Archived Articles: Design

From everyday objects to the wrappers, boxes and bags they come in, this section of the site is dedicated to eye-catching and thought-provoking industrial designs. Watch out for double meanings, clever marketing and much more.

Bad By Design: Everyday Objects Reworked to Frustrate Users

They say great design is in the details, so what would happen if you were to twist a key element here or tweak a core feature there? As it turns out, rendering ...

Guerrilla Kindness: Add-Ons Make Cities More Convenient

Three designers sneak around Paris, quickly installing brightly-colored machine-fabricated objects onto public chairs, phones, vending machines and other urban ...

Topographic Tables: 12 Terrain-Inspired Furniture Designs

Meandering rivers, icebergs and a deep blue abyss are invoked in layers of blue-green glass, burled wood and cast concrete and translated into tables. Ranging ...

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‘RePack’ Name & Concept Copied, Repackaged by Design Student

The strange ongoing controversy around RePack has reached a conclusion, with Royal College of Art determining that the accused student is technically guilty of ...

Chameleon Pen: Scan, Save & Draw Up to 16 Million Unique Hues

Five years ago it was an mind-boggling design concept, but today the idea color-changing pen has morphed into a working prototype that draws colors from ...

Pocket Tent: Tiny Prefab Home Inflates Itself with Body Heat

A brilliant application of material science toward simple living, this portable self-inflating structure folds up into a manageable miniature package but ...

Beyond Basic Bikes: 12 Twists on Classic Cycle Designs

Plug-and-play accessories, bendable frames, built-in tents and totally unexpected redesigns transform the classic century-old bicycle design for the modern ...

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Crash Course: 24 Elements of Design Animated in 48 Seconds

Arguing that design is more art than science, this stunning short video provides a rapid-fire visual tour of principles all aspiring designers should keep in ...

Bench to Bedroom: Urban Furniture Turned Homeless Shelters

Whereas London and Montreal have installed spikes on the sidewalks to keep homeless people from getting too comfortable, Vancouver offers a kind welcome with ...

Book of Shadows: 2D Shape Cutouts Cast Silhouettes on Pages

A children’s book with an interactive twist, Motion Silhouette engages readers through pop-up pieces that require lighting to animate shadow pictures ...

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