Matt Safian

1,292 Added | 14 Magazines | 472 Likes | 69 Following | 158 Followers | @mattsaf | Product Designer at Flipboard. 2013 KPCB Design Fellow.

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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 …

Kitchens

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. …

Cabins

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 …

Illustration

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

Photography

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 …

Furniture

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

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

Mark Zuckerberg

Fashion photographer Miles Aldridge shoots the cast of Game of Thrones for Time Magazine

This Monday <i>Game of Thrones</i> returns to our screens for its penultimate series. <i>Time</i> magazine has dedicated a whole issue to the most popular TV show in …

Game of Thrones

This is your brain on Disneyland: A Disney addict's quest to discover why he loves the parks so much

My name is Todd and I am addicted to Disney theme parks.<p>This spring, I spent 10 days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., despite the fact that I live less than an hour away from Disneyland, which I visit at least several times during any given month. For the amount of money it cost me to go to …

Walt Disney Company

New York Times Magazine celebrates bespoke type in new show and publication

The booklet, NYT Mag Type, has been produced through Newspaper Club and features examples of the magazine’s sans and serif faces, alongside a wide …

Typography

A Comic Sans For The 21st Century Is Here

Hoefler & Co. release Inkwell, a Comic Sans for people who hate Comic Sans.<p>“I’ve been waiting for the first Comic Sans comparison,” says type designer Jonathan Hoefler dryly, when I mention how his new typeface family, Inkwell, all but begs for it. It’s hard not to draw parallels: both fonts are …

Typography

41 Breathtaking Views From Above

Experience a bird's-eye perspective of places around the world from the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.<p>Humans always dreamed of flying. Thanks to the Wright Brothers, we're able to hop from one destination to the next in just a few hours. People take to the air to …

Marina Bay Sands

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Electric Bikes

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 …

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 …

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 …

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