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Maria Popova

Creator and Author, "Brain Pickings"

Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings (, which is included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials. She has also written for The New York TimesWired UK, and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Fellow. She is on Twitter @brainpicker.

A few weeks ago, we looked at how designers were revolutionizing sight for the vision-impaired. Today, we focus on another kind of sensory disability — can design make deaf people […]
Today, we’re doing something a bit different. Instead of focusing on a specific design-for-good product or idea, let’s focus on why it’s important to talk about these products and ideas […]
Over the past couple of years, marine sustainability has risen to the top of the environmental movement's concerns. But in a supply/demand market economy, our seafood choices as consumers have a significant impact on the issue. So how can design help consumers make smarter, more sustainable seafood choices?
How designers are revolutionizing product packaging, one of consumerism's most toxic and wasteful byproducts, by using smart engineering and innovative materials to dramatically lighten its carbon footprint.
A team of the print world's brightest innovators set out to write, photograph, illustrate, design, edit, and ship a magazine in just two days.
How designers are revolutionizing corrective eyewear with low-cost, durable, beautifully designed glasses for the developing world, where lack of access to vision healthcare presents an obstacle to anything from basic safety to education