By now you've probably seen this image, which was created by Funny or Die: While there's nothing funny about what happened at Charlottesville, more than a few pointed out the levity within the act of white supremacists presumably purchasing their torches at a Party City retail outpost. Tiki Brand,
I learned to drive on a five-speed Datsun 280ZX that had 195/70 R14 tires. Yes, 14-inch wheels sporting tires with high sidewalls. This was normal in the '80s, but nowadays the rage is to have beefier rims with low-profile tires, a trend that I suspect was advanced by car renderings. Every automotive renderer seems to draw rims that threaten to bottom out inside the wheel wells, with only the faintest sliver of black to indicate there's any rubber on them.
This is one of my dogs, Betsy, right before she starts furiously digging. She does it every time I take her to the beach and I joke that she's trying to get back to Japan, where her breed, the Shiba Inu, originates from. But assuming Betsy tunneled straight down from
Now that the Nokia brand has been resurrected, we're starting to see licensee HMD Global Oy take creative strides to make them competitive again. First they relaunched the 3310, essentially a vintage cell phone design that's 17 years old. Now they've moving into smartphone territory with their Nokia 8, and
This tricky visual is called "The Coffer Illusion." What do you see? There are in fact 16 circles sitting right there in plain sight. Keep staring and eventually you'll see them, resulting in an odd feeling of satisfaction and/or a splitting
This is so cool. Shop tools come in two varieties: Bring the work to the tool (i.e. table saw, bandsaw) or bring the tool to the work (circular saw, jigsaw). A laser engraver has always been in the first category, but now a Taiwan-based startup called Muherz has created one
Public Goods is the tiny company hoping to make a huge impact on our personal finances. Entrepreneur Morgan Hirsh's mission is to manufacture common household consumables—shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, cleaning products, et cetera—and sell them directly to the consumer at cost. By eliminating middlemen and retailers they can sell,
Yesterday Pantone announced they've collaborated with Prince's estate to give the late artist his own official color. Unsurprisingly, it's a shade of purple. It's called "Love Symbol #2," in reference to the symbol Prince temporarily went by in the '90s following a contract dispute. Writes Pantone, The (naturally) purple hue,
This is one of those things that's technologically impressive and socially terrifying. CNC technology has spread into most areas of manufacture. One large component with CNC operations is "hold-down," or affixing the material firmly in place so that the business end of the tool can work it precisely. Hold-down has
Here's a 10-second clip of "Game of Thrones" costume designer Michele Clapton revealing where the capes of the Night's Watch come from: Apparently folks were titillated that Ikea rugs were the source material. So too was someone at Ikea, who then had whomever's in charge of producing Ikea's
To non-pet-owners this may seem like a silly application, but this is actually a very clever use of materials. It's got the simplicity of a student design project but the business brilliance of a shrewd marketer. The Ripple Rug is simply two pieces of carpet, one filled with random holes
[Spoilers.] In last night's episode of GoT we were treated to this rather epic shot of Daenarys and Drogon presiding over a defeated army. Since dragons are not large and intimidating enough, Daenarys has placed Drogon up on a hill, to give him that couple of extra feet that make
Alfonso Albaisa is Nissan's Senior Vice President for Global Design, and he recently received a rather interesting assignment. According to Motor Trend, Infiniti's U.S. marketing team asked him "Imagine you are somewhere in the Japan countryside and came across a car, sheltered in a barn, hidden away for decades. Not
This looks like a scene from The Lego Movie—if it were rated R for violence. Animator Reto Hochstrasser armed a bunch of Lego figures with pickaxes, machine guns and explosives to give this laptop the business:
Weekly Maker’s Roundup is a weekly list of our favorite builds, tips and tricks for makers. Ranging from classic to novel, practical to outrageous, these projects represent what making is all about—problem solving and having fun.
As designers, we're supposed to have sharper visual acuity than most of the population. I'm guessing most of you aced the previous two visual tests we posted about, Matthias Wandel's "Eyeballing Game" and the popular "Which color doesn't fit?" test. Well, here's another one, branded an "OCD Test," and
I came across this interesting series of videos in Ikea's archives. Called the "Square Meter Challenge," Ikea's designers were tasked with using Ikea products to create livable, functional, comfortable space in some seriously tiny footprints. They start off with on-screen drawings explaining the concept behind each space, then show you
If you buy a reliable car, it'll last you for more than 100,000 miles. But your first set of tires will only last for a fraction of that. Then they're off to the landfill, or an energy-intensive recycling process, while you buy a new set. Rinse and repeat. And if
On August 21st the U.S. will experience a rare phenomenon, a nationwide solar eclipse. Because this upcoming one can be seen from the east coast all the way to the west, millions of Americans will view it. Obviously you cannot stare directly into the sun, even during an eclipse, without
Vinyl-lovers know and play LPs and 45s, but few have the more obscure, earlier-generation 78 r.p.m. records. A lot of that is down to materials choices; while vinyl is reasonably durable, 78s were made from more brittle shellac and tend to shatter over time. For that reason, The Great 78
The American Dream of owning your own home has increasingly slipped away, particularly for younger generations. Last year, U.S. house prices grew by 4.8%; this year, salaries are only projected to grow by 1.9%. Those numbers are from a study done by financial services organization HSBC, which looked at home
You could be forgiven for thinking all cars in the future will be electric. But chances are there will still be diversity when it comes to automotive propulsion systems. That's because engineers are constantly tweaking the efficiency of the internal combustion engine; turbochargers, superchargers, variable valve timing, direct fuel injection
[Spoilers.] HBO typically releases an "inside the episode" video after each episode of "Game of Thrones." These behind-the-scenes vids are typically just a few minutes long. But after Sunday's epic episode, fans were treated to an extra-long behind-the-scenes look at how they created, among other things, the crazy sequences of
Animator James Curran's got a neat schtick: He moves to a new city, lives there for 30 days, and creates a daily GIF of what he did there each day. He then strings them together into what he calls Gifathons. So far he's got: Tokyo Tokyo Gifathon from James Curran
Atlanta-based magician Victoria Skye has a sideline creating optical illusions "using art, science and math." She created this one below, which we are having a very hard time wrapping our head around: Yes, the lines are actually parallel. I had to break out the ruler myself. As Digg points out,
Some or most of you understand, intellectually, how an SLA 3D printer works: Light is fired in a particular pattern into liquid resin, curing a thin layer of it. Subsequent layers are built atop (or beneath) the one before. But in this video Bill Hammack, a/k/a The Engineer Guy, breaks
[Spoilers ahead.] Last night's surprisingly good mid-season episode of "Game of Thrones" was primarily shot outdoors. Even still, there were dozens of scenes we had to freeze-frame and lighten to get a better look at things. The object that most interested us was Bran's wheelchair. Obviously this is not
In 2009, roadtrip-loving Soon Park took his wife and two daughters on one heck of a camping journey: They drove all over America, racking up 58,000 miles over a span of three years. Park found himself dissatisfied with the UX of the conventional camping trailer they were towing, and upon
A gent named Kjell Inge Røkke is one of Norway's richest men, worth some $2.6 billion. He made his fortune in the shipping and offshore drilling industries. "The sea has given me great opportunities. I am grateful for that," Røkke told Aftenposten. "I will give back to the community the
Like most city residents, Munich-based businessman Benjamin David dislikes being stuck in traffic. And while swimming is technically not allowed in Munich's Isar River, outside-the-box-thinking David tried it one day, and found that he could paddle to work faster than his car would get him there. Now he jumps in
This Japanese-market Evita Beauty Whip Soap dispenses its product in an unusual way: Of course, you mustn't press the dispenser for too long, or else you get decidedly different results.
The Chevrolet Sprint, which some of you may know as the Suzuki Swift, the Geo Metro or the Subaru Justy, was a dinky little econobox from the '80s, produced by Suzuki and re-badged by GM and other brands. It had a 3-cylinder engine and produced just over 50 horsepower. My
As the stereotype goes, women love shopping and men hate it. Thus Shanghai's Global Harbor mega-mall has installed two "husband storage" pods where wives can drop their bored husbands off. The single-occupancy glass pods are kitted out with a chair and a gaming rig loaded up with "retro 1990s games;"
The folks over at Donut Media did a great job of breaking down an important part of recent auto design history: How the Boxster saved Porsche from near disaster. I remember when the Boxster first came out but had no idea how dire things looked for Porsche at the time.
In my Auto Shop class in high school, we learned to perform basic automotive maintenance on a 1982 'Vette. (Sadly it was a Chevette, not a Corvette.) The benefit of the old clunker was that you could easily reach everything in the uncramped engine compartment and undercarriage. The crowded innards
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