines of companies, and those impacts will most hurt the people who’ve given their lives to the carmakers. This isn’t just …

London Design Festival 2016: “Forest” Installations

MINI's small escapes in the middle of the bustling city

In bustling London, there aren’t many places to hide away peacefully, but thanks to a collaboration between Asif Khan and MINI there are now three. The MINI LIVING Forests are located in Shoreditch, as part of London Design Festival, and provide an escape for people looking for a little timeout. Each temporary pavilion has been created (and named) for a specific purpose—Connect, Create and Relax—and …