The 2014 Design Issue 

How form, function and creative inspiration can help elevate Richmond.

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If everything happens for a reason, then every thing happens because of design. From the bacterial culture that turns milk into yogurt, to the dueling Super Bowl commercials that sell it, to the way you pry that plastic film off the package, to the shape of the spoon that scoops it out, to the DNA molecule that affects how you taste it. When you stop to consider how you make your way through the world, and the way it lives around you, design is at the core — intentionally and subconsciously.

In our first Design Issue, we peer into some creative minds, places, artists and businesses, exploring some of the ways Richmond's design can be seen through fashion, architecture, advertising, industry, communication arts and video games — and even a spiral slide that takes workers at one local company zipping from one floor to the next. No one's figured out how to slide back up. But someday, some designer probably will. -- Jason Roop

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Character Building
Seven of Richmond's most amazingly designed spaces and places.

Industrial Strength
The creative minds behind our everyday experiences are fueling a new kind of design sector in Richmond.

Cross-Pollination
Exploring the art of blurring boundaries in Richmond's design scene.

Forging it Forward
Susie Ganch leads the charge for ethical jewelry by turning the old into the new.

Gaming the System
The indie minds behind Richmond's community of video-game developers.

Stitched Together
From classic menswear to perfectly bedazzled pasties, a diverse community of designers speaks out on what makes Richmond's fabric unique.

Buy Lines
Designers at Richmond advertising agencies talk trends, philosophies — and getting back to simplicity.

Post It
We asked four Richmond designers to create stamps representing Richmond. Here's what came back in the mail.

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