Chris Ohrt

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Timberleaf teardrop trailer keeps one eye on design

Being compact and light doesn't mean the Timberleaf is poorly equipped. The cabin is fully insulated and fitted out with what the company calls a …

How A 300-Year-Old Religious Sect Is Influencing Young Designers Today

Centuries before capital-m Modernism, the Shakers built clean-lined, functionalist furniture embodying their stringent spiritual beliefs.<p>The principles of honesty, utility, and simplicity read like a modernist’s credo, but those were the core design values of the Shakers, a radically conservative …

MIT’s Not-So-Crazy Plan To Get Rid Of Stoplights

The intersection of the future has no stoplight—just a very, very intelligent algorithm.<p>The first stoplight was a complete disaster.<p>Installed in London in 1868, the gas-powered traffic signal exploded, killing the policeman who was responsible for operating it. In the 150 years since, the stoplight …

Forgotten heroes – the true story of India

In his history of the people who made modern India, Sunil Khilnani set out to complicate western stereotypes. Here he reflects on how he challenged the prejudices and stories Indians tell themselves about their past<p>Years ago, I scored a ticket to the first cricket Test match to be played in the …

India

Taxi Fabric Turns Cabs into Traveling Art

Designers bring their visions to taxi interiors and completely change the experience of riding in a cab.<p>Imagine sliding into a taxi and realizing, once you settle down, that you are sitting on top of a bright blue landscape with carefully painted horses leaping across the seat. In front of you, the …

A Musician Made a Map of the Entire Universe

Pablo Carlos Budassi details the difficulties of fitting the entire universe into one field of view.<p>Behold, the entire known universe in one field of view. This map, created by musician Pablo Carlos Budassi, has been circulating the internet for the past week and a half, and blowing quite a few …

50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

We seek beauty in many forms: through art and architecture; from water views and mountain highs; in its people and its history. This list circles the globe, finding the most beautiful cities in the world from Italy to Iran. This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new …

European Travel

The best nonfiction for 2016

Prepare yourself for the great outdoors both rural and urban – and a rich variety of inner lives<p>Glance at the avalanche of nonfiction titles now heading our way and the trends are quickly apparent. The search for the new <i>H Is for Hawk</i> is, for instance, clearly not over yet, for which reason …

Books

Review of the Year 2015: We present the Top 25 Graphic Design posts

This year has seen some massive rebrands – Google, Channel 4 and the <i>New York Times</i> to name but a few of the successes featured on this list. Some of …

Graphic Design

What Star Wars Owes to Soviet Architecture

Almost a decade ago, I spent a year abroad in the seashore town of Alushta, Crimea. Older sections were dotted with crumbling stone fortresses from the 15th-century Tartar era, while newer parts were the cloned rows of <i>Khrushchyovka</i> apartment complexes built during Soviet times. Smack-dab in between …

Star Wars

Artist Uses Girlfriend's Back as a Canvas for Illusive 3D Artwork

20-year-old artist Natasha Farnsworth is well versed in the complex world of three-dimensional art. With acrylic paint, palette, and paintbrush in hand, the creative uses her girlfriend's back as a canvas to create optical illusions that make her Instagram followers do a double take with each new …

Art

Lip Art Expert Uses Makeup to Turn Her Mouth Into Cartoon Characters

Since we first shared makeup artist Laura Jenkinson‘s playful lip art last summer, she has continued expand her portfolio of work. Jenkinson expertly transforms her own mouth into those of beloved cartoon characters, displaying both her skills and whimsical creativity. As for how she accomplishes …

Art

Understanding the value of UX

If you are at all involved with any type of online business, you have most likely seen the term <i>UX Design</i> used and abused. You’ve probably heard …

How To Adopt Design Thinking As A Way To Solve Problems

Image by Drew Lepp<p><b>Putting the spotlight</b> on design thinking as a way to resolve problems—a framework championed by renowned innovation and design firm …

Design

The Millions 2015 Gift Guide for Readers, Writers and the People Who Love Them

Welcome to The Millions 4th Annual Gift Guide! As usual, we’ve got gifts sure to delight all the writers and readers in your life, and maybe …

Books

Who's Telling the Story? A Crash Course on Writing Points of View

I've been writing fiction for many years now. Each book poses new stumbling blocks. Inevitably, though, the question that always plagues me at the start is this one: Whose story is it, anyway?<p>This question became imperative last month. I was supposed to be finishing my new novel, <i>Folly Cove</i>, for a …

10 Delightful Books To Curl Up With This Winter

Some of our favorite end-of-year nonfiction.<p>Even though Oxford Dictionaries crowned an emoji as its word of the year for 2015, and Instagram, that picture postcard app that requires so few words, continues to climb as other social media outlets level off, we haven’t abandoned the written word.<p>There …

Nathan VanHook Is Nike's Next Great Sneaker Designer

In 1987, Nike released the Air Max 1, a shoe dreamt up by an unknown designer with a non-traditional background: Tinker Hatfield. Perhaps you’ve …

Fantastical plants bloom and dance in Hideki Inaba's video for Beatsofreen

<b>Music:</b> Japanese animator Hideki Inaba has designed an imaginary ocean world of plants and squid-like creatures for the video of Beatsofreen track …

This Cape Town Estate Is an Unparalleled Masterpiece of Architecture and Design

A marquee ridge in South Africa hosts a world-class home with transparency, tactility, and swagger…<p>Originally published in the November/December …

North Korea's Interior Design Is Unlike Anything You've Seen

The country is so committed to building design that late leader Kim Jong Il wrote 340 pages about it.<p>Is it a movie set? Is it a model home? No, it's North Korea.<p>When London-based architecture critic Oliver Wainwright visited North Korea over the summer, he was stunned by the symmetry and color …

Architecture

16 otherworldly images of a Parisian community you probably didn't know existed

If you ever find yourself traveling outside of Paris, you may be surprised to encounter a series of high-rise buildings looming in the distance.<p>These large housing projects, known as the "Grand Ensembles," were constructed by the French government from the 1950s through the 1980s to help ease the …

Inside the 'ghost town' of Ras Al Khaimah

An abandoned settlement consisting of tumbled walls, shuttered ruins and narrow winding streets, long ago left to the elements provides the best …

United Arab Emirates

Man Noticed This Abandoned Hangar But Whats Inside Caught Him By Surprise

Urban explorer and photographer Ralph Mirebs found something very rare; a find unlike anything we’ve seen before. While venturing around Kazakhstan, …

Space Exploration

GIFs Reveal the Visually Satisfying Process of a Hand-Lettering Expert

Despite the evolution of typography, with the advent of technology and various software, UK-based graphic designer Seb Lester proves that the art of hand-lettering is not dead. The artist's experience and skill with simple tools like calligraphy pens and paper leave digital renderings unnecessary. …

Typography

Aranka Israni's "Nudes" Exhibition

Aranka Israni's first solo exhibition debuts in conjunction with Arles 2015, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, the international photography festival renowned for unveiling new work. For Aranka—who withdrew from the art world seven years ago seeking to imbue her practice with greater depth—the …

Masters Degree

Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world

It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius<p>In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, …

Science Fiction

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain

Kamila Shamsie always revises her work by reading aloud, but AS Byatt looks for the rhythms of the page. Richard Lea goes in search of what happens in the brain when we write and read fiction<p>The novelist Kamila Shamsie measures out her life as an author in chapters, punctuated by a familiar …

Writing

What One Wolf's Extraordinary Journey Means for the Future of Wildlife in America

On Feb. 5, 2014, the world’s most famous wolf woke up somewhere along the Oregon-California border, very likely in the Cascade-Siskiyou National …