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Plastc Combines 20 Credit Cards Into One

Unfortunately, the idea is probably hitting 10 years too late. You simply swipe through your credit cards, choose which one you want to use, and you can pay through the close proximity of an NFC chip. I'm not describing the iPhone 6 or Apple Watch. I'm talking about a new credit card called Plastc. Read Full Story

A Beautiful Furniture Line That Grows With Your Kid, From Baby To Teen

With Dot and Cross, you can maximize the ROI of that baby shower over 18 years instead of 18 months. The cost of raising a child in the U.S. these days, from birth to 18? Over $300,000, adjusting for inflation. Read Full Story

The Most Beautiful iPhone Charger We've Ever Seen

Part sculpture, part charger, part clock, the Spira is magnetic... literally. Wondering if there was a way to design her way around the disadvantages of wireless charging, interactive designer Alice Robbiani created the Spira, a sculptural charger that turns an iPhone into a magnetic objet d'art. Read Full Story

Let AutoCAD Show You How To Mix More Than 70 Classic Cocktails

Drink like an engineer with these technical schematics of whiskey and non-whiskey based cocktails. When engineers meet after work for drinks, they design their cocktails the same way they design anything else, apparently: in the modeling software AutoCAD. Show More Summary

While the Eagle Soars, the "Loonie" Migrates Further South

Don’t be shocked if the value of the Canadian dollar (i.e., the “loonie”) keeps migrating south.

Adobe Brush Turns Anything You See Into Ink

Take a photo. Make it ink. Draw. Adobe has been trying to translate its mouse- and keyboard-dependent software into bite-sized apps for iPhone and iPad touchscreens. Its latest app, Adobe Brush (free for iOS now), is a fun new example that lets you digitize physical textures. Read Full Story

Inside The Bizarre World Of Rogue Taxidermy

Impalas with human faces and pigs in Chanel bowties: these taxidermy artists push the medium to its freakish, beautiful limits. This isn't your gun-toting great-uncle's taxidermy: there are no hunting trophies mounted on smoking den walls or Teddy Roosevelt-inspired museum dioramas. Show More Summary

A Designer's Guide To Launching A Successful Kickstarter

4 tips on how to get your project funded from a Kickstarter crowdsorceress. They call her the crowdsourceress. Vann Alexandra Daly is a New York-based crowd funding consultant who was responsible for marketing the record-making $6 million...Show More Summary

Landscape, Redacted

[Image: "Looking east over unbuilt Ascaya lots, Black Mountain beyond, Henderson, Nevada," 2010; from Black Mountain by Michael Light]. Photographer Michael Light has a new book coming out this fall. That work documents the construction...Show More Summary

How Idiocracy's Stupid Corporate Logos Were Designed

All the logos in Mike Judge's cult classic, from FedSexxx to Brawndo, were designed by just one woman, Ellen Lampl. Mike Judge's sadly overlooked comedy Idiocracy is teeming with imaginary logos from a distant future in which stupidity has become the status quo, and brands run the gamut from the FedSexxx to Brawndo. Read Full Story

This Algorithm Predicts A Neighborhood's Crime Rate Using Google Street View

Can you find the nearest McDonald's based on a single photo? This computer can. Every day we make complex inferences based on our surroundings. Is that a safe street to walk down? Is the nearest McDonald's to the left? We use a contextual...Show More Summary

A Dark Ride That Scares You Out Of The Oculus Rift's Uncanny Valley

The OccultUs blends virtual and digital sensations together to scare the hell out of you. Even the Oculus Rift has an uncanny valley. Though Facebook's virtual reality headset can transport you into ultra-realistic digital worlds, there's still something subtly off about them you can't quite put your finger on. Show More Summary

The Problem With Modern Art, Illustrated

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry takes on the commercialization and commodification of modern art in a series of spot-on cartoons. Cross-dressing, Turner-Prize winning ceramic artist Grayson Perry has been called "the social...Show More Summary

Atmospheric Crystallography

[Image: From the original research paper (PDF), via Popular Science]. Popular Science reported last week that a "weird crystal"—a "salt made from cobalt"—can "absorb all the oxygen in a room," and, more crucially, release all that oxygen...Show More Summary

Obamacare and Baby Boomers Focus Attention on Health Care Projects

The health care market, a pillar of institutional construction activity at any time, now warrants even more attention due to the introduction of Obamacare in the U.S. and the rapid aging of the population both north and south of the border.

The Makers Of "Monument Valley" Are Working On A Virtual Reality Game

And you dont even have to use your hands to play. The iPad game Monument Valley turned the architecture of M.C. Escher into a vibrant realization in pixels--scoring it a nomination in our own 2014 Innovation By Design Awards. Now, the company behind it, ustwo, is working on their next title called Land's End. Show More Summary

Boston: The Venice Of New England?

With sea levels predicted to rise seven feet in the next century, Boston needs to adapt or drown. Although many people will migrate as sea levels rise due to climate change, cities can't. Instead, they'll have to adapt as best they can. Show More Summary

Renovate Your Whole House With This Magic Black Box

Fire the foreman. Ditch the architect. This cube can bring modern convenience without the demolition. Maybe your house or apartment needs a new kitchen. Skip the costly renovations. Just drop in a few of these multifunctional cubes--customizable boxes that can hide a bedroom, bathroom, office space, kitchen, seating, and storage, all in one. Show More Summary

How The New Yorker Finally Figured Out The Internet: 3 Lessons From Its Web Redesign

The New Yorker's creative director and web editor reveal how they approached the redesign--and what other brands can learn, too. In late July, NewYorker.com unveiled a slew of changes aimed at modernizing the site. The update included...Show More Summary

Quiz: Can You Spot Great Design?

Answer these questions to find out if your design eye matches that of the professionals. Read Full Story

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