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Why you should make useless things

In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her …

Inventions

Typography is impossible

The practical guide to why laying out type never quite does what you want<p>You’re a front-end engineer, building boxes and putting text inside them. A …

Typography

Mill's Blackbird

Blackbirds

Mapping The Stunning Complexity Of The World’s Shipping Routes

Researchers from the UCL Energy Institute plot 250 million data points to show the movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet.<p>At any given moment, the world’s oceans are teeming with fleets of commercial ships–carriers packed with barrels of oil, stacks of electronic equipment, or crates of …

You'll Never Be as Good at Anything as This Guy Is at RC Helicoptering

It might look like this erratic RC helicopter is malfunctioning and about to crash, but its pilot, Tareq Alsaadi, is in complete control. RC choppers …

The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:<p>By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:<p>By the time you finish high school, …

Computer Science

Again and again I am pleasantly surprised that, as an older designer (69 now and computer literate…

Again and again I am pleasantly surprised that, as an older designer (69 now and computer literate since the late 70s) I find that what is considered …

“It’s actually a land-grab in the name of a festival”: An interview with Vimlendu Jha

<i>On 9 March 2016, the National Green Tribunal (NGT),</i> <i>a special tribunal conceived in 2010 to handle cases pertaining to environmental issues</i><i>, ordered</i> …

A few stiff drinks saved 'No Man's Sky'

I'm alone on a freezing planet blanketed in snow; pine trees the color of rusted metal hang heavy with white powder. It's minus 163 degrees Celsius (minus 261 Fahrenheit), but my suit keeps me warm. For now. The thermal meter in the bottom-left corner of the screen slowly ticks down, warning me to …

No Man's Sky

Design Thinking Shakes Up The Beige World Of Enterprise Software

Supply-chain management software gets sexy. But should it?<p>Farewell’s website has the familiar look and feel of a startup software launch in the mid-2010s: highly saturated, widescreen colors; slick-as-hell typography and animated infographics; a short promotional film that looks like it was …

idealist4ever.com

Chrome for Android will soon alert you to nearby objects you can interact with

Google is moving forward with its plans to allow Bluetooth beacons to broadcast location-based information and URLs to your phone. The Bluetooth-based technology is designed so that a subway can tell you when the next train is coming, or a nearby parking meter can alert you how to pay when you …

10 Things You Didn’t Know About New Car Smell

A Ford materials engineer tells us everything we ever wanted to know about designing the fragrance of your car.<p>There are more than 100 different materials inside your average car. And they all smell like something.<p>The effect could be disastrous, like being trapped inside a burning latex factory …

The Entire Universe As We Know It In One Spectacular Photograph

There’s a tremendous amount of information available about the universe, so much so that it’s a feat to even comprehend how much scientists have documented. In 1946, we saw the very first photograph from outer space; 70 years later, we have images of over 5,500 different galaxies courtesy of the …

Arranged marriage isn’t about the boy and girl cooking; it’s about keeping caste alive

Two days ago ethnic clothing brand BIBA released a video about a young man and his family “meeting” the family of a young woman over a marriage …

Sacred Rights

<b>ON 17 SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR,</b> a 30-year-old man named Renganathan was arrested for sitting in protest inside Madurai’s famous Meenakshi temple, close to …

Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy

A Google employee teaches his colleagues how to block out interruptions and set aside “make time.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response …

Floyd Bed Is A Boon For Modern-Day Nomads

A frame tailored for the foam mattress craze.<p>Thanks to companies like Casper, Tuft & Needle, and Wright, there’s been plenty of innovation in the mattress department in the last couple of years. But Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell—founders of the Detroit-based furniture company Floyd—realized no one had …

Design Leadership: What’s Next?

Design heads at 3M, Intuit, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Philips, and REI highlight 7 areas for future design leaders to consider.<p>The importance of corporate design leadership is growing fast, which makes me curious: what does the future of design leadership look like? Will this upward momentum continue, …

Your Toolbox Is Hopelessly Inadequate Without Fiskars’s Reengineered Hammer and Machete

An early champion of user-friendly design, Fiskars tackles your toolshed.<p>“We have a saying here that even the simplest things can be made better or smarter,” says Steve Stokes, a design engineer at Fiskars. The Finnish company, which dates from 1649, was a pioneer of user-friendly design and is …

Distractify

Going from having no kids to all of a sudden being responsible for a human life is a huge transition. After the first few initial months of worrying …

3 Tips On Designing For VR, From Google

A Google designer shared what he learned working on Cardboard so that you don’t have to suffer so much.<p>Virtual Reality is a nascent technology, in which all of the studied rules and clever UI elements that have made our phones and laptops so comfortable to use don’t actually exist yet. And so …

Why A Man Who Hates Plastic Water Bottles Is Making Plastic Water Bottles

Donald Thomson’s water bottle solution? Throw them on the roof.<p>Donald Thomson, a 56-year-old, Canadian-born builder, entrepreneur, and self-taught designer, launched ‘A’Gua-brand water bottles in Costa Rica earlier this year. But he sees no contradiction in his current endeavor: converting …

A UX Legend On The Much-Rumored Death Of The Design Firm

Alan Cooper, a UX pioneer, argues that independent consultants offer one value you can never buy: perspective.<p><i>Alan Cooper is a pioneer in the software world: In the 1970’s, he created seminal business software for microcomputers. Then, in 1988, he invented Visual Basic, one of the world’s most</i> …

A Short History of the Ducati: When One Invention Makes an Entire Company

How the Ducati Monster breathed life back into the motorcycle.<p>Try to think of a vehicle, any consumer product, from the early 1990s that still looks good. The Land Rover Defender and <i>The Simpsons</i> still hold up, maybe. The Plymouth Prowler and frosted tips, never again.<p>No matter the era, it's a feat …

Motorcycles

Smriti Irani's obsession with ranking is unhealthy for India's education system

OPEN TO OPINION<p><b>English</b> | Bangla<p>It distracts from real debates and controversies on the ground.<p>POLITICS<p>| 5-minute read | 04-10-2015<p>Shiv Visvanathan …

Education

Did Avril Lavigne Die in 2003?: An Internet Conspiracy, Explained

“Hi fellow Avril Rangers”: This is the innocuous beginning to what is, perhaps, the best written statement on Canadian pop-punk Nickelback divorcee …

Right Now You Can See All the Moon Photos Apollo Astronauts Ever Shot

8,400 of them are on Flickr.<p>The Apollo astronauts who landed on the moon between 1969 and 1972 did so with chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras so they could record every piece of history. Now you can see what they saw on the lunar surface, and plenty of other shots taken from space.<p>The Project Apollo …

Space Science

All the Times We Tried To Get To Mars And Failed Magnificently

The times the "Great Galactic Ghoul" plagued NASA, the Russians, and other agencies.<p>Opportunity and Curiosity are both going strong, roving on the surface. MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and more probes are still in orbit. With so many successful missions to Mars, it's easy to …

Space Science