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“Ex-Boyfriend Revenge” Kit Encourages Women To Murder In Style

Why is a designer handbag company selling an all-inclusive domestic violence kit?<p>Psychopathic ladies, go ahead and ditch your boring, unfashionable tools of torture in a dumpster in a remote location immediately. Designer handbag label Her Royal Flyness has your needs covered.<p>The Australian brand …

Handbags

The Simplest Drone Of All Time?

A postdoc at NYU creates a robot with the aerodynamics to fly without a brain.<p>Following 100 years of flight, drones are making us question everything we know about aircraft. Sure, most military drones still resemble pretty typical planes, but we’re also seeing all sorts of alternative approaches to …

Drones

Plastic Dishes That Look Like Ceramic

The problem with plastic kitchenware is that is looks so…plastic. So while three-year-old Danish design brand Room Copenhagen wanted to make its latest kitchen collection out of durable materials, they also wanted to give it a handmade feel. They picked Ole Jensen.<p>“I am a ceramicist,” says Jensen. …

Design

Is That A Giant Piece Of Nougat? Nope, A Chair

Candy lovers, take a load off with these delectable furnishings. Creator Matthias Borowski made these sweet seats as part of his master’s thesis at the Design Academy Eindhoven, “The Importance of the Obvious.”<p>The project explores the role of materials in design, with a special focus on food and …

Ice Cream

14 Gift Ideas For Type Lovers

Type is all around us. It dances on our screens, fills our books, flattens itself against our keyboards, and clings to the outsides of our buses. Yet so few of us see it for the vibrant and endlessly exciting realm of design it is… at least, not until it is pointed out to you for the first time.<p>101 …

Typography

What Washington, D.C., Would Look Like With Skyscrapers

Washington, D.C., has a height problem. For almost its entire history, builders in the nation’s capital have faced restrictions limiting how high their structures could rise. Starting with regulations established by George Washington himself and written into Congressional law in 1899, anything …

Skyscrapers

This Guy Wants To Fold A Life-Sized Origami Elephant

Just watch those paper cuts–they’ll take off a limb.<p>Sipho Mabona is an origami artist with a singular vision. He wants to spend several weeks of his life folding a life-sized elephant at an art museum in Beromünster, Switzerland.<p>“My main goal is to change people’s perception of origami. Mostly it’s …

Crafting

Celebrating Marc Newson, The Master Of Futuristic Minimalism

We happen to know what industrial designer Marc Newson’s home looks like. Newson, who once told the <i>New York Times</i>, “the future isn’t futuristic anymore,” put his décor where is mouth is and outfitted his London flat with a dose of futuristic minimalism that’s carefully countered by warmer touches, …

Minimalism

Who Created Those Ubiquitous Red Party Cups? [Video]

Everybody! Nobody! In my short documentary I, Party Cup, I introduce you to some of the people behind every frat boy’s favorite plastic cup.<p>A little over a year ago, I decided to make a short documentary tracing the “family tree” of an everyday product–the kind of thing that exists in the world …

Documentaries

Prototype Camera Uses Your Brainwaves To Snap Pics

Neurocam is a clever idea wrapped in the weirdest wearable-tech product design possible.<p>If you’re weirded out by Google Glass, don’t look now–in Japan, product designers are strapping iPhones to their heads and using their own EEG signals to record animated GIFs. This “working prototype,” called …

Brainwaves

Dear Ticketmaster, Please Fix Your Crappy Tickets

Time to redesign the master of all tickets.<p>I’m a huge concert goer; more than 20 concerts in this past year. I’ve taken up volunteer ushering at venues to see my favorite musicians. My job requires me to check tickets and usher people to their seats–a manageable task, but after checking hundreds of …

Paperless Office

The Case For Building Cities Underground

Forget supertall skyscrapers–a new wave of architects wants to build cities underground.<p>Deep beneath the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, a new type of green space is coaxed out of the darkness. Delancey Underground, a 1.5-acre space that formerly served as a trolley terminal, has gone …

Mexico City

Onformative Transforms Facebook Data Into Gorgeous Wallpaper

A data visualization project from the Berlin-based studio turns a company’s Facebook activity into this botany-inspired print.<p>When generative design studio onformative was tapped to create a piece for German telecommunication company Deutsche Telekom’s flagship store in Berlin, the designers, who …

Data Visualization

Artist Converts Tiny Studio Into A Surreal Dreamscape

Within the confines of her tiny studio in Seoul, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee creates a world of her own, transforming apartment into an intricate dreamscape plucked from traditional Korean fables and her own imagination. Unwilling to use Photoshop to digitally alter the images of her 3-by-6-meter …

Art

Urban Outfitters And Todd Oldham Alums Form A Hip New Textiles Studio

Brooklyn-based New Friends uses a traditional weaving technique to create fun contemporary textiles. Squee alert: dog-printed sweatpants ahead.<p>We have a friend crush on New Friends, a Brooklyn-based textile studio made up of Kelly Rakowski (full disclosure: a photo editor at <i>Fast Company</i>) and …

Animated GIF

A Line Of Jewelry Inspired By Illicit Drugs

We are craving Designer Drugs: a new line of jewelry from Aroha Silhouettes, designed after the hybrid molecular structures of illicit substances.<p>These wearable vices were inspired by a “fantasy laboratory” where dangerous drugs are turned into glitzy bling. Hailing from New Zealand, designer Tania …

Jewelry

This Genius Spoof Rebrands Santa For The 21st Century

*Santa* is a registered trademark of santaclaus global enterprises incorporated. And don’t you forget it.<p>Ever since Coca-Cola started featuring him in holiday ads back in 1931, and thus helped turn him into a pop culture icon, Santa Claus has been as much of a brand as he has been an omnipotent …

Graphic Design

Forget Snowplows: Let’s Turn Snow From The Next Winter Storm Into Giant Forts

Two Chicago designers have an alternative proposal to cleaning up snow in the winter: leave it where it is so that people can create snow playgrounds.<p>Every winter, cities like New York and Boston spend tens of millions of dollars hauling away snow. But what if the snow got turned into makeshift …

It’s Time To Ban Airline Loyalty Programs

Jeremy Webber of Ziba thinks it’s time to ditch those convoluted rewards programs and get back to what truly matters: service.<p>Airlines pioneered the idea of loyalty programs in the early 1980s and variations on the theme have sprung up like mushrooms ever since. So many businesses are plying …

Loyalty

Why Companies Are Terrible At Spotting Creative Ideas

Cognitive biases can keep us from assessing creativity with a clear mind. Here’s how to get around them.<p>Editor’s Note<p>01/01/14<p>Happy New Year! We’re saying good-bye to 2013 by revisiting some of our favorite stories of the year. Enjoy.<p>In business, a creative idea is only worth as much as the manager …

Creativity

The Plot Of Every Rocky Movie, Deconstructed

It may be formulaic, but fans know: Rocky was never really about the boxing. It was always about the fight.<p>The original <i>Rocky</i> is the ultimate underdog story, in more ways than one. Struggling actor Sylvester Stallone was so broke that he hawked his dog for $50 the week before he sold his script …

Film Industry

16 Gift Ideas For People Who Travel Too Much

Whether it’s a jet-setting businessman uncle, a kid about to “study” abroad in Europe, or a pair of long-distance lovers, we all know people who can’t seem to stay in one place. Here’s our guide to the best-designed gifts for globetrotters.<p>CD

Travel

Can Thinking About Time Make You A Better Person?

A new study finds that thinking about money makes people more likely to cheat, but thinking about time keeps them honest.<p>Imagine: Briefcases full of cash. Scrooge McDuck diving into his swimming pool vault of gold coins. Winning $100 at a blackjack table. Feeling a little dishonest yet?<p>Just …

Research

Watch These Designers Recreate A Classic Mac With Legos

A brand has to inspire a certain level of loyalty to deserve scale Lego models of its products. But we all know Apple fans can be a little obsessive.<p>Oslo-based advertising creatives Jason Kinsella and Charlotte Bakken put their fandom for both Lego and Apple on display in a quick little stop-motion …

Lego

Is This What Clothes Will Look Like In 2050?

Opening Ceremony designs a capsule collection, inspired by Spike Jonze’s futuristic new movie, Her.<p>The funny thing about films set in the future is how often the costumes reflect fashion trends of the past. <i>Blade Runner</i>’s Rachel has hair from the 1940s and shoulder pads from the 1980s; <i>The Jetsons</i> …

Blade Runner

Are These 3-D Printed Shoes Artistic Or Misogynistic?

Artist Sebastian Errazuriz designs a collection of shoes after his ex-lovers. Be glad you never dated this guy.<p>In collaboration with the shoe brand Melissa, New York-based designer Sebastian Errazuriz is getting a lot of attention for “12 Shoes for 12 Lovers:” a series of 12, 3-D printed shoe …

Art

No, Reuters, Women Have Not Broken The Glass Ceiling

Numbers don’t lie, but when rendered into graphs and charts, they can be incredibly misleading. Case in point, this Reuters visualization of the glass ceiling in Fortune 500 companies.<p>On its own, this image (by graphics editor Steve Culp) looks so positive. You can watch as women build a mountain …

CEOs

A Futuristic Lantern You Can Take Anywhere

What would happen if you mixed the Jawbone Jambox with a Coleman lantern? You’d get the Vela.<p>Last year, Twisthink designer Joe VanFaasen bought a 1967 Airstream trailer. He took his family camping once before the season got too cold. And in the off season, he starting shopping for more gear–namely …

Portable

How Square Register’s UI Guilts You Into Leaving Tips

Square, the mobile payments service, has mastered the art of guilt tipping.<p>A few weeks ago, a young couple walked into New York City’s popular Big Gay Ice Cream shop and ordered a shake. One of the customers then handed the cashier his credit card, and after swiping it through Square Register, the …

New York City

Horrific Accident Inspires Eerie Photo Montages

Affected by her brother’s near-fatal car accident, artist Diane Meyer explores the concept of memory by cross-stitching photographs.<p>In 2011, Diane Meyer‘s brother was hit by a car. His skull smashed in the accident, Meyer’s brother needed to have a steel plate put in; even after the surgery, he was …

Christmas Trees