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Clever Table Grows Or Shrinks With Your Needs

Wooden Cloth is a simple wood table that’s designed to grow or shrink with your needs. Designed by Swedish carpentry student Nathalie Dackelid, the ash table uses a twist on traditional table leaves to allow not just one or two alternate sizes, but as many as you need.<p>The underside of the leaves …

Furniture

MUT Design uses copper, marble and ash for "seductive" freestanding kitchen

Spanish studio MUT Design has created modular kitchen units from materials commonly found elsewhere in the home.<p>MUT Design's Float collection …

One Man’s Mission To Design Better Chopsticks For The Disabled

Japanese craftsman Katsuyuki Miyabi custom tailors chopsticks to the unique needs of his clients.<p>For the inexperienced Westerner, using chopsticks can be a maddening affair. Imagine how much worse it must be, though, for the disabled: those individuals who might have lost their thumb or fingers in …

Disability

The Future Of Smart Things Is Dumb

Frog’s ex-chief creative officer: There’s a better way to embed intelligence in our lives than surrounding ourselves with needy gadgets.<p>Last weekend, I spent several hours updating the firmware for some lightbulbs in my home. Yes, I did a <i>firmware update for lightbulbs</i>. They’re smart lightbulbs, and …

Mark Rolston

Why You Should Doodle More

Doodling, long frowned upon as a symptom of boredom or inattention, may be a more productive use of your time than previously contended. Recent scientific research indicates that seemingly absent-minded tracings can help the brain process and retain information and solve problems.<p>According to the</i> …

Creativity

Color, Value, and Evolution of Logos

Logos are very important to a business. A good logo can sell itself, especially if the colors match the product correctly. Color, Value, and …

Living Space

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Proposed Building Looks Like A Giant Zipper

The winner of [AC-CA]’s latest contest plays with the tower shape to create a vertical campus for an architecture school.<p>Recent graduates Ali Chen and Evan Shieh have spun their architecture-school education into a creative new proposal for a unversity in Dubai: “Blue Tape,” a tower that looks like …

Architecture

10 Scientific Insights That Could Make You A Better Designer

Insights from fields such as behavioral economics and cognitive psychology can help designers build better products. Here, Nikki Pfarr of Artefact shows how.<p>In the design world, the term “persuasive design” tends to be met with a mix of intrigue, skepticism, and occasionally repugnance. (Doesn’t …

Psychology

Building a Startup is About Solving Problems, Not Chasing Ideas

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of Arkenea, a company committed to helping entrepreneurs and businesses build, market and monetize their mobile apps.</i><p>Building a mobile app startup is the “I want to build an Internet startup” of the late 1990s. The only difference is, this time, there is no bubble …

It’s Time For The Sharing Economy To Become The Sharing Society

It’s time for the independent workers to steer this new marketplace in a more sustainable direction that helps the people who make it run, not just the companies behind it.<p>In New York City today, you can rent a room on Airbnb, catch a ride with Uber, sell your old threads on Modabound, and leave …

Land of Elves

Facebook App Singles Out Which Friend Gave You the Flu

Sometimes the onset of winter can provoke a particular type of witch-hunt. Upon discovering that they are sick, lots of people retrace all recent interactions in an attempt to pinpoint just which sniffling soul generously sent so many foul germs their way. Now, a new Facebook app is digitizing this …