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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


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 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

Watch This Guy Sculpt A Spider In Mid-Air Using An Oculus Rift

Not only is it cool, it shows us a glimpse of what virtual reality means for designers and artists. The appeal of the Oculus Rift is most often expressed in terms of exploring digital worlds, from Seinfeld's apartment to virtual amusement parks. Show More Summary

This Shelf Automatically Waters Your Plants

Good news for negligent plant owners: Pikaplant One is a vertical garden that waters itself. Far too many thirsty plants die from the neglect of their distracted owners. To spare both plant lives and human hassle, Amsterdam-based startup Pikaplant has designed a shelf that automatically waters flowers, perennials, and ferns, so you don't have to. Read Full Story

"A Photograph Can Appear More Real Than The Building Itself"

A gorgeous new book by Elias Redstone explores architecture through the lens of contemporary photography. "Architecture is in and of itself a lens through which to see the world," observes writer Elias Redstone in the introduction to his new book, Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography. Show More Summary

The Insane Future Of Fashion, From Laser-Shooting Dresses To Lace Grown From Strawberries

The Future of Fashion is Now features sci-fi getups from 50 avant-garde fashion designers, including Viktor & Rolf and Craig Green. If we're to believe the sartorial prophecies of The Future of Fashion is Now, a new exhibit at Rotterdam's...Show More Summary

Post-It's New App Blurs The Line Between Real Notes And Virtual Ones

In a brainstorm session, designers can just take a picture of their bulletin board to instantly digitize up to 50 notes at a time. Computers and Post-Its have always had a weird synergy. There's no shortage of apps out there that allow you to drop a virtual post-it on your desktop or smartphone. Show More Summary

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