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The makeshift sidewalk lounge I wrote about earlier, sited on Baxter Street, is apparently experiencing growth in its numbers of patrons. The unseen people who populate this lounge--I've yet to catch them in the act, as I only pass this way in the morning--have amassed more furniture, including two rolling
It must be awesome to be wealthy. So a Porsche enthusiast named Scott Blattner owns a Porsche 964. (That's what Porsche called the 911 Carreras made from 1989 to 1994, which had styling revisions.) Blattner's model was made in 1990, but he approached Singer Vehicle Design, an aftermarket company that
This week, safety watchdog W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) released their 45th annual list of nominees for the 10 Worst Toys of 2017, highlighting "potentially hazardous toys [that] should not be in the hands of children." Here's what they want parents to watch out for during this gift-buying season.
Here's a video that Boston Dynamics released yesterday showing off their Atlas robot doing a series of jumping tricks: Again I say, why don't we just get it over with and teach the goddamned things martial arts.
This week Tesla pulled the sheets off of the Semi truck they've been working on, and it's a beaut': We were curious to see what the company would do in terms of design, given that the electric powerplant obviates the need to follow a typical semi's form factor. Tesla has
The product designer will be responsible for the design and development of new products within our many licensed toy and consumer electronic brands as well as researching and defining new product opportunities. Knowledge and understanding of current technology, fashion, & lifestyle trends is essential to this position. From initial concepts to sketch models, prototypes, packaging, engineering, colors, graphics and materials, the individual will work collaboratively within a cross-functional team
Remember this adaptable bed frame by Detroit-based company Floyd? Well, after two years of waiting, the team has just unveiled a striking table to complement it: Not only is the table pleasant to look at, but it's also made with natural materials, including real birch wood and an all-natural linoleum
Now that technology has freed us from the lightbulb fixture, designers are continuing to exploit the new form factors made possible by LEDs. Power Practical's Luminoodle Task design is not only powerful, but portable, lightweight and flexible, which opens up a whole new world of lighting possibilities: I'm digging
Situated at an intersection of two streets that each have a slight grade, this restaurant has angled sidewalks on both its south and east faces. The restaurant owner had custom benches made to compensate for the grades on each side. But every morning when they open, the guy who pulls
Jeff Edwards was thrilled when his Golden State Warriors won the NBA title this past summer. But the Fox Racing executive seems almost as excited by something seemingly more mundane—a new polyester fabric. That's important to Edwards since, in his role as global director of hard goods for the
Last week's WGSN Futures conference, an event founded by the trend research agency, focused on the future of retail, branding and marketing in a time now dubbed the "Retail Apocalypse." With thousands of brick and mortar stores shutting down last year, it's clear traditional retail needs a bit of rebranding
ArtCenter College of Design, a world-renowned school of art and design located in Pasadena, California, seeks an experienced academic leader to serve as their next Provost. Reporting to the President and working in close collaboration with academic leadership, the Provost will have a unique platform to further shape the future of 21st century art and design education with incredibly talented students and faculty, many of whom are notable artists and designers from around the world.
This creation here is a marvel of ultra-functional design. Belgium-based furniture maker Timothy Wilmot faced a problem many of us do, which is needing a product that doesn't exist. In his case, he sought a mobile shop fixture "designed to assist woodworkers all along the construction of a piece
What are some unusual tools in history? If you ask woodworkers, the conversation invariably turns to the carriage trade. Wooden carriages had to be light, strong, weather resistant, and most important, full of complex frames, moldings and curves. Nothing is square. Over the centuries a myriad of highly specialized carriage-makers
Kickstarter has been all about inventive products and the stories behind them since day one. By now, we all know the basics of how the crowdfunding platform works—designer thinks of groundbreaking idea but needs funding, designer creates Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funding, designer either earns enough funding or
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.
Spotted in Chinatown, placed out on the curb as garbage. Some chef or butcher definitely got his or her money's worth out of this butcher block.
As industrial designers our mental database of objects should be immense, and we can often use one object to describe another. After all, how many shapes and form factors are there, really? Or as Italian film company Tanello Production points out, "In nature all is apparently different but essentially the
Here's the latest video from industrial designer Eric Strebel, who walks you through a process that will prove helpful when you need to pump out a lot of something: This video is about designing for low-volume manufacturing, using vacuum forming and laser cutting. It shows how I approach designing and
I recently received this as a gift. It's a package of poop bags, which I go through a lot of as I have two dogs. The package appears to contain two layers of nine rolls. But when you open it up… …you see this inside. This cardboard spacer serves no
We're looking for a UI Designer capable of developing high-fidelity, visually appealing prototypes. Experience with design systems is a must. The UI Designer will work on the entire range of TED initiatives (TEDx, TED-Ed, TED Fellows, and the TED Prize), as well as TED.com and other online properties. The UI Designer will also work on a myriad of internal applications that support our organization.
The no-compromise, aerodynamic design of the Fuji Transonic is the culmination of Anvil’s years of experience in designing aerodynamic and performance carbon fiber bicycles with Advanced Sports International. The Transonic design uses sharp-surface transitions to accentuate dramatic highlights and shadows across the frame. Crisp edges on the front and rear triangles of the bike create a negative space that emphasizes both speed and motion. Additionally the front and rear brakes are integrated in
Remember Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot from last year? To refresh your memory, it was a sort of dog-giraffe hybrid with a lobster claw for a head. Well, now they've upgraded the thing, and just yesterday they released this teaser video of the New SpotMini, racking up 1.2 million hits:
There are nearly 30,000 people who want to brush their teeth without using their hands. We know this because earlier this year, 26,832 Kickstarter backers pledged €3,198,516 (USD $3.75 million) to bring the Amabrush, an "automatic toothbrush," to life. Yes, our resident illustrator of imagined contraptions, Steven M. Johnson, came
I was surprised to learn that Festool's parent company, Tooltechnic Systems (a/k/a TTS), purchased SawStop earlier this year. On the one hand both brands are focused on worker safety: Festool was a pioneer of both dust collection and the guiderails that make kickback from circular saws virtually impossible, and SawStop's
The Graphic Designer supports all marketing efforts through the design of forward thinking, creative graphic elements that maintains the Philadelphia 76ers as a world-class brand across both traditional and interactive mediums. The mediums include brand campaign assets, ticket sales material, print, OOH, in-arena signage, direct mail, digital content, logos, etc. The Graphic Designer must be a team player who can balance creativity and tight deadlines in our fast-paced environment.
Here's a great, free resource for you furniture designers or architects looking for different ways to join materials together. A book called "Cassell's Carpentry and Joinery," first written and illustrated in 1854, painstakingly details all of the joinery techniques--many of them forgotten--that builders used for centuries to create our furniture
The yearly SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show is when custom builders, resto-mod officialdom, gear heads and car nuts of all kinds decent on Las Vegas in a rowdy clash of screeching tires and burning rubber—that isn't a hyperbole. Out front of the show is a low G skid pad
The Pontiac GTO, like the Chevrolet Chevelle, was a classic American muscle car that debuted in 1964. Initially the GTO was merely a performance package for Pontiac's Tempest, but became an actual separate model in 1966. The GTO's design was tweaked every single year of the decade it was
I've never had to harvest pecans, but presumably the designers of this Multi Headed Nut Wizard have. Here's the brilliant object they came up with, which "will pick up through light to medium leaves and will hold up to 40 lbs of pecans when full." Be sure to stick around
Our Editorial Internship offers a wealth of experience in editorial research, metric tracking, copywriting and editing (not to mention hanging with us in our Soho office!). We're looking for a passionate individual who's ready to embrace their inner design nerd, has a way with words and is itching to attend and cover design events in the New York City area.
There are certain classic toy designs that simply oughtn't be messed with. Here's a case where a manufacturer did not heed this rule, perhaps realized that they screwed up after they'd already gone into production, and perhaps was very careful in how they presented their creation in photographs. The object
Here's a great example of a product design that probably sounded great on paper, but clearly sucks to use in the real world. We present to you the Ion Bottleless Water Cooler: 1. The Initial Design Problem Office water coolers require the end user to lift that heavy jug of
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