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A Visual Guide To How Earth's Natural Resources Become Household Goods

Hey, you got potatoes in my cosmetics! There's a time in every potato's life when it reaches a crossroads. In one direction, it becomes a french fry or mashed potato. In the other, it goes to a factory, where it's ground and divided into starch, fiber, and protein (the latter of which can be further broken down into amino acids). Show More Summary

The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America)

Everyone's favorite emoji began in Japan. But without Google, it may have stayed there. If the story of the poop emoji's rise were told in emojis, it would look like this: Read Full Story

This Wonderful Web Toy Turns Your Browser Into Magic Liquid

It's a fluid dynamics simulator, and it's the best way to waste five minutes this morning over coffee. If you've ever spent a few minutes tracing your fingers through soapy water just to watch the iridescence swirl, this web toy is for you. Read Full Story

Japanese Flip Books Tell Strange, Whimsical Tales In Unexpectedly Lovely Ways

"It is the video playback tool that can be enjoyed easily in [any] desired location." Japanese animator Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo's flip books beautifully expand the simple medium, using the paper to create depth as well as form. These...Show More Summary

The Best Criticism Of 1 WTC, The Tallest Tower In The U.S., Comes From A Novel

"The building seems... not without nationalistic embarrassment, dumb—a meathead tower." Even before it opened earlier this month, One World Trade Center, formerly the Freedom Tower, drew tepid reviews from the architecture commentariat. Show More Summary

Beautiful New App Shows Kids How People Around The World Live

This new app is like a Sesame Street sketch come to life. When Tinybop founder Raul Gutierrez was a kid, he used to press his ear to the walls of his house, listening to the mysterious sound of the pipes creaking behind the drywall and imagining the worlds hidden inside. Show More Summary

How World Building Will Shape The Future Of Media And Business

Acclaimed production designer Alex McDowell and USC have joined forces on an interdisciplinary event and curriculum in world building, designed to inform the next generation of storytelling, urban planning, and business culture. On an...Show More Summary

4 Things HealthCare.Gov 2.0 Gets Right (And 5 Things It Still Gets Wrong)

Three designers weigh in on HealthCare.gov 2.0's user experience. Launched last year to near universal jeering, the first iteration of HealthCare.gov was the very definition of a design crime. Democrats and Republicans alike pounced upon the site's disastrous launch, which made it difficult for users to even sign up. Show More Summary

This Tiny Cardboard Battery Is Like A Vitamin For Your Smartphone

Just break a battery capsule off and plug it into your smartphone for up to six extra hours of talk time. Having trouble keeping your smartphone charged throughout the day? Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien has created a Red Dot Design Award-winning concept for a tiny cardboard capsule that could juice up your phone. Show More Summary

Thomas Heatherwick Is Designing A $170 Million Park Above The Hudson River

Billionaire Barry Diller and designer Diane von Furstenberg want to turn a sinking pier into a 2.7-acre park and performance space. Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg—the billionaire couple and major funders of the High Line—areShow More Summary

Elegant, Clamp-On Table Legs Attach In Seconds

Clamp-on table legs are a great idea. Here are two new models that don't look like carpentry equipment. Any woodworker can attest to the strength of a bar clamp to quickly affix a job to a table. But while we trust these clamps while wielding a power saw, we don't trust them while holding a knife and fork at the dinner table. Show More Summary

Why Pentagram's Michael Bierut Is Obsessed With Black And White

Blame Massimo Vignelli. Co.Design has partnered with the Brooklyn design studio Hyperakt to bring you Lunch Talks, a video series of conversations with smart, creative people.—Eds Read Full Story

Steak Cuts 101: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Meat

Don't know the difference between filet mignon and New York strip? This clever animation breaks it down. If you call yourself a carnivore but don't know the difference between a New York strip and a filet mignon, this handy video by foodie site Eater breaks down types of steak cuts nice and simply, helping you impress all your butcher friends. Read Full Story

Bullseye! Nikes Photographed As Brilliant, Concentric Disks

You'll never look at sneakers the same way again. They look like dartboards, roller skate wheels, or maybe hubcaps from a future in which everything glows and blinks. In reality, these colorful discs are just Nike sneakers being spun on a pottery wheel, which are then photographed through long exposures to create a hyperreal, concentric blur. Read Full Story

A Trippy Music Video Built From Science Experiments

The science of sound waves makes for an amazing music video. What does music look like? Cymatics, the first single by Nigel Stanford off the album Solar Echoes, offers clues. By amassing a collection of science experiments, it depicts...Show More Summary

Newark Airport's New United Terminal Looks Like A Foodie Theme Park

David Rockwell Group's design includes a beer garden, clam shacks, and more. Will this be the most extravagant airport terminal in America? David Rockwell, the world famous architect who has designed everything from restaurants to Broadway...Show More Summary

This Comic Book Makes Important, Boring Data Fun To Read

Terms of Service ingeniously harnesses the power of comics to keep readers engaged. Terms of Service is a newly published digital graphic novel from Al Jazeera that explores the turbulent relationship technology users today have with services provided by big data companies. Read Full Story

This Office Has A Running Track

Get up, you sloth, and RUUUUUN. Sitting at work all day is bad for your health. Plenty of research says so. But how many people can pick up during the day and trek to the gym? Enter Onefootball, which has a running track smack dab in the middle of the office. Read Full Story

Vibrating Watches, Tiny Chargers, Inverted Umbrellas: The Best Personal Accessories Of 2014

Your holiday gift guide starts here with goodies ranging from tiny laptop chargers to cozy blankets by a former Apple designer. Personal accessories like watches, cameras, and jewelry can seem like unoriginal gifts to give over the holidays. Show More Summary

The Prison Coding Class That Might Have Inmates Making Six Figures On Their Release

At California's San Quentin prison, inmates who never even used a computer before are learning software development and planning their apps. Like everyone else in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jason Jones has an idea for a new app. Called...Show More Summary

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