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Swiss Artist And Designer Hans Erni Dies At 106

The creator of murals, banknotes, and dozens of postage stamps for the UN and Switzerland died on Saturday. Swiss graphic designer and artist Hans Erni, best known for his elaborate postage stamp illustrations, metal peace dove sculptures, and Cubist-influenced frescoes, died Saturday at age 106, the Guardian reports. Read Full Story

These Glass Boots Let You Walk On Ice Without Slipping

Who knew Cinderella's glass slippers could have summited Everest? Even in the best winter boots money can buy, it's only a matter of time before you hit a slick patch of ice and fall. Because unless you're hiking in crampons, you're relying on plain old rubber treads. And as your bruised tailbone knows, rubber is more or less useless on ice. Read Full Story

Ideo Tried To Redesign Dying (And Instead Ended Up With Death Yurts)

Maybe some things shouldn't be an app. As the sizable baby boomer generation grows older, skewing America's population towards life's end, attitudes and customs surrounding death are changing. Paul Bennett, Ideo's chief creative officer,...Show More Summary

The Atavist Redesign Turns The Longform Portal Into A Magic Word Processor

Launching today, the new Atavist is arguably the most beautiful and powerful tool for self-publishing on the web. If you thought Medium was the most beautiful way to write on the web, boy, catch a load of the Atavist redesign. Read Full Story

9 Gorgeous Gas Stations Throughout History

Filling up doesn't have to be as hard on the eyes as it is on the planet. Gas stations are rarely known for their aesthetics. Looking like a truck stop is no compliment for a work of architecture. It hasn't always been so: in the early...Show More Summary

25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design

What the landscape of design will look like in 2020, according to the most innovative designers of 2015. Design is always changing, and with tech and design increasingly aligning, we're arguably headed to the most radical period of change in design history. How radical will the design landscape of 2020 be, then? Read Full Story

Book Review: The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings by Marc KushnerSimon & Schuster/TED Books, 2015Hardcover, 164 pagesThe Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings is based on a March 2014 TED Talk, "Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by... Show More Summary

Who Needs A Jungle Gym When You Have A Parent To Climb On

Make your kid climbing all over you more than a metaphor! Kids are so consumed by the myriad distractions of the 21st century, it's getting harder and harder for parents to make sure they're getting in the physical exercise they need to keep them healthy. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 3/20/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 3/ 20 /15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Leading Economic Index edged up in February for the third straight...Show More Summary

Animated Aliens, Infrared Earl: The Week's Best Music Videos

Plus, a gender-bending dance party. In this week's most visually striking music videos/Friday distraction corner, we see Björk's sternum doing bizarre things yet again and learn what angst looks like through the lens of a thermal camera. Read Full Story

Yahoo Fills Your Empty Browser Tabs With Flickr's Most Beautiful Photographs

Of course, the drawback is now even your empty browser tabs are branded. So this appears to be a thing now. Just last week, Google's Cultural Institute released a Chrome extension that hangs famous works of artists from the likes of Van Gogh, Degas, and Claude Monet in empty browser tabs. Show More Summary

Meet The Nike Air Max Zero, A Shoe 29 Years In The Making

A 1987 sketch for a proto sneaker that inspired the Nike Air Max One has been brought to life for the first time. Recently, Nike Design Director Graeme McMillan rescued a sketch from the Department of Nike Archives, where it had been sitting since 1987. Show More Summary

The Future Of Video Games Is The Future Of Animation

Video game, or Pixar movie? You tell us. Pixar would spend 29 hours rendering a single frame of Monsters University, using what's considered one of the fastest supercomputer rigs in the world: 2,000 computers with 24,000 processing cores. Show More Summary

These USB Cables Link Together Without A Hub To Share One Port

The award-winning student design is finally making its way to market. Every year, USB ports get scarcer in laptops that grow thinner. The problem is, we still have a ton of devices to plug in, from our phones to our thumb drives to our fitness bands. Read Full Story

Why Designer Daniel Arsham Won't Work For Anyone But Himself

Eight questions for the New York based artist, whose latest solo exhibition opens at the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati this week. Daniel Arsham is a designer-of-all-trades. One half of Snarkitecture, the experimental art and architecture...Show More Summary

18 Amazing Images From NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Over the past 25 years, the Space Telescope has captured our most spectacular images of the universe. If you see a spectacular image of a galaxy far, far away, chances are it comes from one telescope. Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #823

Here are some photos of Stage II of 19. Dzielnica (2015) in Warsaw, Poland, by Jems Architekci, photographed by Sebastian Deptula.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To...Show More Summary

20 Rejected Designs By Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, And More

A new exhibit showcases never-produced designs from the renowned Italian housewares company Alessi. Even the work of design rock stars gets rejected. Just ask Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, Philippe Starck, Ettore Sottsass, and the myriad other...Show More Summary

Rem Koolhaas: "There's Been Very Little Rethinking Of What Cities Can Be"

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect dishes on cities, what architecture and film have in common, and the idiocy of design competitions. This is the second of three excerpts from Helvetica/ Objectified/ Urbanized: The Complete Interviews by filmmaker Gary Hustwit (read the first, an interview with legendary Braun designer Dieter Rams, here). Show More Summary

New Yorkers Face Longest Workweeks In The Country

A new report of 30 major cities in the U.S. reveals that New Yorkers spend the most time both at the office and commuting to and from work. New Yorkers are winning the rat race of commute times. They work longer hours and spend more time getting to and from work than workers in any other U.S. city, according to a new report from the office of the comptroller. Read Full Story

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