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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

The Wisdom of Woz

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak shares 9 tips for starting companies, solving problems, and finding happiness. He's an engineer's engineer; a part-time teacher and full-time speaker; a well-known prankster; and cofounder of one of the world's greatest companies. Show More Summary

Photoshop Comes To Chromebooks

That's right, Google's $200 laptop can now run Photoshop. Chances are, you don't own one of Google's cheap, cloud-based "Chromebook" laptops, but they accounted for 21% of all laptops sold last year in the US. And designers may have new incentive to drop $200 on their next knock-around computer because Photoshop is coming to Chromebooks. Read Full Story

Type Stars Jonathan Hoefler And Tobias Frere-Jones Settle Their Bitter Lawsuit

The most dramatic design feud of the year has quietly come to an end. But what happened? Tobias Frere-Jones and Jonathan Hoefler, the Beatles of the type world, aren't getting back together any time soon. But their bitter lawsuit over ownership of the world-famous type foundry that once bore both their names has, at least, come to an end. Read Full Story

Inside A Sphere, Your iPhone Becomes A 3-D Interface You Can Touch

You wouldn't believe the incredible interactions that your iPhone enables when placed in simple, geometric cases. Your phone's accelerometer can tell if you're holding it in portrait or landscape mode. It can wait until you stop shaking to take a photo. Show More Summary

Watch This Video, And You'll Wish You Had A Lot More Marbled Paper In Your Life

Every single drop, you think to yourself: no, no more! It's perfect! Paper marbling is an ancient art, in which droplets of paint are floated in a viscous solution, combed, brushed, and blown upon, then carefully transferred to paper to create a unique monotype print. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #785

Here are some photos of the Afrykarium - Oceanarium, ZOO Wroc?aw (2014, under construction) in Wroc?aw, Poland, by ArC2 Fabryka Projektowa, photographed by Maciek Lulko.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Chloé Founder Gaby Aghion Dies

The mother of luxury ready-to-wear and Chloé's feminine, playful designs has died at age 93. Gaby Aghion, a pioneering designer of luxury ready-to-wear and founder of the French fashion house Chloé, died at her Paris home on Saturday. She was 93. Read Full Story

Aussie Tower Is Like A Subdivision In The Sky

An new design for a Sydney high-rise by 3XN breaks up towering monotony with five angled masses. As much as everyone likes natural light and window views, boxy glass skyscrapers are, frankly, incredibly boring. A city full of monotonous glass towers? No thank you. Show More Summary

Ello's 5 Biggest Design Crimes

And with that, we can all stop pretending to care about another soon-to-fail social network. Ello went viral last week as a "simple, beautiful, and ad-free" alternative to Facebook. Never mind that its indie rock model is entirely unoriginal; it is also an atrocious example of minimalist design. Read Full Story

Okay, You Can Wear Your Silly Smartwatch If It Turns Into A Drone

Nobody needs yet another fitness band. But a drone that fits on your wrist? You've got us there! By now, you're surely sick of us complaining about smartwatches, lamenting that they're conservative, uncreative, and lack the flexibility to push wearable technology into the next era and really shift the paradigms of analog-digital interaction as we know them. Read Full Story

"Quotes On Shit" Turns Junk Into Shiny New Objects

Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman use spray paint and hand-lettering to turn a bunch of boring old crap into cool new crap. Chances are you have too much shit: collections of old cassette tapes, childhood toys you don't have the heart to throw away, random plastic knickknacks from who knows where. Show More Summary

This Is The Apple Store Of Libraries

Calgary's Snøhetta-designed public library will ditch reception desks for something a little more 21st century.  Plans for a new lending library in Calgary, Canada, might just make hanging out at the public library cool. Designed byShow More Summary

How To Master Copywriting

Google Ventures partner John Zeratsky offers four tips for seamlessly integrating text into your design process. After publishing an essay on five principles for great interface copywriting, I heard from hundreds of entrepreneurs, designers, and product managers who wanted to learn more about copywriting. Read Full Story

The Tallest Tower In The U.S. Is Being Built By A Woman

As technical director of 1 World Trade Center, SOM's Nicole Dosso is the most famous architect you've never heard of. This is the second in a two-part series about the design and construction of 1 World Trade Center. Read the first part here.--Eds Read Full Story

High Line at the Rail Yards

Like my time-lapse walk of the High Line posted last week, here is a north-to-south tour of the third section of the High Line, which opened to the public on September 21. About 2/3 of this section is a solid-surface walkway that parallels plantings kept in their found, as-is state with wildflowers and other vegetation. Show More Summary

Cartier's Anti-Counterfeit Push Runs Afoul Of Free Speech Advocates

The luxury brand is tired of people stealing its designs. But does protecting a brand violate free speech? Online marketplaces are a boon for counterfeiters. In China, for example, handbags with pirated designs and phony Western-sounding brand names have become commonplace. Read Full Story

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