Tracing the Influence of Early Black Designers

In a new exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, titled African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, the influence of black designers is traced, from 1900 to 1980. Jackie Ormes’ highly sought-after Patty-Jo Doll, based on her cartoon character, is on display. As is work—for Coca Cola and more—from the country’s first African American-owned advertising agency, helmed by Emmett McBain and Thomas J Burrell. “It’s …

“Hot Wheels” 50th Anniversary Book from Assouline

An exciting visual exploration of the beloved toy brand's past, present and future

Chris Down, SVP of Hot Wheels, says it best: “Everybody has a Hot Wheels story.” More than six billion miniature cars have been produced in the brand’s 50-year history. And not only children have adored them, adults covet the products—from iconic race-car driver Mario Andretti to entrepreneur Elon Musk, who went so far as to put a Hot Wheels version of a Tesla Roadster on …

Bristly Lets Dogs Brush Their Own Teeth

This toy entertains your pooch while also improving their oral hygiene

Pinning your dog down to brush his or her teeth isn’t fun for anybody—between their painstaking reluctancy and your own guilt—but ignoring their oral health isn’t possible. Dental bones and other chews can help, but they don’t often get into those hard-to-reach places. Fortunately, a Kickstarter launched recently with a solution to the double-fault dilemma: a toy that’s dedicated to cleaning a dog’s teeth and …