'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.

The Jeopardy! Master is Making a Better Trivia Game

The Jeopardy! Master is Making a Better Trivia Game

Jennings recalled winning the first Half-Truth test game he played with Garfield, after a year of development, and thinking, "Yes, exactly, this is how the universe should work.

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Their new book Eastern Blocks features 100 images of modernist housing estates and other unusual Soviet-era structures.The duo began photographing modernist and brutalist architecture in central and eastern Europe after founding Zupagrafika as a design studio and publishing house in 2012.

The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign

The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign

The search bar features more prominently on the right.“People use Twitter a lot on desktop to look for information, and it tends to be around their interests,” says Jesar Shah, the web redesign's product lead.

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo's New Switch, and More News. Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable.

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News. Jony Ive—designer of the iPhone—is leaving Apple; Twitter is finally cracking down on politicians; and WIRED has a list of the best biking cities in the world.

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week. So it’s appropriate that we were all about electric stuff this week. Meet the Bridgestone tire built to make electric vehicles as quiet as they can be—and the engineers who worked to eliminate all nine (!?)

This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms

This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms

And a study from Cornell found that dating apps that let users filter matches by race, like OKCupid and The League, reinforce racial inequalities in the real world. While Monster Match is just a game, Berman has a few ideas of how to improve the online and app-based dating experience.

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Designers have gotten used to all sorts of magic tricks to make Helvetica look more legible, like changing the size of punctuation marks to balance the letters.

The Matrix Code Came From Sushi Recipes—but Which?

The Matrix Code Came From Sushi Recipes—but Which?

Whiteley says his wife still has the recipe book that inspired the digital rain, even if it is beginning to fall apart. Whiteley also says Japanese speakers won't be able to lift the recipe straight from the movie because the digital rain is written in code.

Ferrari Built the Track-Slaying P80/C for a Single Customer

Ferrari Built the Track-Slaying P80/C for a Single Customer

The company said in a statement that it considers the P80/C to be a “new kind of product that simply did not exist in the current Ferrari range.” You know, a track-only prototype inspired by current design aesthetics, but drawing on iconic cars of the past.

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

“It gives you a lot of diversity and it gives you the power to explore areas of a design space that you wouldn't normally go into,” says research scientist David Howard, who developed the evolving leg system and recently published a framework for evolutionary robotics in Nature Machine Intelligence .

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

"I think every person ended up licking the glass or just smearing their entire face against it to get really interesting color fields with the makeup and sweat mixing," Whitmore says.

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

He was there to introduce a movie, of which he is begrudgingly but indisputably the star.“The film has my name, but it’s less about me, and more about my chief concerns,” the 86-year-old said with characteristic self-effacing charm.Rams, who is famous for his clean-lined designs for home goods companies like Braun and Vitsoe, has many concerns—the state of the world, the state of design, the way our appetite for shiny, new things is leading us down a gluttonous path of destruction—and he voices all of them in the new documentary Rams.The film is the newest from Gary Hustwit, who serves as the design world’s de-facto documentarian having made the lauded Urbanized, Objectified, and Helvetica.

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

At launch, The Sneaker will come with a standard version of this midsole with the option of purchasing a more arched version in the future.“It gives cushion without adding a lot of weight, fits into the bottom of the shoe really nicely, takes advantage of that cavity in the cup sole,” and lets customers keep their Rothy’s insole, which comes decorated with pattern and color, says Martin.