Posts Tagged ‘design’

Fashion knockoffs are totally legit.

October 16, 2018

Fashion knockoffs are not counterfeits, they’re totally legit. Cleo Abram of Vox explains.

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From Boxy to Curvy

September 24, 2018

In the 1970s, cars were big boxes. When did they start to look like root vegetables? Vox explains. More here.

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Brand New Font

September 19, 2018

Brand New Font

There’s a new font in town. Brand New Roman, by Hello Velocity, is constructed entirely of corporate logos. God Bless America.

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The Soy Sauce Bottle

August 10, 2018

That soy sauce bottle you see everywhere was designed by Kenji Ekuan, a former Buddhist monk. The elegant bottle is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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Making the Perfect Dog Toy Is No Walk In the Park

August 1, 2018

Bark & Co. works with BarkBox customer research, a former LEGO designer, and stand-up comedians in its quest to make the best chew toy for every dog. Fetch more here.

A Quartz video.

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The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design

February 1, 2018

In Islamic culture, geometric design is everywhere: you can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces, and private homes. And despite the remarkable complexity of these designs, they can be created with just a compass to draw circles and a ruler to make lines within them. Eric Broug covers the basics of geometric Islamic design.

Lesson by Eric Broug, animation by TED-Ed.

More here.

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The Endless Runway

October 26, 2017

Henk Hesselink of the Netherlands Aerospace Centre believes circular runways could be the future of air travel. More information here and here.

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Robo-Chef Chooses What You Eat, Then Cooks It

December 8, 2014

Robo-Chef Chooses What You Eat, Then Cooks It
“A futuristic new food system aims to make convenient food that still uses fresh produce from a local farmers market,” writes Adele Peters:

“In the new system, a set of appliances is connected to an app that answers the perennial question of what to eat for dinner, and then makes it for you. The app considers the basic facts—maybe you ran for 32 minutes earlier in the day, the fridge is well-stocked, and you’re recovering from a cold, so you need a little extra vitamin C. Then it calculates the perfect meal.

‘Flavor pills,’ tiny water-soluble pods filled with organic spices and nutritional supplements, get added to one of the appliances along with fresh produce and some water. Using sensors and a microprocessor, the appliance cooks the food for exactly the right amount of time and at exactly the right temperature.

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Death By Redesign?

May 23, 2013

Death By Redesign

Yahoo celebrity CEO Marissa Mayer headlined a Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business” the other day, tap-dancing through a Times Square presser marking the $1 Billion acquisition of Tumblr and a new Yahoo NYC HQ. As an afterthought, Ms. Mayer unveiled the evisceration of Flickr, a formerly functional photo sharing platform. Yahoo acquired Flickr eight years ago and then ignored it, but since Yahoo has been an acquisition graveyard, that benign neglect may account for Flickr’s survival. Until now. The new “improvements” may kill it off.

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Period. Space (Just One).

November 2, 2012

Period. Space (Just One).

“Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.

And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.”

“Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period,” Farhad Manjoo, Slate

Hat tip: Maria Popova

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