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Ingenious Signs Ensure You Always Get A Seat On The Train

Never wonder which car has empty seats again. Getting on a train always involves a certain amount of guesswork. You don't know where the train will stop on the platform or where you should stand to get a seat. One car might be full, another nearly empty. Inevitably, you're stuck boarding the former (or running madly for the latter). Read Full Story

This Is The Physics Lesson Of The Future, And It Looks Insanely Fun

Local Projects teams up with the New York Hall of Science to build an app that reveals the physics of the playground. On a breezy spring afternoon at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, designer Jake Barton is watching a pair of middle schoolers chuck an iPod across a playground while another kid films the scene with an iPad. Show More Summary

Book Review: Two Guides

Barcelona: Modern Architecture Guide by Manuel Gausa, Marta Cervelló, Maurici Pla, Ricardo DevesaActar, 2013, revised and upatedPaperback, 600 pagesLa Défense, a dictionary: architecture / politics, history / territory edited by Pierre...Show More Summary

Long Island City, Land of Storage

According to the website of Storage Deluxe, the company has two facilities (of six total) in Long Island City, with two "coming soon." Their map shows a cluster of locations (3, 4 and surrounding) in a relatively small area:[Location...Show More Summary

Google Docs Gives Us A First Taste Of Google's New Design Language

A Google Docs update teases the principles of material design, but the idea is still only half cooked. Last month, Google debuted a new design language they're calling Material Design. It won't roll out in full until the release of their next Android OS (called Android L). Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 7/18/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 7/18/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: June housing starts plummeted in the South but rose in U.S. other...Show More Summary

What A Bonsai Tree Looks Like Suspended In Space

A Japanese artist sent two botanical arrangements into orbit this week. The images of the space-bound plants are breathtaking. On Tuesday, a bonsai tree boldly went where no bonsai tree has gone before. Azuma Makoto, a 38-year-old artist...Show More Summary

Infographic: The Universe Of Pop Culture Bears

It's Bear Friday. Here are some Bears. Bears. From the stars in the sky, to the snuggly toilet paper mascot, they're @#$%ing everywhere. For your Bear Friday perusal, this fun infographic courtesy of USA Today visualizes the entire web of pop culture bears as one inter-ursine chart. Read Full Story

MIT Will Teach You Photojournalism For Free

The latest online course from MIT will have you dusting off that camera you never use. If you ever wanted to get more serious about photography, but weren't quite sure where to start, MIT's free online course in photojournalism just might be the right entry point. Read Full Story

9 Things You Could Buy For The Price Of A Koons

Kimye's engagement ring, the world's most expensive (non-balloon) dog, fancy cars, and more--or, one measly chunk of stainless steel art. A retrospective of the American artist Jeff Koons opened at the Whitney Museum recently, and all anyone can talk about is how damn expensive his work is. Show More Summary

What Charles And Ray Eames Might Have Done With Modern Materials

Matthew Strong recreates an Eames sofa using carbon fiber. What else might the legendary designers have done with today's materials? The Eames fiberglass shell chair has been made in the same way for almost 60 years. A mold covered in...Show More Summary

Turn Color Into Sound With This Synesthesia Synthesizer App

Available for iOS and Android, Roy G. Biv will let you hear what a piece of pizza sounds like. What does a piece of pizza sound like? Read Full Story

These Photos Of Hong Kong Skyscrapers Will Make You Very Dizzy

Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze shoots cities from the ground up.  When photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze first arrived in Hong Kong four years ago, he became fascinated with the city's architecture. "I would lift up my head while walking through the buildings to look at the sky," he tells Co.Design in an email. Show More Summary

6 Scientific Reasons You Can't Stop Looking At Ruin Porn

From hedonic reversal to fear of boredom, these psychological concepts offer insight into why that dilapidated warehouse is so appealing. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said of pornography, "I know it when I see it," but ruin porn--the name for photos of abandoned buildings and ravaged landscapes--feels tougher to discern. Show More Summary

With Onion-Infused Paper, You Can Really Pour Your Emotion Onto The Page

This notebook is engineered with tear-producing chemical compounds. If your diary isn't already overflowing with overwrought entries about your latest breakup or your writing professor has criticized the cold, soulless tone of your prose,...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #767

Here are a couple photos of the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in Schiedam, Netherlands, by MVRDV, photographed by Klaas Vermaas.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool, and/or:: Tag your photos archidose

A Future Smartphone System Could Warn Oblivious Pedestrians Of Oncoming Traffic

Using Wi-Fi signals, it would alert pedestrians who can't hear an oncoming car. Researchers at the University of Missouri, Kansas City are designing a system to alert pedestrians and drivers of potential crashes before they happen. Read Full Story

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 7/17/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 7/17/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Builder confidence rebounds by four points to 53 in July RetailShow More Summary

GE Pays Tribute To Landing On The Moon With The Wrong Damn Shoe

If you're going to pay homage to history, do your research first. To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, GE, in conjunction with Android Homme and JackThreads are releasing an ultra-limited edition moon boot sneaker called The Missions. It's very retro-cool. And no doubt, sneakerheads will buy out the 100 pairs instantly. Read Full Story

"Social Entrepreneurship Storytelling": Website Turns Lorem Ipsum Into Do-Gooder Jargon

The designers at Hyperakt turn an inside joke into a design tool. "Amplify, rural compassion social good, Angelina Jolie truth inspire breakthroughs collaborative consumption." Read Full Story

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