From Apple to California Raisins: 7 Brands’ Forays Into Fashion

As we discussed yesterday, nothing starts out perfect when it comes to product design — even if you’re Apple. One interesting recent move for the company was its hiring of Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, who, as Haydn Shaughnessy at Forbes suggested, might have less to do with the development of the iWatch than with Apple’s potential desire to expand into clothing. If Shaughnessy turns out to be correct, it won’t be the first time Apple branches out into fashion. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got to see the first official photo from the new season of Arrested Development thanks to a tweet from Conan O’Brien. We listened to Tig Notaro discuss her difficult high school years. We took a look at some of the most memorable storm scenes in… Read More

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This Is How McDonald’s Makes Its Fries

Even though we don’t eat a ton of fast food, like most people, we have a pretty strong attachment to McDonald’s french fries. They’re salty, crispy, and totally irresistible. A new video created by McDonald’s Canada that we spotted on Gizmodo give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the fries get made, from the farm to the factory to the fryer to yet another fryer. Watching this educational little clip, it’s easy to forget that in the end, these bizarrely indestructible deep fried delights are likely to outlive us all. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we found out who is the most stalkable on Facebook. We examined a few amazing, transparent animals. We spotted some crazy tattoos of politicians’ faces. We watched a video remix from Eclectic Method, inspired by the work of Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. We got a few pop… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we stayed far away from the 10 hottest places in the States. We met a human bowling ball. We had a zen moment watching Andy Warhol eat a hamburger. We listened to Ira Glass’ tips about the secrets of creative success. We were mesmerized… Read More

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The Shocking Original Logos of 10 Major Companies

Regular Flavorwire readers know that we’re completely obsessed with logo design — from the fascinating back stories on how companies’ logos were dreamed up, to what they would say if they were really telling the truth. Now thanks to a post over on StockLogos, we’ve gotten an interesting glimpse at the original (and much less recognizable) logos of some of the world’s biggest companies, juxtaposed with the visuals that we associate these brands with today. From an Apple logo featuring a drawing of Isaac Newton perched under an apple tree to a McDonald’s logo with nary a golden arch in sight, click through for a slideshow of some the most surprising makeovers that we discovered. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Transcendental Youth, The Mountain Goats’ 15th studio LP, is due out on October 2nd! According to the John Hodgman-penned press release, it’s “full of songs about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won’t stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them.” Also just announced: the details on Grizzly Bear’s fourth album Shields,… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got in touch with our Olympic spirit thanks to a new app that lets us pass the torch. We observed a day in the world with the help of this poignant photo series. We survived America’s worst dressed people. We heard the mic… Read More

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The Most Beautiful Fast Food Restaurants in the World

The last thing we want to do is perpetuate a fast food nation, but there is something fascinating in finding beauty in the grotesque. In this case, it’s unexpectedly interesting architecture housing the antithesis of the greatest Portlandia skit to date. A contradiction in every sense of the word, we’re not celebrating the evil All-American meal and the global health epidemic it’s played a large hand in creating, but only commenting on the power of design should franchised McArchitecture ever be abandoned entirely as a marketing strategy. Case in point: we might actually consider eating at a beautiful McDonald’s.

Call us aesthetic snobs, but subpar standardization permeates this food culture from top to bottom. We can’t help but wonder, what if it didn’t? The fast food of the past 60 years might have looked a lot more like Ferran Adrià’s latest Fast Good in Barcelona.

From a charming adaptive re-use of a Beaux-Arts train station to a lo-fi pop-up to design blog-worthy modernist buildings, click through to check out what fast food architecture could be. Now we just need to get them to revamp the food. … Read More

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