You may not know the name Gin D. Wong, but you definitely know his work. He's responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, including the Theme Building at the Los Angeles Airport (pictured above), and he even inspired the designers of the legendary 1962 animated TV show The Jetsons. Wong died on September 1 at the age of 94.
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Of all the Nissan Z cars, arguably two endure the most today: the original 240Z, and the sleek and twin-turbocharged Z32 300ZX of the 1990s. And the designer of that car, Toshio Yamashita, wasn't just content to design rad cars back in the day. He's been helping teach the art of car design to the next generation, so he shared the fascinating process he uses to think about car design and brainstorm new cars.
As they say: Life comes at you fast. Yesterday, you were looking at a YouTube logo with the red thing on the right side, highlighting the word "Tube". Today, it's on the left side, sporting a play icon. It's a small update to the design of a popular website, you might say. But will any of us ever be the same?
How many times have you stumbled in the dark, trying to locate a torch, only to discover the batteries inside it are dead? It's an inconvenience in the middle of the night, but a genuine problem in an emergency, which is why this roll-up paper torch from Nendo seems like a brilliant idea for when the power unexpectedly goes out.
Ryanair is having a tough time. As Brexit threatens to turn its entire business upside down, passengers can't stop getting drunk on its flights, doing something stupid on camera, and causing all kinds of chaos when the video hits the internet. Now, Ryanair is trying to restrict how much people drink at the airport.
Steve Jobs was legendary for knowing what he wanted and leaning on his designers until he got it. But according to a new book on the history of the iPhone, he insisted that it should have a back button. After one of his people presented a good argument for the distinctive single home button, he backed down.
When it comes to design software, the Adobe Creative Cloud suite is king, and anyone looking to make a living as a graphic designer or video editor needs to know it inside out. Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator have a rep for being complicated, but thanks to this Adobe CC Essentials Training Bundle, you can master the suite in no time.
Do you ever sit down at your desk and wonder why the elevated surface doesn't have more sensors to record and analyse data about your movements and habits? Well, wonder no more, my ergonomically-minded friend. Herman Miller, the manufacturer behind the Aeron chair, has invented a solution to the problem you never knew existed.
There are several ways to prevent those inevitable wine bottle drips from staining your tablecloth. You can wrap the bottle in a napkin while you pour, just skip the wine glass altogether and drink straight from the bottle, or use your physics degrees to re-engineer the bottle's spout so it never drips again.
Video: In the corporate world, business cards are rarely nothing more than empty white rectangles with a few words printed on them. But when you're a graphic designer like Drew Tetz, your business card is an opportunity to show off exactly what you do for a living, and make everyone stop and say, "Wow!"
Ever since seeing Princess Leia's floating hologram in Star Wars, artist Joanie Lemercier has worked to design and realise animations that appear to float in mid-air. His latest experiments are reminiscent of the interactive computers used in the movie Minority Report, but also include one of the most impressive ghost effects we've ever seen.
Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren't immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have designed a flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes, minimising the damage it takes.
The Switch, Nintendo's new phablet console, was a big bet, but perhaps not a smart one. Despite being marketed as a step into the future, it launched with more hardware issues and irritating design flaws than playable titles. As such, fans who just plunked down $469.95 are already rolling up their sleeves to build solutions to make their shiny new investment work the way it ought to.
If you were to stumble across this freaky ring of hairs hanging on a wall you'd probably dismiss it as another confusing piece of modern art. But if you were to give it more than just a passing glance, you'd notice that some of its hairs were moving, because it turns out this piece is actually a functional clock.
Video: The US one dollar bill is still old school. In fact, it has the oldest design of all US currency being produced today. So that means it doesn't have the flashy tech, or the colourful hues, or the wild looks that have leaked into the redesigns of the more valuable US banknotes. But that doesn't mean it hasn't changed. Just check out the evolution of the dollar bill from 1862 until now. Ol' Georgie looks a bit different.
The phrase "etched in stone" usually applies to something that's never going to change. But while the Etch clock looks like the current time has been carved into its face, every minute the etching disappears and refreshes itself, so that phrase doesn't sound as permanent as it once did.
There's nothing quite as comfortable as wearing a sweater knit by a grandparent, right? That's why Nike started using digital knitting machines to create its colourful Flyknit sneakers back in 2012, and why IKEA has now adopted the same technology to create a pair of chairs designed to pamper your posterior.
San Francisco is a city of long lines, and on a Saturday afternoon few lines here are longer than the one in front of the Chocolate Chair in Japantown. The Chocolate Chair's specialty is Dragon's Breath, neon-coloured balls of puffed rice cereal soaked in liquid nitrogen. When you take a bite, the nitrogen-infusion fills your mouth with a dense, smoke-like gas. Breathe the gas out through your nose or mouth, and voilà, man becomes dragon.