Matt Safian

1,338 Added | 14 Magazines | 529 Likes | 75 Following | 159 Followers | @mattsaf | Product Designer at Flipboard. 2013 KPCB Design Fellow.

Letter of Recommendation: Dunking

A few years ago, at Easter dinner with my in-laws, I noticed my husband’s grandmother dipping pieces of yellow cake into her glass of soda. She’s a woman of nearly 90 with a preternatural grip for hugs and pinching cheeks but, in this, she was gentle: letting each bite soak into her orange Crush, …

Recipes

The Secret to a Great Photo Edit

<i>For nearly 20 years, Arianna Rinaldo has let photography guide her path around the world, from her beginnings at the New York Magnum office to positions with the magazine COLORS, the weekend supplement D La Repubblica, and the quarterly magazine OjodePez. Most recently, Rinaldo has served as</i> …

Photography

Form& | Ebay

designing moments of perfect<p>—<p>Project Overview<p>For more than 25 years, ebay has defined a new era of commerce through the art of connection—placing …

eCommerce

Where to Buy the Best 1990s-Inspired Sunglasses

Eyewear brand BLYSZAK takes inspiration from vintage frames and unisex design<p><b>Who is it?</b><br>Global eyewear brand BLYSZAK• <b><br>Where can I find it?</b><br>On the BLYSZAK …

Shopping

18 Ways to Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix (That Are Not Lattes)

You <i>have</i> to love pumpkin spice. It's not your fault. You are potentially genetically programmed to. When the turtlenecks come out or various twee gourds begin appearing in your market or you hear even <i>one person</i> mention their Halloween costume, the craving begins.<p>And there's nothing wrong with that! …

Recipes

Airbnb uses current listings to theme interiors of expanded San Francisco headquarters

Home rental website Airbnb has taken cues from its listings around the world when designing additional office spaces at its headquarters in San …

San Francisco

Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Butter, Soy Sauce | Leite's Culinaria

Jump to the recipe<p><i>Roasted broccoli with soy sauce. It's a simple, quick, easy, cheap side dish. And kids as well as adults are demanding seconds.</i> …

Vegetables

School buses: A massive mass transit system in need of a tech upgrade

How simple investments could improve a system that transports 25 million students every day<p>It could be considered the largest transportation system in the country, moving more than 25 million passengers every weekday. Count every single vehicle used in every mass transit system in the United …

Education

A Shelf Inspired by the Ropes in Boxing Rings

Cuerda is a new product from Emmanuel Gonzalez, a designer from Chile, who took inspiration from the ropes that you find surrounding a boxing ring. …

Furniture

How A Pair Of Orange Scissors Made Design History

The iconic tool turns 50 this year–here’s the story behind its immense popularity.<p>Picture a pair of scissors, and there’s a good chance they’re orange. But have you ever wondered why? It’s all thanks to the 368-year-old Finnish company Fiskars, whose ubiquitous orange scissors turned 50 this month. …

Design

Why Is Your Lomo Anamorphic Lens So Cool?

Lonelyleap is an independent film company based in London and New York that shoots documentaries and commercials for the likes of BBC, American …

Cameras

Modernist Magic in Indiana

Some home-building projects start with an itch for more space. Others with a love of customization. One house that lies low and lean across a bumpy patch of Indianapolis began with a run in the woods.<p>For years, Bryan Chandler, the president of a commercial real estate firm and a runner, had cut …

Architecture

The Secret Vault Inside Lego’s New Building

The new Lego House is a temple to nostalgia, and at its heart sits a once-hidden room stacked with hundreds of old sets.<p>Somewhere in Billund–a tiny town with a gigantic international airport in the middle of Denmark–there’s a magical place that you can’t visit. A fantastic chamber hidden from the …

Lego

Our 6 Must Reads for Building and Leading a Product Design Team

A well-thought-out design team often accompanies enduring product design. Here are six pieces of advice to help you build and lead a design team from …

UX Design

General Motors Is Going All Electric

After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This …

Electric Vehicles

Your Measuring Cup Sucks, So This Software Engineer Made a Better One

In baking and brewing, accuracy is imperative. Over- or under-shooting by an eighth of a teaspoon can ruin a recipe. Unbeknownst to many, …

Recipes

Euclid - A more accurate measuring cup by Joshua Redstone

Euclid’s patented, mathematically optimal shape makes for better measuring – and that means better results for every recipe.

Under the Kosciuszko Bridge

Any day now, maybe, the last sections of the Kosciuszko Bridge will be blown up, and the original bridge will be no more. The bridge connects Queens and Brooklyn, spanning Newtown Creek. Traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is famously slow, and after several years of construction a new bridge …

Christoph Niemann

How Everlane Hacked Your Wardrobe

You may have noticed a certain type of ad on Facebook or, if you take it, the New York City subway, in which an everyday consumer item is presented in minimalist splendor: mattresses (Casper), rolling suitcases (Away), tampons (Lola), razors (Harry’s). Catalogue companies and the people on …

Clothing

amsterdam airport schiphol terminal designed as as light-filled atmosphere

the large departures and arrival hall will begin welcoming over 14 million travelers a year<br>image © beauty & the bit (main image by © filippo …

Airports

Allbirds Makes a One-Way Flight to New York City

Here at Design Milk, all of us are big fans of Allbirds, the footwear brand founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger that makes ultra-comfortable …

Shoes

Try This High-Tech Alternative to the Key Under the Mat

Author: Brendan Nystedt. Brendan Nystedt Gear<p>Date of Publication: 09.24.17.<p>Time of Publication: 8:00 am. 8:00 am<p>Review: August Smart Lock<p>Sub Title: …

Home Automation

Bitmap Textiles

Susan Kare is a pioneer of early computer graphic interface design. In the 80s, she began work at Apple Computer designing fonts, icons, and visual …

Design

Homemade Pizza Dough Is the Ultimate Blank Canvas (It’s Easy, Too)

Good pizza starts with great dough. As with so many foundational recipes, working with high-quality, flavorful ingredients is paramount. Few know it …

Pizza

How Redesigning Airplane Boarding Could Help Prevent A Pandemic

“[I]f passengers had to choose between getting Ebola and being seated a few minutes later, we suspect they’d prefer the latter.”<p>Air travel plays a critical role in the way modern diseases spread. Cramped quarters. Long hours. People sniffling, sneezing, and generally spreading their germs around. …

Nest Thermostat E: The inspiration behind the design.

Shingle-clad clubhouse and visitor centre faces ice rink in a Japanese forest

Klein Dytham Architecture has completed a visitor centre and ice rink in Japan's Karuizawa region, featuring a curving, shingle-clad frontage that …

Design

It rains solid diamonds on Uranus and Neptune

Consider this your daily reminder that the solar system is even more awesomely bonkers than you realized: On Uranus and Neptune, scientists forecast rain storms of solid diamonds.<p>The gems form in the hydrocarbon-rich oceans of slush that swath the gas giants' solid cores. Scientists have long …

Astronomy

Designers are using “dark UX” to turn you into a sleep-deprived internet addict

Last week, Facebook rolled out an update to the design of its News Feed. The design tweaks—near imperceptible pixel spacing and color enhancements—were meant to make Facebook’s infinitely updating cascade of stories even easier to consume and comment on. “Small changes, like a few extra pixels of …

UX Design

Pentagram Takes On Its Biggest Challenge Yet: Making Penn Station Less Awful

Penn Station, friendly? Pentagram’s new wayfinding in the notoriously unfriendly transportation hub aims to make it so.<p>When it was completed in 1910, New York’s Pennsylvania Station was one of the city’s most celebrated buildings; demolished and rebuilt underground in the 1960s, it’s now a …