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Movie Monsters Deconstructed Into Ikea Instruction Manuals

If you have a hard time putting together a Förhöja, better not try a Brundlefly. Putting together furniture using Ikea's wordless, line-drawn instruction manuals can be a horror show, which is what it makes it a particularly good format for deconstructing Hollywood's monster squad. Show More Summary

This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper

Like to be creative on paper but hate the thought losing your best ideas? Moleskine may have a solution. Ask companies like Adobe and Fiftythree, and they'll tell you that tablets are the future of drawing. Give in, and get used to the concept of touching a stylus to your screen. Show More Summary

Flowchart: Should You Move In Together?

To shack up or not to shack up? A flowchart simplifies the cohabitation question. Cohabitation is on the rise in the US, with nearly half of women in so-called "first unions" moving in with their partners before marriage, according to a recent government study. Show More Summary

Wheeee! What It's Like To Wear A Virtual Reality Headset On A Roller Coaster

Why would you wear an Oculus Rift on a roller coaster? Why WOULDN'T you?!? You know how you go get froyo, and at first it seems like enough to just top it with a few pieces of fresh fruit. "This is perfection," you think, "the simple...Show More Summary

Rebecca Minkoff To Debut Tech-Enabled Jewelry

The brand's five-piece collection is in keeping with a growing emphasis on "functional fashion." Rebecca Minkoff, the fashion brand known for elegant accessories with a downtown edge, is following in the footsteps of competitors like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch and designing a line of five wearable devices that will launch this fall. Read Full Story

Infographic: Half Of Creative Workers Don't Start Their Jobs Until After 9 A.M.

Lazy! For all our talk about flex time and the freedom (and insanity) the Internet gives us to work at any time of the day, the traditional 9 to 5 workday, with a break at noon, is still going pretty strong. Only 50% of creative types are at work at 9 a.m., and around 40% work past 5 p.m. Read Full Story

75% Of Ikea's Catalog Is Computer Generated Imagery

You could have fooled us. Wait, actually, you did. The best special effects are often the ones you never notice--which may make Ikea the most skillful special effects studio in the world. The Swedish furniture company has been aggressively ramping up its use of computer generated imagery in their catalogs. Show More Summary

How Republican Is Whole Foods? I Used An App To Find Out

Spoiler: that hemp flax granola you're buying is probably made by Haliburton. How Republican are your cornflakes? How Democratic your Spaghetti-Os? If these are the sorts of questions that keep you up at night, BuyPartisan is a new app...Show More Summary

How To Find Your Next Ice Bucket Challenge

There are better ways to choose which charity to donate to than being tagged in a meme. Here's how. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge boon to the ALS Association, which has raised almost $100 million in the last month to help fight Lou Gehrig's Disease. Show More Summary

Beach Crowds Are Beautiful From 5,000 Feet In The Air

Going to the beach this Labor Day weekend? You could become part of a work of art. This Labor Day Weekend, thousands of Americans will begin one final migration to the local beach, in what will doubtless be their last chance to enjoy some sun and surf before a gray half-year of winter sets in. Read Full Story

3 Ways To Redesign Breaking News

Tweaking the UX of our social media tools could help readers better understand fast-moving news. The Boston Marathon bombings. Tornadoes in the Midwest. Now, tragically, Ferguson. When serious breaking news happens, many of us turn to social media--especially Twitter--to keep up and get the most detailed information we can as quickly as possible. Show More Summary

Interactive Architecture Lab Catalog 2013

Very please to be posting this today as it feels somewhat like a new start for this website that has been static now for a few years while I have built a number of quite large kinetic installation pieces and... Read More

Amazon Updates Their Login Screen For The First Time In A Decade

It was time for a change. Like an old car company, Amazon introduces its design updates slowly and seldomly, updating one piece at a time, and never rocking the boat too fast or hard to upset its mainstream audience. In fact, according...Show More Summary

Stunning Closeup Photos Of Nocturnal Animals We Rarely See

Photographer Traer Scott gained off-hours access to zoos all around the world to show us the hidden world of wildlife that stays awake at night. Most of us rarely see many nocturnal animals up close--other than maybe a rat in the subway, or a cat at home--thanks to the simple fact that most spend their lives in darkness. Show More Summary

There Is No Such Thing As Pumpkin Spice Latte Season

Understand that concept and be at peace with the PSL phenomenon and the drink's early arrival. Pumpkin-flavored foodstuffs are being hyped earlier than many have deemed acceptable this year. Pumpkin-enhanced yogurts and Oreos emerged in early August, well ahead of the unofficial start of fall. Show More Summary

A Frank Lloyd Wright House Is One Of America's Most Endangered Historic Places

A local foundation is raising funds to restore it. Years of exposure to hurricanes and high winds have taken their toll on Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House, the only private residence the architect designed in Florida. This year, the National Trust For Historic Preservation has listed the home as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Read Full Story

With Apologies To Hershey's Chocolate Company

Your new logo kinda stinks. All I can see is the emoji poo. Read Full Story

Artist Buries $16,000 Worth Of Gold On A Beach For People To Dig Up And Keep

A gold rush begins today at Folkestone Beach in England, where artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried treasure. Digging for buried treasure is no longer just for pirates: Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried 30 gold bars, worth $16,574, in the sands of Folkestone Beach in southeast England. Today, once the tide went out, it was finders keepers. Read Full Story

Disappointed in Astoria

So, this is what Castle Hill in the Bronx gets for an EMS Station:[Zerega Avenue EMS Station by Smith-Miller Hawkinson | Photo by Michael Moran/OTTO]But this is what my neighborhood of Astoria, Queens gets:[Hoyt Avenue EMS station made from construction trailers | Photo by John Hill]What's up with that, DDC?

7-Year OId Redesigns Sauce Label To Look Less Like It Contains Cat Poop

Harry Deverill had no idea what the label of his favorite sauce was even supposed to be. Now his design is on store shelves across Britain. How bad does packaging have to be for a little kid to say "I can do better" and for everyoneShow More Summary

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