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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.
Using rapid prototyping techniques like 3D scanners and printers, Scott Summit's company brings self-esteem back to those who've suffered a limb loss with custom designed coverings that turn prosthetics into stunning pieces of art.
If you are an obsessive user interface jerk like me, you may have noticed the slight design changes in iOS 5. They are almost invisible but they are there, from two-pixel position adjustments to transparency changes in the badges' shadows.
The hacking group that trades under the name of Anonymous has adopted a very-British mask to represent their struggle against capitalism and the establishment in general. But David Lloyd, the man who created the V For Vendetta graphic novel with Alan Moore, is happy with its newfound usage.
You wouldn't think an online game that has players painstakingly adjusting bezier handles to reshape letters from various fonts would be remotely interesting. But even if you're not a font designer or graphically inclined, I guarantee your years of sub-consciously staring at well crafted magazines, newspapers and ads will help you play, and even enjoy, Shape Type.