Matt Safian

1,352 Added | 14 Magazines | 543 Likes | 75 Following | 160 Followers | @mattsaf | Product Designer at Flipboard. 2013 KPCB Design Fellow.

Neri&Hu designs lantern-inspired lamps that hang from adjustable brass rings

Chinese studio Neri&Hu has created a versatile, spherical glass lamp for Italian lighting brand Artemide that can be used as a table lamp or …

Furniture

It's Official: These are the Most and Least Expensive Cities in the World

Ever wondered where your city ranks on a list of least expensive to most expensive? The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) report will tell you …

Cities

Spinal columns: the joy of the collection

As resurgent sales of vinyl records and printed books resist the digital tide, British artist Mark Vessey celebrates physical libraries in a series of striking photographs<p>• See a gallery of Mark Vessey’s photographs here<p>‘A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a …

Art

Kickstarter grows up with rebrand by design studio Order

Kickstarter has unveiled a rebrand by New York-based design studio Order, which aims to show the crowdfunding platform has “grown up”. Order worked …

Graphic Design

This is the Tesla Semi truck

500 miles of range and more aerodynamic than a supercar<p>The Tesla Semi truck is a hulking and menacing hauler, with the presence of Darth Vader lurking from above when cast in the black hue, or more like an apparition in metallic silver-white. In other words: it’s exactly what we expect to see from …

Trucks

Vibrant Photos of Foliage From Above

If you missed this fleeting, colorful season, immerse yourself in these stunning pictures from our Nature Photographer of the Year Contest.<p>Seasons can turn in the blink of an eye. In the northern hemisphere, winter is quickly approaching. Here are some photos to help us savor the beauty of changing …

Nature

In the loop: Jony Ive on Apple Park and the iPhone X

Apple Park

Is the world really better than ever?

The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good – and only our pessimism is holding us back. By Oliver Burkeman<p>By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was …

Donald Trump

The Life Cycle of Planes, as Told in Stunning Aerial Photos

An airplane's lifespan isn't something most passengers think about until something annoying or unnerving happens—maybe an air vent starts dripping, …

Photography

Colour management and gamut

If someone asked you to build a coffee table and they specified the legs as a height of 50, what do you think that would mean? 50 kilometres? 50 …

Coffee Table

Old New York, Seen Through a Cab Driver’s Windshield

<i>This piece originally appeared in</i> New York<i>’s 50th anniversary issue, My New York – a special edition that attempts to capture the city’s voice</i> …

Joel Meyerowitz’s Journey Towards Color

“Joel Meyerowitz: Towards Colour, 1962-1978,” a new show at Beetles+Huxley in London, traces the photographer’s move from black and white street …

Street Photography

How Warby Parker Reinvented The Eye Test

Warby Parker co-CEO Dave Gilboa has created a startup within his fast-growing startup to tackle a $5 billion opportunity.<p>“One advantage of Warby Parker having a direct relationship with customers is that we get feedback and can move quickly,” said co-CEO Dave Gilboa during the 2017 Fast Company …

Startups

New York City Plans to Replace Transit MetroCard With Electronic Card Readers That Support Apple Pay

New York City is planning to replace its existing MetroCard transit payment system with electronic card readers that will allow New Yorkers to pay their subway and bus fares using Apple Pay, reports <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>A committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this morning approved a …

Banking

Letter of Recommendation: Dunking

A few years ago, at Easter dinner with my in-laws, I noticed my husband’s grandmother dipping pieces of yellow cake into her glass of soda. She’s a woman of nearly 90 with a preternatural grip for hugs and pinching cheeks but, in this, she was gentle: letting each bite soak into her orange Crush, …

Recipes

The Secret to a Great Photo Edit

<i>For nearly 20 years, Arianna Rinaldo has let photography guide her path around the world, from her beginnings at the New York Magnum office to positions with the magazine COLORS, the weekend supplement D La Repubblica, and the quarterly magazine OjodePez. Most recently, Rinaldo has served as</i> …

Form& | Ebay

designing moments of perfect<p>—<p>Project Overview<p>For more than 25 years, ebay has defined a new era of commerce through the art of connection—placing …

Where to Buy the Best 1990s-Inspired Sunglasses

Eyewear brand BLYSZAK takes inspiration from vintage frames and unisex design<p><b>Who is it?</b><br>Global eyewear brand BLYSZAK• <b><br>Where can I find it?</b><br>On the BLYSZAK …

Shopping

18 Ways to Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix (That Are Not Lattes)

You <i>have</i> to love pumpkin spice. It's not your fault. You are potentially genetically programmed to. When the turtlenecks come out or various twee gourds begin appearing in your market or you hear even <i>one person</i> mention their Halloween costume, the craving begins.<p>And there's nothing wrong with that! …

Recipes

Airbnb uses current listings to theme interiors of expanded San Francisco headquarters

Home rental website Airbnb has taken cues from its listings around the world when designing additional office spaces at its headquarters in San …

São Paulo

Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce

<i>Roasted broccoli with soy sauce. It's a simple, quick, easy, cheap side dish. And kids as well as adults are demanding seconds. Yes, seconds. Of</i> …

Vegetables

School buses: A massive mass transit system in need of a tech upgrade

How simple investments could improve a system that transports 25 million students every day<p>It could be considered the largest transportation system in the country, moving more than 25 million passengers every weekday. Count every single vehicle used in every mass transit system in the United …

Transportation

A Shelf Inspired by the Ropes in Boxing Rings

Cuerda is a new product from Emmanuel Gonzalez, a designer from Chile, who took inspiration from the ropes that you find surrounding a boxing ring. …

How A Pair Of Orange Scissors Made Design History

The iconic tool turns 50 this year–here’s the story behind its immense popularity.<p>Picture a pair of scissors, and there’s a good chance they’re orange. But have you ever wondered why? It’s all thanks to the 368-year-old Finnish company Fiskars, whose ubiquitous orange scissors turned 50 this month. …

Why This Rare Camera Lens Is Worth the Hunt

Lonelyleap is an independent film company based in London and New York that shoots documentaries and commercials for the likes of BBC, American …

Cameras

Modernist Magic in Indiana

Some home-building projects start with an itch for more space. Others with a love of customization. One house that lies low and lean across a bumpy patch of Indianapolis began with a run in the woods.<p>For years, Bryan Chandler, the president of a commercial real estate firm and a runner, had cut …

Avant-garde

The Secret Vault Inside Lego’s New Building

The new Lego House is a temple to nostalgia, and at its heart sits a once-hidden room stacked with hundreds of old sets.<p>Somewhere in Billund–a tiny town with a gigantic international airport in the middle of Denmark–there’s a magical place that you can’t visit. A fantastic chamber hidden from the …

Our 6 Must Reads for Building and Leading a Product Design Team

A well-thought-out design team often accompanies enduring product design. Here are six pieces of advice to help you build and lead a design team from …

Product Management

General Motors Is Going All Electric

After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This …

Your Measuring Cup Sucks, So This Software Engineer Made a Better One

In baking and brewing, accuracy is imperative. Over- or under-shooting by an eighth of a teaspoon can ruin a recipe. Unbeknownst to many, …