Matt Safian

1,221 Added | 14 Magazines | 431 Likes | 61 Following | 153 Followers | @mattsaf | Product Designer at Flipboard. 2013 KPCB Design Fellow.

The Separator – The Fujinon GF 110mm f/2 review

For many Fujifilm GFX owners and future buyers, the Fujinon GF110mm f/2 must be one of those lenses that you must own at some point. Just like the …

Cameras

Icelandic inclusion – The Fujinon GF 23mm f/4 Review

In the year 2017 four Danish friends set out to revisit the cradle of the nordics. The land of the Norse mythology. The Epic land of Thor, land of …

Cameras

Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone's 10th Anniversary

Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd, Apple Inc. is planning its most extensive iPhone lineup to …

iPhone

Farmed

The roots of photographer Paul Hart’s new book <i>Farmed</i> are firmly entrenched in rich, fertile soil. Intellectually, the first lines we read are part of a quote from Henry David Thoreau’s <i>Walden</i>—a seminal text which, for 150+ years, has grounded the still-unfinished process of drawing us back into a …

Photography

Grey London empties London in a new film for Bose

To mark the launch of Bose’s <i>Get Closer</i> campaign, Grey London has created a new 60 second film that shows dancer Maëva Berthelot move through the …

London

Watch the creation of Disney’s ambitious and immersive Star Wars land

“Everything about it is just about total immersion.”<p>Two years ago Disney announced that it was planning on adding massive <i>Star Wars</i>-themed expansions to its parks in California and Florida, and today at <i>Star Wars</i> Celebration it revealed some new details — including a behind-the-scenes look at the …

Star Wars

A Newfangled Traffic Light Built for People and Robots

The traffic light’s three colored circles work hard, managing the flow of traffic around the world. Evgeny Arinin acknowledges this, and admires the …

Transportation

This Pharrell-Assisted Video’s Use of Split-Screen Will Blow Your Mind

Cassius’s “Go Up,” featuring Pharrell and Cat Power, is a groovy track whose new music video finds some amazing visual juxtapositions that fit together unexpectedly.<p><b>WHAT:</b> A mind-bending new music video from Cassius, featuring Pharrell Williams and Cat Power.<p><b>WHO:</b> Paris-based director Alexandre …

Music

Pentagram Doesn’t Just Create Brands, It Writes New Languages

Who knew the average consumer spoke so many dialects so fluently?<p>“Theoretically, you should be able to recognize something without even seeing the logo,” says Pentagram partner Paula Scher.<p>Some people might call that insight branding 101. But when I visited Pentagram’s New York City studio for</i> …

Design

A Component-based Workflow for Sketch

The way we design is changing, and so are our tools.<p><i>This article was originally posted on the</i> <i>Abstract blog</i><i>.</i><p>Give people a tool, and they’ll find …

Digital Design

Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, And The Struggle To Do The Right Thing

How commerce and conscience can fuel success (or fuel outrage) in today’s fraught business climate.<p>When Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a nearly 5,800-word open letter on February 16—the longest single post he had ever shared on his Facebook timeline—he introduced it with this …

Mark Zuckerberg

Designers weigh in: Did Snapchat succeed because of its controversial UI?

Snapchat’s usability sucks. They even had to include ten black and white diagrams in their IPO filing just to help potential investors (i.e. olds) …

Martin Parr releases new book documenting abandoned old bangers in Ireland

Martin Parr has released a new limited edition book titled <i>Abandoned Morris Minors of the West of Ireland</i>, focused entirely on the dilapidated old …

Photography

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House for a Photographer

The defining concept for this house, commissioned by a photographer as both his summer house and studio, was based on developed facade studies which define a simple and smooth building skin varied in height and punctured by openings. Two volumes define the main living & work spaces, both converge …

Architecture

Why Airport Runways Should Actually Be Circular

According to a Dutch researcher who has studied the problem for years, it would revolutionize air travel—and make it more efficient.<p>When it comes to airport infrastructure, the design of terminals may have changed over the years, but the long, straight runway has stayed remarkably consistent. Dutch …

Airports

Feature | Play and playbill

Theatre programmes present designers with both an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity, since the cover gives them a chance to show how …

Graphic Design

This Smartphone Has A Radical Mission: To Be Used Less

Siempo is a “phone for humans” that’s carefully designed to encourage focus and discourage distraction. Will it catch on?<p>The “dumb phone” has a certain appeal. It doesn’t track your every move, it won’t ping you with tons of notifications, and the clunky interface means you won’t lose hours swiping …

Productivity

Modern ‘treehouse’ spins out for 360-degree mountain views

The timber-clad home is vertically organized around a central spiral staircase<p>The Qiyunshan Tree House in the Huangshan mountains of China manages to artfully embody two fun architectural trends: elevated “tree house” buildings and modern, “spun out” floor plans. This combination has resulted …

Architecture

A Modern Holiday Home on a Cliff on the South Coast

Originally hired to complete an extension, AR Design Studio ended up designing an entire house after the original was split in half because of a landslip.<p>The holiday home, dubbed The Crow’s Nest, resides on top of a cliff on the UK’s South Coast and due to possible future movements, they worked …

Houses

Google Maps will let you share your location with friends and family for a specific period of time

Google Maps has today announced a new feature to allow you to share your location with others. While that might seem creepy, it’s not the first to add this type of functionality. Facebook tells you when a friend is nearby — it even lets you “wave” at them and gives you the option to send a message …

Google

Who Knew the iPhone 7 Looked So Good in Red?

Some mornings—not many, but some—you wake up to a new iPhone. Surprise! This is one of those mornings. And while today’s new iPhone acts just like …

iPhone

This gorgeous ruler was created specifically for digital designers

The Kickstarter project has surpassed its funding goals<p>There are a ton of niche design objects that have been tossed up onto Kickstarter for funding, but every now and again, there’s one that will really catch your eye. Case in point, this high-end designer ruler.<p>The Lindlund is billed as a ruler …

Kickstarter

Google’s think tank Jigsaw and The Washington Post launch Sideways Dictionary

Google’s technology incubator Jigsaw and <i>The Washington Post</i> has officially launched the Sideways Dictionary, an online glossary for technology terms …

Google

How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.<p>Quick, what’s the capital of Australia? No Googling! (And no points if you’re Australian—that means the information is more meaningful to you, which means you’re more likely to know it.) Did you get it? Or are you sure …

Dystopia

Of course Casper has real beds in its new office

<i>Sigh</i><p>If any startup were to get away with having real beds—not even nap pods—in their office, it would be Casper, one of more than a dozen companies trying to change up the mattress game. Indeed, the startup, which offers mattresses that come delivered in a box, recently moved into a new two-floor …

25 Bold Ways to Decorate with Yellow

The color yellow is associated with many things including bliss, happiness, and energy (to name a few). Decorating with yellow illuminates your home, giving off good vibes while also creating an overall positive place to reside in. With spring right around the corner, get inspired to redecorate …

A Minimalist Dinner Table That Doubles As Sound Dampening

A modular design and a hidden talent for hushing<p>Mealtimes can be messy affairs, and not just with food. Wakufuru is a new furniture collection …

Furniture

How This Bedsheets Startup Figured Out The Right Way To Disrupt Sleep Patterns

The cofounders of Brooklinen say the secret to their explosive growth is good data and customer service. Oh, and don’t forget the men.<p>There was a time not that long ago when buying high-quality bedsheets was a major investment. Walk into Nordstrom or Barneys, and you could easily drop $750 or more …

Customer Service