Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

There is beauty in so many things, whether they're famous works of art reimagined as desserts or a massive installation by the artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Those and more are the most beautiful items we found this week.


This Mesmerizing Ai Weiwei Installation Is Made From 3,144 Bicycles

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

Last night in Toronto, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei presented a new version of his incredible Forever Bicycles installation. As the centerpiece of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night contemporary art event that takes over city streets, 3,144 bicycles, the most Weiwei has used of this work to…


Sneak Peek of SimCity: Cities of the Future

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

Last night, Gizmodo got a sneak peek at the new SimCity: Cities of the Future expansion pack due out next month. The eye-popping visuals of the relaunch were covered widely, immediately making a game as easy to discuss for its many frustrations as for its design advances, and we were thus keen to learn how Cities of…


This Gorgeous Game Teaches You the History of Typography

Do you like type? Did you go see the movieHelvetica and break out in tears of joyful satisfaction at the end credits? Do you have a graphic designer cousin who taught you what sans serif meant, and did you think it was fascinating? You're going love Type:Rider.


Gorgeous Typography Puzzles Will Teach Kids the Dangers of Comic Sans

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

The fact of the matter is, if you don't teach your kids about the dangers of using Comic Sans when they're young, they're just going to pick it up on the street. Whether it's a flyer for a garage sale, or a bulletin board at their preschool, the world is a minefield of terrible typography, and you need to address the…


This Hooped Bridge is High-Tension Math

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

Earlier this year, a design competition was announced for a new pedestrian bridge in Salford, England. Called the Salford Meadows Bridge competition, and sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the actual winning design will be announced at the of November.


How One Man Created a 1,000 Ton Coral Castle in 1923

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

Between 1923 and 1951, a diminutive Floridian single-handedly and without heavy machinery moved 1,000 tons of limestone, creating out of it a castle. This is his story.


How a German Scientist Invented the Perfect Coffeemaker

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

The Chemex Coffeemaker, a pour-over apparatus invented by scientist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm 70 years ago, hasn't changed a bit since it was designed. It's the very definition of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." So how did this quiet little device gain such a following?


Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

In a film packed with great costume and set design (Leia's buns! The AT-ATs! Tauntaun guts!), the Stormtroopers' glistening white exoskeletons are among the most memorable details from Star Wars. Which is what makes Art Wars a lot of fun: As part of a show at London mega-gallerySaatchi, 19 artists were given a…


Famous Works of Modern Art Imagined As Desserts

Most Beautiful Items: October 5 - 11, 2013

Ever scoffed over a piece of modern art, and thought you could make it and make it better? Photographer Sarah Anne Ward took that thought in the most delicious direction, turning eight iconic examples of modern art into desserts.