Hawaiian news organization Honolulu Civic Beat has Tweeted this photo of the UI design that led to Saturday's missile alert: Needless to say the design is insanely bad. We've already covered how important the ramifications of a false alarm are; and whoever designed this couldn't use icons to distinguish these
On Saturday, folks living in Hawaii received this chilling message on their phones: My friends and acquaintances who live there posted accounts on social media describing their scrambling panic. "It sucked big time for us here in Hawaii," my buddy Mike, a married father of two, wrote. "For a few
The future is coming for us. Fast. CES didn't just drive that point home—they drove it, crashed it and exploded it in your face for an entire week. While walking the floor, it was tricky to take our focus off the visual stimulation relentlessly hitting us from every possible direction.
This morning, Reebok announced a collaboration with design studio Odd Matter on an athletic seating collection made from their woven performance textile, Flexweave, which, "boasts an open figure-8 construction that interlocks unlimited strands of fibers to create a single surface construction that is as strong as it is light." Here's a look at the first chair to come out of the collection:
One of the most painful things to watch is a stand-up comic bombing on stage. A close second is a tech demo that goes awry. Why, oh why are on-stage demos the way these items are unveiled? CLOi is the name of LG's voice assistant that they're building into refrigerators
To kick off the New Year, frog's team has put together a comprehensive list of 12 tech trends we can expect to reign supreme in 2018, ranging from a shift in the way designers approach medical devices to more expressive hardware designs.
Led all surfacing work on a three person team - bodywork completed from sketch to full scale fiberglass in 3 weeks. Chief Designer Dwayne Jackson responsible for design and sketches. Frank Asztalos responsible for product graphics and paint scheme.
Last month Primate Labs, a company behind an iPhone performance benchmarking app, conducted tests on several models of iPhones and made a discovery: After the most recent software updates, they found that older iPhones were spontaneously dialing down their processor speeds--under the instruction of software. When the story broke, outrage
Post-it notes were famously invented by a failed experiment to create a high-strength adhesive. Now another glue experiment gone wrong, this time in Japan, has yielded another potential hit product. Yu Yanagisawa, a graduate student at the University of Tokyo, was trying to develop a new type of adhesive.
Earlier this week Elon Musk posted this mysterious Tweet, with no further explanation: What on Earth could it mean? People began speculating that it had to do with Tesla prices, and it also spawned this hilarious thread on pork chops. But the true answer can be found by looking
Although new evidence has emerged that proves beyond a doubt that the Earth is flat, Flat-Earthers apparently believe that Mars is round. With this ringing endorsement, NASA will continue sending Rovers to Mars. The only problem is, they can't exactly bolt a set of Goodyears to the Rovers
After more than a century in the footwear design business, New Balance has a history of creating some of the most iconic shoes in the world of sport and fashion. From the timeless 990 running shoe, to the fashionable New Balance 574, the Massachusetts-headquartered company has consistently earned its stripes
At this point, it's no secret we're killing our planet at a frighteningly rapid pace. With plastic and other toxic materials polluting our oceans and infiltrating our air supply, it's more important now than ever for designers and scientists to develop scalable solutions to help reverse the bad habits we've
I'll always prefer working with wood over metal and plastic, because wood is such a forgiving material. Inevitably when you're working with the stuff, you're going to screw up, usually when you've run out of stock and are on a tight deadline. Here Marc Spagnuolo, a/k/a the Wood Whisperer, shows
Thirty years ago, German-born Harald Belker never imagined he would get the chance to work in the US. Today, we chatted to him from his home in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, about his illustrious career in industrial design. Harald's career is show stopping. From designing cars for high-end
General Motors has begun rolling out Marketplace, a software update to their 2017 models that enables drivers to shop from their cars. And I think this is one of those things that might've made some sense on paper, at least from a business standpoint, but that the real world is
Ron Faris got his start developing brand experiences working for Virgin Media to produce the well-known Virgin Mobile music festival. Inspired by the energy of people waiting in line at the festivals he produced, Faris developed Virgin Mega, a mobile platform to engage communities while they wait in line to
A fast, easy method of stealing cars is on the rise in the UK. Here's footage released by the West Midlands Police, of two hi-tech thieves helping themselves to a Mercedes: The video is reportedly the first time this type of theft has been caught on camera, and the WMP
Some of you will find this exciting. I find it disturbing. Materials scientist Nicola Pugno and a research team at Italy's University of Trento have succeeded in getting spiders to produce super-strong silk--by lacing the spiders' drinking water with graphene and carbon nanotubes. According to Phys.org, Professor Pugno said: "Humans
Cherry pickers like these are a pretty common sight in the city. They use them for everything from pruning trees to lighting movie scenes to hanging decorations for festivals. Well, I got up close and found they have a very nifty UI: That's pretty smart, and I imagine it speeds
Over the years we've been conditioned by movies, from the "Terminator" flicks of the '80s and '90s to more recently, the "Fast & Furious" franchise's "God's Eye," to have a concept of what computer vision looks like. But how does the real thing stack up? Take a look at
Want to design a furniture piece or interior that incorporates bentwood, but don't want to deal with the hassle of steaming? A company called Pure Timber produces Cold-Bend™ hardwood, which lets you skip right to the clamping/bending step. Check this stuff out: So how is that possible? Is this stuff
The problem with a nuclear bomb is that it wipes out everything within its blast radius, then renders the land uninhabitable with radiation. Mass murdered Stephen Paddock sprayed a crowd with automatic fire, indiscriminately killing whomever he could get. But what if there was a way to quickly, easily, surgically
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.
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
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
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:
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
I use a small ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to wash old machine parts, and it's amazing watching decades of grease just mist away into liquid clouds. But the size of the machine's tub limits what I can put in there. The developers of Sonic Soak came up with a better
When the design of a product, service or system is willfully changed or something new is introduced, it is typically for one of several reasons: 1. Because it's better for the consumer.Example: The original iPod or iPhone. These objects provided a vastly improved user experience over what had come before.
British YouTube channel TechMoan has an interesting beat: The host takes an in-depth look at unusual, vintage tech gadgets that did not survive evolution. It's fascinating for multiple reasons: One is to see what physical interfaces the designers came up with to handle previously unimaginable functions; two is to deduce
Another great video from industrial designer Eric Strebel. Here he reveals his experience-borne tips for efficiently casting resin, including how to quickly clear a syringe, what types of re-usable mixing cups are best, two clever ideas for creating something useful out of the leftover mix, how to neatly fill surface
As industrial designers, most of us are keenly aware of how plastic, metal, wood and glass are manipulated into objects. But stone is a lesser-used and more mysterious material; how exactly does a quarry turn what's in the earth into a slab, and turn that slab into rectangular blocks? In
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