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Ex-Googler Builds A Github For Designers

Pixelapse is built on a simple, radical premise: I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.<p>For the past two years, Pixelapse–backed by venture capital from Y Combinator and Designer Fund–has been evolving into what you might call a Dropbox for designers. Through a free or premium paid account, it …

Ikea’s Quest To Design The Perfect All-Purpose Chair

Ikea taps a small Swedish design studio to create a chair that looks as good in an apartment as it does in a conference center.<p>There is an invisible line between the chair suitable for public seating and the one suitable for putting in your home. An aluminum folding chair might look perfectly fine …

Super Convenient Laundry Detergent Pods Are Super Easy For Toddlers To Eat

Laundry detergent pods have a deadly design flaw: kids keep eating them.<p>Single-load laundry detergent pods are perfectly designed for anyone who doesn’t live directly adjacent to a laundry machine, but terrible for people with children. The tiny, membrane-encased pods of concentrated detergent are …

This New Coffee Shop Is Staffed By Robots

Designed by Yves Behar, Briggo is a warm replacement for hospital coffee machines. But unlike your neighborhood Starbucks, there’s not a flesh-and-blood barista to be seen.<p>If you’ve ever been stuck at a hospital long enough to be tempted into one of those automated cups of coffee–you know, the ones …

People Are Reading Fewer Marketing Emails Thanks to Gmail's New Inbox

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When Google launched a new inbox design last month, some speculated that it was about to make …

7 Actions that Earn User Trust

Control of personal information in the digital space, and particularly on mobile devices, presents a unique design challenge.<p>Most people aren’t aware …

McDonald's Can't Figure Out How Its Workers Survive on Minimum Wage

In a financial planning guide for its workers, the company accidentally illustrates precisely how impossible it is to scrape by on a fast food paycheck.<p>Well this is both embarrassing and deeply telling.<p>In what appears to have been a gesture of goodwill gone haywire, McDonald's recently teamed up …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Got A Bright Idea? Test It With A Rapid-Fire User Study

In the last part of a seven-post series on running a five-day design sprint, Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp discusses how to get feedback from potential users.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Missed the other previous</i> …

The Future Of UX Design: Tiny, Humanizing Details

Designer Dan Saffer’s new book, Microinteractions, makes the case that design is in the details–the very small details that make systems friendlier.<p>Dan Saffer, like many designers, likes to quote Charles Eames. But unlike many designers, Saffer–Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design–wrote a …

An iPhone Flight App Straight Out Of The Pan Am Era

A new app called Flying aims for convenience but also hopes to bring back some of the wonder to air travel.<p>When you strip away the hassle of security checks, lost luggage, inevitable delays, and that dope next to you who won’t stop hogging the armrest, air travel is <i>amazing</i>. We step into a winged …

Browse This Awesome Collection Of Sci-Fi Interfaces

Ever wonder where the touch screens from Children of Men came from? Now you know.<p>Designer, filmmaker, and Berg creative director Timo Arnall recently wrote that “interfaces are the dominant cultural form of our time.” So much of how we experience modern popular culture, he writes, happens inside or …

Africa's New Agents of Progress in Female Health: Traditional Male Chiefs

Some groups are making strides at ending child marriage and female genital mutilation by reaching out to the men in charge.<p>Chief Kwataine, who's from the Ntcheu district in central Malawi, was working as an English teacher in 2003 when one day, a woman in the village went into labor and, as was the …

Why Americans Are So WEIRD, And What It Means For Behavioral Science

So many foundational findings in cognition are based on Western subjects. The biases that induces might be larger than anyone realizes.<p>To be fair, WEIRD stands for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. But according to a growing body of research, Americans are also the …

The Ultimate Air Purifier Uses NASA Technology

This $800 device, designed by NewDealDesign, zaps particles using titanium dioxide.<p>As the space program shifted its focus from putting life into space to sustaining life in space, the plentiful technologies to emerge from its hollowed labs have followed suit. For example, one of the biggest …

The Future Of UI Isn’t Invisible, Nor Is It Seamless

Berg Creative Director Timo Arnall explains why the future of UI isn’t what we’ve all been calling it.<p>I’m as guilty of saying it as anyone else–mantras like “the best interface is no interface at all”–that attempt to explain why I find Microsoft’s recently proposed vision of the future so abhorrent.<p>…

Tidemark’s Infographics Could Change How Your Business Is Run

Tidemark rolls out infographics that map a company’s profits in microscopic detail, in real time.<p>It’s only been a few months since Tidemark, a bold Andreessen Horowitz-backed business analytics platform, emerged from its beta cocoon. But today, the fledgling company is introducing a new set of …

Redesign A Joint Bank Account, Save A Marriage

Smart Design’s Kathy Cheng identifies four ways banks can encourage couples to talk about the prickly issues of money.<p>We hear again and again that conflict over money is the number one cause of divorce. It’s such a difficult topic to navigate that social psychologist Terri Orbuch found in her …

Currency Converters Don’t Get Much Prettier Than This

Services like Google Now and Siri are gobbling up small tasks like currency conversion on our phones. This app makes the case for having a standalone app specifically for the job.<p>With the advent of apps, entire shelves of devices became obsolete overnight. Who needed a handheld Magellan GPS unit …

11 Rules For Great UX Design, Adapted From An Original Mad Man

What does advertising giant David Ogilvy have to do with user experience? You’ll be surprised. Here, Method’s Ted Booth updates Ogilvy’s core campaign principles for the digital age.<p><i>This is the newest piece from design and innovation firm Method in their 10×10 series.</i> <br>The <i>Mad Men</i> era of advertising …

How Google Wins Over Users By Giving Them Less

User research may indicate that consumers want more choices. Google doesn’t listen–and has rated highest among any other brand out there.<p><i>Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from</i> Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity <i>by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn.</i><p><i>“Focusing is about saying no. You’ve</i> …

Renovation On The Sly: Same Footprint, Twice The Volume

Christopher Polly’s eco-renovation of the Cosgriff House is a study in thrift.<p>Families grow and need space to stretch out. Just not in the last few years; economic woes halted people’s enthusiasm for renovation projects. That’s poised to change: Home improvement spending is expected to bounce back, …

Muslims Find a Welcoming Home in Famously Catholic Ireland

Perhaps because of its strong religious background, the nation has been more accepting of Islam than many of its European neighbors.<p>Wikimedia Commons<p>DUBLIN - A new 60,000-square-foot development is likely to generate friction in any urban setting, much less a mosque in the capital of a historically …