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Steal This Idea: GOOD Design L.A.

When the worlds of creativity and problem-solving intersect, you sometimes get beautifully practical results. That’s why we asked eight creative...

When the worlds of creativity and problem-solving intersect, you sometimes get beautifully practical results. That’s why we asked eight creative teams to present solutions to eight city problems—from how we move across the city to finding out where our food comes from—proposed by a group of Los Angeles urban leaders. The goal is two-fold: to show creatives as large-scale problem solvers that should be tapped by local government, and to demonstrate that some of the best civic ideas can come from outside City Hall.

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GOOD Design Daily: How a NASA Designer Explains Space

Dan Goods, a designer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, helps explain the vastness and complexity of space to an eager audience.


Most scientific institutions try to educate the public in two ways: in overwritten jargon that no one understands, or with poorly-crafted visuals that no one understands. Not so at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the NASA outpost in Pasadena, California, that handles the Mars Rover missions, among others. According to this excellent article by Holly Willis at AIGA's Voice, JPL is making a connection with science enthusiasts thanks to Dan Goods, a graphic designer by training who uses data visualizations and large scale installations to help explain ungraspable facts and figures to the general public.

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