Congratulations to the USWNT! Yesterday, for the first time since 1999, the U.S. National Women's Team brought the World Cup back to U.S. soil. Among the many thrilling moments in the game was Carli Lloyd's incredible 16th-minute goal from midfield, where she cleverly lofted the ball—from some fifty yards out--to
Happy Fourth of July! As we salute our fine nation, most of us will partake in at least a couple of the activities that define this summer holiday: a little bit of BBQ, maybe a day trip to the beach, and probably, whether on a screen or live, we'll watch
Many of you took an interest in the Beats teardown post from earlier this week, and we learned a lot about metal being added to a variety of product designs (thanks commenters!). However, a few sharp-eyed readers contacted us with disturbing allegations: Those weren't actual Beats headphones at all, they
Prototype Engineer Avery Louie tore down a pair of Beats headphones to see what makes them tick (or thump) and what he found inside is pretty sad. Amidst "generic drivers" and the cost-reducing tricks of the trade many of you ID'ers are familiar with—designing plastic parts that snap together rather
When we saw this photo, we thought we missed something in our History of Braun Products series. This minimalist turntable certainly looks like their handiwork: But nope, that's the Essential II model from modern-day manufacturer Pro-Ject Audio Systems, a company based in Austria. That design seems about as pared-down as
With any luck, you'll never see a police badge up close. And even if one is flashed in your face, afterwards as you're sitting on the curb wearing zip-ties you probably won't be thinking "Gee, I wonder how those badges are made." But for those who are curious, a Brooklyn-based
After graduating design school and finding work as a CAD jockey, I donated all of my studio materials to a young design student who needed them. Berol Prismacolors, Koh-i-Noor Rapidographs, circle and ellipse templates, French curves, you name it. I never missed any of that stuff, except one object I
At 16 years of age, Colin Furze dropped out of school and became a plumber. But he was always tinkering and creating inventions on the side. By his mid-20s YouTube had come along, and Furze—who is capable of creating spectacular contraptions despite not even having a high school diploma, let
A children's indoor playground in the Netherlands is about to cut the ribbon on a massive kinetic attraction. The man behind it is Jelle Bakker, a/k/a the Marble Master, who has created a "Marble Tsunami" marble run that handles 11,000 of the orbs at once. Bakker has autism—"There's a long
Stuff comes in boxes, and we throw away or recycle most of those boxes. But every once in a while you buy something—fancy chocolates, an expensive bottle of booze, an Apple product—that comes in a box so nice that you can't let it go. Boxes of that sort are created
Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their mom is an artist. In an age where our mobile devices allow us to constantly document our lives and celebrities now design full clothing lines, ideas regarding field specialization and the boundaries of creative territory is quickly fading. We're living in an
He's only fifteen years old, but the unnamed British teen behind the Art of Weapons YouTube channel already has 100-plus videos posted. Though loosely based around creating knives and projectile-firing items like crossbows and slingshots, his channel also delves into product reviews, tool-using tips and material-upcycling how-to's. The central
Any designer among us would be lucky to have one of our objects still in production some 60 years later. Angelo Mangiarotti's beautiful Maritime Table Clock was designed in 1956 and can be purchased today, being produced under license by Germany's Klein & More. Porcelain down below and Plexiglas up
Running a successful Kickstarter campaign has become an nearly-necessary stop on the road to launching a hardware startup. With Berlin as a hotbed for tech startups over the last several years and the long standing mystique of German design and manufacturing - the launch of Kickstarter in Germany was a
Cash is expensive to manufacture. As we saw in our article on The U.S. Mint's Production Materials Problem, a penny costs 2.4 cents to make, while a nickel costs more than double its actual value. But governments continue to manufacture physical currency because previously, that was the only way to
Leave it up to Art Lebedev Studio to recast something as basic as the paint roller in an entirely new light. Their Valikus roller is made from silicon and embossed with a floral pattern. Behind it sits a second roller, which applies paint to the first roller. (Frankly speaking, I
Casino carpeting is pretty ugly, but the hideous floor covering at Portland International Airport gives it a run for its money. So lovably awful is PDX's carpet that it's spawned an Instagram account with nearly 20,000 followers re-gramming the "outdated, unfashionable, and absolutely charming" surface; it has its own Facebook
With the IKEA temporary show that included a concept kitchen, Milan was abuzz discussing the future of flat pack shipping and embedded technology. IKEA's charging-hub furniture became available to buy for the first time and their own Björn Block spoke at frog Milan about the future of their stores
Dominic Wilcox is the wonderfully bizarre artist behind "Speed Creating," a 30-day project where he forced himself to invent something new each day, no matter how strange. The experiment yielded things like "Workercise," where bungie
Yamaha, which produces both musical instruments and two-wheeled vehicle, recently undertook a fun experiment: Take designers from one department, and have them design stuff ordinarily handled by the other department. The resultant AH A MAY project—that's "Yamaha" spelled backwards"—yielded four objects. Yamaha Motor Co.'s design team, which ordinarily handles motorcycles
No, this isn't clickbait: If you've never seen one of these before, I guarantee it'll surprise you. As a Fourth-of-July-celebrating American I thought I'd seen it all in fireworks, but this is the most unexpected type I've ever seen: Depending on who you ask, the circular, UFO-like contraption is called
The San Francisco-based DODOcase creates a customizable version of their Cardboard VR Viewer on the heels of Google 'Cardboard.'
When it's red, it's ready
Holy COW this is cool, or at least, looks it. A California-based company called WayTools has developed the TextBlade, a diminutive, minimalist keyboard that nevertheless provides the same key spacing (19mm on center) as you'd get on a desktop or laptop, and 2mm of travel, which they claim "outperform[s] a...
If you hear voices in your head, that's bad. If you hear piano music in your head, that's not so bad, particularly if you're a professional pianist. Yet Gergely Bogányi still found it disturbing, because the sonorous quality of the music in his brain exceeded the sound a piano can...
In my high school days, the threat of moving earth for a living was meant to keep us in line. "If you don't hit the books, you'll be digging ditches," the teachers warned.Digging ditches might suck, but what they didn't tell us was that mowing ditches would be awesome. Because...
There's a reason "The Walking Dead" is set in the South; because watching a bunch of us Yankees trying to load 9mm rounds into a .45 or accidentally ejecting the magazine every time we try to turn the safety off would probably not be that compelling to watch.Gun culture varies...
No, it ain't real, but we'd love to see it if it were. German website CURVED/labs worked up this concept design for an anniversary edition of the original Macintosh, echoing that machine's shape while flaunting the thinness possible with 2015 technology. Of course some of the design elements make no...
Italian design engineer Guido Medana has invented eyeglasses with a new type of hinge called Spine. Created through metal injection molding (although the website, perhaps erroneously, lists the definition of MIM as "micro injection metal,") a series of small "vertebrae" interlock to create a housing for a spun wire cable...
In his 20s, Michael Walker worked as a jewelrymaker. But one day his wife gave him a copy of American Blade, a magazine for knife collectors. Walker looked through the pages and figured he'd give knifemaking a try.That was way back in 1975, and by 1980 he was making knives...
How do we fathom fathoms? Often by referring back to our own bodies. It's startling to realize that the much beloved metric system and the idiosyncratic imperial only became widely adopted in the 20th century. Human Scale is a fun look at how we quantified things before measurement systems became...
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