design

This Chair Will Not be Pulled Out From Under You

This Chair Will Not be Pulled Out From Under You

Visual sleight of hand is hard to sustain in design because, well, the illusion (or joke) may work once, but it gets old pretty quickly. Truth is, people want t... »

Kickstarting: A Watch That Lets You Tell Time By Feel

Kickstarting: A Watch That Lets You Tell Time By Feel

The act of people glancing at watches to tell time is already potentially on its way to extinction, as the devices we rely on as timekeepers aren’t necessarily ... »

The Anatomy of a Successful Logo Redesign

The Anatomy of a Successful Logo Redesign

Familiar logos are like overly attentive suitors: They’re so naggingly present that their charms are lost to you–until, one day, they’re gone. Then you re... »

Can This Sink-Urinal Hybrid Get Men to Wash Their Hands?

Can This Sink-Urinal Hybrid Get Men to Wash Their Hands?

People, in general, aren’t good at prioritizing. We blow off work to repeatedly refresh our news feeds and bookmark articles we don’t ever finish reading. We ea... »

Workstations Designed for Collaboration, Modeled on Friendly Neighborhoods

Workstations Designed for Collaboration, Modeled on Friendly Neighborhoods

“We have recently seen many offices that try to evoke a kind of forced playfulness,” says Sam Hecht, founder of London-based Industrial Facility. “Slides, chill... »

Smiles for the People: A Social Enterprise with an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

Smiles for the People: A Social Enterprise with an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

We don’t make it a habit of reviewing toothbrushes here at The Next Web, but the social entrepreneurship work that Smiles for the People is doing caught our att... »

Nike Launches a New App to Help Designers Choose Green Materials

Nike Launches a New App to Help Designers Choose Green Materials

For about eight years now, Nike has selected materials for apparel and shoe products by using an in-house sustainability index, developed by researchers from a ... »

Simple Genius: a Bendable Cheese Grater That’s a Cinch to Clean

Simple Genius: a Bendable Cheese Grater That’s a Cinch to Clean

Recent events–RIP James Gandolfini–have prompted me to revisit The Sopranos. Thanks to access to HBO Go through a rather convoluted connection (a fr... »

A Customizable Desk System That Tames Creative Chaos

A Customizable Desk System That Tames Creative Chaos

Not everyone can work from home. (I can.) Perhaps it’s the proximity of the bed to the work area or the lack of human cohabitants to crowd around the proverbial... »

Kickstarting: Stylish, Super Lightweight Sneakers Made From Tyvek

Kickstarting: Stylish, Super Lightweight Sneakers Made From Tyvek

Trying to tear Tyvek is like attempting to rip a phone book in half–it simply can’t be done. The synthetic material–discovered, developed, and trade... »

How to Conduct Your Own Google Design Sprint

How to Conduct Your Own Google Design Sprint

At Google Ventures, we do product design work with startups all the time. Since we want to move fast and they want to move fast, we’ve optimized a process that ... »

This Cruel Glass Spills Your Beer If You Use Your iPhone

This Cruel Glass Spills Your Beer If You Use Your iPhone

A guy walks into a bar–have you heard this joke before?–and something hilarious happens, but nobody notices because they’re all on their phones. Lik... »

Tour Google’s New Dublin Campus, a Playground for Nerds

Tour Google’s New Dublin Campus, a Playground for Nerds

By all accounts, it’s fun to work at Google. How could it not be, with all those slides, lounge chairs, and espresso cafes to keep you happy (read: productive) ... »

What’s Next For The Team Behind Paper?

What’s Next For The Team Behind Paper?

It was never destined to be just another iPad app. Paper, by FiftyThree, was built from the psychological remnants of Microsoft’s beloved, canceled Courier proj... »

From Philippe Starck, the Ultimate Couch tor Working at Home

From Philippe Starck, the Ultimate Couch tor Working at Home

Say you work as a freelancer, or you’re taking a sick day and staying home. It’s raining outside, and your favorite coffee shop or workspace seems just too far ... »

NYC to Install Free Cellphone-Charging Stations

NYC to Install Free Cellphone-Charging Stations

Not so long ago, we featured a Pensa concept that we called a rest stop for the urban age–a system called Street Charge that could attach to any sign, the... »

A Gorgeous Screen That’s Also an Elaborate Cityscape

A Gorgeous Screen That’s Also an Elaborate Cityscape

When Utrecht’s Centraal Museum commissioned a new installation from Amsterdam-based design and research office Rietveld Landscape, they gave the studio two dire... »

How Cadillac Designed A Comeback

How Cadillac Designed A Comeback

Sixteen years ago, Cadillac was the top-selling U.S. luxury car brand. It seems impossible in retrospect, as its line of cars featured the soulless geometries o... »

A Tape Dispenser Designed for One-Handed Use

A Tape Dispenser Designed for One-Handed Use

Clenched teeth and curse words usually accompany the act of holding an overstuffed cardboard box together with one hand while futzing around with a roll of pack... »

Weird USB Drives Designed to Make Digital Data More Meaningful

Weird USB Drives Designed to Make Digital Data More Meaningful

With each passing year, our memories become increasingly intertwined with digital data. Snapshots get saved instantly as pixels rather than Polaroids; mementos ... »

The 10 Most Beautiful Typefaces Released Last Month

The 10 Most Beautiful Typefaces Released Last Month

Anyone who’s tried their hand at designing a typeface will know it’s a wildly difficult process, and to actually come out at the end with something attractive t... »

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