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The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History's Most Creative Minds

10PM to 7AM: sleep. 9AM to 5PM: be a genius. Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history's most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey's Daily Rituals: How Artists WorkShow More Summary

See Illustrated Tributes To Your Favorite Cartoon Characters, "From Hanna-Barbera to Cartoon Network"

You'll feel nostalgic for Saturday morning. Cartoon Network's most recent art show--"From Hanna-Barbera to Cartoon Network"--lived at the network's studios (and was closed to the public) Fortunately, the curator, Ecuadorian illustrator...Show More Summary

The Prettiest Wireless Phone Charger We've Seen

This fine-looking charger is made of sustainable materials to boot. Most of the wireless phone chargers on the market today are perfectly functional, but hideous. Not Swich, a wood-and-ceramic wireless charger with an elegant silhouette. It lifts your phone off the table and props it up at an angle conducive to performing tasks and viewing content. Read Full Story

Buy a Lighthouse

[Image: Photo courtesy General Services Administration]. A remote, 76-foot lighthouse is for sale in Maine, and it could be yours for only $30,000. It's located far to the south of the coast of Bailey Island, on a place called Halfway Rock, due east from Portland in the cold ocean waters of Casco Bay. Show More Summary

Smart Roofs To Help NYC Cops Fight Crime

Commissioner Bill Bratton wants to use urban infrastructure as a new form of surveillance. The murder rate in New York City is lower than ever, but in public housing projects, shootings are up 32%. In addition to flooding those areas...Show More Summary

World's Creepiest Filing Cabinet Literally Chases People

Don't forget that your data follows you around, too. Jaap de Maat, a Dutch designer finishing up a masters at the Royal College of Art in London, created something just a touch out of the ordinary for his final project: a filing cabinet that attacks people. Read Full Story

What Happens When Art Forgeries Get Too Good?

Matisse's Odalisque in Red Trousers was finally returned to the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art. Could you have spotted the fake? Sometime between 1999 and 2000, Matisse's 1925 Odalisque in Red Trousers was stolen from the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art in Venezuela. Show More Summary

Why Britain Has The Best Wall Sockets On Earth

The rest of the world has a lot to learn from the design of the U.K. wall plug. Anyone who has traveled to the United Kingdom has probably marveled at the imperial bulk of the standard U.K. wall plug. With three chunky, rectangular pins,...Show More Summary

Cosmopolitan.com Gives Itself A Makeover

The GIF-friendly revamp portends a brighter future for Hearst digital Sexy, and responsive? Now that's a man--er, website--we can get behind. Read Full Story

Is A Smart Thimble The Computer Mouse Of The Future?

Two students point a magic finger in the direction of the 3-D interfaces of tomorrow. Although it has gotten us through the last 50 years of computer history, the computer mouse has one big, contemporary design problem: It only works well with 2-D interfaces. Show More Summary

3-D Printing Brings Marcel Duchamp's Long-Lost Chess Set To Life

The digital resurrection of a lost design classic shows how 3-D printing could democratize art for everyone. Artist and sculptor Marcel Duchamp might be most famous for his Modernist painting Nude Descending A Staircase, No. 2, but his true passion may have been chess. Show More Summary

The Evolving Genius Of Louis Kahn

Kahn was the ultimate architect's architect. A new retrospective aims to expose his legacy--still a work in progress--to a broader audience. Louis Kahn is an architect's architect. At the time of his death in 1974, he was "America'sShow More Summary

The Best And Worst Design Of The 2014 World Cup

From ugly stadiums to underwear slips to new and improved soccer balls Us nerds at Co.Design have been focusing less on scores and more on all the World Cup-related design (and its 84-year history): the ball, the uniforms, the stadiums, the underwear slips. Show More Summary

Building at Laumeier

On a visit yesterday to the great Laumeier Sculpture Park I noticed some construction adjacent to the old house where the museum shop is located:[Photo by John Hill] My first thought was, "Hooray! They're finally building the Aronson...Show More Summary

A Beautiful Wikipedia Design That Borrows Inspiration From iPad Apps

This Wikipedia redesign is too pretty for Jimmy Wales, or his army of editors. When it comes to design, there are few pillars of the Internet more resistant to change than Wikipedia. Although every single word on the 32+ million page...Show More Summary

Priest Says Soccer Is Gay Because Of Colorful Shoes

"Wearing pink or blue shoes, [the players] might as well wear women's panties or a bra." Russia was knocked out of the FIFA World Cup after winning zero of its three matches. While most of the country laments the defeat, one Orthodox...Show More Summary

Suspended Machines Exist Only To Keep Themselves From Falling Down

Art! Each one of us is, more or less, a Rube Goldberg machine: an implausible and over-engineered construct of flesh, sinew, brain, and bone that only exists to compensate for the complications caused by being alive at all. The workShow More Summary

Road Trips, Routes, and Landscape Instrumentation

[Image: Venue at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art; courtesy Nevada Museum of Art]. I'm extremely pleased to say that a small exhibition based on Nicola Twilley's and my project Venue has opened at the Center for...Show More Summary

Prominent Design School Devotes An Entire Department To Food

The Design Academy Eindhoven is hoping for a design-led "food revolution." One of the world's most reputable design schools plans to devote an entire department to the intersection of food and design. Starting in September, Design Academy Eindhoven will allow students to pursue the whimsically dubbed "Food Non Food" specialization. Read Full Story

Airbnb Asks Top Designers To Rethink The Modern Home

Designers reimagine domestic bliss, with fold-up rooms, a custom "smell of home" fragrance, and more. In September, the London Design Festival will turn Trafalgar Square into a showcase for a new way of living. The festival partnered...Show More Summary

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