Posts by Emma Taggart

April 21, 2019

Oxford’s Free Online Lectures Teach You How to Think Clearly During Arguments

Have you ever struggled to articulate yourself during an argument? It can be hard to get your point across during heated moments, which often leads to even more frustration and unresolved issues. But arguments aren’t always bad—they can actually be healthy if they’re dealt with in the right way. If you want to learn how, check out Critical Reasoning For Beginners: a series of free, online lectures led by Oxford University’s philosophy professor Marianne Talbot.

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April 18, 2019

The Fabergé Egg: How Imperial Russia’s Most Elaborate Easter Gift Came to Be

You’ve probably heard of Fabergé eggs—opulent, egg-shaped ornaments decked with gemstones and precious metals—but did you know about their history with Imperial Russia? These highly collectible objects were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. The first was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who decided to give his wife—the Empress Maria Feodorovna—an extra special Easter egg in 1885.

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April 17, 2019

These Giant Rorschach Paint Blots Are Actually Colored Pencil Drawings

At first glance, the work of Cj Hendry looks like colorful blobs of oil paint. However, they’re actually colored pencil drawings. The talented artist has been drawing lustrous blobs of paint for years, but her latest series—aptly titled Rorschach—adds a psychological layer to her work. The colorful series is based on inkblot tests (also known as the Rorschach test).

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April 16, 2019

Helvetica Typeface Gets an Update for the First Time in 35 Years

The Helvetica typeface is one of the most popular in the world. From street signs to billboard advertisements, it’s everywhere you look (even if you might not realize it). It was first designed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger, with the help of Eduard Hoffmann. Its streamlined, versatile letterforms led it to become the international, typographic voice of Mid-Century Modernism.

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