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If you noticed things are a little different around here lately, you’re right—after nearly a year of work we’re extremely excited to announce that Colossal finally has a new look! The design represents the most dramatic facelift in our 7-year history and our first true redesign in over 4 years. The design brings our underlying technology and infrastructure up to speed, making things a bit more accessible on mobile devices, improving access to our massive archive of over 5,000 articles, and introducing a few subtle new features. We have a handful of tweaks left here and there, but otherwise we’re thrilled with the result and hope you enjoy it, too.

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Istanbul-based paper artist Tayfun Tinmaz left a career in modeling to begin producing paper art designs, a practice of geometric-inspired works he collects under the name Paperpan. To produce each piece he first individually folds several dozen colorful triangles. Next, he fits these discrete parts together like a puzzle, forming tropical birds such as parrots, toucans, cockatoos, and more. You can see more of his three-dimensional paper designs on Instagram, and view the Paperpan webshop on Etsy. (via Lustik)

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Can algorithms become textiles? Can local making spur global sustainability? Do smart fabrics make for intelligently designed businesses? Questions like these inspired Lidewij Edelkoort, international trend forecaster and The New School’s dean of Hybrid Studies, to establish the MFA in Textiles, a groundbreaking master’s program at Parsons School of Design — part of The New School in New York City.

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