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'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

Ecology

Oh My Pod: Check Out These Tiny Homes in Tubes

We've seen our fair share of eclectic living spaces, but Hong Kong is home to perhaps one of the most non-traditional dwellings ever, which prove …

Ford made a trucker hat that might save drivers' lives

Truck driving is an exhausting job that requires constant attention to the road. Falling asleep during long stretches is an occasional -- and sometimes lethal -- concern. That's why Ford helped develop the SafeCap, a hat that senses head movements associated with sleepiness and wakes the driver up …

Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America's Power

Here's how they work.<p>Solar energy is off the charts. Not only is uptake skyrocketing, but solar is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of …

Clean Energy

Next year's LCD iPhones could catch up with OLED

The iPhone X isn't even out yet, but the rumors about the 2018 iPhones are already starting to fly. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is looking into LCD displays made by Japan Display that can offer a similar, bezel-free design.<p>The screens, called Full Active LCD, don't require the hefty …

Mobile Technology

The latest from London Design Festival 2017 | Dezeen

London Design Festival has claimed record visitor figures for 2017, but admitted it counted every person who visited participating museums and passed …

Top 10 Sites for Designers: September 2017 Edition

<i>Call for entries: The International Design Awards closes Monday night! Don’t miss it.</i> Welcome to the latest edition of the Top 10 Websites for …

Graphic Design

Following this creativity cycle could save you from burnout

There's a commonly held belief among imaginative types that creativity is like a muscle: to build up its strength, you need to exercise your …

Scientists have edited the DNA of human embryos using CRISPR – now we need to work out the ethics

With headlines referring to "groundbreaking" research and "designer babies," you might wonder what the scientists actually accomplished. This was a big step forward, but hardly unexpected. As this kind of work proceeds, it continues to raise questions about ethical issues and how we should we react.<p>…

Genetics

Vintage Humanscale design manuals show nerdy beauty of ergonomics

Like da Vinci drawings for today’s designers, these references are analog tools for a digital age<p>Another classic design manual has joined the rush of lost publications being reintroduced to a new generation of creators via crowdfunding. But this time, the publishers believe they’re not just …

Clever Designs for Perpetual Calendars

…that all have one glaring design flaw<p>For those of you that still use physical calendars, maybe you like having a dozen photos of hapless kittens or …

Augmented reality company Meta sues former employee for stealing its tech

Augmented reality company Meta has sued a former employee for stealing trade secrets regarding its technology and market strategy. The startup filed suit in California yesterday against departed head of optics Zhangyi Zhong and AR company DreamWorld USA, as well as 20 unnamed defendants. It alleges …

Yea or Nay?: What You Get When "Package Is Lamp"

A low waste, highly idealistic light<p>Cardboard, like reclaimed wood, continues to provide inspiration for materials-minded designers. It's tough but …

Clay house in Mexico City is all about light

Gorgeous<p>Architect Andrés Stebelski can get pretty clever when it comes to light and space. His Carpinos House in Mexico City is no exception. From the street, the house’s main volume seems to levitate above the slope below, lending a lightness to the clay-covered form.<p>"Taking advantage of the …

​These Color-Changing Tattoos Use Special Ink to Monitor Your Health

​The biosensing ink is particularly helpful for those with diabetes<p>If you’re the type of person who would need to explain a new tattoo to your parents, perhaps you should try one that’s good for your health. (Unlike, say, this tattoo, which killed a man after he swam in the ocean while it was …

Flowery Furniture!

Designed to be a part of Louis Vuitton’s “Objets Nomades” collection, the Concertina chair by London-based design studio Raw-Edges is foldable… but …

World’s biggest aeroplane revealed: Immense aircraft boasts six engines and is wider than a football pitch

It looks like something out of a spy film and has a wingspan longer than a football pitch.<p>The world's largest plane has been unveiled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen after it left its hangar in the California desert for the first time.<p>The "Stratolaunch" has a wingspan of 385 feet, weighs up to …

Aerospace

The Science Behind Fonts (And How They Make You Feel)

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I’ve noticed how seemingly small things like font and the spacing between …

Typography

This Website Lets You Download, Print Old Graphic Design Posters For Free

<b>If you’ve</b> always been in awe of people who have never designed with lasso tools or color adjustment functions, here’s some good news—a website lets …

Jeff Bezos just revealed a mock-up of the spacecraft his rocket company will use to take tourists into space

The photos and illustrations, which Bezos emailed to a listserv on Wednesday, show the inside of a mock-up spacecraft that's supposed to resemble its close-to-final form.<p>"We've been designing the capsule interior with an eye toward precision engineering, safety, and comfort. Here's a sneak peek," …

Space Travel

IKEA's flat-pack refugee shelter wins coveted design award

Recognition of Better Shelter couldn't come at a better time.<p>A particularly ingenious product from IKEA has won a prestigious Beazley Design of the …

IKEA launches kitchen made from recycled plastic bottles

Twenty-five plastic bottles are used in each of these IKEA kitchen units, designed by Swedish studio Form Us With Love to make "sustainability …

Furniture

This Invisible Joint Is Making Ikea’s Furniture Stronger And Easier To Build

After years of development, the Swedish design behemoth’s new wedge dowel makes for sturdier, less wasteful, and longer lasting furniture.<p>Pro tip: You can often tell how long a piece of furniture will last based on how it’s put together. See any traditional Japanese joinery techniques? There’s a …

New wooden standing desk is Scandinavian-inspired and totally cute

It’s also 100% U.S.-manufactured and eco-friendly<p>Using standing desks is—in theory and in practice—a great way to incorporate a tad bit more activity into ones workaday life. Aesthetically speaking, however, the tall tables, typically clunky and industrial-looking—are less than pleasing to behold. …

A laser printer without ink or toner

Lasers that ‘softly’ burn paper could be the next evolution in printing. Former students of the University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands, have developed a technology that can print on any kind of paper without consumables, such as toner or ink.<p>This technique is not unlike burning paper using …

3D Printing

An Oversized Woven Chair by Veega Tankun | Colossal

<p>Although London-based designer Veega Tankun has only just graduated from the University of Brighton, she clearly possesses a strong sense of …

Lab-grown leather and spider silks? This is sustainable fashion

The fashion industry is, according to eco-friendly clothing designer Eileen Fisher, second only to oil as the largest polluter on Earth. It accounts …

Groundbreaking new seawater battery could replace expensive lithium batteries

Open your smartphone and you’ll probably find a lithium-ion battery inside. They’re rechargeable, which is great – but they’re difficult to dispose …

Clean Energy

9 Iconic Chair Designs from the 1920s – 2000s

This writer has documented a series of <b>iconic chair designs</b> in every decade since the 1920s. To complete the series, this article spotlights my …

Furniture

Six green designs powered by algae

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>It's easy to underestimate the awesome superpowers of the tiny plants we all know as algae. The photosynthetic organisms are minuscule powerhouses capable of generating light and energy while scrubbing greenhouse gas emissions from the air. Many types of algae are also edible, …