talking shop

Having crafted a stable of acclaimed fitouts for clients including Aesop and Crumpler, Melbourne studio Russell & George is well-placed to discuss the changing face of retail. Directors Byron George and Ryan Russell talk to Gillian Serisier about their design process.

Australians reportedly spent $13.5 billion in online sales in the last year. How can design, and specifically your work, facilitate this evolution for bricks and mortar retail?

Ryan Russell The physical store is becoming an elaborate advertising platform for brands, as well as a connecting device to the online platform. Store design must address both environments, be it a

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Talk show 60 Minutes

In July, 1951, Dial married Clara Mae Murrow, and they had five children: Thornton, Jr. (Little Buck), Richard, Dan, Mattie, and Patricia, who was born with cerebral palsy. The family lived in a brick bungalow that Dial built amid the shanties of Bessemer s Pipe Shop neighborhood, not far from the Pullman-Standard railcar factory where he worked as a machinist. Shortly after Patricia died, in the spring of 1987, Arnett appeared. Dial took it as a godsend.

One of the first pieces that Arnett bought from Dial was a tall sculpture of a turkey, for two hundred dollars, «I said,

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Talk to Your Mac More!

Discover the power of speech by converting your voice to words

Everybody has heard of Siri, Apple’s powerful voice system for iOS that can be used to control apps, answer questions, tell jokes, and dictate messages, emails, and notes. Fewer Mac fans know that you can also perform dictation in OS X. It’s an incredibly useful feature to become familiar with. Although you can’t control a Mac using your voice like Siri, you can dictate emails, messages, and documents using the built-in Dictation feature. Many people overlook Dictation because it’s not switched on by default, and it doesn’t talk back

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Tales of Chinas Tridens

Britain played an important; but largely forgotten, role in the modernization of the Chinese civil aviation fleet in the 1960s and 1970s, after the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) put a toe in the water and purchased six Viscounts in 1963 and 1964. Its involvement with the Trident came about after Pakistan International Airlines’ decision to sell its four Trident 1Es in 1970 to China United Airlines, the civil transport division of the People’s Liberation Army, within four years of acquiring them.

The aircraft were successful, and CAAC quickly followed up in August 1971 with orders to Hawker Siddeley

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Tales from the road

Strum Face

We all love the odd bout of air guitar but, as Adi Vines discovered to his horror, it’s all about perspective

Festival season is almost upon us again and a certain type of guitarist will no doubt be looking forward to the Oulu Music Video Festival in Finland, as this is the home of the Air Guitar World Championships. Justin ‘Nordic Thunder’ Howard will surely be looking to defend his 2012 title against stiff competition from around the world and everyone, both competitors and audience, can all bask in the competition’s utopian philosophy that ‘wars would end and

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Taking the Strain in the Middle East

THE RAF’S Hercules fleet is seeing a major surge in the tempo of its operations in the Middle East to support simultaneous British Army combat deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. It comes at a time when almost half the RAF’s C-130K fleet is undergoing urgent modifications.

As a result, the RAF’s C-130J fleet, operated by 24 and 30 Squadrons, is being heavily tasked during the current rotation of army brigades, totalling more than 20,000 troops, into Afghanistan and Iraq. C-130Js are used to shuttle troops to and from Basra so that RAF Tristars and chartered airliners can land at Al

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Taking flight

A travel-inspired hotelin Atlanta continues a new chapter for Le Meridien

The past few years have been monumental for Le Meridien. which began life in 1972 as an extension of Air France before becoming a member of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family 33 years later. Since then, a series of Le Meridien’s European outposts and one in Philadelphia have opened that showcase the brand’s $3 billion transformation (another $1 billion is in the pipeline) and its evolving aesthetic informed by culture, cuisine, and the arts. Now a renovation of a historic Atlanta property is following suit.

Formally known as

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Taking centre court

They talk to Oliver Atwell.

EVERYONE likes a celebration. That’s particularly true when you’re faced with the borderline apocalyptic bleakness that is often characteristic of our British summers. Royal marriages and Olympic gold medals aside, nothing gets those plastic Union Jacks waving like a good old-fashioned tennis tournament. Back in July, Wimbledon was once more upon us and the cries of jubilation and anguished gnashing of teeth filled the air around south-west London. This year the sun decided to take residence in our skies throughout the entire tournament, turning Murray Mound into a sea of bare skin and sunglasses. Yet

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Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?

On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar and grill, drove with her two young sons and her boyfriend, Ron Henderson, on U.S. 59 toward Linden, Henderson’s home town, near the Texas-Louisiana border. They made the trip every April, at the first signs of spring, to walk the local wild flower trails and spend time with Henderson’s father. This year, they’d decided to buy a used car in

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Sony’s updated RX100 gets a boost in pixel size.

When we first tried out the Cyber-shot RX100, Sony’s first compact camera with a 1-inch sensor, we were amazed at the depth of field and sensitivity afforded by its relatively larger image. With the new RX100 II, Sony manages to get even more light out of the same real estate by switching to a back-side illuminated architecture (see Inside Tech at right).

While the new 20MP CMOS sensor should pull in more light than its predecessor, Sony also added a few other ancillary bells and whistles to this update. Built-in Wi-Fi

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