Halloween is this month, and for those of you who like to render your houses haunted, cobwebs are great visual shorthand. It would be handy to have a way to quickly apply them, and to be able to easily remove them come November 1st. Well, help is here in the form of the Webcaster Gun:
The best way to find gear is getting a tip from a friend you trust. As friends of our design community for over 20 years, we want to be that voice of reason by helping our readers find products that really, truly work. So, we've gathered a list of things
This story starts with a broken bicycle, and reminds me a bit of how Post-Its were invented. Richard Brooks is an avid downhill mountain biker, and in the field he continually encountered problems with the chainstay on his bike. Brooks also happens to work for Watts Urethane Products, and as
Modernist Studio focuses on strategy and design work for big brands. In working with these companies, we've seen a theme around "owning the consumer." Each company is fighting to become front and center in people's lives, with a particular focus on the home. Big companies speak about locking in customers
The robotics buzz may be endless, but it’s rare to see cutting-edge technologies come to market in a meaningful way. While startup bots_alive is driven by robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and augmented reality, the simplicity and fun of the product is what makes the biggest impression. Many robotics products try to teach children to code, but bots_alive strives to inspire them.
The devastation of the fire that tore through Santa Rosa this month is hard to comprehend; entire neighborhoods have simply vanished. As you can see in these aerial shots, the results look consistent with a thorough aerial bombing campaign: Image by Marcus Yam / L.A. Times The view from on
Is there any domestic chore worse than ironing? It takes forever, the design of most irons suck and there seems to be little correlation between the shape of my clothes and the shape of the board. I so desperately need this automatic clothes ironing machine, called the Effie:
Core77 isn't an architecture blog by nature, but certain structures do catch our eye. So is the case with LEGO house, a 21,500+ sq ft building inspired by—you guessed it—everything LEGO. The center resides in Billund, Denmark and was was designed in partnership by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and COWI.
File this under Why the heck have I never heard of this before? The History Channel used to have a documentary series called "Ancient Discoveries," and in this episode they focus on some crazy Chinese naval technologies from centuries and even millennia ago. I know that you readers are
We all know there's no good reason to build cylindrical beer coolers that silently appear out of the ground in your backyard. But that hasn't stopped a bunch of German guys, engineers we assume, from building their own and posting the videos to YouTube. Here's Ralf Göldner's: Timo Hänsel's
For anyone who has experienced it firsthand, a visit to the gynecologist can easily be a dreaded one. Some purport the experience to be so awkward, they skip the opportunity to visit a doctor entirely, which can be seriously detrimental to a woman's overall health. Last week designers at frog
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a variety of useful zippered gear bags that are incredibly tough, lightweight and waterproof. This tutorial is intended for someone like me: familiar with rapid prototyping tools like 3d printers and laser cutters, reasonably competent with hand tools, but pretty clueless
The creative team at Mixer has been inventing innovative Starmark pet products for more than 10 years. Each year we find new materials and playful methods to grow the market for Starmark’s brand. These highly researched toys tug at the leash, the heart and at consumer’s pocketbooks.
This is incredible. An Italian startup called Springa has invented a CNC mill that does away with 90% of the mass and materials of a conventional gantry-style machine. Check out the Goliath, now live on Kickstarter: Good gosh. This thing is like the Shaper Origin, except you don't
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.
On my last trip to Germany, I sat at a crowded café and marveled that all of the patrons were eating, drinking and interacting with each other. I saw not a single smartphone. Contrast that with America, or at least New York, where you can walk into any restaurant and
A few summers back during a trip East I decided to visit Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren, Maine. As luck would have it, they were holding their annual open-house, so I was able to tour the factory where they make hand planes, chisels, saws, and other traditional woodworking tools. Nearly everything
A roundup of Kickstarter projects currently crowdfunding for your viewing and spending pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income. The T3D Mobile Multifunction 3D Printer allows you to print directly from your smartphone or tablet—with multiple colors if you wish!
Engineer Nigel Gifford, who has completed over 1,000 parachute jumps, had a job you've probably never heard of: As a Captain in the British Army Catering Corps, his job was to feed soldiers in hostile environments. Given his specialty, after retirement he was approached by the British military and asked
When designing for the overall population, it can be easy to overlook the effect our work will have on smaller subgroups of people. Case in point: you may not encounter many openly colorblind folks on a daily basis, but they actually account for around 13 million people in the US
Around 1902, mechanical engineer and inventor Hiram Percy Maxim confronted a difficult problem: How could you make firing a rifle a quiet act? For those who like to hunt, the retort of the bullet leaving the muzzle is not only hard on the ears, but it startles the game. And
Here's your chance to contribute to a Kickstarter where you can not only get some sweet product, but you can also support a company that harnesses the power of design to save babies' lives. Design That Matters, Tim Prestero's nonprofit design firm (which produces our Design Experience That Matters
Mixed feelings on this product: On the one hand, I feel we should be exposed to a certain amount of germs, in order to keep our immune systems up to snuff. On the other hand, I've seen a child sneeze into his hand, then grab the subway pole without wiping
HSD Ventures is currently developing LOA™, a lightweight and innovative full-face CPAP mask and app aimed at providing simplicity, comfort, and optimized airflow to people living with Sleep Apnea. Unlike traditional masks, which typically involve tubing extending from the front of the face, LOA’s pressurized air flows from the nose cup through tube channels flanking the patient’s cheekbones. The tube channels comfortably route around the user’s ears and terminate in an easily accessible location
As far as mass production methods go, sand casting is one of the oldest. 3D printing is one of the newest. Dutch design and engineering consultancy Arup has figured out how to combine the two, allowing one to enjoy both the low cost of the former and the physical complexity
A roundup of Kickstarter projects currently crowdfunding for your viewing and spending pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income: WSC16 "Pensole" Edition PENSOLE Footwear Academy has just launched a multi-tiered Kickstarter campaign in order to establish free footwear design courses for 100% of their students. Yes, free. If you're into
Anyone familiar with the woes of freelancing knows that hourly time tracking can be a genuine hassle. While it's true that many common software programs for personal accounting are trying to tackle this with digital solutions, it can still at times feel difficult to accurately track your time on the
For decades we've seen the military develop expensive technology—radar, GPS, microwaves—that trickled down to the consumer sector and became affordable. Now the consumer sector is apparently returning the favor. The U.S. Navy's Virginia-class submarines are $2.7 billion nuclear-powered fast attack vessels bristling with the latest technology. Old-school periscopes have been
Nike's Flyknit has become synonymous with the brand, now used in everything from sneakers to sports bras. The knit material is more sustainable than many materials used in footwear and fashion, mainly due to its minimal waste production. But since Flyknit's conception in 2012, Nike has been more focused on
What happens when you plug your Prius in? Are you ultimately drawing power from coal, nuclear, wind, biomass? It depends on where you live. Most of us know that America generates its electricity from a multitude of sources, as shown in this graphic: However, that pie chart doesn't accurately represent
Shaving has been around for a long time. In the 4th Century B.C. Alexander the Great, an early proponent of shaving, ordered his troops to do it. Alexander had observed that beards were a martial liability for soldiers; if you didn't remove your own facial hair, your opponent would do it for you—by using your beard to grab your face.
As we recently learned, much of our planet's supply of drinking water is infested with plastic microfibers. Single-use plastic items like shopping bags and drinking straws are some of the culprits. To combat the impact of discarded plastic bags on the environment, an Indonesian company called Avani has created
Performance sneakers made from wool sound too warm and itchy to be true, so we were intrigued when Allbirds took to Kickstarter to pitch their Wool Runners to the world back in 2014—and reached their maximum target in just five days. When you think about this classic example of an
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