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This clever new font combines braille with Latin and Japanese alphabets

In an effort to make braille more accessible for the visually impaired in signage and printed media, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has hit upon a novel solution that merges those characters with English and Japanese alphabets, so they appear in the same place.<p>Essentially, the fonts in …

Typography

A Squeezing Bottle Made from the World’s Strongest Metal

Titanium is truly a wonderful thing. It’s virtually indestructible, having the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal. It’s unreactive, …

Industrial Design

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Social Media

Guys, This Could Be Why Women Seem To Think You're Boring

Guys, you've been in this situation before: You meet a girl out at a bar, and she has an adorable accent.<p><b>You:</b> “Where are you from?”<p><b>Her:</b> “Norway.”<p><b>You:</b> …

Relationships

Unseen 1960s Photos of London’s East End

A hidden archive of glorious Kodachrome, rediscovered.<p>We don’t know a whole lot about the life of the amateur photographer David Granick.<p>We know he …

Tulip mania: the classic story of a Dutch financial bubble is mostly wrong

Right now, it’s Bitcoin. But in the past we’ve had dotcom stocks, the 1929 crash, 19th-century railways and the South Sea Bubble of 1720. All these …

Cryptocurrency

U.S. Combat Advisers in Vietnam Knew the Score and Got Ignored

American officers advising the South Vietnamese Army repeatedly warned Washington that the war was misguided. This, they quickly learned, was the …

The extraordinary life of Nikola Tesla, a virgin inventor who spoke 8 languages

Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical facts:<p>Spoke eight languages<br>• Produced the first motor that ran on AC current<br>• Developed the underlying technology for wireless communication over long distances<br>• Held …

Tesla

30 Stunning Color Pictures of Venice From the 1890s

These astonishing images offer a rare brightly-colored glimpse of the beautiful plazas and intricate architecture of Venice in the 19th century.<br>The …

Gorgeous tree-inspired cafe comes with panoramic ocean views

Lovely<p>Many a house has claimed to take cues from trees, but this new seaside cafe by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma takes the arboreal inspiration a bit further, down to the very structural engineering that holds the whole thing up.<p>Just as trees have one strong trunk to support many smaller …

‘Plyscrapers’: The rise of the wooden skyscraper

Timber skyscrapers are sprouting up across the globe, from Vancouver to Vienna. Are they strong enough? Will they rot? And won't they burn down?<p>When the Ingalls Building in Cincinnati, Ohio was unveiled in 1903, no one believed it would still be standing over a century later. In fact, it wasn’t …

Skyscrapers

Three surprising ways the Protestant Reformation shaped our world

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a Protestant, the anniversary of the revolution Martin Luther set in motion 500 years ago this Tuesday is a big deal. But even if you're not, it should be. The Reformation was one of the decisive events that made the world we live in, for better or worse.<p>Luther and his followers …

Theology

Is Garbage a Product of Bad Design?

A team of architects and planners has set out to prove that heaps of waste aren’t an immutable part of a city’s topography.<p>New York City is an island of imported goods. The city’s main export, though, is trash.<p>The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) heaves more than 12,000 tons of waste each day; …

Exercise: Transferring Vespa's Design Language Onto Motorcycle Form Factors

It…does not work. At all.<p>Here's another "transferring the design language of X onto Y" series of fanciful renderings. The anonymous designer behind …

Motorcycles

Inside the 'essay mills' offering to do students' work for them

Any student will be familiar with the feeling: that creeping horror as you realise, yes, that 10,000-word essay you’ve known about for months is actually due next week. And, no, you still haven’t done any work on the topic.<p>For most, the natural response involves a carousel of self-loathing, …

When 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City

In 1939, the German American Bund organized a rally of 20,000 Nazi supporters at Madison Square Garden in New York City. When Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marshall Curry stumbled upon footage of the event in historical archives, he was flabbergasted. Together with Field of Vision, he …

New York City

'See' sounds around you with these eyeglasses for the hard of hearing

For the hard of hearing, getting around without audio cues can be a challenge. Sudden noises can alert you to things happening in that direction, and …

World Health Organization
Medicine

From smoking to Ebola, can graphic design save your life?

Can graphic design save your life? Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright think so. For evidence, just look at the evolution of cigarette packaging over …

Bamboo Sports Hall at Panyaden International School

Chiangmai Life Architect’s Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School combines modern organic design, 21st century engineering and a natural material – bamboo. The design was based on the lotus flower as Panyaden International School is in Thailand and uses Buddhist teachings to infuse …

Chiang Mai

Here's what Happens when Kids Design Kitchen Products for Kids

Can kids make great products for kids? That was the question that got us going on this project. If the kids succeeded it would inspire more people of …

Product Design

The trend of fake Instagram accounts exposes the troubling way that work is taking over our lives

In the social media age, no one understands the high stakes of online self-presentation better than teenagersand young adults. For college students …

YD Handpicks: 10 inspiring works from A’ Design Awards 2016-17!

When it comes to award programs, I’m no silent advocate. It’s the one place that houses all the best designs, adding new projects to its list every …

On the Record: Tong Yee of The Thought Collective

SINGAPORE: He runs what many may consider a tuition centre, but for more than a decade, social entrepreneur and co-founder of The Thought Collective, …

Chinese state media just released a terribly racist video mocking Indians

A video released by Chinese state media is turning heads for all the wrong reasons.<p>The Xinhua News Agency, China's official press agency, on …

Historic Amsterdam park gets new life with a funky climbing "blob"

Design and engineering firm Carve breathed new life into one of Amsterdam’s oldest parks with a playful new blob-like playground design. The …

10 Inventions That Shaped The Workplace

From cubicles to comfy chairs, these innovations had a lasting impact on office life.<p>1. Otis Elevator, 1857<p>The Otis Elevator Company installed the first public version of its newfangled invention inside New York department store E.V. Haughwout, which helped convince people it was safe to use.<p><b>The</b> …

Inventions

This social media experiment of buying followers had a crazy result

Ever wondered how people become Insta-famous? With a saturated market, it's harder than ever for aspiring social influencers to make a name for …

A Fun "Eye Test" for Designers, Part 2

Spot the visual inconsistencies<p>As designers, we're supposed to have sharper visual acuity than most of the population. I'm guessing most of you aced …

Design

Hong Kong activist says Chinese tortured him for Messi photo

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist said Friday he was briefly abducted and tortured by suspected mainland Chinese security agents who stapled his legs as a warning against sending a signed photo of soccer star Lionel Messi to a dissident's widow.<p>The strange case follows a string of …

Hong Kong