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Gen Z isn't really into cars, and now at least two European automakers are working out ways to court them. First we saw Opel targeting teens with their diminutive SUM. Now BMW—or more specifically, their Motorrad division—is wondering: If not a car, can we interest you in something with two

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This Monad bookshelf, by French industrial designer François Bauchet, relies on simple, fastener-free inter-material joinery for its structure. “Less features,” writes Bauchet, “characterized by avoiding the superfluous, and with a high-quality finish.” The two epoxy-painted steel uprights have had tabs, roughly shaped like a hand making

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Researchers at the Australian National University have developed a thin film “that allows people to see clearly in the dark” when they look through it. The film contains nanometre-scale crystals that enable the magic-like feat. Dr Rocio Camacho Morales “We have made the invisible visible,” lead researcher Dr

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I never valued carry loops for water bottles, until I started doing regular outdoor work. Try carrying a bottle with both hands already full of tools, and you'll change your preference. Joseph Joseph has an unusual, rather designey take on a water bottle with a carry loop. The loop is

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In a former factory in Cleveland, Ohio is Ray's Mountain Bike Park. First dreamed up in 1996 and realized in 2004, Ray's is a 160,000-square-foot “bicycle Disneyland” that's home to the world's longest indoor mountain bike trail, which runs nearly a mile. Kyle and April

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In the Shepherds Bush neighborhood of London, an unusual five-storey building is up for sale. And while AFP reports that it's just 5'6″ wide at its narrowest point, British realty company Winkworth, which is handling the sale, has rounded it up in the description. “…Despite its surface oddness [the building]

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Takram's method rethinks the definition of “concept” to keep product development open and malleable from beginning to end

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Bubble Wrap, like all plastic films, is of course petroleum-based. But if you’re packaging fragile presents this holiday season, there is a greener, paper-based alternative called GreenWrap. You’ve probably already seen the stuff and just didn’t know what it was called.

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“blokdots” is a Student Winner in the Tools & Work Award category of the 2019 Core77 Design Awards. The 2020 Core77 Design Awards will be launching in just over a month on January 7th! Stay tuned for more details.

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I’ll make this quick: In their just-published book, User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play, Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant have written a contemporary treatise that is sure to become a foundational text. (And I’ll make this simple: If you’re looking for holiday gifts and you’re a designer-type, buy ten of these, wrap ’em up, and figure out who gets ’em as you’re walking out the door. Guaranteed satisfaction for all your employees, partners, clients, and students, this book would also be useful to anyone—or anyone’s parents—who wonder what designers actually do.)

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Back when I worked corporate, all departments were silo’d off with tap- -to-enter badge reader pads. Other companies use keypads, like this Swedish office–where someone has thoughtfully anticipated that you may have a coffee cup in one hand and something occupying the other.

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If there’s one failure of package design that seems to be consistent across brands, it’s the microscopic fonts used on medicine labels. They provide crucial information on products often being purchased by elderly folk with less-than-stellar eyesight, but the brand name is always given way more real estate than the active ingredients.

Smart stores compensate. This Rite-Aid’s solution: A shelf-mounted magnifying glass on a retractable line.

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…the internet erupted with outrage (of course), stating that the new Space Force logo was a rip-off of the StarFleet Command United Federation of Planets logo used in the Star Trek franchise. Here they are side-by-side.

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Non-pneumatic, airless tires have been a long time coming, but have yet to crack the consumer market. Bridgestone may change that, or at least get them into the public consciousness; as tire sponsor of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, the company will provide a fleet of bicycles (presumably in Olympic Village, the details are unclear) kitted out with their non-pneumatic tires.

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