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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 …

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 …

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 …

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> …

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

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 …

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 …

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

This flourishing peer-to-peer marketplace has materialized practically overnight, but it will collapse just as quickly unless we realize that …

Land of Elves

Facebook App Singles Out Which Friend Gave You the Flu

You might remember personal health remedy company Help, from its brilliant Help I’ve Cut Myself and I Want to Save a Life campaign, featuring …