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The Golden Section Finder, A Transparent Viewfinder for Observing the Golden Ratio

The Golden Section Finder is a transparent viewfinder available in yellow or blue that is used for observing the golden ratio out in the …

Viewfinders

Create Your Own Camera Out of a Coffee Can

You can probably shoot just about any photograph you need with a smartphone, but if you're looking for a slightly more experimental photo adventure, …

Typography

Arts Integration Allows Students to Engage Abstract Concepts in New Ways

In just a few years, art education has gone from the easiest thing to cut in a school budget to an increasingly utilized teaching technique to …

Teaching

3D Print Custom Stamps Using Inkscape and OpenSCAD

Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in classic printing techniques like relief printing and letterpress, but the techniques involved in creating printing plates and moveable type have been out of reach for most people. Luckily 3D printing has changed this, making it very …

How to Make 3D Printed Stuff Without Owning a 3D Printer

3D printing is <i>really</i> friggin’ cool, but promises that we’d all have one in our homes by now have turned out to be less than true. Fortunately, you …

3D Printing

Colorful Tile That Can Create Various Patterns by Rotating It

Design studio Dsignio has come out with a new tile for Harmony-Peronda that lets you play around with the design simply by rotating the tile. A …

Furniture

No Squirrels Were Harmed In the Making of These Medieval Bibles, It Turns Out

A really weird medieval mystery is half-solved.<p>In medieval times, pocket bibles made of stretched leather were commonplace. But what wasn't common knowledge regarding these painstakingly transcribed and crafted books was the origin of the vellum, the paper upon which they were written.<p>When modern …

How To Make a Cool Cardboard Bionic Hand

American Hacker shows how to make a cool cardboard bionic hand with pull string fingers.<p>In addition to this blog, Laughing Squid is also an …

DiResta: Book Binding

I have been binding my note books for several years. As I often do, I take shortcuts compared to the traditional way. In this video, I follow the traditional method for making a book with “signatures.”<p>I developed a few tricks along the way. A signature is like a tiny magazine inside of the book, …

The Japanese Art of Recognizing Beauty in Broken Things

How did you feel the last time a coffee mug slipped from your hands and shattered on your kitchen floor? Probably some combination of surprise and annoyance. If it was an heirloom or a sentimental piece, you may have even felt supremely guilty as you swept up the shards.<p>In Japan, instead of tossing …

Japanese Art

Find Perfect Proportions Wherever You Go with This Golden Ratio Tool

The Golden Section, also known as the Golden Ratio, is a certain mathematical ratio that’s often found in design and prevalent in nature. Parsons & …

Furniture

Make a Stylish Flashlight Out of Kitchen Trash

You could call it a trashlight, a handy and handsome AA flashlight made out of little more than a soda can and a cereal box (plus a bulb and two AA batteries). Before you say anything, yes, of course you can buy super-cheap penlights like this. But that would be largely missing the point here. This …

Versatile, downloadable 3D printed joints for customized DIY furniture

Additive manufacturing has a lot of potential to democratize design by disrupting the way designs are being produced and distributed. With a digital …

3D Printing

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

40 X 40: Objects Made from Single Marble Tiles

Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti teamed up to find out what you could make from 40cm x 40cm Carrara marble tiles that had been discarded or looked at as …

Design

Deep math of the folded pizza slice

Why does a flat pizza slice flop over unless you bend it into a curve? Thank Gaussian curvature, the 19th century mathematical principle that …

The Zip Tie Lounge Chair

Transform 44 cable fasteners and a half-sheet of plywood into a streamlined lounge chair that’s perfect for the nomadic maker.<p>The iconic Steam-Bent Chair No. 14, invented by Michael Thonet in 1859, was the first flat-pack furniture kit. It was shipped across Europe on then-new railways, becoming …

The Tyranny of the College Major

Colleges should require students to take more courses outside of their discipline.<p>The American bachelor's degree has over the last 150 years become centered on specializations, majors, each student's home department. General Education, the classes each student must take outside of the major, is …

The Future of Shop Class

How a high school in Georgia is reinventing vocational education<p>What used to be the woodshop at Georgia's Dalton High School is now free of dust. Instead, it's filled with welding stations, a 3-D printer, and a computer-controlled plasma cutter. Students work with the engineering students across …

Report: Teachers Aren't Trained to Praise Their Students

A new study finds that education schools aren't teaching classroom management strategies in a focused way.<p>Ask a new teacher what the hardest part of his job is, and he'll very likely answer, "getting my students to listen to me." There are any number of reasons that classroom management is a …

This Beautiful Textbook Is Designed to Make You Feel Dyslexic | WIRED

Dyslexic designer Sam Barclay has created a new textbook called <i>I Wonder What It's Like to be Dyslexic</i> that's purposefully designed to make unimpaired …

Don't Give Up on the Lecture

Teachers who stand in front of their classes and deliver instruction are not "out-of-touch experts"—they're role models.<p>Students in a lecture class can give the impression of lethargy: Maybe a student sleeps in the back of the classroom, maybe others fidget and doodle. The students who are paying …

Quercus & Co. Wall Hangings + Wallpaper

We’re getting ready to take on a massive makeover of our D*S office (it’s a mess), so I’ve been hunting for wallpaper and wall hangings to bring a …

I regret my “Naughty Native” Halloween costume

As a Native American woman, I thought my stereotypical costume was subversive. Now I know I was wrong<p>Five years ago, I was 23 and didn’t have enough good sense to get myself out of the mall without a pair of impulse-purchased gold lamé stiletto boots or a hundred-dollar straw hat. Freed from the …

Coffee Shop Construction Toy

Coffee shops are great places to explore your creativity and come up with new ideas. A little caffeine, some time to play, and the materials at hand can go a long way. With a bit of imagination you can use this construction method to build many other kinds of forms, and this basic component can be …

Is Becoming A Filmmaker A Good Idea?

Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious

When students show up at college in the fall, they'll have to deal with new classes, new friends and a new environment. In many cases, they will also have new roommates — and an intriguing new research study suggests this can have important mental health consequences.<p>At the University of Notre …

This Amazing Tool Helps You Draw Pictures Like an Old Master

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 06.19.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Technology and art are ancient bedfellows. …