Design

Design Bias

Dear Conference Organizers: You’re Doing Chairs Wrong

Nearly every femme-identifying person I know, myself included, has wrestled with tall bar stools, director’s chairs, and the dreaded microphone dance.
Rose Eveleth
6.5.18
Design

There Are Over 60 Different Versions of the Facebook App

Does a tiny tweak in design change user behavior?
Louise Matsakis
10.17.17
Handy Invention

Watch a Prosthetic Third Thumb Play Guitar and Hold Wine Glasses

Three thumbs up.
Samantha Cole
7.5.17
What Is the iPhone?

Love in the Time of iMessage

How Apple changed the way we date.
Ankita Rao
6.29.17
Design

This Graphic Designer Is Speedrunning Vector Icons

Watch Marc Edwards create lightning speed iconography.
Samantha Cole
6.19.17
Anti Social Media

​Twitter's New Design Looks Awfully Familiar...

The new circular avatars make it look like Instagram, Snapchat and...Google Plus.
Carl Franzen
6.15.17
The Future Is Weird

Welcome to the Slightly Alien Future World of Terreform ONE

The Brooklyn-based non-profit research and design group is trying to prepare humanity for whatever comes next, as founding co-president Mitchell Joachim tells Motherboard.
Samantha Cole
6.1.17
accessibility

Self-Driving Cars Should Be Designed For People with Disabilities

The autonomous vehicle revolution could be especially helpful to a population that struggles with access.
Bret Hauff
5.24.17
space robots

This Self-Sustaining Robot Will Print Your Martian Home Out of Ice

Because it's the future now.
Jordan Pearson
4.26.17
Futures Past

Apple’s Most Futuristic-Looking Computer Came Out 20 Years Ago

The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh foreshadowed the sleek design sensibilities of Jony Ive that now dominate Apple's product line.
Ernie Smith
4.7.17
Tedium

How Computers Learned to Read

Teaching computers to understand text was one of the 20th century’s great challenges. At first, the secret to optical character recognition was purpose-built type.
Ernie Smith
3.31.17
Tedium

The Story of Science Faction, the Company That Brought Lasers to Rock and Roll

Science Faction's Richard Sandhaus spent his twenties installing laser projections all over the world. He blew a lot of minds along the way.
Ernie Smith
3.24.17