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7 Of The Best Error Messages On The Internet

Microsoft has long had trouble with the hardware of its otherwise (extremely) successful Xbox gaming consoles, from hard drive failures in the original Xbox to the now-infamous “Red Ring of Death” in its sophomore Xbox 360 to an easily broken disk drive in the new Xbox. But an easy and, dare we …

Windows Phone

This Intersection Could Save Cyclists’ Lives

Protected bike lanes shouldn’t stop just before an intersection.<p>Hopping on a bike may be the happiest way to get to work, but it’s not an entirely safe way. More than 700 cyclists were killed in traffic in the U.S. in 2012, according to recently released data from the National Highway Traffic …

Traffic Safety

Kërning – Corporate Identity by Isabela Rodrigues

Kërning – Brazilian Coffee Subscription Business.<p>Porto Alegre, Brazil based design and branding studio Isabela Rodrigues was hired to create the …

Graphic Design

Arboledas Palmira – Branding by Diego Leyva

Arboledas Palmira – Green Sustainable Community.<p>Diego Leyva describes himself as a designer of visual information. The Mexican graphic designer …

Graphic Design

The battle to save Smithfield market

A controversial plan to turn one of London's finest Victorian markets into a £160m office and retail complex is the subject of a current public inquiry and the finely balanced rival claims of heritage and development<p>Here's what the battle over Smithfield General Market is not. It is not a fight to …

Holly Burger Brand Identity

Holly Burger – Branding and Print Elements.<p>Manuel Astorga and Rodrigo Aguadé have created the brand identity and all print elements for Holly …

Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated 'SkyCycle' bike routes in London

Plan for 220km network of bike paths suspended above railway lines could see commuters gliding to work over rooftops<p>Gliding through the air on a bike might so far be confined to the fantasy realms of singing nannies and aliens in baskets, but riding over rooftops could one day form part of your …

How To Play “Call Of Duty” With NFL Athletes

OverDog is an iPhone app which lets ordinary gamers play Xbox and Playstation games against pro football and basketball players.<p>Former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is, like many pro athletes, an avid gamer. His favorite games are <i>Tiger Woods Golf</i> and the original <i>Zelda</i>–and he has taken …

Tiger Woods

What Startups And Restaurants Can Learn From Each Other About Making Customers Happy

Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and The Breslin dish on the surprisingly similar ways they keep pushing their businesses to improve.<p>When Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger decided to speak at <i>Fast Company</i>‘s Innovation Uncensored conference in San Francisco, he …

Startups

The Secrets Of A Memorable Infographic

New research refutes a common perception about what makes infographics stick in your mind.<p>Human memory is very fallible, but lately cognitive scientists have found that our minds capture much more visual detail in a moment than once believed. A 2008 paper reported that people who saw thousands of …

Infographics

The Secret Lives Of Cosplayers

What happens when you photograph a furry in his native habitat? Things get real.<p>These days we call it cosplay, but whether it was parents embracing Krampus to punish children during Yule or trick-or-treaters donning masks to score candy on Halloween, people from different cultures have long found …

Teddy Bears

Hey, Designers: Stop Trying To Be So Damned Clever

Clever is nice, but effective interfaces matter more. Here, Etsy’s Creative Director Randy J. Hunt explains why.<p>In every Web product you create, you should prioritize effective over clever. As you probably already know, sometimes the equation gets reversed. During the design process, you can easily …

UX Design

What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness

New research sheds more light on the strong ties between an original mind and a troubled one.<p>The idea that very creative people are also a little crazy has been around since humanity’s earliest days. In ancient Greece, Plato noted the eccentricities of poets and playwrights, and Aristotle saw that …

Creativity

The Simplest “Internet Of Things” Product Yet

The Spotter, a consumer-friendly product from Quirky and GE, gets us one step closer to the connected home.<p><i>Happy Black Friday! We’re taking the day to republish some of our most popular Wanted posts of the year. For a complete roundup, go here.–Eds.</i><p>The Internet of Things is an exciting frontier, …

Internet of Things

An App Designed To Keep Your Micromanaging Boss At Bay

Peak replaces incessant “shoulder taps” from managers with silent automated task-tracking. Is it just micromanagement by other means?<p>Marissa Mayer may extoll the virtues of having employees under one roof. But interface designer Andrew Wilkinson found that after moving his company, Metalab, into …

Apps

Infographic: Just How Roaring Was 1920s New York?

An interactive map of jazz-era New York packs the sights and sounds of neighborhoods new and old, from Chinatown to Harlem.<p>A typical wander through New York’s Upper West Side in 1929 would have left the pedestrian virtually deaf, assailed by the blasts of street construction and traffic horns. …

Manhattan

The Biggest Building In The Universe

Forget the mine’s-bigger-than-yours debate over the new World Trade Center. Humanity’s ultimate design will be building around the sun.<p>The amount of energy that the sun emits every second is nearly unfathomable. In just one second, the sun releases 4 decillion (or 4 million billion billion billion) …

World Trade Center

A Light-Filled Shared Workspace by Mäike Design Studio

Mairead Murphy of Melbourne Australia-based Mäike Design Studio recently completed Studio Sisu, a shared workspace in Northcote.<p>Once an old …

Furniture

How To Create An Open Office That Is More Awesome For Both Introverts And Extroverts

Open office layouts can suck–but they don’t have to. In part two of our office design series, senior editor Anjali Mullany talks with workplace experts about how to turn your collaborative space into super productive real estate.<p>Earlier this week, my colleague Jason Feifer published a funny and …

OpenOffice

Why Brands Are Loved

Recently, the research firm APCO Insight released its list of the top 100 most loved companies. Their study measured consumer attachment to brands …

Dynamic Duos: SBE’s Sam Nazarian And Designer Philippe Starck On Courage

A rising young entrepreneur and a legendary French designer mix business with pleasure in a family of luxury hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.<p><b>Sam Nazarian,</b> founder and CEO of SBE <b><br>Philippe Starck,</b> designer and architect<p><b>Nazarian:</b> I think it’s magical that you can work with somebody you grew up …

Hospitality

The Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair

Designer furniture is an opportunity for a man to really make their stamp on their property and it is imperative that one chooses pieces that reflect …