Matt Safian

1,279 Added | 14 Magazines | 458 Likes | 67 Following | 158 Followers | @mattsaf | Product Designer at Flipboard. 2013 KPCB Design Fellow.

Art History: The Life and Lessons of Master Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson

He’s mentioned over and over as a source of inspiration for photographers, but who was Henri Cartier-Bresson, and why does he matter? Throughout the history of photography, certain artists have withstood the test of time, with Cartier-Bresson at the top of the list. We take a look at the life, …

Street Photography

Japanese home, colorful and angle-loving, is a kaleidoscopic delight

The clever designers at Kochi Architect’s Studio are at it again<p>For folks unfamiliar with the trippy optics of Kochi Architect’s Studio, looking at an image of the firm’s Ana House can be befuddling. Is that yellow slice a wall or a void? Does everyone hit their heads on that low-angled door? It it …

Architecture

15 Modern Additions to Traditional Homes

We believe that building a new addition (or many) to your home is exciting. Not only do they create extra space, but additions also add character to your humble abode. Mix it up - preserve the originality of your home, while also building an epic extension that stands out from the rest.<p>Take a look …

Architecture

Creative Renovation in Brooklyn

When graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink left behind their loft in San Francisco—with collected ephemera, a voluminous library, and a parcel of paintings in tow—they didn’t know where they would land in the Big Apple. One renovation and one Welsh terrier later, they’re back on track in …

Lofts

A Tour of Florist Lisa Przystup’s New York Farmhouse - Rip & Tan

I love a good home tour, but I have a special sweet spot for seeing people’s weekend retreats. These spaces tend to be really unique and pared down …

Houses

This Is Your Brain on Exercise

Human beings evolved to move. Our bodies, including our brains, were fine-tuned for endurance activities over millennia of stalking and chasing down prey. “We’ve engineered that out of our lives now,” says Charles Hillman, a psychology professor at Northeastern University who has spent decades …

The Brain

Meet Framer, The Prototyping Tool Used By Google, Facebook, And Uber

The tool, built by two Facebook alums, is now used across the industry–and a new version is simple enough for any designer to use.<p>When product designers Koen Bok and Jorn van Dijk were working at Facebook in 2013, they often found themselves pitching new app ideas with traditional presentation …

Digital Design

In a Fake Fact Era, Schools Teach the ABCs of News Literacy

Fourteen-year-old Isabel Catalan stares intently at her laptop as she walks me through a recent assignment one sunny morning a few weeks before …

Education

Homewood

A late 60's A Frame retreat for a youngish family of 4, plus two dogs, that was completely remodeled throughout. The clients wanted to freshen it up, but still keep the bohemian patchwork vibe of the original cabin.

Food & Dining

Flash offers a ground-up redesign of the electric bike

<b>The Flash e-bike promises to be "an evolution in what a bike can be" thanks to a host of smart features integrated into its design.</b><p>Another day, …

Brian Flaherty Photo

Capturing Love, the Brooklyn Way

“One of the things that I noticed quickly,” the photographer Andre Wagner said of moving to Bushwick, Brooklyn, from Omaha in 2012, is “how you can see the affection of people out in public because so many things happen on the streets.” Mr. Wagner drew upon his background in social work when he …

Brooklyn

Why This $4.99 Ikea Product Is a Prime Example of Brilliant Design

The methodology driving every decision the Ikea design team makes.<p>On first glance, it looks like nothing special. No bells and whistles. Just a simple glass container with a cork topper.<p>But this isn't any ordinary kitchen item. It's an Ikea 365+ water carafe. That means this $4.99 product -- like …

Product Design

How reprinting the MTA’s Standards Manual kickstarted a Brooklyn bookstore

Designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth’s new design office, Order, features a dedicated graphic design bookshop<p>After operating largely on the internet for the past few years, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth of Standards Manual—the duo responsible for reprints of the New York City Transit Authority and …

Graphic Design

Introducing Framer Design, Bridging The Gap Between Code and Design

Design tools have always been critical in helping us manifest and build world-changing products and services. However, as the products and services …

Digital Design

Step Inside Squarespace’s Minimalist Portland Office

Squarespace is known for its bold and iconic brand, and for helping the masses build sleek, professional websites.<p>Squarespace’s Portland office is dramatic and unique, but also creative and inviting: a perfect fit for a quirky city that enjoys pushing the boundaries, being edgy, and also being …

Squarespace

Behold: Our All-Time Most Popular Ice Cream Recipes

You don't <i>ever</i> need an excuse to eat ice cream, but now that summer's on the way... ice cream is just a given. Here are our favorite recipes to get you started, from classics like vanilla and chocolate chip cookie dough to seasonal gems like sweet corn and strawberry fennel. Try these flavors as …

Dessert

This MIT-Invented Pasta Packs Flat, Then Snaps Into Crazy Shapes

Just add water, and the pasta transforms. It’s like magic.<p>Researchers at the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have managed to make pasta, the world’s greatest food, even better: by giving it shape-shifting properties.<p>Lining Yao, the lead researcher, and former Media Lab grad student, and Wen …

MIT Media Lab

How to Shoot In Kelvin • Mastin Labs

In photography, white balance is considered one of the most important settings on a digital camera. Without proper white balance, beautiful brides …

Tutorials

Like design standards manuals? Then you’ll love this new bookstore

Like design standards manuals? Then you’ll love this new bookstore. (Courtesy Hamish Smyth, Order)<p>(Courtesy Hamish Smyth, Order)<p>(Courtesy Hamish …

Graphic Design

Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So

With the launch of YouTube TV, Google wanted to make a statement. And it made it with a typeface.<p>Go to YouTube TV’s website or app, and you may notice something that feels remarkably, well, non-Google: the typeface. It’s full of personality, with joyful curves that contrast against aggressive …

YouTube TV

Airbnb Cofounder Joe Gebbia’s Next Project? Furniture Design

Joe Gebbia built Airbnb into a global company. His insights led to a new line of office furniture.<p>At 35, Joe Gebbia is cofounder and chief product officer of Airbnb, where he shapes the $31 billion company’s design aesthetic and seeks out new opportunities for growth. Last summer, he launched …

Furniture

In New Yorkers’ Vacation Homes, Less Is More

For most people, if there’s a line to be drawn in terms of what can be bought on Craigslist — which somehow lives on after all these years — it might be at a house. Things to put inside a house, yes; materials to build a house with, sure; even a car, to be parked in the garage of a house that’s …

Houses

Google Photos just hit 500 million monthly users — now it plans to make your camera roll obsolete

“Google Photos is on fire!” says a cheery David Lieb, who is standing outside a building on the company's Mountain View campus alongside every one of his fellow employees. A fire truck has just pulled into the parking lot, and an automated voice is calmly instructing everyone to evacuate. I have …

Google

The Dieter Rams Braun Collection at Vitsœ’s NYC Store Is Pure Design Brilliance

Collector Tom Strong spent 50 years assembling and using this incredible 250-piece collection of Braun appliances, designed by the great Dieter Rams—and on display for a limited time at Vitsœ in NYC. Here, Brad Dunning celebrates Rams’s indelible influence, and we interview Strong about his …

Jonathan Ive

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership

One More Thing<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely<p>Great (or Just Insane)<p>New Mothership<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership<p>by Steven Levy …

Architecture

A Great Ocean Road Shack With a View Gets a Sustainable Update - Dwell

They approached Australian design studio Austin Maynard Architects, who were more than happy to salvage Kate and Grant's shack—a traditional post-war-style residence along the Great Ocean Road that's quickly being replaced by what the studio’s founder Andrew Maynard calls "McMansions."<p>The …

Architecture

A Compact Home That Literally Pops Up From the Grass

With a green roof that merges with the grassy ground, this family home in Belgium looks like two periscopes rising up from the earth.<p>It was important to OYO that the project maximized the benefits of all the materials used in its construction. The concrete base of the 1,883-square-foot structure …

Architecture

Concrete barrel roof tops renovated seaside house

Rad!<p>Concrete residential architecture soars to new heights in this renovation completed by Beijing-based Vector Architects, the same studio behind an incredible concrete beach library and minimalist chapel. This time around, the firm added a barrel-vaulted concrete roof to an existing house along a …