design

This Australian-Designed Pen Is Beautiful Enough To Make Me Want To Write In Ink

This pen is smooth, sleek, beautiful; it’s solid but gracious. And it’s even called Nautilus. All things considered, it’s enough to make me want to write something in ink instead of typing.


Why We Still Have Bezels (But May Not For Long)

Yesterday, the first Sharp smartphone to head West brought with it one of the skinniest bezels we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The Aquos Crystal is visually impressive, and a major step into the frameless future that seems to be emerging. There’s just one problem though: Bezels matter. And we still need them.


A Brilliant Device That Completely Reinvents Crutches

Modern crutches are still less than a century old, and dozens of designers have taken a stab at improving them. But while most attempts are variations on a familiar theme, one entry to James Dyson Foundation’s annual Dyson Award proposes a solution that improves on even the best recent alternatives.


Reuters Probably Didn't Expect This To Be Interpreted As A Venn Diagram

Briefly: When someone at Reuters designed this, they probably didn’t expect that it would be interpreted as a Venn diagram. But once you see it that way, it’s impossible to unsee. Just what are its values? [Reddit]


The World's Most Expensive Hallway Is Under New York City

The exorbitant costs of the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub have been well-reported: the station cost $US4 billion. New Yorkers can already experience one element of the pricey hub, a walkway under West Street. And if calculations are correct, this 180m corridor is the most expensive hallway on the planet.


6 Cool New Objects From One Of Modern Design's Oldest Powerhouses

Alessi can’t stop, won’t stop producing homewares at a seriously rapid clip. The Italian brand has been around since 1921; over the years, its exclusive focus on metal goods has expanded to include glass, plastic, rattan, and even a kind of concrete, and every season the company works with big name and up-and-comers to introduce a fresh batch of new products.


Inside The Wild UI Design Of Guardians Of The Galaxy

The world of Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with characters of uncertain biological origin defying the laws of Earthly physics. Which is why you’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice the incredible UI design in the film, which shows off some of the most bonkers movie graphics in recent memory.


These Bhutanese Postal Stamps Play Like Real Vinyl Records

The most valuable stamp in the world is a red smudge, but the coolest postal payments just might be these itty bitty stickies from 1970s Bhutan. They’d legally get your letter where it needed to go, and play the country’s national anthem (yes, really!).


This LED Torch Is Powered By Spherical Solar Cells

Solar-powered torches consistently suffer from one glaring problem: They’re ugly as hell. But that’s nothing that a multidisciplinary creative collective from Japan can’t solve.


Watch Charles And Ray Eames Debut Their Most Famous Chair On TV In 1956

Charles and Ray Eames were the archetypal design power couple, who each brought their own distinct kind of creative genius to the personal and professional partnership. When they visited NBC’s daytime Home show in 1956 to debut their (now-iconic) eponymous lounge, Charles introduced themselves thusly: “Ray is a painter. I am an architect.” Host Arlene Francis has a slightly different take: “Almost always when there is a successful man, there is a very interesting and able woman behind him.”