Japanese designer Yoshiki Matsuyama is fascinated by science—particularly the biological and physical explanations for the shapes, colors, and textures of nature. So when he entered a recent design challenge on the theme of curiosity, he decided to create a product that answers a classic question: Why is the sky blue?
High-school student Megan Grassell couldn’t find cute, age-appropriate bras for her younger sister, so she made her own. Now her company Yellowberry is being held up as a model of innovation, design, and feminists united against the sexualization of girls.
"At first, … it was hard to get people to take me seriously. I was talking to someone the other day who’s been a great mentor to me, and he said "Megan, when you first came to me with that bra, and you thought you were ready to go, I thought, ‘Who is this high school girl?’"
Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Stone Temple Pilots get flat and literal, courtesy of design group Tata & Friends.
"CANNOT UNSEE: the Brazil 2014 logo has been criticized for "looking like a facepalm." - @hollybrocks
Thoughts? What do you think of the logo?
There are hip workplaces, high-tech workplaces, and old-school buttoned down workplaces. Then there’s funnyordie new headquarters, which can only be described as funhouse chic.
From a net-zero energy historic courthouse in Colorado to a homeless center in Oregon filled with green space, these days, the best sustainable architecture goes far beyond a few rooftop solar panels.
Sterling Cooper and Partners is an agency whose reputation is built on a progressive approach to advertising. So it has made sense, throughout the last few seasons, to see Herman Miller’s mid-century aesthetic seep into the offices designed by Mad Men’s set decorator Claudette Didul-Mann. An Eames Time-Life chair shows up in Roger’s office; Don gets an Aluminum Group chair. And for good reason. Herman Miller helps to visually represent the cultural evolution at the heart of Mad Men.
There’s little need to be wary of a nighttime stroll though a park in Cambridge, England. During the day, particles in the surface of the path absorb UV light. In the evening, they release that energy again. The result is a beautiful effect that its creators call “Starpath.”
In an attempt to set the tone for a new, restructured, and a hopefully one day resurrected Fab, CEO Jason Goldberg has sent around a memo that is less rally-the-troops and more “you’re lucky to be here.” Titled “It’s a fucking startup. Why are you here?" the note, also posted on his personal website, continues to remind his employees that they could, very realistically, lose their jobs.
Knocking down a concrete building usually takes brute force: Wrecking balls, huge excavators, or explosives rip apart walls while fire hoses spray water to keep the clouds of dust down. It’s an energy-intensive process, and after everything’s been torn apart, the concrete often ends up in a landfill or has to be trucked to a recycling facility. But a new concrete-erasing robot may eventually transform the messy business of demolition.
Steve Matteson has designed some of the most ubiquitous typefaces in the world, and engineered versions of Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier for Microsoft. Here, he reveals why every letter you see looks the way it does.
Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.
There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer’s repertoire. They’re not just powerful; they’re easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training. Let the software do the hard work for you. Your client will never know.
A Q&A with Alan Adler, the Stanford lecturer, physicist, and toy maker behind one of the world’s most popular coffee makers.
Since Sigmund Freud’s Victorian consulting room, with its oriental rug-draped couch, analysts have learned to use interior design as a therapeutic tool.