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Business Tips for Designers: Hourly vs. Flat Rate, How to Price, Increase Revenue & More

Chris Do's smart business tips are so good, we can't believe he's giving them away for free<p>Chris Do, founder and CEO of brand strategy consultancy …

Yamaha Created a Lunatic, Ballistic Wasp and Called It a Motorcycle

My alarm is set for 4:45 a.m. With a stop for gas and grub, I’ll need two hours to tackle the 90-ish miles to Willow Springs race track from my …

Motorcycles

Did This Experimental Smartphone Just Solve One Of Tech’s Big Problems?

A new prototype from CMU is “a much more magical, powerful experience than what we’re seeing right now.”<p>Smart devices continue to infiltrate our homes, but they’re often dependent on slow, clunky smartphone apps. Manually pulling up a different app just to turn on a light, turn up the AC, or reboot …

Autodesk’s Generatively Designed Cabin Seat Could Make Flying Cheaper

The redesigned seat could also save airlines $200 million.<p>The airline industry is undergoing drastic change, heralded both by the economy and new advancements in technology. And with very small profit margins, airlines are always looking for ways to save money.<p>One way to do that is to make …

The case for bicycles' inevitable triumph over cars

Bikes, long an underdog on streets, will rule the roads eventually.<p>That's the conclusion of Horace Dediu, a prominent analyst of disruptive technologies, who has spent the past three and a half years researching the future of transportation.<p>Transportation is arguably the hottest frontier in the …

Bike Lanes

You won't believe the interior of Japan's jaw-dropping new train

All aboard the swanky train! Japan just unveiled a new luxury sleeper train – and it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful. The gold-tinted Shiki-shima, which …

This ingenious illustration reveals how much space we give to cars

Whether you're in a quiet suburb an urban downtown, most public spaces are designed for cars instead of pedestrians.<p>An ingenious illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg shows just how car-centric our reality is:<p>In the image, Jilg depicts city streets as gorges, crosswalks as wobbly planks, and …

Times Square

Vintage Porsche, Meet Electric Bicycle: The Outlaw Tracker

We’ve hung out with Rod Emory a lot — his work restoring and modifying old-school Porsches is, to be only slightly hyperbolic, legendary. For …

Electric Bikes

Quick, intense exercise may put the brakes on aging, research shows

<i>This is part of a series on aging well.</i><p>Compared to sitting all day, any exercise is better than none. But if you're determined to ward off an early death, one form of exercise, called high-intensity interval training (HIIT), may give you a leg up.<p>It sounds technical, but it's not. HIIT is basically …

Wearables Aren’t Dead, But They Deserve To Die

I would know. I wrote a book about wearables.<p>I spent a good part of 2016 writing a book about wearable devices, so I got to take a deep dive into each category of wearables. The more I dug in, the more I realized that they’re just not that useful. Smartwatches are second-screens for the …

How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Design

Your Weekly Workout Schedule Is Here — With Printables and Everything!

Can't make it to the gym? Or have absolutely no idea what to do once you're there? We feel you. Working out is hard enough, let alone having to …

Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ crossover concept glides into Shanghai

The latest in Volkswagen's I.D. series of futuristic electric vehicles has been unveiled in Shanghai. The I.D. CROZZ crossover utility vehicle boasts …

Bridgestone rolls out an airless bike tire

It was six years ago that we first heard about Bridgestone's prototype AirFree Concept automobile tires, which utilized flexing thermoplastic resin …

Using Chronophotography to Capture the Flights of Birds

Photographer Xavi Bou's "Ornitographies" series<p>There used to be an exciting anticipation with pre-digital photography: You hit the shutter button, …

Milan Design Week 2017: Form Follows Fiction

Provocations abound: From must-see TV to super marketing, several exhibitions cast a critical eye on the design industry<p>As the industry's biggest …

Black Mirror

Tesla Semi: analysts see Tesla leasing batteries for $0.25/miles in 300,000 electric trucks for $7.5 billion in revenue

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company plans to unveil its electric semi truck, called ‘Tesla Semi’, in September, which is sooner than most industry watcher anticipated.<p>Now analysts covering the company are weighing in the new trucking business in their valuation of the company and coming …

My Day With Juicero, Silicon Valley’s Absurd $400 Juicer

Juicero is one of the most ridiculed products in recent memory. It may deserve it.<p>The Juicero was always a contentious product. It launched in 2016 as a $700 Wi-Fi connected juicer designed to squeeze subscription-purchased, pre-cut veggies from a pouch into your cup–at a moment when the average …

What worked at Milan Design Week – and what didn’t

In the aftermath of the increasingly overwhelming event, Frame considers the work that stood out – and stayed with you.

Pure Cycles Volta Electric Bike

The future of urban commuting is here in the form of the Volta Electric Bike from Pure Cycles. The Volta takes the inconvenience and extra effort out …

10 of The Best Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2017

Inspiration is a funny thing: when you need it is nowhere to be seen, and just when you’re not expecting it, it can blindside you in the least …

BFS2017: Made to order bags from Tim Tas & Rek, before bikepacking was cool; plus custom Lester Cycles

Tim Tas & Rek makes custom randonneur and porteur bags in the Netherlands. If you haven’t seen those French names for bike touring styles in a while, …

Nissan Design Enters A New Era

Nissan’s new design boss, Alfonso Albaisa, has big shoes to fill. And he has a remarkable opportunity to take the company’s designs to the next level.<p>Nissan recently announced that its design boss, Shiro Nakamura, is retiring after a storied career at the company. Nakamura, one of the most …

Children’s Bike is Made from 100% Recycled Carpet

This bike is reinventing how children learn to ride a bike and helping the earth, one recycled bike at a time.<p>Wishbone Design Studio created the …

5 Design Jobs That Won’t Exist In The Future

And seven jobs that will grow, according to design leaders at Frog, Ideo, Artefact, Teague, and more.<p>Organ designers, chief drone experience designers, cybernetic director. Those are some of the fanciful new roles that could be created by the global design industry in the next few years.<p>But what …

Building the Ikea Bike Is a Pain Worth Suffering Through

It’s been about a year since I last jammed my finger putting together Ikea furniture. It was for my brand new apartment, and even though I broke a …

Hardlight VR Suit adds vibration for more realistic gameplay

Jay Leno and Direct Metal Laser Sintering: 3D Printing Replacement Parts for His Rare Car Collection

The comedian gets an assist from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing<p>You wouldn't suspect a comedian and former talk show host would be an early adopter of …

Mercedes-Benz starts ‘small series production’ of all-electric Urban eTruck and trials with customers

Exciting news coming out of Germany today. Mercedes-Benz announced that it started small series production of its first all-electric heavy truck, the Urban eTruck, and launched trials with customers in order to test the vehicle’s capacity on urban routes.<p>The company has been moving quickly on this …