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Click to enlarge this map and discover why San Francisco is an important U.S. design destination. We’ve listed our favorite spots — if you visit or live in the Bay Area, what are yours?

worldofdesign designer imageVISUAL IDENTITY: The most recognized symbol of the city of San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. The famous landmark opened in 1937, after construction that lasted just four years. It is painted "international orange," a color that stands out dramatically against the blue water of the San Francisco Bay.

This suspension bridge spans 1.7 miles and is designed to withstand an 8.0 earthquake while packed in both directions with the weight of bumper-to-bumper traffic.


Join Kids Think Design as we travel the world to explore how good design is alive in many different communities. San Francisco, Calif., is the most densely populated city on the west coast, and is an important hub for both technological innovation and creativity.

Ever since the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, San Francisco has attracted people seeking their fortunes. Located on the Pacific Rim, the city blends both eastern and western cultures.

Click through this slideshow to explore what makes San Francisco special — including its natural beauty, its museums, its architectural landmarks and the diversity and resourcefulness of its people.

Related story: Discover design in New York City.


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