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Empty Porn Sets Reveal The Strange World Of XXX Interior Design

At first, Jo Broughton's photographs look innocent. A teenage girl's bedroom. An empty class after a physics lesson. A room full of pink and blue balloons. But then you start noticing the details. The dildo on the wardrobe. The high heels and panties on the floor. Show More Summary

How The WPA Popularized Screen Printing

From 1935 and 1942, under Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration, unemployed artists across the country produced over 35,000 poster designs in exchange for government stipends. The WPA Poster Project, as it was called,...Show More Summary

Visualizing The Cosmic Web That Holds The Universe Together

There's a lot more to the universe than the stars we see in the sky. Invisible to the naked eye, the broader universe is made up of a vast cosmic web: filaments of gas which stretch between galaxies, and which we've only recently been able to see for the first time. Show More Summary

In Memory Of Linda Tischler

Fast Company editor Linda Tischler died Monday after a long illness. Linda started at Fast Company in 2000 and pioneered the magazine's design coverage at a time when few, if any, mainstream publications paid attention to design. Through...Show More Summary

The 30,699 Shots Of Kobe Bryant, Charted

Eminem has said, "you only get one shot." But in this interactive data viz by the LA Times, made as tribute to Kobe Bryant's 60-point final game last night, we see that Bryant actually took 30,699 shots in his career. And they plotted...Show More Summary


Head over to World-Architects to read my write-up of the exhibition GARDEN CITY | MEGA CITY on display at the Skyscraper Museum in New York until September 4, 2016. The exhibition presents a number of built and unbuilt projects by Singapore's WOHA.

Ikea Plans To Sell $800 Bikes

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is extending its product line beyond furniture and home accessories. In March, the company released an indoor gardening kit that uses hydroponics to produce home-grown food. Now, it has announced the release...Show More Summary

This Beautiful Mirror Is Really An Incredibly Accurate Scale

Farhad Farahbakhshian's broad shoulders barely fit inside the Skype window. He's running me through a product demo for his new body-scanning scale on Skype. And to leave nothing to the imagination, he pulls out his iPhone, and begins swiping over a liquid metal rendering of his own physique. Show More Summary

Cards Against Humanity Designer: "Graphic Design Doesn't Have A Critical Dialogue"

Amy Nicole Schwartz is design director of Cards Against Humanity and Blackbox, a company that lets independent makers sell and ship packages on the cheap. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo as part of Designing Women, a series of interviews...Show More Summary

The Real Reason Microsoft Is Building So Many Computer Vision Apps

For the past few years, Microsoft has been steadily releasing goofy little apps that use neural networks to perform tricks ranging from guessing your age and rating your mustache to describing photographs (often comically) and even telling...Show More Summary

How Mark Zuckerberg Is Making His Weird Video Future Happen

"In the future, you'll be able to snap your fingers and pull out a photo and make it as big as you want." "A lot of things that we think about as physical objects today... will actually just be $1 apps in an AR app store." "In a decade,...Show More Summary

Want To Add Value To Your Home? Decorate Like A Farmer

Just when you thought the trend of channeling rotting farmhouses in tiny urban apartments was on its way out, Zillow proves you wrong: According to a study by the online real estate database, listings mentioning keywords like "barn door,"...Show More Summary

One Of Apple's Top Industrial Designers Leaves For GoPro

Daniel Coster, known for his work on the iPhone 4, has left Richard Howarth's group to lead hardware design at GoPro. via Massey University/College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi Richard Howarth's tight knit group of industrial designers...Show More Summary

Van Alen Bidding

Between now and April 27, the Van Alen Institute is taking bids for a variety of unique experiences – a jaunt through Madrid with Rafael Moneo, dinner at the Libeskinds', "tripping in the Netherlands" with Winy Maas, etc. – to raiseShow More Summary

A Stylish, Compact Handbag Perfect For Obsessive Minimalists

Created by an architect and graphic designer who know the type. There's a case to be made for the vacuous oversized sack bag and the convenience of lugging around half your worldly possessions. But for a certain personality type (A),...Show More Summary

Interaction-Design Students Imagine A Parallel Universe For Everyday Objects

ECAL students ask, "What do objects dream about?" for an exhibit at Milan Design Week. We often dream about souped-up techy products and think about all of the ways they can improve our lives. In a role-reversal exercise, students at...Show More Summary

What Happens When You Apply Machine Learning To Logo Design

This web bot will generate millions of logos until you find the perfect one. The rise of neural networks and generative design have created new opportunities for designers. But what if it went the other way, and robots created a Skynet that kills off human designers (or at least their careers) once and for all? Read Full Story

The Human Experience, According To What Neural Networks Have Learned

Jazz, YouTube, and impersonating Donald Trump. We're standing at the brink of a machine-learning revolution—one in which artificial intelligence will not just mimic human thought, but truly adopt its neurological mechanisms. As computers begin to operate their own neurological architectures to learn and make inferences, amazing things are happening. Read Full Story

Alphabet's Other Robotics Company

After two years of secrecy, what is the Alphabet-owned robotics company up to? You've heard of Boston Dynamics, the Alphabet-owned company behind America's coolest and weirdest robots. But have you heard of Schaft? As part of X, Alphabet's moonshot division, it's Alphabet's other robotic company—and it's far more secretive than Boston Dynamics. Read Full Story

10 Parks the Changed America

Last night PBS aired the second of three new episodes in the "10 that Changed America" series by Chicago's Geoffrey Baer. Watch 10 Parks that Changed America below.Previously: 10 Homes that Changed America

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