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This is not a pipe

From a Pineapple to a Six-Pack, 23 Buildings that Resemble the Things They Sell
posted by bq on Jul 27, 2016 - 40 comments

Analysing the colour codes of Lego

67 Years of Lego Sets
I started to wonder how Legos evolved from the sets I remember from my childhood to what they are today. As an analyst, I turned to data for answers. I used Plotly and Mode Python Notebooks to explore the data.
posted by infini on Jul 23, 2016 - 6 comments

Natural Style: Menswear designer Suket Dhir

"I am my own muse, I design for myself," says Suket Dhir, this year's winner of the International Woolmark Prize. And, according to one style editor, "he could be the first Indian designer to conquer the world of Western menswear." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jul 22, 2016 - 10 comments

Макдоналдс

What if modern brands were found in the USSR?
posted by griphus on Jul 20, 2016 - 26 comments

Shorter Human Mode

Users come in all shapes and sizes; some tall, some short, some seated. Since the user interacts in a room-scale VR space with a realistic approximation of their body, the physical dimensions of both the space and the user matter. Depending on the design of the space and the dimensions/limitations of that user, they may not be able to interact with the space in an ideal fashion, if at all.
Accessibility in VR: Head Height, first in a continuing series of articles.
posted by carsonb on Jul 11, 2016 - 8 comments

book covers tell women what they want by surmising who they want to be

The Subtle Genius of Elena Ferrante’s Bad Book Covers by Emily Harnett [The Atlantic] With their sandy beaches and windswept women, the U.S. editions of Elena Ferrante’s novels look familiar even if you’ve never seen them. That’s because they look like virtually every other book authored by a woman these days—not to mention like bridal magazines, beach-resort brochures, and even “Viagra ads.” On Twitter and beyond, readers have described Ferrante’s covers as “horrible,” “atrocious,” “utterly hideous,” and as a “disservice” to her novels. At Slate, one commenter approvingly mentions a local bookstore’s decision to display one of Ferrante’s books in plain brown paper, reviving a practice used for Playboy and the infamous issue of Vanity Fair with a pregnant Demi Moore on the cover. The implication, of course, isn’t that Ferrante’s covers are obscene in the traditional sense—just obscenely bad. Previously.
posted by Fizz on Jul 9, 2016 - 46 comments

Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked?

Maybe people have changed, and today we want different things from games than the ancient Egyptians wanted from Senet. Maybe they found the shuffling rhythms of the game of passing to be thrilling, or at least true: the smallness of human life captured against the unchanging vastness of the landscape of the gods.
posted by curious nu on Jul 5, 2016 - 55 comments

You Belong to the Universe

Life as a Verb: Applying Buckminster Fuller to the 21st Century
posted by infini on Jun 30, 2016 - 4 comments

My Apartment: George Lois

Video tour of legendary designer George Lois's Greenwich Village apartment. Also in the series so far: Florence Welch, Glenn O'Brien, others.
posted by Bron on Jun 28, 2016 - 5 comments

the mushroom-shaped shifter automatically returns to center

Here's The Problem With Jeep's Recalled Gear Shifter (David Tracy, Jalopnik). See also Consumer Reports' YT video (published May 19, 2016), Fiat Chrysler Recalls Confusing Shifters.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 21, 2016 - 100 comments

It is about the small things

City Objects catalogues tiny thoughtful features of various cities around the world, from clocks to ticket machines. In the same spirit as the also great littlebig details, which covers the digital world.
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 18, 2016 - 8 comments

I'd rather crank than switch

De-dimension, the graduation project of Design Academy Eindhoven student Jongha Choi, is a different take on flat-pack furniture. It's a bit more practical than his Cigarette Chair.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 28, 2016 - 11 comments

Where does technology exploit our minds weaknesses?

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Medium, 12min) I learned to think this way when I was a magician. Magicians start by looking for blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities and limits of people’s perception, so they can influence what people do without them even realizing it. Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can play them like a piano. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on May 20, 2016 - 33 comments

Oyasumi nasai (sleep well!, おやすみなさい!, お休みなさい!)

The history of the wafuton goes back to ancient times more than three centuries before the Common Era. Considered to be good for the health, yet convenient to roll, store, and air, the Japanese futon is rather a different beast from that more familiar convertible futon common in the West. William Brouwer is credited with the original concept and industrial design of the wooden structure, while in Japan, it is master craftsmen like Hisayoshi Nohara, Grand Champion of Futon Making, who are revered for their work. You can try one out in a ryokan.
posted by infini on May 19, 2016 - 36 comments

Disco 2000

The Y2K aesthetic: who knew the look of the year 2000 would endure?
posted by Artw on May 19, 2016 - 62 comments

Designing Dementia-Friendly Websites

People living with dementia do not expect web designers to cure the symptoms, and many people recognize that it isn’t always possible to apply each dementia-friendly web design lesson when building a site. But the combined use of some of these lessons can help many people live well with their conditions. It is important to remember that dementia presents in many different forms, its symptoms are varied, and many of these symptoms are also common to other degenerative illnesses, in particular, conditions which hinder the social inclusion of the elderly.
[more inside] posted by jenkinsEar on May 17, 2016 - 25 comments

Products as far as the eye can scroll

Akvariums! Robot-Hund! Star Wars merchandise! A sort of mail-order Sharper Image kind of store, www.ARNGREN.net offers many, many products and rejects modern design sensibilities by putting quite a few of them on their front page in a vast, scroll-requiring field of boxes.
posted by ignignokt on May 13, 2016 - 10 comments

The Holy Trinity – Paddle, Ball and Blocks

"Although it will seem remedial to mention this, all Breakout-style games have at least three things in common – each contains paddles, balls, and target objects for the balls to hit." -- Lego Bricktopia level designer, Mark Nelson, shares his vast of knowledge of Breakout-style games (previously 1, 2) in Breaking Down Breakout: System And Level Design For Breakout-style Games. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 13, 2016 - 12 comments

Pyrex pleasures

Happy Vintage Pyrex Addiction / Rare Vintage Pyrex (Pinterest) | Vintage Pyrex Kitchenware (article, Collector's Weekly) | Pattern Reference and This Is NOT Pyrex (blog posts from Pyrex Love) | How to Tell Old Pyrex from Really Old Pyrex (blog post, Cara Corey) | 3 Reasons I Love (and Collect) Vintage Pyrex (The Kitchn) | Previously: now we're cooking with glass, American Pyrex Less Resistant to Thermal Shock
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 12, 2016 - 35 comments

The Evolution of the Petrol/Gas/Filling/Service Station

The Evolution of the Petrol/Gas/Filling/Service Station Gas stations might be boring or even ugly places, but for the most part, you can’t avoid stopping by one on a long trip. However, they have been so many more beyond the basic design of columns, roof and shop over their history. The following 60+1 filling stations encompass almost a century of architectural progression, showcasing some of the best Art Deco, Bauhaus, futurist, brutalist, minimalist, modernist, Googie building designs of the motorist history. Enjoy the ride!
posted by modernnomad on May 8, 2016 - 35 comments

De-exoticizing the Design of Anthropology

A friend of mine pointed out how all anthropology textbooks have these "exotic" images of others on the covers and never an image of "white women eating salad". Me, being Dr. Smarty Pants, said, "Wouldn't it be great to replace those exotica images with those of middle class American/Australian Caucasians doing stuff, maybe even using stock photos?" Anthropologist Dori Tunstall and her students de-exoticize Anthropology.
posted by ocherdraco on May 3, 2016 - 20 comments

Light Plane System +Plu

shivinteger designs things [more inside]
posted by clorox on May 2, 2016 - 2 comments

Current Location: Unknown

Misplaced.Design Eleven New York City landmarks have been misplaced, their current location unknown. Photographs of unclear origin appear to show them scattered across the globe – on sand dunes, mud flats, “lunar” plains, and rocky beaches. Nobody knows exactly what happened or why
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 28, 2016 - 9 comments

"Less is a bore."

Uncube has ended. A Berlin-based digital architecture magazine that began in 2012 has concluded with issue #43, Athens. Known for its unconventional reportage and groundbreaking design, monthly themes ran the gamut from the desert to Iceland to outer space to, well, death. [more inside]
posted by nagemi on Apr 25, 2016 - 5 comments

Why are our cars painted such boring colors?

They’re all white and silver. Cars used to be poppy red! Tangerine! Pea green! [SLSlate, 2011]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 24, 2016 - 115 comments

Ruggedness and lack of concern

Brutalist websites.
posted by slater on Apr 18, 2016 - 56 comments

On making stuff, by someone who knows his stuff

Dan Gelbart delivers an 18-part hands-on class on prototyping (YouTube) [more inside]
posted by bigbigdog on Apr 17, 2016 - 28 comments

Swiss in CSS

Classic Swiss design rendered as animated CSS. That is all.
posted by Grangousier on Apr 5, 2016 - 13 comments

“Would they call me a diva if I were a guy?”

Groundbreaking visionary of contemporary spatial design, Dame Zaha Hadid has passed away. The British designer had a heart attack while in hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis. One of the most sought-after architects in the world, Iraqi-born London-based Hadid was first woman to be awarded the prestigious RIBA gold medal in her own right, and the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize.
posted by infini on Mar 31, 2016 - 59 comments

Keep The Park Way Down In A Hole

There's a proposal to replace Central Park with a 100-foot deep megastructure to increase capacity
posted by The Whelk on Mar 26, 2016 - 81 comments

Sowing the seeds of (self)-love

Today, Nebraska unveiled a new license plate design to commemorate the state's 150th anniversary. It's a simple design, particularly when contrasted with past plates. The sole design feature is that of The Sower, the statue that's mounted on top of the State Capitol in Lincoln. Being the Internet, there's already reaction to the new design, particularly as to what The Sower appears to be doing with his hand.
posted by stannate on Mar 22, 2016 - 55 comments

At this point we had no idea what that meant exactly.

January 2012 I received a call from Disney: The director Byron Howard, writer Jared Bush and production designer Dave Goetz pitched the premise for a movie called "Savage" (which should become "Zootopia" later) to me and I thought it was a genius idea: An animal movie with a twist: Humans have never existed and instead animals have evolved to human capacity and they had created a city built by animals for animals. Matthias Lechner, Art Director Of Environments for Zootopia, shares an extensive collection of concept art for ideas developed and discarded. A fascinating look at the creative process, showing the evolution of surviving concepts and glimpses at worlds that might have been. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Mar 18, 2016 - 45 comments

Is group chat making you sweat?

Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 8, 2016 - 36 comments

There is no definitive formulation of a wicked problem

"The search for scientific bases for confronting problems of social policy is bound to fail, because of the nature of these problems. They are 'wicked' problems..."[pdf] [more inside]
posted by klarck on Mar 7, 2016 - 6 comments

New Looks for Old Books

Recovering the Classics is a crowdsourced collection of original covers for 100 great works in the public domain, designed to increase interest and access to classics in e-book format. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Mar 6, 2016 - 14 comments

Early Computers: Applications, Computer Graphics, Look at Future Uses

The Incredible Machine (1960s, slyt)
posted by OverlappingElvis on Mar 5, 2016 - 13 comments

“Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” present a far more nefarious situation.

The Propaganda of Pantone: Colour and Subcultural Sublimation. Pantone’s choice of “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” as the 2016 Colour of the Year is the most insidious move by this colour-industrial-complex since “Blue Iris” in 2008. As with “Blue Iris”, Pantone has once again mined the subcultural landscape and used their monopoly within the creative industries to propagate their colour properties to the world. Previously & more.
posted by apathy0o0 on Mar 3, 2016 - 75 comments

New Zealand flag referendum enters final stage

New Zealanders have begun voting in the second stage of a referendum on whether to change their national flag. The alternatives are between the current flag, with the Union Flag emblem, and a new variant with the iconic Silver Fern. The referendum will run through March 24. Previously.
posted by graymouser on Mar 3, 2016 - 38 comments

This is why you always look up.

Photographer Mehrdad Rasoulifard is taking viewers on a visual journey through the history of ancient (and modern!) Iranian architecture and design. He captures the structural and artistic intricacies of iran’s most significant places of worship and cultural complexes, including the tessellated and tiled ceilings of historic mosques. [via designboom]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 28, 2016 - 6 comments

"NASA and the space" is not a buddy movie

"The Evolution Of Webdesign is a collection and imitation of Webdesign Trends from 1991 to 2015." with a slider. and Neil Armstrong.
posted by oneswellfoop on Feb 27, 2016 - 13 comments

The future will be boring. TBD.

What is Design Fiction?
"the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change. That’s the best definition we’ve come up with. The important word there is diegetic. It means you’re thinking very seriously about potential objects and services and trying to get people to concentrate on those rather than entire worlds or political trends or geopolitical strategies. It’s not a kind of fiction. It’s a kind of design. It tells worlds rather than stories." — Bruce Sterling
Examples of Diegetic Prototypes in Design Fiction. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 5, 2016 - 13 comments

Animal Families

Animal Families - A collection of animal illustrations that explore the relationship of parent and child. By artist Michael Sutton.
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 30, 2016 - 3 comments

"The house is not a work of art, simply a place where one lives"

The NYTs announces a new exhibit at the Austrian Museum of the Applied Arts on Josef Frank, architect and designer now best known for his surreal and wonderful wallpaper and fabric designs. [more inside]
posted by acrasis on Jan 27, 2016 - 1 comment

I built a tree in my daughter's bedroom

Yes, he really did.
posted by maudlin on Jan 22, 2016 - 96 comments

The McKnelly Megalith

Megalithic Robotics is a recent class at MIT that resulted in a very interesting object: a 2000-pound megalith that can be moved with a fingertip.
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 21, 2016 - 8 comments

A Calculated Design

“They’re probably the most familiar interfaces on the planet: the numeric keypads on our mobile phones and calculators. Yet very few notice that the keypads’ design has remained unchanged for nearly half a century in the face of evolving global design norms and conventions. Even fewer users notice another startling design feature: the phone’s keypad is the inverted version of the calculator’s.”
Graphic designer C Y Gopinath explains the science and research behind his decision to change the numeric interface layout of his calculator app, Calcuta, from square to circular.
posted by _Mona_ on Jan 13, 2016 - 93 comments

The Rise of Paint and Sip

The Paint and Sip Industry has been steadily on the rise since 2007. You bring wine or beer, there are snacks, and you tie on an apron to make some art. Yes, the paintings tend to look similar; one instructor writes that "There is real merit to what is being done, but it is a whole different animal than what some artists want or feel about art." [more inside]
posted by witchen on Jan 1, 2016 - 97 comments

factory farming: the plants are fed by fish poo alone

GrowUp: the future of food - "The new concept of commercial aquaponics, argue Hofman and Webster, has a much-reduced environmental impact. Companion farming fish and crops dates back to the Aztecs, but it took until the 2010s, in Chicago, to move it indoors at any scale. In the UK, only eco-smallholdings have so far attempted it, and the only European aquaponics farms of note use purpose-built greenhouses. GrowUp's model, by contrast, is to fit out empty urban buildings, use no chemicals, employ LED lights, source 100 per cent renewable energy and, crucially, be based within five miles of its customer base in a dense urban area."
posted by kliuless on Dec 28, 2015 - 21 comments

Chris Donovan, an unlikely high fashion shoe designer

Chris Donovan was a telephone technician for 25 years, when in his early 50s, he decided to change careers rather drastically. He sent his designs to Polimoda in Italy to enroll in fashion design, specifically shoe design. He was accepted, and graduated at 55, and now designs high fashion women's shoes, inspired by everything from gnarled trees to hip replacements, architectural features and plumbing fixtures, as seen on his Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest accounts.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 7, 2015 - 20 comments

Pantone's Not-So-Baby Pink and Blue

Pantone did something wild and, for the very first time, named TWO colors for 2016's Color of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity. [more inside]
posted by ourt on Dec 3, 2015 - 52 comments

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