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The Shipping Muse

Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.<p>Downtown Houston, Texas, feels like a ghost town. Buildings with tinted windows loom heavily and cast dark shadows on the …

Magnetism

Half-Tree House

Partially anchored to its sloped plot and partially resting on two existing trees, the Half-Tree House is exactly what the name suggests. The …

Design

Google releases massive visual databases for machine learning

It seems like we hear about a new breakthrough using machine learning nearly every day, but it's not easy. In order to fine-tune algorithms that recognize and predict patterns in data, you need to feed them massive amounts of already-tagged information to test and learn from. For researchers, …

Yahoo open-sources machine learning porn filter

Yahoo is the latest tech company to open source its computer vision code. The beleaguered outfit's application for it? Filtering porn. Yahoo hopes that its convolutional neural net (CNN) will empower others to better guard innocent eyes, but admits that because of the tech's very nature (and how …

New gaming battleground lies in the cloud

<b>Maurizio Sciglio has a problem. For three years he has been developing a technology that harnesses the power of the internet to supercharge the capabilities of games consoles, PCs, and even smartphones.</b><p>The problem? His technology falls under the catch-all term "cloud gaming", a somewhat toxic …

Cloud Computing

The Way Designers Pick Materials Is Broken–And This Lab Wants To Fix It

From cellulose guitars to shape-shifting walls, Eastman Innovation Lab wants to introduce designers to emerging material science.<p>Advancements in industrial design are inextricably linked to material science. As designers look for ways to manufacture products that perform better and last longer, …

Imagining the share economy city

Back in 2014, the <i>Atlantic</i> wondered: What is a city? It is a complicated question, but Luis Bettencourt, a professor at the Sante Fe Institute, gave …

The 1-page usability test plan

How to sleep better at night<p>A week or so before a usability test, I often have a least one bad night’s sleep where I wake up worrying that I’ve …

Awesome Concepts Drawing App Arrives On iPhone

If you have been using the awesome Concepts, sketching, design and CAD app on your iPad you will already know how good this app is. But now its …

iOS

Lesson 2 — Find balance in your design team

Stop looking for a UX designer and get more specific with your needs.<p><i>This is the second post in the Effective Design series. If you haven’t read</i> …

7 Design Lessons To Learn From This Awesome Roof Deck In Chicago

When dSPACE Studio were designing this roof top deck for a building in Chicago, they really thought about how to create an urban oasis within the …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Articles about home and studio maximizes very narrow site echo park on Dwell.com - Dwell

A house in Echo Park makes the most of its narrow lot with open-plan spaces spread out over four levels.<p>A Japanese architect creates multi-use miracles with a home just wider than a big rig.<p>A photographer’s summer retreat in the seaside town of Loctudy, France, is an elegant, architectural metaphor …

Architecture

18th-Century Paris Apartment Renovated with Rustic and Contemporary Charm

Located in a historic district of Paris is the <i>Appartement Saint Paul</i>, a one-bedroom residence recently redesigned by architect Margaux Beja. Nestled in the attic of an eighteenth-century building, it includes the structure's original features with contemporary additions, creating a space that's …

Interior Design

The Year in Furniture Designs: Design/Build Techniques, Learning From the Past and Present

The President's desk, a clever Japanese trick, magnets, joints and more<p>This year in furniture, we got to write up a lot of furniture …

Furniture

HUB: All Your Kitchen Appliances in One Device

With the amount of waste produced in the US, the goal of this project was to design a product platform that demonstrates product longevity by …

‘Dieter Rams: Ten Principles For Good Design’ by Shuffle

Back in the late 1970s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him — “an impenetrable confusion of forms, …

How Apple’s super-secret Industrial Design team really works

<i>This feature is adapted from my book,</i> Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products. <i>It offers a rare look inside one of Apple’s most secretive institutions: the Industrial Design studio.</i><p>Where do Apple’s great products come from?<p>For the last 18 years — since Steve Jobs returned to the …

Designing User Experience for Minimum Viable Product

For some people, the first version of the product doesn’t need to be nice and perfect. Just go ugly early with one killer single-feature, so you can …

Try Apple's Swift language in IBM's online sandbox

Apple recently announced that it has open sourced its Swift programming language that lets developers code software for iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS. You can now try it for yourself without installing anything, thanks to IBM.<p>The company has launched a Web-based Swift sandbox where you can write code …

Cognitive Computing

This Is How You Build Products for the New Generation of 'Data Natives'

Imagine a major intersection where all the innovation taking place in data analytics and all the advances in hardware meet. It would look a lot like …

Big Data

If you’re not thinking conversation first, you are doing it wrong

Conversation is the purest form of interaction and should be the basis for higher level designs.<p>Designing a user experience is a challenge for even …

Articles about sustainably built weekend home on Dwell.com - Dwell

For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.<p>Overlooking the scenic Minnehaha Creek sits one of the most unique and energy-efficient homes in the greater Minneapolis area.<p>A modernist cabin in British Columbian ski country is …

Design

Articles about seeing red 5 homes bright red accents on Dwell.com - Dwell

On the island of San Miguel in Portugal's Azores archipelago, a vibrant home wraps around a massive linden tree.<p>The color red symbolizes many things, including strength, radiance, confidence, and of course, love.<p>This Victorian farmhouse in Granville, Ohio barely survived years of “keggers” and …

Architecture

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

Philips officially unveils Bridge 2.0, bringing Siri-powered HomeKit to existing Hue bulbs and lamps

Siri voice control is finally coming to Philips Hue connected light bulbs thanks to promised HomeKit support and a new bridge product. Details have been surfacing over the last month with product listings going up a day early, and today Philips is ready to officially reveal how it’s bringing …

Home Automation

Meet Descendant Cider: New York City's First-Ever Commercial Hard Cidery

Descendant currently offers three ciders: Succession, Pom Pomme and their latest eponymous offering Descendant Dry.<p>What can you do with 600 square …

Beer

Innovative Skylight Window Easily Transforms into Rooftop Balcony

It's now possible to transform a skylight into a small balcony by simply opening its frame. Danish window company Velux has designed <i>Cabrio</i>, a dormer that's made up of two sections, each with a different purpose. The top opens for ventilation while the bottom features an integrated banister that …

Home Improvement
Modern Architecture