About one month ago, Instagram opened a new office housed in what used to be Manhattan's Wanamaker department store showroom. In their short time of existence, the expanding social media platform has come a long way since their very first office space, which was a few rented desks inside the
It wouldn't be the World Cup without Adidas designing a new soccer ball that the players can complain about. For 2018's Cup they've introduced the Telstar 18, a graphic update on the classic, black-and-white-TV-friendly Telstar from 1970. (Thus far goalies reportedly hate it, finding the ball unpredictable and slippery.) Adidas'
Up until the 1966 World Cup, soccer balls looked like this: That bland color was simply the natural color of the leather. Not very telegenic. But as matches increasingly became televised, the telegenic problem was solved in 1970 by
Forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks are designed to move food into our pie holes as efficiently as possible. For the most part, we all know how to use them–sometimes to the point where we don't even consider their existence as we shovel a plate of pasta down our throats. But
Traveling through Vietnam in the '90s, I purchased a flight from Da Nang to Saigon that cost me one million VND. That was the first and last time I ever handled a million of anything. For others, however, carrying a million bucks around—USD, no less—is apparently a regular occurrence. As high-end outdoor gear manufacturer SDR Traveller puts it,
Of all the ridiculous arguments you'll overhear on the NYC subway, most are not worth your time to listen in on; it's obvious that St. Mark's Place is not within "the Lower East Side" and everyone knows that Kanye West does not have a degree in architecture. But this one was too good for me not to surreptitiously lean towards: A woman insisting that those giant head statues on Easter Island actually have bodies below the earth's surface, and her male companion dismissing this as a myth.
This doesn't exactly look like a food-safe facility, but I guess the laws are a little more relaxed in whatever country this was shot in. Here's a 12-mold ice cream cone making machine in action: While wafer cones like those are molded, the production methods for waffle cones and sugar
When you think of playing non-digital games with friends, you probably imagine a board game or one of those mystery rooms. But the folks behind HK Best Box offer an alternative: Interactive team-based games that very creatively require your physical exertion. Human Body Ping Pong incorporates a touch of soccer
In the 1920s, radiation was so poorly understood that shoe stores would X-ray customers' shod feet to check the fit. Lasers are decidedly less harmful than fluoroscopes, and now Innovation Lab ECCO is using the former not to check fit, but to create fit. A new pilot project launched
Since 1970, "book craftsman" Martin Frost has been practicing the forgotten art of fore-edge painting. This is a technique whereby a hardcover book is placed in a special vise/press, like so… …enabling Frost to work the spread edges of the pages like a canvas. Once returned to its normal disposition,
Has anyone ever thought of the hospital or doctor's office experience as pleasant, easy and comprehensive? Probably not. Does your doctor's office or local hospital look anything like this? Or this? Or this? Probably not. Let's face it—medical spaces need a facelift, from furnishings to digital screens to the
During NYCxDesign, we were lucky enough to snag a seat at Helsinki-based Restaurant Nolla's Zero Waste Bistro pop-up located in the halls of WantedDesign Manhattan. We typically don't cover the food space, but we were mystified by this pop-up's interior design. From the wall's recycled material to the thoughtful menu
This unassuming-looking cottage in Posonsby, New Zealand, was recently renovated by owner Jonathan Smith, principal of Auckland-based Matter Architects. By expanding the rear of the house, Smith more than tripled the interior space from 90 square meters (968 sq. ft) to 310 square meters (3,337 sq. ft.). In
The late George R. Kravis, the philanthropist, art collector and founder of the Kravis Design Center, owned what is probably the world's finest collection of industrial design. And he's not into eye candy: "As a collector, George is interested in an object's function, form, manufacture, and materials while also considering
Let the below image sink in for a moment: Yes, what you're looking at is a miniature treadmill inside of a sneaker, and yes, this is a real patent that Nike recently filed. Looks like when a bunch of employees left Nike because of that sexual harassment scandal all of
Lando invites you over for a party. You sit down on this thing, but you can't lean back because you don't want to break his speaker. So you do that subway rider thing where you hunch forward and rest your elbows on your knees.
Utrecht's central railway Station already has two bicycle parking facilities but, given high demand, they've just opened a third. As the Dutch are wont to do, they wrung usable space out of an unlikely site, in this case a skinny, long patch of land right next to the tracks. With
At its core, Emoji is a supplement language designed to accompany our own languages to give the appearance of human emotion during digital conversations. Weird, right? When MoMA announced that they had acquired the original set of emojis from Japan, people were confused for understandable reasons. Its often difficult for
Remember our awesome* series on Space Colony Form Factors? To refresh your memory, in the 1970s NASA was working out how to create gravity in space. It was decided that something enormous and circular in at least one axis, so it could spin, would be required. A host of concept
If you like seeing behind-the-scenes footage of environments and atmospheres being fabricated, here we have a real treat. For the stop-motion animated "Isle of Dogs," director Wes Anderson's fairly insane demand that all sets (and even effects like smoke, fire, water) be created practically provided the production designers with
On a recent trip to L.A. I stayed in the Hollywood Hills. My host drove me past this series of structures, which at first glance appeared to be a row of carports. However, when I later passed these on foot, I noticed something interesting: As you can see, these "carports"
David Rockwell and Surface Magazine's The Diner installation was a crowd favorite at this year's Milan Design Week. Housed in the empty warehouses of Ventura Centrale, The Rockwell Group in collaboration with design studio 2x4 were one of the few exhibitors to completely transform the blank, concrete canvas they were
From corporate to freelance to side hustle to small, energetic company, Steph Hoff has experienced just about every type of workplace culture through her career. Her innate sense of style and a savvy awareness of street culture give her a unique lens that she uses to filter and focus corporate
We're publishing a third and final excerpt from Brutally Honest: No Bullshit Business Strategies to Evolve Your Creative Business, the "tell it like it is" career advice book specifically catered to designers. Written by Emily Cohen, the book compiles honest business insights and strategies the seasoned design consultant has been
COS has returned to Milan Design Week for a seventh consecutive collaborative installation. Last year, the London-based fashion brand collaborated with Studio Swine to create a multi-sensory experience including a fountain of air-bubbles. This time around, the collaborator is Palm Springs-based designer Phillip K. Smith III , and for the
Remember our deep dive into the parts of the airplane you never get to see, the long-haul crew rest areas? In a few years, passengers may also get to experience what it's like to catch some shut-eye in a dedicated airplane bed. Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace, a French supplier of
It's easy to focus on the big picture—so much so that we often lose track of small details that make a whole world of difference, especially in the design process. Seasoned industrial designer Joey Zeledón has taken a step back from this natural tendency to focus on emotional ergonomics in
I've had these Joseph Joseph measuring cups for a couple of years. I bought them because they take up very little space when not in use. However, I absolutely hate using them. I really have to squint to see the numbers of the sizes, they're practically invisible. I contrast,
Last week we looked at Robert Brunner/Ammunition's design for Fuego Grills, a low-hassle, easy-to-use product. This week we're looking at Batavia's 4Grill Barrel Barbecue, which in addition to grilling, can also be used as a smoker or a slow cooker. (The manufacturer cites "fireplace" as a fourth function, but we're
Our readers, our staff and Kickstarter enthusiasts alike have shown a huge interest in seasoned design consultant Emily Cohen's new book, Brutally Honest: No Bullshit Business Strategies to Evolve Your Creative Business. So, we decided to publish a second excerpt in advance of the full release. Brutally Honest still has
Access+Ability is an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on view now through Sept. 3, 2018. It features products, projects and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive and sensory—in an effort to improve their ability to lead independent lives and engage with the world.
On Kickstarter, it feels as if designers are constantly coming up with new ways to redesign a device to brew your coffee or a product in which you can enjoy your beverage. In a world rife with likely unnecessary coffee products, it's hard to imagine something that actually creates new
This is one of those bizarrely creative things that I'd only expect to see come out of Japan. In the early '90s, the country village of Inakadate watched as their population continued moving to the cities, and the local council began brainstorming ways to turn the village into a tourist
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