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This Tote Morphs Into A Reflective Bike-Ready Backpack

Cycle safely, friends. Tote bags are the ultimate carryall: they're lightweight and miraculously able to hold all sorts of oddly shaped things. Their fatal flaw, however, is that they're remarkably inconvenient to carry while biking. The company Notabag has solved this problem with a line of versatile tote that transforms into backpack when you need it. Read Full Story

3 Radical Ideas To Totally Disrupt Air Travel

No bags on planes. Middle seats that feel exclusive. And the option to resell your seat. Travelers would be happier for it. If a flight attendant told me that I couldn't bring my roller bag onto the plane, I might throw a fit. But when...Show More Summary

The Internet, Visualized In Patent Sketches

In case "a series of tubes" wasn't working for you. Once far more intricate and impressive, the sketches that accompany patent applications have gotten less and less specific over the years, partially to broaden the scope of the patent. Show More Summary

The Robot-Constructed, Modular Housing For Life On Mars

The futuristic housing imagined by Foster + Partners would involve parachuting robots, melted martian soil and geodesic domes. When humans finally go to live on Mars, what will our houses look like? Dome-like earthen shelters, if architecture firm Foster + Partners has anything to do with it. Show More Summary

Inside James Irvine's Beautiful And Rational World Of Design

The late British designer's portfolio spans Memphis-era faucets to humble masterpieces for Muji. Though he passed away in 2013, James Irvine's legacy endures equally in the objects and memories he created. The charismatic designer collaborated with some of the greatest brands and worked alongside the most legendary practitioners. Show More Summary

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Here are some photos of the Ramos Carrion Theater (2005) in Zamora, Spain, by Morales Giles Mariscal Arquitectos, photographed by José Carlos Melo Dias. To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

How To Do Nothing In Web Design

Best Practices for Minimalism This essay is excerpted from the ebook Interaction Design Best Practices: Mastering the Tangibles by Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba, and Matt Ellis of UXPin, a UX design platform. Read Full Story

A Sleek Pair Of Side Tables Made From Sunflower Oil Waste

French designer Marlene Huissoud gives new life to a discarded material. Marlene Huissoud is an artist with a penchant for experimenting with new ways to use natural waste. Last year, the French designer used materials made by bees and silkworms to create an incredible series of furniture and objets d'art. Show More Summary

Liquid Quarries and Reefs On Demand

[Image: Micromotors at work, via UCSD/ScienceDaily]. Tiny machines that can extract carbon dioxide from water might someday help deacidify the oceans, according to a press release put out last week by UCSD. Described as "micromotors,"...Show More Summary

This VR Headset Lets You Experience Nature Through Animal Eyes

With an animal's senses, it turns out life in the forest is pretty mind-blowing. Marshmallow Laser Feast's VR headsets aren't meant for the living room, but rather the middle of the forest. Resembling round diving helmets with viewports of moss, they let you experience the forest through the eyes and ears of animals when placed over your head. Show More Summary

You Can Wear These Wool Sneakers Year Round

The Urban Wooler from footwear start-up Baabuk brings the coziness of slippers to sneakers. Expert engineering and innovative fabrication techniques aside, the secret to a better performing shoe might be in an age-old textile: wool.Show More Summary

Meet The Most Powerful Force In The Star Wars Universe: The Man Who Makes The Toys

We spoke to Hasbro's Star Wars Design Director to discover how the most anticipated toyline of all time is created. When I was a kid growing up, Christmas day meant one thing: more Star Wars toys. I couldn't get enough of those beloved 3 and 3/4-inch Kenner action figures. Show More Summary

Subterranean Saxophony

[Image: Photo by Steve Stills, courtesy of the Guardian]. Over in London later today, the Guardian explains, composer Iain Chambers will premiere a new piece of music written for an unusual urban venue: "the caverns that contain theShow More Summary

Abandoned Mines, Slow Printing, and the Living Metal Residue of a Post-Human World

"High in the Pyrenees Mountains," we read, "deep in abandoned mines, scientists discovered peculiar black shells that seem to crop up of their own accord on metal surfaces." [Image: Metal shells growing in the darkness of abandoned mines;...Show More Summary

25 Years of Builder and Developer Magazine: A Look Back

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Builder & Developer magazine, marking a time of more than one real estate cycle, and a time of great change in the building industry. I still remember the nascent publisher Nick Slevin making the...Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 9/25/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 9/25/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: New home sales soared in August, surpassing expectations Durable...Show More Summary

These Ornamental Screens Are Like Lamp Shades Made Into Furniture

The Interlace is a series of attractive wire mesh screens that let you achieve ultimate control over your room's lighting ambience. Let's be fair: most lampshades are pretty hideous, and they're permanently affixed to your lamp. TheShow More Summary

If You Love Math (Or Dessert!), This Modular Table Is For You

Whether quarter, half, or whole, this modular design is rooted in a classic chart. Hated by data viz experts, business professionals, and grade school students, pie charts are generally a bane to all. But despite that, they serve as good inspiration for tables. Read Full Story

Chess Deconstructed: Inside The Saul Bass Tribute-Turned-Video Game

NotDoba is an addictive little game that looks and sounds like a Saul Bass credit sequence come to life. The legendary Saul Bass was one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century, lending his unique unique vision to everything from corporate logos to motion picture title sequences. Show More Summary

A Personal Wind Turbine To Pack Up And Take Anywhere

Available in a range of sizes, the Trinity wind turbine can charge your phone while camping or provide electricity for your entire home. When we think about energy efficiency on the go, solar-powered gadgets are typically the first to jump to mind. Show More Summary

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