Jordan Atkins

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The PLUSminus Task Lamp Offers Users a Tactile Lighting Experience

PLUSminus is a task lamp that uses a not yet seen mechanism that's small in size, easy to manufacture and assemble and enables a perfectly smooth …

Industrial Design

A Very Smart Speaker

Even at first glance it is clear to see why The Wave is an award-winning (red dot 2018) design; the striking design and presence that it holds within …

Smart Speaker

The Chouchin elegantly transforms from candle into lantern

The Chouchin candle’s design merges culture with creativity, turning a candle eventually into a lantern. Shaped like Japanese lanterns on the …

the warm wall

Onya, Lauren Lee! The San Francisco-based industrial designer has come up with a heated wall to be installed in ladies’ public toilets – so when …

The Titanium Grater Will Even Serve your ‘Grate-grandchildren’

Machined from a single billet of titanium, Warren Simpson’s Fine Grater combines the virtually indestructible properties of titanium with the …

Industrial Design

How one little thermostat started a design revolution

A Nest Learning Thermostat was on the wall of my home a year after its debut. Not because it was cheaper than the competition (it cost $249), nor was it the only Wi-Fi-connected, app-enabled thermostat to hit shelves. My main reason for my purchase was purely superficial: I wanted a Nest because it …

A**hole Design Is The Subreddit We Need Now

Finally, a cathartic place to shame the terrible UX and industrial design all around us.<p>I can’t stop laughing at the design work featured on the young subreddit known as r/assholedesign–or imagining the conversations that must have happened between their designers.<p>The site is a place where you can …

Product Design

Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade.<p>In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and …

Congrats to 'Silicon Valley' on this sick Facebook burn

The opening credits of <i>Silicon Valley</i> are among the most delightful on television. Each season's title sequence offers a fresh crop of newsy Easter …

The Future of Augmented Reality Is "Virtual Wearables"

Control a phone without looking at it.<p>Many people became familiar with augmented reality when Pokémon GO hit smartphones in 2016. Now, one company …

A sleeker, simpler, smarter spoon!

If there’s one thing that’s been constant through all our lives, it’s been the spoon. Joseph Joseph’s Slide Spoon changes that, with a design that …

MicroLED is the first new screen tech in a decade. Can it beat OLED?

At CES 2018, Samsung wowed the crowds with a wall sized TV, using a technology called "MicroLED." This wasn't the first time we've heard about the tech. Both Sony and Samsung demoed a similar technology the year before for movie theaters and other huge-screen commercial uses. Sony even dropped …

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

Technology (India)

User Experience Is the Most Important Metric You Aren't Measuring

Though critical, user experience is often overlooked in website and app design.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>User experience is often overlooked in website and app design and, indeed, the design of many things. How many times have you felt compelled to push a door …

There’s something special about this watch

The Ressence slogan reads “Beyond Hands”, and does so for a reason. Look at the Type 2 watch and you’ll notice it’s a traditional watch but has no …

A photographer who took pictures with people she met on Tinder and pretended to love revealed a lot about true intimacy

The product of her search is a breathtaking project titled Lifeconstruction, a series of photographs that show Hyld embracing, kissing, and spending time with various individuals. While their intimate poses may suggest that these people are Hyld's lovers or longtime partners, they're actually all …

Social Media

Chinese farmers are using AI to help rear the world’s biggest pig population

‘We’d like to translate AI technology into safe, tasty pork.’<p>It’s been called China’s “pork miracle.”<p>For centuries, pig-rearing in the country was predominantly a backyard occupation. (The etymology of the Chinese character for “home” literally means “house with a pig in it.”) But since the 1980s, …

Thoughts on Building a Successful Remote Team

How a group of designers were transformed into one unified Outlook team<p>At the beginning of 2017, the Outlook design team was based in 3 different …

How the World’s Oldest Company Reinvented Itself

The decline in demand for paper hit Stora Enso hard. By 2011 the pulp and paper giant — the world’s oldest corporation, dating back to 1288 — had laid off over one-third of its 30,000 employees. Though profitable again, the company needed to transform itself into a global renewable materials …

Deep in the Desert, the Hyperloop Comes to Life

When the hyperloop first sparked a frenzy in 2013, it was just an Elon Musk Big Idea—very exciting, maybe possible, definitely hard to believe. Now, …

SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time

SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International Space Station it managed to launch a previously flown Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket with a flight-proven first stage booster. That’s …

How Apple Watch saved one man’s life — and how it’s empowering him after his heart attack

<i>Apple and Stanford are currently conducting a heart study with Apple Watch</i><p>Scott Killian never imagined his Apple Watch might save his life, but that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when he had a heart attack in the middle of the night. Killian recently shared his personal experience with</i> …

Apple Watch

Smart Farming to be Driven by Growth in Cloud Computing

HomeWorld News<p>The total addressable market for telecom operators in agriculture is estimated to be at $2.9 billion by 2020 from vertical integration, …

Employing Heuristics to Anticipate and Prevent Errors

It’s easy to convince ourselves that every interface we produce is simple and effective. Unfortunately, our experience with a problem space and …

UX Design

Why on earth is a ride-hailing giant building an app store? Ola’s surprising way forward

Photo credit: Ola.Imagine getting into a cab in the morning where your Skype call and calendar are already set up in front of you. Or hailing a car …

Apple's HomePod speaker delayed until next year

If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you'll have to come up with plan b.<p>Apple confirmed on Friday its expensive Siri-powered smart speaker has been delayed.<p>Instead of being available in December, it will ship early next year, the company told CNN Tech.<p>Apple …

Tech Trends

Siri Siri on the wall, is this smart mirror society’s downfall?

An iHome for the modern Snow White<p>Someday mirrors will be smart enough to lie to us, assuring us we’re the fairest of them all. Until then, there’s this thing from iHome.<p>The distortion-free mirror measures 10 inches by 13 inches, and features a built-in Bluetooth speaker to play music while getting …

Industrial Design: Tiller, a Minimal Device for tracking your time

We would like to share another project that is currently live on Kickstarter. For this case, it's a beautiful, minimal device for tracking your time. …

Can you Feel the Groove

Grooveat is here to disrupt the music streaming and audio industry in one big swoop. Grooveat is the music app and audio set that provides a suitable …