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This Will Be Your Next Tattoo: Arabic Words Illustrated As Their Meanings

Alexandria-based graphic designer Mahmoud Tammam has taken 40 Arabic words and transformed them to match their meanings. The beautifully minimalistic project uses the arches, dots, and curves of the Arabic script to form foxes, whales, coffee pots, and more.<p>Follow Tammam’s work on Instagram or …

London Belongs To Me: August Bicycles Commuter

For Gavin Buxton, things have come full circle. An engineer with nearly two decades-worth of experience, he has also been practising as August Wheelworks. His appearance at Bespoked Bristol this weekend as August Bicycles begins a new revolution, heralded by this very stylish commuter.<p>Before August …

Bicycles

Chiossi Dirt Tracker

The city of Modena is an ancient one, built around faded winding streets and pastel alleyways. It is known as ‘The Capital of Engines’, because the factories of Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati are, or were, located in the city’s boundaries. The Italian passion for speed and …

Engines

San Francisco in the Late 1970s and Early 1980s

In 1978, photographer Janet Delaney moved to San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district. At the time, she was still a student at the San …

An African government is setting up 'water ATMs'

These water vending machines, known locally as water ATMs, allow people to fill containers with water for a subsidized price, paid for with pre-paid smart cards. With a simple swipe, you can fetch water for as little as half a Kenyan shilling (half a US cent) per 5 gallons of water.<p>"We have come up …

Smell-O-Vision Is Back (And Possibly the Future of Storytelling)

Chris Milk, Google Creative Labs, and more bring out the big guns to give us tomorrow's narrative experiences, today.<p>Inhaling through my nose, the artificial scent of honey and apricots fills my head. I stand on the second floor of Queens' Museum of the Moving Image reading a multisensory remix of</i> …

A Furniture Farm Is Growing Whole Chairs

Artist Gavin Munro is cultivating lamps, tables, and more straight out of the ground.<p>When Gavin Munro was a young boy, he saw an overgrown bonsai tree that resembled a throne. Soon after, he got a spinal graft, requiring him to wear a back brace to heal and align his bones: “There were long periods …

Abandoned Louisville limestone mine turned into bike park

It’s the perfect setting: millions of tons of dirt, plenty of space and an atmosphere that stays at a constant 58F (14C).<p>A new underground bicycle park with miles of dirt trails, jumps and stunt courses is being built inside an abandoned limestone mine in Louisville that has been recycled into a …

Washington State

Can Houseplants Really Clean the World's Smoggiest City?

CEO uses greenery to filter the filthy New Delhi air that doctors said was killing him.<p><b>NEW DELHI—On the roof of an office building in India's capital, the world's smoggiest city, Kamal Meattle has a unique tactic for cleaning the air: a greenhouse with 400 common plants, including mother-in-law's</b> …

Get Lost in Gorgeous Conceptual Flood Maps of the World's Supercities

Rio, Cairo, Tokyo, and more get remixed in this series of technicolor topographies from Chaotic Atmosphere.<p><i>Map of Tokyo, 2014. Images via</i><p>The colorful remixed cityscapes in <i>Flowing City Map</i>, an image set from Istvan, a.k.a Chaotic Atmosphere, are more than just remixed renditions of the world's urban …

Articles about students dream grid prefab housing on Dwell.com - Dwell

How Superstorm Sandy helped inspire a Brooklyn prototype for more efficient temporary housing after a natural disaster.<p>Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>A prefabricated off-the-grid vacation home in eastern Washington is one with the land.<p>Airlifted into …

Prefab Homes

At HP Labs, an effort to make the biggest change to computing since the 1940s

HP Labs has been Hewlett-Packard’s engine of innovation for decades, but the division won a lot of attention this year when it began talking about …

Architizer

Kerry Hopkins Aero Track

Liverpool is a suburb in south-western Sydney, home to ABC Cycles, a local bike shop that is home also to Kerry Hopkins, one of Australia’s preeminent framebuilders. Kerry is an alumni of that school of builders which includes Jim Bundy, Geoff Scott and Ken Evans.<p>They’ve all built frames for Aussie …

The Best User Interfaces Of 2014

In terms of smartphones and tablet interfaces, Google may have stolen 2014 with their landmark Material Design philosophy. But outside of that space, things are about to get weird. Really weird.<p>We sit on the precipice of a war for your face, in which companies like Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are …

Artist Uses Only Nails to Create Astonishing Array of Creative Sculptures

Nearly 30 years ago, sculptor John Bisbee was exploring an abandoned house, scavenging for items he could incorporate into found-object sculptures, when he accidentally kicked over a bucket filled with rusty, old nails. To the college student's surprise, the nails that fell out had fused into a …

Bikers in light suits make mesmerizing art

NVA’s “Ghost Peloton” is a short film directed by Mark Huskisson that beautifully documents the performances of LED-clad cyclists and Phoenix Dance …

‘Multi-voltaic’ paint turns this entire Mercedes G-Code concept into a solar panel

To mark the opening of its new Beijing R&D center, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a G-Code concept, a small crossover that’s literally covered in the latest …

Waarom liggen sportvelden vaak zover weg terwijl ze ook gewoon op de daken gelegd kunnen worden?

Whiskey Wedge

The Whiskey Wedge is an ingenious solution for whiskey lovers, keeping your favorite spirit at the right temperature without diluting it. The …

The 10 most beautiful bicycles

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In Africa, big plans for bamboo bikes

As improbable as it may seem, a product that debuted 120 years ago, then quickly disappeared – the bamboo bicycle – is now re-emerging as a potential catalyst for economic growth in Ghana and other impoverished sub-Saharan countries.<p>The first bamboo bike was a minor sensation when the Bamboo Cycle …

Noma Has A Science Bunker, Officially Making It The Coolest Restaurant in the World - The Fox Is Black

Named almost consecutively (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine, Noma is something beyond a …

VB webinar: how to go global and double your market reach using technology

The Internet has made (almost) everything possible.<p>It was once the case that if you wanted to build a multinational business, you’d have to employ people, find offices, and “set up shop” in every country you thought would make a good target market. At the very least, you would create a channel of …

Tinyloot will pay players to play free-to-play mobile games (exclusive)

Game makers have had a tough time monetizing mobile titles, as they advertise heavily to recruit new players. Tinyloot wants to turn that on its head, paying players a small amount of money, so that they will keep on playing a game — and spend money in it too.<p>The idea comes from Oliver Kern, a …

Oregon Manifest 2014: Pensa on Collaborating with Horse Cycles, Large Radius Bends and Getting Out of the Way in NYC

<i>Today saw the unveiling of the collaborative bicycle designs that are going head to head in the third edition of the Oregon Manifest, in which five</i> …

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