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The Week That Was: “Childhood Is Cannibals And Psychotic Vomiting In Your Mouth!”

We say good-bye to Maurice Sendak, revisit a great speech by Dieter Rams, and take HR lessons from the Red Baron. It’s Co.Design’s top stories of the week.

The Week That Was: “Childhood Is Cannibals And Psychotic Vomiting In Your Mouth!”

Remembering The Creative Legacy Of Maurice Sendak, In His Own Words. “People say, ‘Oh, Mr. Sendak. I wish I were in touch with my childhood self, like you!’ As if it were all quaint and succulent, like Peter Pan. Childhood is cannibals and psychotic vomiting in your mouth! I say, ‘You are in touch, lady–you’re mean to your kids, you treat your husband like shit, you lie, you’re selfish … That is your childhood self!'”–Maurice Sendak.

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Infographic: North Carolina’s Gay Marriage Ban Seems Downright Predictable. The U.K. Guardian‘s excellent infographic shows wild variation in gay rights between states. Yet more proof that Obama’s gay marriage announcement was utter baloney.

Dieter Rams On Good Design As A Key Business Advantage. “Striving for good design is of social importance, as it means, amongst other things, absolutely avoiding waste.”–Dieter Rams.

How Lousy Cockpit Design Crashed An Airbus, Killing 228 People. That settles it. We’re never flying again. NEVER.

What The Red Baron Can Teach You About Hiring Creative Talent. “The Red Baron was an unconventional officer. He didn’t ask pilots to repaint their planes. He didn’t expect them to fly as he did.”–Sense Worldwide’s Brian Millar.

Bing Unveils Redesign, Aimed At Cracking Social-Network Searching. Move over, Google?

The Real-Life Instagram Camera Is So Crazy That It Just Might Work. “What the Socialmatic lacks in sensibility is more than made up for in Urban Outfitters semi-ironic stocking stuffer chic.”

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Explore The Galaxy Using The Actual “Minority Report” Interface. “I couldn’t make much sense of the charts and graphs that were in [NASA’s report], so I made the first visualization to answer some questions for myself: What do 1,300 planets look like? How do these planets compare to Earth and the other planets in our solar system?”–Jer Thorp, who codesigned the UI with John Underkoffler.

It Exists! MIT Creates Tech For Moving Files Across Devices With A Swipe. We follow up on last week’s post about a clever UI Idea for dragging files from your phone to your computer.

A Crowdsourced Chair, Built Using Data From Thousands Of Butts. That’s the kind of chair we can get behind. Zing-a-ling!

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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