Matt Safian

1,314 Added | 14 Magazines | 510 Likes | 75 Following | 159 Followers | @mattsaf | Product Designer at Flipboard. 2013 KPCB Design Fellow.

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 …


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 …


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 …

Penn Station

China’s most epic high-speed rail journeys

It was once Japan that was famous for its high-speed train network, introducing the world to its Shinkansen, or bullet trains, way back in 1964. But while the Land of the Rising Sun is still a leader in rail technology, it is now China that holds the crown of high-speed train capital of the …


Otto is betting people will pay $700 for a premium smart lock

What’s the biggest thing holding back smart locks? Pricing? Consumer awareness? Security concerns? Bay Area-based startup Otto believes the issue is due, in part, to aesthetics. Today the company showed off its smart lock of the same name, created with a minimalist design in mind and a form factor …

Home Automation

The Airbnb Tool That’s Changing UI Design

Uber, Google, Instacart, and others are all adopting Airbnb’s prototyping tool, Lottie.<p>There’s a hot new design software being used today by major tech companies like Airbnb and Google to build new apps. But the tool, called Lottie, wasn’t born from your typical designer. Instead, it has its …

UX Design

Cuboid extension by EL Studio sits atop a Maryland bungalow

New York firm EL Studio has placed a contemporary box-shaped extension on top of this suburban home in Maryland to more than double its size.<p>The …


10 of the best home workspaces from Dezeen's Pinterest boards

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, cosy corner desks and minimalist furnishings are recurring features in this week's Pinterest roundup, which focuses on …


Do you want to design better?

Introducing DesignBetter.Co — the essential guide to running healthy design teams from InVision’s Design Education team<p>Over the past couple of years …

Design Thinking

In Praise of Good Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

In an era when artisanal ice cream flavors include goat cheese beet swirl and foie gras, it’s easy to yearn for the good old days — when 31 flavors were more than enough. A new group show at Robert Mann Gallery, aptly titled “I Scream, You Scream,” features vintage iterations of simpler summer …

Street Photography

The House with the Pink Door

Australian interior designer Carole Whiting enjoys a project. While she’s often employed to put her talent to the test with clients, it’s a welcome …


Pentagram does Shake Shacks new locavore logo

Danny Meyer calls on his friend designer Paula Scher to rework her Shake Shack magic


Neighbors Being Noisy At 3 A.M.? This Startup Wants To Help

NoiseAware is tracking nuisance noise in apartment buildings across the country–and giving landlords the tools to respond.<p>“We called it Mini Coachella,” recounts Dave Krauss, who once managed many short-term rental units. One weekend, a tenant checked into one of his apartments. Then they threw a …


To Fix the New York City Subway, Fix the Schedule

A forensic transit scientist says the MTA needs timetables its human operators can manage.<p>On a recent Monday afternoon at Grand Central Station, strings of subway cars clatter up to the 4/5/6 platform. As trains arrive every four minutes or so, doors open and shut quickly, rarely parting longer …

New York City Subway


Take a Trip Inside Happy Socks’ Colorful Stockholm HQ

It’s never a dull day in the “Happy House.”<p>Happy Socks is a brand built on the very idea of wild and wacky; colorful right to its very core. So it …


GYRO’s myna lamp greets you in the hallway like a bird perched on a branch

the design, initially created as a floor lamp, also doubles as a coat hanger - with either a white or dark copper finish.The post GYRO’s myna lamp …


The Los Angeles City Photo Guide

The Viceroy<p>I’m a big fan of starting my day at The Viceroy. Each corner is photogenic, so you’re likely to find a great shot anywhere you point your …

Tesla Model 3 first drive: this is the car that Elon Musk promised

I felt like I was driving in an Eames chair. That was my first impression as I climbed into the driver’s seat of the Tesla Model 3 at the Fremont Factory on Friday afternoon. It took a moment to orient myself — no gauges, no speedometer, no airplane cockpit cues. Instead, one continuous smooth line …

Tesla Model 3


Photographer <b>Oli McAvoy/HYPEBEAST</b><p>Creative <b>Paul Heavener/HYPEBEAST</b><p>Art Direction <b>Maggie Waller/HYPEBEAST</b><p>Stylist <b>Frederick Marfil/HYPEBEAST</b><p>Model <b>Yuan, Desmend Wyer</b><p>Clothing <b>ONLY NY</b>


This kitchen compost bin ferments your kitchen waste

The Taihi bin essentially pickles food scraps<p>After growing up in Ethiopia—where very little waste was thrown in landfills—now U.K.-based designer Ben Cullis Watson saw an opportunity to address the country’s trash problem, attempting to “change people's perceptions of waste and make it as 'sexy' as …


Big Cabin | Little Cabin

Cabin (‘kab en’) 1. a small simple dwelling. 2. a shelter made of wood, situated in a wild or remote area. We all carry preconceived ideas of the word “cabin” in our collective memory -- a family gathering place, a place of rest after a long day in nature, pegs on the wall to hang your coat. …


The Bic Stops Here: In Praise of the Humble Stick Pen

I have loved Paper Mate’s Ballpoint Stick Pens for as long as I've been able to scribble. The narrow barreled pens fill office supply closets and …


The Name Game

Developing a framework for what we call things in our products<p>Think about a time you had to come up to speed quickly in a new environment, such as a …

Leica: the camera that freed the world – in pictures

Adored by everyone from Henri-Cartier Bresson to Sebastião Salgado, the Leica compact revolutionised photography – taking it out of the studio and onto the streets. The exhibition Eyes Wide Open! celebrates 100 years of pivotal moments

Film (UK)

Nook: Flexible, Space-Saving Furniture for City Living

Recent Royal College of Art graduate Andrea Pallarès explores the idea of flexible furniture for urban living in her graduation project. With the …


We Need More Alternatives to Facebook - MIT Technology Review

About 10 years after TVs began to be ubiquitous in American homes, television broadcasting was a staggering financial success. As the head of the …