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If you really don't have anything better to do on November 25th, Kent Council is holding a "Developing Solutions Camp" where local IT boffins can submit ideas, work up prototypes, have a free buffet lunch and maybe win some cash.
YouTube's probably a pretty big (and wildly unproductive) part of your life. So it sucks that it's organised like a drunken blind guy's sock drawer. Google's trying to do something about that with a new and very pretty redesign available to select users, according to The Next Web.
Designed for tourists visiting a fort in the Netherlands, instead of being a means for the ancient Israelites to escape the Egyptians, this Moses Bridge sits below the water line of a moat so it visually disappears -- recreating what the fort and surrounding area would have looked like back in the 17th century.
In 2005, teacher Eric Schneider paid £147,000 for a 450 square foot studio apartment that originally looked like it had barely enough room for even a bed. So he handed it over to architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson who revamped the kitchen, and designed a central transforming cabinet that now gives him considerably more living area in exactly the same space.
Good design doesn’t draw attention to itself. On any given day we’re surrounded by evidence of this, and most likely it’s within touching distance. Pick up a routine object which has been designed for a specific purpose, such as a paperclip, a tea bag, a zip -- it does its job so well that we’ve never once considered how the design could be changed or improved upon.
I initially thought this building, designed by Japanese firm Eastern Design Office, had an eating disorder. But really, the On-The-Corner house has a triangular wedge design that, when viewed at just the right angle, nearly makes it look two-dimensional.
Can you imagine sleeping in a portaledge, aka a floating freaking tent? It's beyond scary. Look at it! You have to trust the tree branch, the rope attached to the tree branch, your weight and the material of the tent.
What's in the water down under? This is the second year in a row an Aussie has won the James Dyson Award, with both designs also aiming to save lives -- albeit in very different ways. This year's winning product is Airdrop, a network of pipes that sucks water from the air and feeds drought-stricken Australia with the condensation it needs to grow plants.
I love this. Someone noticed that movie posters are always the same and collected them to prove it. Some of the design clichés are hilarious, like Tiny People On the Beach With Giant Heads in the Clouds or Legs Wide Spread.
The Treehotel has been a concept of architecture firm Tham and Videgård for a few years now, promising people a cheap, prefab way to live amongst the trees (quite literally). Now that concept has become reality.
I applaud Philips for the sleek design of their Urban Beehive concept, and its attempt to combat dwindling bee colonies by encouraging those living in urban areas to maintain a hive at home. But I don't think it's the traditionally boxy design of your standard beehive that are keeping homeowners from adopting their own colonies. As safe as the practice can be, people are still afraid of bees, or more specifically, bee stings.
Freelance photographer Hugo Fernandez wanted a distinct business card that quickly and effectively told people what he did for a living. So Low Ink Studio created a transparent card that simulates what you see when looking through the viewfinder of a camera. Except that instead of details on exposure and settings along the bottom, his phone number and email address are listed.
Those world time zone watches that let you know when it's inappropriate to call someone on the other side of the planet just got a lot easier to read with Greubel Forsey's new GMT, which manages to squeeze a 3d spinning miniature globe under its glass.
You! You're full of body heat. Your blood is boiling. Maybe just figuratively. But you're not just a pile of molecules, you're throbbing with vitality. This bench by Australian designerJay Watson shows it to the world. Thermochromatic assprint.
Daniel Simon designed the Light Cycles for Tron: Legacy and the vehicles for Captain America, but now one of his craziest concepts yet is coming to life in a street legal version. Let's hope no one kills themselves riding it.