As your typical designer type who occasionally likes to dabble in a bit of photography, it's always surprised and, frankly frustrated me just how poor the connectivity experiences of leading camera brands can be. Stumping up the cash for a high-end DSLR, you'd expect that these kinds of smart features
You might remember back in 2016 when we all enjoyed a good oggle at the innards of everyday objects in the cutaway videos created by jet-cutter fanatic Mike Warren on his YouTube channel 'Cut in Half'. For anyone still checking in on Mike's tool and toy torturings over on YouTube,
Having become a parent relatively recently myself, I'm quickly becoming accustomed to the deluge of brightly coloured objects that are filling our once minimalist living quarters. Toys are, of course, amongst the worst offenders—many kind and well-meaning family and friends delivering new garish, throw-away plastic play-things with almost conveyor-belt levels
The last time we heard from British bike-rack makers back in 2016 we were in two minds as to whether their super light-weight, easy-fit, carbon-frame pannier system was an ingenious innovation or an answer to a problem that shouldn't need solving—should we really be carrying luggage on lightweight bikes not
When it comes to chairs—let's face it—few do things better than the Danes. As a visitor to Copenhagen, you could be forgiven for developing a nagging resentment as you inevitably begin to compare the aesthetics of your homeland to the unassumingly stylish public spaces—tripping over the many furniture design classics
Recently, we had the very good fortune of catching up with Gadi Amit—renowned designer behind the likes of FitBit, Lytro and Google's Modular Ara phone and founder of San Francisco based design firm NewDealDesign—in London, thanks to a flying visit of his to take to the stage at the Product
We've been following the work of critical designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda since we first caught a glimpse of a both entrancing and disturbing film he produced for his Master of Architecture in 2010. The short POV clip (which went on to rack up over 650,000 views on Vimeo) transports
Thinness has been both friend and foe to industrial designers in recent years. On the one hand, designing for slimness has bestowed our favorite consumer electronics with many virtues (low weight, easy handling, aesthetic elegance)—Steve Jobs was an infamous stickler for slenderness, and for good reason. On the other hand,
When Dan Black—who recently bought out business partner Martin Blum to take on sole ownership of renowned UK industrial design house Black+Blum—launched a dishrack inspired by the skeletal shapes of Calatravan architecture, he knew he'd hit on a new niche. With so many folks investing heavily in their dream luxury
With over 180 brands spread over two venues, this year's presentation at designjunction was a diverse celebration of design. With the main event taking place at the former Central Saint Martin's building in Bloomsbury, visitors had a unique experience of inhabiting the hallways and studio spaces that incubated the ideas
The Victoria & Albert Museum was once again a center of activity and specialty commissions during this year's London Design Festival. From mischer'traxler's poetic "Curiosity Cloud," an immersive and interactive kinetic sculpture, to the fantastic treasure hunt for Faye Toogood's cloaks—wrought from a variety of materials and scattered around the
Is it just me or is Squarespace everywhere you look these days? As if the sheer proliferation of the distinctive image-rich and luxuriously white-spaced templates wasn't enough, it seems that barely a podcast was recorded in 2015 that wasn't brought to you by the site. Flying high on investor capital
Considering the onslaught of incredible inventions that the march of modern technology has unleashed on the world in recent years, it is perhaps surprising that dreams of the sci-fi staple jetpack have failed to come to more fruition. Of course, we've sat in wonderment at spectacular water jet variety, but
It's around this time of year that we catch the first glimpses of the next batch of remarkable design talent soon to be unleashed on to the world. It's also a time—reminiscing whilst pouring over graduation projects—that we're reminded of our own college-day optimistic naivety. I mean, just look
After speaking at the Pioneers Festival we had the good fortune of catching up with Ethan Imboden— vibrator visionary of JimmyJane infamy and now design guru to Bay-Area start-ups and Silicon Valley innovation labs—about the complicated, yet invaluable relationship between design and entrepreneurship. Ethan's got a colorful past, befitting
It seems that every new evolution of our devices these days (or indeed every addition of another strap on screen) demands yet more of our precious attention than its predecessor. There's an absurdity to the modern connected life we've built for ourselves when an email newsletter from [insert boring
It was only a few years back when heads would turn at the sight of an earbudded individual shouting loudly and gesticulating wildly to themselves. These brave early adopters were (quite rightly) treated with suspicion at first, but now such psychotic behaviour barely raises a brow – hey, at least
Similarly to various counter-parts with the 'Hack' suffix, CycleHack is a intensive weekend event in which cyclists, developers, designers and makers gather in cities around the world to combine brain power in the very noble pursuit of tackling issues facing cyclists today. Taking place this year on the weekend of
If you're at all like me, the last year will have seen you jump wholehearted on the sustaining trend for the regreening of urban life—giddily hoarding an array of shoots and shrubbery in your living and working environments in a desperate attempt to compensate for lack of time outdoors and
When we interviewed Scott Croyle back in 2014 at the launch of the HTC One (M8) in London, fanboys said 'best just got better,' critics said 'unexciting minor design evolution.' The then SVP for Industrial Design gave us little more than a month after publishing our report before announcing his
Some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers will converge on London this weekend for one the most unusual and overstimulating events of the cultural design calendar. This year celebrating it's incarnation, FutureFest is UK innovation charity Nesta's flagship weekend event with the tantalizing mission of creating "an
We've had an eye on the "Hackaball" project by London based agency Made by Many since we heard wind early last year. What started out as a brief for two talented incoming interns, slowly grew legs and spiraled into a learning project that saw the studio stepping back from the
A faithful companion for the midnight 'war-room' warrior.
What is the future for design skills when machines do all the hard work?
The Civic Shop, London is a new pop-up concept aiming to showcases the work of a new generation of civic activists and social designers.
A new challenge to QWERTY conformity.
No no, it's not official, but it does look like a group of game designers may have managed to capture the infernally infuriating experience of putting together IKEA flatpack furniture in virtual reality. Höme Improvisåtion as the game is called (complete with appropriate Scandinavian accents) is apparently one creation to...
Late last year, Jony Ive stirred up perennial debates surrounding the failings of contemporary design education to turn out students ready to take up gainful employment. Speaking at an event at London's Design Museum, Ive used the word 'tragic' to describe the many (presumedly Western) design schools' inability to teach...
Even earlier this month at CES it was clear that the wearables frenzy had lost some of its vigor since last year (presumedly as manufacturers try to make good on some of their overblown concept promises). Of the news that there was, it seemed that technology on the wrist...
If you haven't seen it already, BeMyEyes is a wonderfully promising and impeccably presented app allowing fully sighted individuals to 'lend their eyes' to someone with a visual impairment to help them through their day. As the slick promo video above introduces beautifully, the app connects those in need...
Maker Speed Dater is the brain child of the folks at Scottish maker-movement movers and shakers Make Works. As part of their mission to reignite local manufacturing, the design-grad run start-up has been trying to make it easier for designers to engage with industry—not least by building their breathtakingly gorgeous...
Having witnessed a few of my nearest and dearest succumb to the mediative delights of knitting, I'm beginning to cultivate an appreciation—for the materiality and intricate skills of the art—that I might have normally reserved for wood or metal work. As with any craft, there are whole supporting industries attached...
Crossrail is the massively ambitious £15 Billion railway project in the south of England cutting new tunnels under London to connect towns in the east and west with the ever growing metropolis. For anyone with even the slightest interest in architecture and engineering, the progress of the project—begun in 2009...
Apparently, everyone's favorite familial relationship testing board-game Monopoly was first conceived in 1903 as an educational tool by American Elizabeth Magie— the game-play intended to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies. Over a century on, the brand has lost much of its satirical sting—indeed, now something...
There's sometimes an uncomfortable paradox in the condition of the industrial designer—whilst making a living with the imagineering of consumable products, we're also often amongst the most aware and troubled by the many problems associated with rampant consumerism.London-based designer Chris Thomas—"educated in the depths of the recession" at Goldsmiths—has penned...
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