The Sm;)e Book

What began as Harvey Ball’s submission for a graphic design job in 1963, which tasked him with increasing morale at the State Mutual Life Assurance Company, the smiley face has grown into one of the most recognizable cultural symbols. Its iconographic status extends beyond art, design, music, fashion and into areas of influence like emoji and plastic bags. Now authors DB Burkeman and Rich Browd aim …

Thank You Bag

With a design reminiscent of the classic smiley face carryout bag, Baggu’s Thank You tote differs from the now-banned plastic version in that it can be used over and over again. Composed of 100% ripstop nylon (of which 40% is sourced from pre-consumer waste), the bag holds up to 50 pounds and can be folded up flat inside a five-inch pouch. Perfect for lugging groceries, …

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Unearthed treasures in Pompeii, ICA's environmentally friendly future, the rise of plant-based eggs and more

Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles Will Shift to Solar Energy With the aid of funding from Kickstarter Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (once the Santa Monica Museum of Art, before its move downtown) intends to rely entirely on solar energy. ICA hopes “to raise $25,000 to install 206 solar panels and six inverters across the museum’s 12,000 square feet of rooftop …