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Check Out NEA's Impressive Report on 'Valuing the Art of Industrial Design: A Profile of the Sector and Its Importance to Manufacturing, Technology & Innovation'

On the occasion of the 2013 IDSA International Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to present a new report on industrial …

Product Design

Exquisite Geometry Sculpted From Paper, Not Stone

Layer by layer, a Spanish artist uses paper and geometry to calm her inner chaos.<p>Elena Mir is a Spanish artist from Valencia. She describes herself as “loving the smell of wet soil at night,” of having “eyes the color of honey and eucalyptus, and a lot of brown hair sprouting from her short head.”<p>A …

Art

Jeffrey Stephenson's Architectural Art Deco Computer Tower

We've seen some of Jeffrey Stephenson's sculptural computer creations before—including a questions and answers to his queries about a PC tower …

Art Deco

New York City Illustrations by Remko Heemskerk

Illustrations of New York.<p>Remko Heemskerk is a Dutch art director and illustrator. During his time in New York City in 2012/2013 he created this …

Home - Architecture Lab

Latest<p>February 23, 2018<p>Spring is in the air, which means it's time for a new look. It's time to clean your home and get the winter dust...<p>February …

Microsoft’s New Ergonomic Keyboard Just Wants To Be Sexy

Can something be good for you and sexy, too? That’s precisely what Microsoft is hoping.<p>“Sexy” is the worst word to use regarding industrial design, but it’s had staying power for a reason: Sexy has a guttural appeal that you can always explain but never fully quantify. It’s why large breasts don’t …

Ergonomics

Wood, sweat and tears

Some designers still get their hands dirty rather than sit at a computer screen. We drop in on their old-school workshops<p>The woodworkers<p>Jan Hendzel and Oscar Hunt don't like to make life too easy. A couple of years ago, as part of its Christmas display, Selfridges commissioned the young designers …

Coca-Cola Debuts “Life” Brand, Highlights Deadliness Of Regular Coke

The red splash of Coca Cola is one of the most recognizable pieces of branding across the globe. It’s stamped on cans, bottles, and polar bears of every nation. But for the soft drink giant’s Argentinian spinoff, Coca-Cola Life, the new label is green.<p>Now the green label is an absurdly obvious bit …

Coca-Cola

How Much Energy Does the U.S. Use? - The Atlantic

An animated guide to the different energy sources that power our nation

Why Architecture's Marketers Fail (And How to Fix It)

<i>This article, by Principal of Breuer Consulting Group, Mary Breuer, originally appeared in Dogpatch Dispatch as "Why Marketing People Fail."</i><p>In many …

Infographic: 4,000 Years Of Human History Captured In One Retro Chart

In 1931, John B. Sparks distilled human civilization into a single chart. Even today, it’s great infographic design.<p>If time is a river, the Histomap, created by John B. Sparks and first published by Rand McNally back in 1931, is a raging Mississippi. In that massive river of time, each of …

Infographics

A Smarter Smart-watch

Unlike many other smart-watch concepts, the Echo doesn’t stray from the familiar watch form. Instead, it merges the most essential smartphone apps …

Kickstarting: An Elegant 19th-Century Lens That Syncs With Any Modern Camera

Lomography wants to bring back the Petzval lens, a pioneering piece of hardware for commercial photography.<p>Consider the darlings of the camera market. Between the Lytro camera and its newer app, and the forthcoming Instagram camera (or just Instagram itself), we really put a lot of effort into …

Cameras

Futuristic Sleeping Pods Recharge Modern Workers

During a typical day's work, many employees start feeling tired by mid-afternoon. Who wouldn't love to take a quick nap to recharge their batteries before pushing through the final hours? Unfortunately, sleeping on the job is frowned upon in many places of employment, but one company is hoping to …

Employment

A Deskside Storage Unit Inspired By The Swedish Suburbs

The suburbs don’t get much love, so it’s sweet that the Swedish design studio Note is winking at urban sprawl with its new office storage unit. The hanging piece–dubbed <i>Suburbia</i>–was modeled after an “iconic representation of the universal suburban landscape we all know and love,” Note’s Alexis …

Furniture

Chart: 2/3rds of Global Solar PV Has Been Installed in the Last 2.5 Years

If you want to understand why people so often compare deployment trends in solar photovoltaics (PV) to Moore's law in computing, consider this …

Wiktoria Lenart - Product - WORKNEST - Modular workspace for creative people

The concept for the Worknest emerged from the open space offices and the interactions between people. The idea of co-working, and open offices was …

TREETOP OFFICE: Eat Your Heart Out, Cubicle Warrior

One look at this office nestled amid the treetops and you might contemplate how to change your life in order to have a workspace with such an …

Green Roofs

Report Shows Greenland's Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth's Mantle

Greenland’s arctic ice sheet is in trouble – and it turns out that global warming isn’t the only force at work. A new study in <i>Nature Geoscience</i> by …

DIY Cabin in the Woods

DIY small cabin retreat: $57K, including the land<p>Mariah Morrow and Ryan Lingard make the 6-hour drive from Portland to their mountain cabin at least …

Gensler's 2013 Workplace Survey: Balance in Any Environment - Workplace Strategy and Design - architecture and design

<i>22 Squared. Image © Michael Moran and Gensler</i><p>In our recently released 2013 Workplace Survey (WPS), we found that workplace effectiveness has dropped …

The Art of When to Stop DesigningCooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

“I enjoy delivering a finished design, even though it almost hurts me to part with it. One can refine a product forever. The art is to know where to …

Work Life

AD Classics: Expo '58 + Philips Pavilion / Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis

In 1956, preparations had begun for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. This was to be the first World’s Fair held since the end of World War II, the …