For 20 years, young design idealists have descended on this sad and gorgeous place with the best intentions. What have they wrought?
The data team at Verge has a great infographic researching the Top 20 Startups of All Time. Check it out.
The new Google Glass designs are here
For cyclists, a drone to fly in front of and behind you to warn of upcoming danger.
- "…it snaps a photo of the fridge’s contents whenever you open the door, allowing you to check what food you already have before you stop off at the store on your way home from work.”
- “Your SmartThings hub could detect that you’ve woken up, either through a motion sensor outside your bedroom or a biometric wristband like the Jawbone Up, and turn on the lights in your kitchen and activate the outlet to which your coffee pot is connected, starting the coffee brewing if you had the foresight to put the grinds in the night before. When you enter the kitchen, motion sensors could trigger a Sonos speaker to give you a weather report and play the news. When you leave for work, the home senses that you are gone and shuts everything down.”
”I put literally everything in there: taking out the garbage, walking my dogs,” explained Hunt, who also includes “bucket list items” like “meet Noam Chomsky" and "get invited to the White House," on his list too. Not even the most organized could keep track of an entire life’s worth of chores by hand.
Bloomingdale’s and the CFDA have commissioned 48 couture helmets from the likes of Alice + Olivia, Donna Karan, Rag & Bone, and Marchesa.
"There are some fashionistas who really like football," says Natara Holloway, VP of consumer products at the NFL. "We want to be inclusive of all fans." More broadly, the helmets are part of an effort to give the NFL a softer touch. "We want to give people a new way of looking at football," Holloway says. "To surprise, and delight."
A startup called Artkick lets you stream paintings and photos to your TV screen, using your phone as an art remote.
For the first time since 2006, The New York Times has completely overhauled its online article pages and reskinned the homepage—a major site-wide redesign that the paper of record hopes to never undertake again on the same scale.
"You’re looking for what is that unique insight, that point of view, that thing that no one else sees. If you can create a conversation where that can really come out, and can give them the comfort to put as much of themselves out on the table as possible, you learn a lot more about them."
Callout! If you’re obsessed with visual design, photography, Instagram, Pinterest, or all of the above, we want to talk to you. We’re looking for one or two interns to take our Pinterest and Instagram accounts to the next level.
Condoms that actually feel good. Cardboard furniture. Micro apartments. No wait—pico apartments. Here is the best we saw in design for social good this year.
”How do you do that—innovate in soccer?”
This is the Brazuca, Adidas’ new World Cup match ball for 2014. In 30 minutes, we’re talking to the man behind it, Adidas director of soccer innovation, Antonio Zea.