Design

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‘Eventually it will just be a barcode, won’t it?’ Why Britain’s new stamps are causing outrage and upset
Royal Mail’s stamps are finally entering the digital world, with printed codes that can be used to track letters or linked to videos. Collectors, traditionalists and royalists are not amused

Simon Usborne

04, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Simone Lia: First time for everything – cartoon
From a first hop to a first fall…

Simone Lia

03, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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June design news: edible sticky tape and celebrating Virgil Abloh
Tackling disintegrating sandwiches, the best new design shop, and a retrospective of a seminal art collective

Alice Fisher

29, Jun, 2022 @10:15 AM

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Architect Nigel Coates: ‘I like spaces that made you wonder. I was trying to softly seduce people’
The architect says his struggles as a gay man armed him with a courage to break all the rules

Rowan Moore

26, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Simone Lia: Natural solutions – cartoon
Natural remedies for a variety of issues…

Simone Lia

26, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Where to run wild: UK playgrounds and skateparks to visit
From the first play street to a ‘junk playground’, there are many spaces old and new that offer kids the chance to let off steam

Krish Nathaniel

26, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Royal Mail marks 50 years of UK Pride with colourful set of stamps
March in London on 1 July 1972 was first with the name ‘Gay Pride’, inspired by events in US

Jamie Grierson

23, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘An embassy of optimism’: the legendary Africa Centre rises again
Its club nights were epic – and now the sorely missed venue has reopened, injecting a whole continent’s worth of zing into a once drab London building. We take a tour

Oliver Wainwright

22, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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The Faber/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2022 – enter now!
The annual award for aspiring cartoonists offers the chance to be published in the Observer and win £1,000, with past winners going on to land film and book deals

Rachel Cooke

19, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Simone Lia: Sea change – cartoon
I’ve got some good news…

Simone Lia

19, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘None of this was a given’: 50 years of Title IX and fighting for equality in US education
In 1972, a civil rights law was introduced to prohibit sex discrimination in US schools and colleges but a new exhibition shows that the work continues

Julianne McShane

13, Jun, 2022 @6:11 AM

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Toast of the town: a home in Oxfordshire
French finds and classic designs mingle gracefully in this lovely family house

Scarlett Conlon

05, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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