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Reed Construction Data Echoes Roots with Name Change to CMD

Leading Construction Data Provider’s New Brand Emphasizes its Innovative Beginnings

The Protest Art Of Occupy Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution"

Used as a shield against tear gas, the umbrella is now a protest symbol that has inspired art across the web. This week, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong's central financial district to protest the Chinese government's broken promise of democratic elections: they plan to vet electoral candidates in 2017. Read Full Story

The First Practical Invisibility Cloak Is Here

And you can make one yourself. At long last, a practical invisibility cloak is here. But the Rochester Cloak is not some futuristic, sci-fi belt, or a wizard's cape: it's just a clever configuration of standard lenses that bend light around an object, hiding that object in plain sight. Show More Summary

What Ever Happened To Delias?

The teen girl-focused retailer, all the rage in the '90s, is in dire financial straits and looking for a buyer. Remember Delias? That clothing catalog that tYpEd liKE tHis and convinced tween girls in the '90s that they desperately needed more butterfly clips, pedal pushers, and glittery halter tops? Read Full Story

Gathering Pavilion

The following text and images are courtesy Mark Pearson, Associate Professor of Architecture at the College of DuPage, which had its first ever Design + Build Studio this summer resulting in a Gathering Pavilion for the community college...Show More Summary

The Radical Evolution Of The New Yorker's Covers

Political satire is in, and fruit bowls are out. New Yorker editor David Remnick doesn't hold back when describing the past style of his magazine's covers: "a lot of abandoned beach houses, bowls of fruit, and covers reflecting the change of seasons," he told the New York Times. Read Full Story

These Adorable Candles Have A Morbid Surprise Inside

Cute wax Gummi Bears melt down to... oh god, oh god, what is that? At first, the candles look like super-sized Gummi Bears--so cute you could eat them. But when you light the wick and the wax melts down, the demon lurking inside rears its scorched aluminum head. Read Full Story

The Humble T-Shirt Remixed Infinite Ways

Using digital fabrication techniques, one design collective stretches the boundaries of what a T-shirt can be. T/Shirt Issue is a design collective using digital pattern-making techniques to reinvent the T-shirt in infinite ways. Read Full Story

Super-Sized Type Calendar Doubles As Wall Art

In brutal winter months, if you wonder why you feel crappy, the calendar is there to remind you: IT'S FEBRUARY. Most wall calendars get all artsy-fartsy, with their monthly prints of famous paintings or wistful photos of sunsets, and tear-off paper calendars can get a little pedantic, whether they're teaching a word a day or quoting the Dalai Lama. Show More Summary

How Ammunition Helped Polaroid Design An Action Cam For Everyone

The Polaroid Cube isn't just a button cute action cam. It was designed to recommit to the ideals that made Polaroid great to begin with. For the better part of the 20th Century, peeling a snapshot out of your Polaroid instant camera was as social as photography got. Show More Summary

This Is What It's Like To Wear Smart Spandex During A Workout

By building EMG sensors into compression gear, Athos wants to put a high-tech fitness lab in your pocket. "Before you go change, just remember one thing," says Athos cofounder Dhananja "DJ" Jayalath, handing me a pair of used spandex shorts. "All the sensors have to touch your skin." Read Full Story

From The Designers Of Fitbit, A Digital Tattoo Implanted Under Your Skin

For Co.Design's Wearables Week, NewDealDesign created a concept for a digital tattoo. But they think they can actually build the thing. From the Jawbone Up to the Apple Watch, wrist-based designs have become the de facto form factor for wearable technology. But we're already wrist-banded out. So what's next? Read Full Story

The Driverless Car’s Impact on Land Use

It’s not very often that a technological change can have an outsized impact on the way we work, live, and play -- or how our communities are developed to accommodate those activities. Yet the advent of the driverless car – currentlyShow More Summary


I received a review copy of Héctor Tobar's new book Deep Down Dark the other week and read the entire thing in one sitting. In it, Tobar tells the utterly mind-boggling story of the Chilean mine disaster of 2010, when 33 miners wereShow More Summary

How Your Desk Has Evolved Over The Past 35 Years

A cluttered desk used to be just another part of getting things done. Now it's a character failing. Thanks, Technology! The Rolodex, the dictionary, the fax machine, the telephone, the calculator, the globe. These are just some of the...Show More Summary

The U.S. Southeast Commercial Market Outlook

The Southeast (SE) Region of the United States is comprised of eight states. In alphabetical order, they are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 9/30/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 9/30/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: 2Q 2014 GDP grew by 4.6 percent in third and final estimate, upShow More Summary

March of the Centenarians (Part 2)

By 2063, not only will the West be considerably more dominant than the East, but it will also ? and this is something that hasn’t been remarked upon much, to my knowledge ? put Ontario in its slipstream. 

The Crazy Eyes of Alfred Hitchcock [Supercut]

May we all look this good when we go this crazy. They say that eyes are the windows to the soul. And in Alfred Hitchcock's case, his characters we some very demented and perverse souls. Read Full Story

Move Over, Ikea? New Hem Furniture Is Stylish And Convenient, If Not Quite Affordable

A look at the Fab spinoff's debut furniture line reveals sleek, easy-to-assemble pieces that are easy on the wallet--for some people. One of the worst things about moving is disassembling all that furniture you worked so hard to put together just to load it up in the van and then put it all back together again. Show More Summary

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