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Two Graphic Designer Pen Pals Communicate Using Only Infographics, Eventually Become Good Friends

For one year, two award-winning information designers, Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, living on different sides of the Atlantic, sent each other …

The rise and rise of the brutalist design trend

Brutalism in web design is raw, rough, unpolished and everything that today’s standard of the aesthetically beautiful website isn’t. It goes way …

Web Design

Physicists Believe They've Discovered a Fifth Fundamental Force of the Universe

Although physics may seem complicated to the uninitiated (or even to the trained professional, for that matter), it’s worth remembering that physics …

Virtual space exploration with a twist of knowledge

Wikiverse brings gaming techniques to online browsing<p>Space exploration games like <i>No Man's Sky, Elite Dangerous</i> and <i>Star Citizen</i> allow players to surf virtual galaxies, seeking out strange new worlds.<p>But they've also served as an inspiration for one extraordinary project, here on planet Earth. …

This innovative cliff-side chapel funnels in heavenly rays of light

The structure, called the Aurélios Chapel, hasn't been built yet, but the Portugal-based firm collaborated with Metro Cúbico Digital, a firm that makes 3D visuals, to create an artistic rendering of the concept.<p>The architects named it after Portugal's Aurélio Pereira, a soccer recruiter who scouted …

Swiss Alps

The letter 111 top designers wrote the Supreme Court in Apple’s defense

Design luminaries including Calvin Klein, Dieter Rams, and Norman Foster are schooling the US Supreme Court in the laws of design. They’re rallying behind Apple, in the first design patents case to be heard by the court in over a century.<p>In 2011, Apple sued Samsung for all its profits from sales of …

Product Design

Xiaomi's $750 laptop is like a MacBook Air with gaming hardware inside

The Chinese phone maker ventures into the laptop biz with two sleek new machines, the more powerful of which should be able to offer enough power for gaming.<p><b>Sept 1, 2016 update:</b> Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air isn't quite as novel as the company's hoverboard or latest drone, but it does have one thing …

Computer Hardware

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

To free the creative process from the keyboard, a designer invented off-screen tools for all to use

“We change our minds by moving our hands,” wrote cognitive psychologist Susan Goldin-Meadow in a seminal 2014 study about how gestures and physical tasks deepen and enhance creative thinking. But for most designers, gone are the days of drawing pads, inks, pencils, glues, rulers, thumbnails and …

Photoshop

Here's How We Prevent The Next Racist Chatbot

Tay.ai is the consequence of poor training<p>It took less than 24 hours and 90,000 tweets for Tay, Microsoft's A.I. chatbot, to start generating racist, genocidal replies on Twitter. The bot has ceased tweeting, and we can consider Tay a failed experiment.<p>In a statement to <i>Popular Science</i>, a Microsoft …

Artificial Intelligence

The software behind Futurama is going open source

Toonz creates software you’ve probably never heard of but you’ve likely seen countless TV shows and movies made using its products.<p>The company’s main product is a piece of enterprise animation software that helps with scanning and cleanup of drawings, editing, animation and compositing.<p>Toonz was …

You Can Literally See Through the Head of This Fascinating Fish

It’s not hard to know what’s going on in the head of a Marcopinna microstoma fish…because you can see right through it! The fascinating creature is instantly recognizable thanks to the transparent and fluid-filled dome on its head, which also offers a glimpse of its eyes—and they aren’t what you’d …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Impressionist-Inspired Landscapes Fuse Photography with Painting to Blur Fantasy and Reality

Artist Stev'nn Hall fuses painting and photography to create stunning landscapes that blur the line between fantasy and reality. After studying the two disciplines in school, he combines the precise, documentary eye of photographs with the uninhibited splatters of brush strokes. The results are …

Art

Japanese Mathematician Claims to Have Solved a Notorious Maths Problem, But Nobody Understands It

Now what?<p><i>This article was written by Kevin Knudson from the University of Florida, and was originally published by The Conversation.</i><p>What happens when …

Mathematics

Way beyond diamonds: A look at some of the rarest minerals in the world

There are more than 5,000 known minerals on Earth, and most of them are much more rare than Valentine's Day diamonds.<p>After all, diamonds can be found in more than 700 locations around the world, and miners pull tons of them out of the ground each year.<p>Compare that to the beautiful Valentine's Day …

Golden Rules of User Interface Design

10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design<p>Based upon Ben Shneiderman’s “Designing the User Interface” and Jakob Nielsen’s “Ten Usability …

Particle's Electron board lets anyone make 3G internet devices

As sweet as it might be to dream of making your own Internet of Things device, there's one big problem: keeping it online at all times. How do you connect that smart sensor in your backyard when it's nowhere near WiFi? Particle (aka Spark) thinks it can help. It just started shipping the Electron, …

NASA releases even more of its fantastical space tourism posters

You might think NASA is a big bureaucratic agency that only operates according to rules, regulations, and process — and you'd mostly be right. But the space agency is also full of dreamers and thinkers like the ones who make up the design studio at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who were behind the …

Posters

New 3D Calligraphy Creations Look Like They're Popping Off the Page

Istanbul-based artist Tolga Girgin creates beautifully scripted calligraphy that seems to leap off the page. An ancient art form that remains relevant today, calligraphy has continued to evolve to suit modern needs. It is emerging more and more as a popular trend for the artistically inclined and …

Calligraphy

Dell’s XPS 15 makes big laptops cool again

Dell’s XPS 13 is the most exciting laptop in a long time. It’s the best 13-inch Windows laptop out there, but a lot of people want a bigger screen. While 15-inch laptops are some of the most popular on the market, if you want a larger laptop what options do you have?<p>As I searched for the best …

Intel Corporation

Animated Double Exposure by Said Dagdeviren

Said Dagdeviren is a designer from Istanbul, Turkey and he created a stunning series using cinemagraphs and Double Exposure on representing animals …

Istanbul

Slow/d: "The First Distributed Design Factory"

This Italian operation hopes to connect individual designers and makers to eliminate warehouses and factories<p>At first glance, this design for a …

Furniture Design

Building a hardware startup: prototyping and supply chain (Infographic)

I started out this three part series to share the insights I have gained over the past 17 months on building a hardware startup. We are still working …

Manufacturing

A Clever Material Can Remember Hundreds of Past Shapes

Ever gotten off track working on origami (who hasn’t?), and wished you could figure out how to undo your last few folds? There’s a clever new …

Reddit Is Releasing a Book of AMAs

Reddit’s popular “Ask Me Anything” forums are notoriously hard to read for those who aren’t die-hard Reddit users, but the self-described “front page …

Literature

This Coffee Table is Based on a Scene From Inception

In the 2010 movie <i>Inception,</i> characters can manipulate and build dreams. As one character tests the limits of this power, she folds a city onto itself.<p>…

Furniture

2015 in Review: Animals and Biomimicry

"Best Of"...nature edition<p>Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, which is an idea that certainly carries over to the mysteries of nature …

Customizable Transparent Chair Uses Removable Sheets of Plastic to Easily Alter Its Appearance

South Korean industrial designer Sohyun Yun has created a chair that can change as often as your mood. Called <i>Layer</i>, this innovative seat is made out of clear acrylic and has an entirely see-through structure. Thanks to its clever construction, the “blank canvas” is completely customizable, with …

Furniture

Artist transforms scrap metal into incredible lifelike sculptures

Scrap metal is getting a second chance at life in the hands of artist John Kennedy Brown. The Wales-based sculptor, also known as J.K. Brown, …

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

It has been twenty years since the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning Post has created an info-graphic that …

Hong Kong