Matt Safian

1,401 Flips | 14 Magazines | 562 Likes | 76 Following | 176 Followers | @mattsaf | Product Designer at Flipboard. 2013 KPCB Design Fellow.

Spotify’s playlist for global domination

How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.<p>For 70 days at the beginning of this year, Daniel Ek and a group of friends competed to see who could cut their body-fat percentage the most. Ek, the 35-year-old cofounder and CEO of the streaming service Spotify, went on a …

Spotify

How to Photograph Eternity

There’s something not quite right about the photographs in Chris Dorley-Brown’s book “The Corners” (published by Hoxton Mini Press). The scenes are ordinary enough — intersections in East London with people going about their normal business — but there’s a tranced stillness about them: a feeling of …

Edward Hopper

Behind the Brewing with George Sowden and Mette Hay

George Sowden has been working with design for nearly 50 years. From calculators to teapots, Sowden has designed hundreds of objects over the years …

Lyft Follows Uber Into Bike-Sharing Lane, Buying Owner of CitiBike

Lyft competes with Uber for ride-hailing customers. Now it is following its rival into bike-sharing, as the companies move to diversify the kinds of transportation services they offer.<p>Lyft said on Monday that it was buying the core operations of Motivate, the parent company of CitiBike and several …

Electric Vehicles

Introducing the only wine glass you’ll ever need, designed by the world’s best critic

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MUJI, the IKEA of Japan, Sets Its Sights on America

Brandless in America<p>What is MUJI? A series of videos on the company’s YouTube channel searches for an answer. Each one, exactly 12 seconds long, …

How Square Made Its Own iPad Replacement

If you know the company Square, it's probably because you've paid in a store using a Square “stand,” a dock that supports a tablet, or you've swiped …

Credit Cards

Untrodden Broadway: The Hidden Gems of a World-Famous Street

I am three blocks from the Broadway local subway stop, just past West 204th Street. Right before me is a time machine, capable of transporting me back to when most of Manhattan north of Canal Street consisted of hilly meadows, orchards and plowed fields. The Dyckman Farmhouse and Museum is the …

This Is the Most Important Motorcycle Ever Made and It’s Coming Back to the USA

To borrow some hyperbole from James May, the Honda Cub is “the single most influential product of humankind’s creativity.” That’s a bold statement, …

The 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America

What does it take to be one of the best coffee roasters in America? To some critics, it’s innovation — the willingness to throw “rules” by the …

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.<p>It is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo. Suit-clad office workers, gaggles of schoolchildren, and other travelers gamely wend their way through the city’s sprawling rail stations.<p>To the …

Trains

Scenic Views from the New York City Subway

Video<p>How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption: Jim Gaffigan Edition<p>The actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan, who stars in the movie “You Can Choose Your Family,” tries his hand at The New Yorker’s cartoon-caption contest.<p>Recommended Stories<p>“Um, I guess after the prequels but maybe before ‘Rogue One’? …

New York City

Airbnb’s New Typeface Is a Case Study In Unified, Accessible Design

<b>Name:</b> Cereal <b><br>Designers:</b> Airbnb’s marketing, design language, and experience design teams <b><br>Foundry:</b> Dalton Maag <b><br>Release Date:</b> May 2018<b>Back Story:</b> Airbnb …

Working Type

On May 15, 2018, Airbnb launched a new typeface called Airbnb Cereal across our product and brand. Airbnb Cereal was created in partnership with …

UPS will pilot these adorable electric trucks in Paris and London

The first vehicles are expected to be deployed before the end of 2018<p>UPS and UK technology company Arrival have partnered to develop a fleet of 35 modular electric delivery vehicles for trial in London and Paris. UPS said the first vehicles are expected to be deployed before the end of 2018. The …

A Portable Power Pack With a Magnetic Design

Despite optimistic claims most every smartphone manufacturer throws out with every iteration, even with moderate use, our phones often require a …

Meet Vivian Cherry: One of the First Female Street Photographers

In the 1940s, as the Second World War raged through Europe, a bustling New York found itself the cultural capital of the world. This was the decade …

Street Photography

Apple, Influence, and Ive

How Can the M.T.A. Rescue the Subway When it Struggles to Deliver Basics?

An order of 300 new subway cars should have arrived in New York City by January 2017, months before the system was officially declared to be in crisis.<p>Instead, only 32 of those cars are now on the tracks. The order is at least two years behind schedule.<p>The new subway cars may not have averted the …

This all-weather bicycle highway could fulfill the dreams of bike commuters everywhere

Architect Richard Moreta just unveiled the MINILOOP, an enclosed cycleway that could be a dream come true for bicycle commuters. Envisioned as the …

I Planned an Entire Vacation Around Croissants and Regret Nothing

Give your vacation a mission and a higher purpose.<p>I went to San Francisco in 2013 with my then ten-year-old son Leo to eat, no qualms about it. I could no longer resist the constant stream of media fanfare about the “scene.” There were local culinary heroes (Danny Bowien; Stuart Brioza and Nicole …

San Francisco

Tips for Documentary Photography

The Problem With Fetishizing Midcentury Modernism

Housed in Finnish architect Eero Saarinen’s landmarked 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, the forthcoming TWA Hotel is an homage to the midcentury era of Jet Age optimism—and blithe indifference.<p>Around this time next year, travelers passing through JFK International Airport’s …

Civil Rights

Collins rebrands downtown San Francisco neighbourhood, The East Cut

A locality of downtown San Francisco has launched a new visual identity (and destination on Google Maps), which has been conceptualised and created …

Graphic Design

Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade.<p>In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and …

Urban Design

Uber gets into car rentals and public transit

Uber is officially a multi-modal transportation platform. On the heels of its acquisition of bike-share startup JUMP, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today announced Uber Bike‘s expansion into Washington, D.C., along with two key partnerships in car rentals and public transit.<p>The first is with instant …

Transportation

China’s Built a Road So Smart It Will Be Able to Charge Your Car

The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers as the nation tests an …

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Apple is introducing new red models of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus today. As with the iPhone 7 models announced around the same time last year, Apple is working with Product (RED), an organization that campaigns to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa; an unspecified portion of proceeds from sales of the …

Introducing Johnston100 for TfL