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Which parking sign is easier to understand? Nikki Sylianteng is trying to build a better parking sign at her website, To Park Or Not To Park. One of her redesign efforts can be seen at right. Courtesy Nikki Sylianteng hide caption

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A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

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Baroness Aino Bodisco (far right) looks on as Beatrice Lodge is fitted in a debutante dress by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in 1956. Nina Leen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty hide caption

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Oscar De La Renta Was About Making Women Look And Feel Their Best

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Edgar Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is on display at the National Gallery of Art until Jan. 11. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon/ Courtesy of the National Gallery hide caption

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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

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The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover

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The face in Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada's larger-than-life portrait is a composite of photos the artist took of young men from many racial backgrounds. Tami Heilemann/Department of the Interior hide caption

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On The National Mall, An American Portrait In Sand And Soil

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'Schiaparelli': The Shocking, Shadowed Life Of A Fashion Icon

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Fashion designer Natalie Chanin stands in front of in-progress garments at the Alabama Chanin Factory. Chanin and Billy Reid, internationally acclaimed designers, have teamed up to test the concept of organic, sustainable cotton farming and garment-making. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack

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The broadcast tower at Alexanderplatz looms over the city center. A crossing point of tourists, commuters, shoppers, lovers, artists and bums, Alexanderplatz was rebuilt by the communist authorities of former East Germany in the 1960s. Today, it's a popular gathering place in the reunified city. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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In Berlin, Remaking The City Can Rekindle Old Frictions

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The Man Who Casts The Metal For The Master Sculptors

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Elizabeth Gilbert shares a new perspective on traditional creative careers. Asa Mathat/TED hide caption

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

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Ken Robinson proposes a more creative system of education. Asa Mathat/TED hide caption

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How Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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Achy Feet Rejoice! Designers Are Showing Flats For Spring

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