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3 Design Lessons From The World’s Fastest Growing Quiz App

QuizUp chief designer Sveinn Davidsson walks us through the evolution of an app that went from an ugly duckling to a $22 million success story.<p>You might feel contempt for fans of <i>Twilight</i>, the crazy tweens obsessing over Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. But if you’re a fan of QuizUp, the …

Studio Fuksas completes Terminal 3 at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport

Thousands of hexagonal skylights bring natural light into this new terminal that Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have completed at …

A Day in the Life of Bernard Brucha of MASHstudios

<i>This month’s Designer Dailies follows Bernard Brucha, founder of the multidisciplinary, Los Angeles-based firm, MASHstudios. The Chicago native</i> …

How To Make Money Without A Job

Before joining the staff of Forbes in July of 2011, I was happily self-employed for 23 years. For much of this time my husband and I ran two mostly unrelated home-based businesses. He worked in his office in the front of the house, while I was in mine across the hall. Our office doors were usually …

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Amazon updates Seattle headquarters design

Not content with plunking its headquarters campus in the middle of downtown Seattle, Amazon decided to throw in a couple biodomes for good measure. …

A Single Dandelion Serves as a Delicate Natural Light Source

As we've seen in the past, the designers at Studio Drift are always working to bring the miracles of nature into their many innovative creations. Often, their lighting systems involve complex structures organized around the very delicate dandelion. The Amsterdam-based studio says, “The projects we …

Information Overload

What is Meditation and How It Affects Our Brains

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed to be so vague …

Meditation

The 11 moments that defined BlackBerry's rise and fall

Once a pioneer and leading light in the smartphone market, BlackBerry is in a potentially terminal downward spiral. The Canadian company, formerly …

6 ideas to watch from MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 list

Every year, MIT Technology Review releases a list of people less than 35 years old who are working on the most exciting innovations on Earth (or …

Rare Bauhaus artwork in Christie's poster collection auction

A poster made for an exhibition that was a landmark in design and art history, and which a collector spent a quarter of a century trying to track down, is coming up for auction with a top sale estimate of £200,000.<p>The poster was designed by the typographer and graphic designer Joost Schmidt for the …

Mercedes-Benz reveals S63 AMG

577hp. 664lb-ft of torque. 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds. An electronically limited top speed of 155mph. A technological tour-de-force coated in luxury. Welcome, everyone, to the fastest way to escape from Interpol: it's the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.<p>Seems AMG has been busy of late, what with the …

Smart Streetlights

Have you ever left the lights on in your house for days at a time and then gotten a ridiculously crazy electric bill the next month? Can you imagine …

Can sustainable eco houses become mainstream?

The eco home that Max O'Flaherty designed – which won his firm a coveted EU award at the Royal Institute of British Architects annual awards last month – nearly didn't get built at all.<p>The House on Mount Anville, which put his practice, Aughey O'Flaherty, in the same bracket as star architects such …

How Newcastle Brown Ale Cut The Crap To Cut Through the Clutter

By Rae Ann Fera6 minute Read<p>When it comes to beer advertising, heritage is one of the common tropes that the viewing public is subjected to (along …

Beer

AD Classics: Ville Radieuse / Le Corbusier

Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) is an unrealized urban masterplan by Le Corbusier, first presented in 1924 and published in a book of the same name …

Architecture

Logo Design Guidelines

Design a logo and a visual identity goes way beyond the free form and artistic side of what most people think. There is all the rational part …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Samsung plots the Exynos 5 Octa's evolution, here's hoping for a real rev up

Evolution is typically a positive occurrence, and in the case of SoCs, usually means we're in for more primed performance.<p>Samsung is teasing such a …

BlackBerry's future not looking rosy The company got a new CEO, a new operating system and new devices, but its latest numbers don't paint a picture of revival. http://gu.com/p/3hxmd Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The 870-megapixel camera for space imaging

<b>If there was any excuse to start up the megapixel race once again, this 870-megapixel monster would be the camera to beat.</b><p>Called the Hyper …

Imaging

10 Mind-Bending Discoveries In Physics

The study of physics is the study of the universe—and more specifically, just how the hell the universe works. It is without a doubt the most …

Sensuous Steel

Ken Gross bought his first car magazine when he was 12 years old and brought it home proudly to show his father. His dad was not interested. So Gross spent his adolescence trying to convince his old man that, despite the fact that he worked for cheap in a gas station and spent all of his spare time …

How to Define Yourself as a Photographer

There comes a point in time when you will need to decide what type of photography you like and the specific genres you want to focus on. Most of us …

Layered Wood Boxes: Weinfelden House by k_m architektur

With faraway views of the mountains of Switzerland and Austria, the Weinfelden House, designed by k_m architektur, is situated on a sloped lot …

NYCxDesign 2013: The Future Perfect Furniture Collection

One of the coolest NYC design stores, The Future Perfect, launched a new private label furniture collection at ICFF with seating and lighting design …