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Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
Lately I've been paying more attention to how people use public space here in New York City, particularly in unsanctioned ways. I will experiment here with documenting and posting the things I see in this area. Unused space is a rare commodity in Manhattan, and individuals will always capitalize on
The traditional way of learning to carve was via an apprenticeship. Some kid who thought, or whose parents thought, that he had some talent for sculpture would be apprenticed at age 14 to a master carver. Ideally, seven years later the kid would be able to carve well enough and
Most of the luggage redesigns you'll see these days are hi-tech: Tracking devices, built-in scales, charging stations. But few seem to be focused on the low-tech ways the user interacts with luggage when loading and unloading it. This RueBel concept, designed by a man who travels frequently—Spencer Selhl is a
Not all wire is created equal. The Mesh Chair is an exercise in efficiency: The wire mesh is dense in areas that support the body and open where it doesn't. In this way, comfort is maximized without increasing weight. The diagonal lines that are crucial for structure and support are made thick
McDonald's is in the early stages of major, digitally-lead initiatives and the Design and Innovation team is at the center of these aggressive changes for the business. The team actively designs, develops, and supports the implementation of important and highly visible initiatives that deliver customer-centric benefits and business growth. This role will enable better customer experiences at McDonald’s restaurants worldwide through the design of customer service interactions.
When you think of spacesuits, you probably picture the Michelin-man-style bulky numbers that astronauts wear on spacewalks. But both Boeing and now SpaceX have designed slimmer spacesuits meant to be worn inside of spacecraft. These don't have the ballistic protection (required for meteorite particles) that spacewalk-capable suits possess, but they
If you're making something for yourself and casting it in resin, you can probably live with the inevitable air bubbles that appear in the object. But if you're an industrial designer prototyping something a client's going to see, bubbles are a no-no. That's why professional prototypers like Eric Strebel use
Earlier today, HAY design launched their exclusive Kitchen Market at the MoMA Design Store SoHo. We were overwhelmed and excited by the 250—yes, 250—piece collection designed by Mette Hay with items selected by Danish chef and restaurateur, Frederik Bille Brahe. The collection merges classic kitchen necessities with modern design, throwing
Yeah, so this is nuts: Valencia-based designer Fernando Abellanas wanted to "seek refuge from the city within the city itself," and picked the underside of a bridge—far above the ground—as a site for a studio. By welding up a steel frame with rollers resting on the bridge's crossbeams, he can
At Design Miami, we had the opportunity to sit down with Alessi's President Alessio Alessi and his son Giovanni Alessi Anghini, an industrial designer. Traveling with their family, they were on the last stop of a U.S. trip to celebrate the opening of a new retail space for Alessi in the Miami Design District. Giovanni is one of four children and the first of the fourth generation to start working for the family business.
Compâs makes composting at home easy! Composting in big cities (with few gardens or big spaces for it) is not very popular, making the garbage disposal cycle in Argentina overloaded and inefficient. This compost bin is designed for urban households. It is a vermicompost (worms are included!) where no direct
The internet is awash in self-shot eclipse footage, most of it pretty sucky. If you missed the live event itself, leave it up to the pros--NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NASA--to give you the best views. First off, here's what the eclipse looked like from space, time-lapsed into
Job Description Home Team Sports (HTS) is looking for a Creative Designer to join its team in New York. The Creative Designer will execute the creative direction and implementation of large-scale creative projects, as set by the VP and Manager of the Creative Partnerships team. He/She will
Light plays an important role in the design of many hardware products. Often, they are both decorative and functional. Indicator lights are the most minimal user interface: They tell you whether the device is turned on, low on battery, or "thinking" really hard. On modern electronics, the light's source is
As someone who learned to use CAD before Illustrator, I've always hated the pen tool. My first CAD jockey jobs required perfect tangency and precision, not these touchy-feely "handles" that provided weird parabolic arcs. Maybe I'd have learned to use the tool better if "The Bezier Game" had existed
Flat surfaces with carefully planned cuts—with a single motion their purpose is revealed. I graduated from a unique joint program for Computer Science at The Hebrew University and Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy. My project is a result of my studies, combined scientific research with aesthetics and leaves an opening
At this summer's 99U conference, Pentagram partner and designer Natasha Jen gave a presentation with an eye-catching title: "Design Thinking is Bullshit." This was actually the second time she'd given the talk--back in May Jen tweeted "Finally let it out of my system" after presenting it at HOWlive in Chicago--but
New Balance has a 100 year history of enduring performance and is still running strong today. Part of what makes New Balance so unique is our commitment to making products that not only provide performance but also superior fit and comfort. The same attention that is placed on our athletic shoes and apparel is also placed on our associates. We seek talented individuals that fit into our team-oriented atmosphere.
Marking a revolution in the industry, the ease of installation, friendly shape, and lack of wires makes this a portable, affordable solution that opens up a new market of possible users and applications. Arlo cameras don’t rely on proximity to a wired power source and are easily ported to different locations, making them the first truly modular and renter-friendly solution. With no unsightly power cords, Arlo is unobtrusive and perfect for use in any home, office, or commercial space.
Multi-bit drivers used to suck but have been greatly refined in recent years. Case in point—Klein's HVAC 8-in-1 Hex Head Slide Driver. To look at it you would think it's a nut driver, which for some reason has a knurled sleeve behind the head. But why? The sleeve is a
By now you've probably seen this image, which was created by Funny or Die: While there's nothing funny about what happened at Charlottesville, more than a few pointed out the levity within the act of white supremacists presumably purchasing their torches at a Party City retail outpost. Tiki Brand,
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For those of us who are beginner or even intermediate level woodworkers, making a delicate box with a perfect finish is hard enough. Imagine that you get all of that done, and then the real work starts. If you've ever been to Korea, you may have seen some of these lacquered boxes inlaid with what looks like pearl or shells:
Cardboard Helicopter Product Design has created an enclosure and base for a medical power pack. The pack has an exoskeleton made of stainless steel and injection molded plastic cover. Indicator and led screen to read out battery life and timer.
This stylish power tool improves the user experience and product semantics for non-professional users. The drill is designed by Yu-Chung Chang for Electrolux in Birmingham City University.
Artist Mike Mitchell actually created this back in May, but it's suddenly more relevant now that our President has waffled on whether to denounce neo-Nazis and white supremacists. "Here's a high res copy which I'm allowing for personal use (signs, shirts, buttons)," Mitchell writes. "Spread it far and wide."
I learned to drive on a five-speed Datsun 280ZX that had 195/70 R14 tires. Yes, 14-inch wheels sporting tires with high sidewalls. This was normal in the '80s, but nowadays the rage is to have beefier rims with low-profile tires, a trend that I suspect was advanced by car renderings. Every automotive renderer seems to draw rims that threaten to bottom out inside the wheel wells, with only the faintest sliver of black to indicate there's any rubber on them.
Science News, a biweekly magazine and website, is seeking a hard-working and talented assistant art director for a full-time, on-site position. Science News is published by Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Society’s mission is to engage the public in
This is one of my dogs, Betsy, right before she starts furiously digging. She does it every time I take her to the beach and I joke that she's trying to get back to Japan, where her breed, the Shiba Inu, originates from. But assuming Betsy tunneled straight down from
First semester students at the University of Arts, Braunschweig create a parametrically designed and digitally produced chess board during their 'Digital Crafting' classes.
Of all the silly web games out there, this one is actually fun for Pantone-familiar designers. iGame's Eye Test presents a grid of colors, giving you 15 seconds to click the one tile that's off by a few shades. Click it and it presents a new grid with new colors. This starts off pretty simple…
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