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WIRED Magazine has just released their September cover story — an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. For the issue, I worked closely with creative director Billy Sorrentino to create the custom “glitched” version of the WIRED cover logo, and a set of glitch graphic elements which are used throughout the lead feature (you can see them running along the spine). 

The tablet edition of the issue is available now, and will hit the newsstands next week.

Masters of the Sand

For more jaw-dropping sand sculpting, follow @sandyfeet. To see more photos and videos of creativity in the sand at all skill-levels, browse the #sandart hashtag.

“Sand artistry takes a long-handled shovel, a soft touch and skin that can stand up to the sun,” says Lucinda Wierenga (@sandyfeet). She would know: The Texas Instagrammer has spent the past 30 years making sandcastles for a living.

Lucinda is part of a community of artists who participate in master-level sand sculpting competitions. They travel to beaches across the United States—and sometimes, around the world—for multiday building events. Recently, Lucinda spent six weeks in Kuwait where she and 70 peers collaborated on a massive installation.

“A sand sculpture’s temporary nature is a large part of its charm,” she says, “and only world-class jerks kick down other people’s sandcastles.”

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain are lighting up at once as they process sound, take it apart to understand elements like melody and rhythm, and then put it all back together into unified musical experience. And our brains do all this work in the split second between when we first hear the music and when our foot starts to tap along. 

From the TED-Ed lesson How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Animation by Sharon Colman Graham

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