Who Wore It Best: Taylor Swift Magazine Covers Compared

Tom Scocca · 11/13/14 11:55AM

Everyone wants Taylor Swift on their magazine cover this week. Everyone needs Taylor Swift on their magazine cover this week. But whose Taylor Swift magazine cover best gets at the essence of the Taylor Swift phenomenon? Who wins the Taylor Swift cover sweepstakes and two tickets to Subway (sponsored by Diet Coke and iHeart Radio)?

Warning: Twitter Moved the Tweet Box

Tom Scocca · 11/05/14 01:55PM

Uh-oh. What is happening? Twitter moved the tweet box, is what's happening. Out of the sidebar, where you might have had to stop and think for a decisecond. Up near the search box, where you're more likely to broadcast your search results. Right at the top of the column, where the new-tweets-are-here alert used to be. Where are the new tweets? You are the new tweets. Don't think. This design is optimized for not-thinking. Because Twitter was too careful and considered before. This will go well.

Cord Jefferson · 11/21/13 05:55PM

Vancouver has updated its building code to ban doorknobs, even in private homes. All new buildings will instead be outfitted with levers, which are easier for the elderly and disabled to maneuver. Some people are mad about the decision. "Door knobs are lovely. They're the jewelry of the door," said an antique shop owner.

Laurel Touby's $30,000 Sofa Is No Big Deal to Rich, Rich Laurel Touby

Hamilton Nolan · 11/15/12 10:05AM

Longtime Gawker readers may recall a bygone era in which Laurel Touby, founder of media job board-etc. site Mediabistro, was a regular Gawker "character," famous for her feather boas and inability to use email properly. After she sold Mediabistro for $23 million in 2007, she became more famous for being a Can You Believe The Lady Who Started Mediabistro Is Now Super Rich, What The Fuck Is This World Coming To? Well. Years have passed. Now you must hear all about Laurel Touby's multimillion-dollar apartment.

Dutch Architects Behind Accidental 9/11 Tribute Love Pretension, Not Al Qaeda

Seth Abramovitch · 12/11/11 11:08PM

MVRDV, the Rotterdam-based architectural firm that caused an uproar last week when they unveiled plans for a building that reminded a lot of people of 9/11, would like it very much if you would stop calling their offices and threatening their lives, please. Well, not you per se — because you presumably do not breathe exclusively through your mouth and have a "United We Stand" tattoo etched across your torso — but whoever has been leaving those kinds of messages, kindly stop.

Now Even the Stock Photo Ladies Are Ditching Herman Cain

Jim Newell · 12/02/11 06:15PM

The Herman Cain campaign spent all night designing its pretty new "Women for Cain" page, complete with a banner logo featuring four cheery ladies giving the thumbs-up, and how does the liberal media show its gratitude? By making fun of the banner logo all day, since those four cheery ladies were not actually "Women for Cain" so much as they were stock photo models. And now the Cain campaign has pulled the stock photo from the logo, which now simply reads "Women [lots of blank space] Cain." EVERYONE HAPPY NOW?

Jihad Against White Coca-Cola Cans Succeeds

Maureen O'Connor · 12/01/11 12:30PM

Our long national nightmare of coke cans looking different than usual has ended: Coca Cola has announced that it will scrap this year's white holiday-designed cans, and return to "time-honored red" next week. Why? "Sacrilege."

Designers Are Furious at the Freeloading Huffington Post

Ryan Tate · 08/15/11 05:32PM

Professional designers have finally had it with the Huffington Post always asking for free shit all the time. You're a publicly traded company now, HuffPo. You can design your own damned logo for politics coverage.

Tattoos for Nerds

Ryan Tate · 07/13/11 04:47PM

If you're getting a tattoo of a mouse pointer, robot or digital watch, it should probably be temporary, like the ones sold by Brooklyn startup Tattly. Digital devices are all about volatile memory and "undo" options, after all.

Take a Tour of America's First Gay Hotel Chain

Remy Stern · 07/10/11 10:01PM

There are gay bars, gay nightclubs, and even gay cruises, so why not gay hotels? Such was the thinking of Brian Gorman, who recently opened the Miami branch of the first (openly) gay hotel chain. Called Lords, the new outpost is a renovated 1930s deco house done up by the New York-based design studio BHDM in bright yellows and aquamarines, midcentury-modern-inspired furniture, and patches of glitz and glam.

Check Out Mark Zuckerberg's Fancy Stationery

Maureen O'Connor · 06/10/11 01:10PM

Check out Mark Zuckerberg's fancy new stationery, featuring embossed paper that reads "FROM THE DESK OF MARK ZUCKERBERG, FOUNDER & CEO OF FACEBOOK." Ben Barry, a graphic designer who works at Facebook, explains its purpose:

Typography Insight Makes Learning Fonts Gorgeous and Easy

Sam Biddle · 05/23/11 08:40PM

lot of people can get through life without having to stray far from 12 point Times New Roman. Maybe 13 if they're cheating on a paper. But typography is fascinating—and this app's great for pros and novices.

Guy Paints Sistine Chapel in Every Single Room of His House

Remy Stern · 05/14/11 02:41PM

Most people who wait out the long, slow-moving line into the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican leave with an overwhelming feeling of inferiority, slumped over at the feet of the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Not this guy! Nope, a U.K. man named Robert Burns has this to say: "One day I saw some photos of the Vatican in Rome and thought, 'I could do that.' I never looked back."

The Oscar Envelope Gets a Makeover

Remy Stern · 02/24/11 12:32AM

For the past 70 years, the names of Academy Award winners have been sealed in unremarkable little envelopes presenters have no qualms tearing open and leaving aside like some discarded fruit rind. Now, the homely Oscar envelope is getting a makeover.