When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

I like a get-rich-quick scheme—what American doesn’t?—and not too long ago I alighted on drop-shipping.

Facebook Quietly Makes a Big Admission

Facebook Quietly Makes a Big Admission

In one sense, this design feature gives social media companies and their apologists a convenient defense against critique: If certain stuff is going big on a platform, that’s because it’s what users like.

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

But a new game out on Steam, called qomp, might be the first to consider that playing as the table tennis ball rather than the paddle could make for a novel gameplay experience.

Lululemon's New Yoga Mat Uses 3-D Ridges to Perfect Your Poses

Lululemon's New Yoga Mat Uses 3-D Ridges to Perfect Your Poses

“The central circle is a reference point,” says Lululemon senior designer Stephen Morris.While most other alignment mats have indicators that are purely visual, the Take Form mat’s ripples are slightly raised so that users can feel them during their practice.

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

We like the Galaxy Buds Live for their good battery life (six hours per charge), sweatproof design, and comfy fit.

The ‘Girl Games’ of the ’90s Were Fun and Feminist

The ‘Girl Games’ of the ’90s Were Fun and Feminist

And so, in October 1996, Mattel Media released Barbie Fashion Designer on CD-ROM.Barbie Fashion Designer “really changed the conversation,” says Yasmin B.Before Barbie, “very few games thought about the play space for girls.”.

How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home

How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home

Thank God. When I left my corporate advertising job to freelance full-time from my home near Philadelphia, I luxuriated in the freedom of being my own boss, but I quickly discovered that some needs can’t be satisfied solo.

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The site and corresponding iOS and Android apps would seamlessly integrate the latest Covid data and content from multiple federal agencies, hospitals nationwide, and private sector companies.

Pet Prosthetics Get a Boost From 3D Printing

Pet Prosthetics Get a Boost From 3D Printing

Wendland, who works with the orthopedic and prosthetic company OrthoPets to help dogs adapt to their new limbs, says that it’s an involved process that takes time and technical know-how.

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

In this case, that rocket will push on the top mass in whatever direction (and magnitude) it needs to keep the thing still so it can act like a pendulum.

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!”.