Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

On Wednesday, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals published what many took to be a disheartening result: According to some headlines, a 6,000-person randomized controlled trial in Denmark had found that wearing a mask does not offer any clear protection from being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

My colleague Tim Beatley and I argue in a new book, Biophilic Cities for an Urban Century, that at their moment of triumph and fastest growth, cities need nature more than ever.

How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

The object that Savić considers a particular masterpiece of unpleasant design is the Camden bench.One online critic called it the perfect “anti-object.” But perhaps the most common form of hostile seating is even subtler: the utter lack of it in some places.

Here’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

Here’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

Given the Nokia 3310’s popularity during that stretch, particularly among a younger demographic, it’s safe to say it was a many people’s first introduction to mobile phones, full stop.If you miss the Nokia 3310, it’s not with the caveat that you wish you could log onto Facebook from it.

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Consider the visualization created by information designer Will Burtin in 1951 to summarize the effectiveness of three antibiotics—penicillin, neomycin, and streptomycin—in treating 13 bacteria.This understanding of visualization design as a form of model selection, and one that highlights certain comparisons, can be very useful.

These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need

These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need

I'll do the same for all the $20 Game Packs available, which add a mix of features and items.And last are the $10 Stuff Packs, which add themed items for your house and Sims.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

Shuttered: Mathery's Technicolor Coronavirus PSAs

Shuttered: Mathery's Technicolor Coronavirus PSAs

Partners in work and life, the two have been self-isolating in their New York City apartment since the pandemic first began wrecking their native Italy.Our first project together was a blog called 01mathery that we started in 2010 to which we posted one idea a day.

Asus’ New Gaming Laptop Has Two Screens. We’re Not Sure Why

Asus’ New Gaming Laptop Has Two Screens. We’re Not Sure Why

First, and this is the same one that makes Apple’s Touch Bar a misfire from a design perspective: It’s just not intuitive to look down from your main screen to check out the fun-sized second screen that’s at keyboard-height.

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Is Your Data Being Collected? These Signs Will Tell You Where

Is Your Data Being Collected? These Signs Will Tell You Where

Through a project called Digital Transparency in the Public Realm, or DTPR, the company is demonstrating a set of icons, to be displayed in public spaces, that shows where and what kinds of data are being collected.

These Sleek Lamps Illuminate the Promise of 3D Printing

These Sleek Lamps Illuminate the Promise of 3D Printing

Yang is the founder and CEO of Gantri, a San Francisco company that designs, fabricates, and sells 3D-printed lamps.The Signal desk light is one of the new lamps in Gantri's collection that was designed by the SF firm Ammunition, which is famous for some of Silicon Valley's most iconic designs.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus launched the design program in 2017, and the Maveric, which is 6.5 feet long with a 10.5-foot wingspan, first took flight last year.The interior of a Maveric-like plane would have fewer window seats but would allow for new seating configurations.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Hyundai’s partnership with Uber, announced formally at CES, will facilitate the carmaker’s transition to aircraft manufacturing, says Nikhil Goel, Uber’s head of product in its aviation efforts.

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

When the last person left the moon in 1972, few could have predicted that humans wouldn’t return for another 50 years.The agency is planning a crewed mission to the moon in 2024 , and this time it wants to stick around.

Puma Is Making Gamer Shoes Now

Puma Is Making Gamer Shoes Now

As you can see from the (frankly bonkers) YouTube ad below, the company's new "Active Gaming Footwear" line includes a sleek-ish black rubber shoe that is, best I can tell, a big, thick sock.

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

To offer something for everybody else, Nike is adding a mix-and-match set of the Swim Hijab [$40], Swim Tunic with built-in sports bra [$70], and Swim Leggings [$68] to its modest swimwear collection.

Tesla's Cybertruck, an Aston Martin SUV, and More Car News This Week

Tesla's Cybertruck, an Aston Martin SUV, and More Car News This Week

One automotive design expert we spoke to this week called it “horrifying.” (He came around later, though—you should read the story .)At the very least, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk put it during the all-electric pickup truck’s Thursday night unveiling, CYBRTRCK “doesn’t look like anything else!”.

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Zammit says he and other automotive designers teach students to add a little extra something to make the vehicle look stable, to look strong—even if it doesn’t add much to the engineering.

Tesla's Cybertruck Is Coming—Here's How to Watch the New Pickup's Announcement

Tesla's Cybertruck Is Coming—Here's How to Watch the New Pickup's Announcement

“I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not,” he told Recode a year ago, “but I don’t care.” He’s said the truck will be “literally bulletproof” and that it will look like “an armored personnel carrier from the future.”.

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

“We’d pop in sketches on a Monday, choose the one we wanted on Tuesday, build the CAD model on Wednesday, mill it on Thursday, then present it on Friday,” says design manager Chris Walter.

'The Outer Worlds': An Anti-Capitalist Game That's Too Much Work

'The Outer Worlds': An Anti-Capitalist Game That's Too Much Work

The challenge of quest design is to shape them in such a way that they don't just feel like running from place to place, tripping story or objective triggers in the game world.

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Another blog post on the company’s design hub goes into more detail about how the team used “custom typography, rounded corners, open tracking and capitalization to create visual distinction between the company and the app.” This apparent faith in the world-changing power of a good font will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a design brief.

In Praise of Ugly and Conspicuous Security Cameras

In Praise of Ugly and Conspicuous Security Cameras

No surprise, then, that in the past five or so years companies like Nest and Ring have been pushing peace of mind in the form of home surveillance cameras.

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick and weighs 1.7 pounds (the same weight as the other new Surface device announced Wednesday, the Surface Pro 7; more on that below).Microsoft is claiming this “pro” tablet running on Qualcomm’s ARM-based processor should be three times as powerful as the Surface Pro 6 and get about 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

The Speculum Finally Gets a Modern Redesign

The Speculum Finally Gets a Modern Redesign

Asiedu tested her prototype in a pilot study with 15 volunteers this year, the results of which were published in the journal PLOS One in May. Every single patient said the smaller device provided a better experience than the speculum.The Duke study looked at patient satisfaction, and Asiedu acknowledges that physicians may offer more criticism of the device.

Apple's 3 New iPhones Are All About the Cameras

Apple's 3 New iPhones Are All About the Cameras

The standard 64 GB iPhone 11 starts at $699 and the 64 GB Pro models start at $999, with a $100 extra charge for the Max version.The iPhone Pro models will have three cameras in that square and the standard iPhone 11 will have just two, both 12-megapixel.

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.