The best GIFs of 2015 according to the Internet 

I love animated GIFs. I make them as part of my work here in Sploid, I drool when we see one that is a perfect infinite loop, and I think it's a great medium to tell stories. That's why I like the GIFYS. An award show devoted to honor the best animated GIFs on the Internet. » 3/12/15 10:42am 3/12/15 10:42am

Dyson's 20 Best Inventions of the Year

It's always fun to see the single invention that the James Dyson Foundation picks as its best design idea of the year—but it's even more fun to see the final list of possibilities, which Dyson released tonight before the November 6 announcement of a winner. » 10/16/14 12:01am 10/16/14 12:01am

11 of the Most Groundbreaking Structures of the Year

Every year the Institution of Structural Engineers picks out the most interesting pieces of structural engineering out there, highlighting an aspect of design that tends to get overlooked. Today, it announced its picks for 2014—and they range from an Apple store to an ape enclosure. » 8/01/14 12:34pm 8/01/14 12:34pm

Inside the 13 Coolest Offices of the Year

Bonkers offices tend to spring up like so many expensive mushrooms during boom time, especially in the tech world. But it turns out that average companies are investing in great design too—at least according to the shortlist of great offices chosen by the World Festival of Interiors this year. » 7/07/14 9:00am 7/07/14 9:00am

The Best Products of the Year, Chosen By Designers

What were the best products designed this year? The IDSA, or Industrial Designers Society of America, has announced its International Design Excellence Awards, naming 176 winners across 23 categories. We picked a few of the most interesting and innovative winners, from a surgery-performing robot to a lightweight bike… » 7/02/14 9:00am 7/02/14 9:00am

The Tech That Powers Six of the Greenest Buildings of 2014

Hearing the word "sustainable" conveys pretty much zilch about what makes a building efficient—more than anything, it's a term that tends to bore people. But if you look closer at the mechanical systems at work in some of the most energy efficient buildings going up today, you'll find technology that sounds almost… » 4/29/14 9:00am 4/29/14 9:00am

The 10 Best Houses of the Year

It's architecture awards seasons right now, with honors and medals being doled out with what seems like daily regularity. Thankfully, the AIA's 2014 Housing Awards breaks up the march of zillion-dollar projects with something a little more real: Places where normal humans actually live. » 4/09/14 9:00am 4/09/14 9:00am

Shigeru Ban Wins the Pritzker Prize, Architecture's Highest Honor

The Pritzker Prize is a little bit like the Oscars of architecture: It usually ends up being a chance for everyone to air their complaints about the industry. But every so often, there's a real cause for celebration—such is the case today, when the jury announced that Japanese architect Shigeru Ban would become 2014's… » 3/24/14 4:41pm 3/24/14 4:41pm

12 Buildings Nominated For the Year's Best Design

A cemetery in Sweden. A floating school in Nigeria. A cast-iron facade in the UK. The wildly divergent list of nominees for the Design Museum's annual awards make you wonder: How the hell do you pick a single building to represent such a broad profession? » 2/13/14 9:00am 2/13/14 9:00am

Netflix's House of Cards Has Stormed the Emmys

Netflix made history last night by scoring three Emmys—in the process becoming the first company to win awards for online-only shows. » 9/23/13 3:35am 9/23/13 3:35am

Apple Spends an Insane Amount of Effort on This Super Lame Trophy…

After working at Apple for ten years, you get an award—a token of your loyalty. Lots of companies do this. But most companies don't pour mind boggling effort into a snobby award that looks like a tacky souvenir. » 5/16/12 7:20pm 5/16/12 7:20pm

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Anonymous Invades the Spanish Academy Awards Ceremony For Real

Rather than just crashing web pages, Spanish anonymous members had the balls to crash the equivalent of the Oscars ceremony in Madrid today. Three members of Anonymous sneaked past extreme police and private security controls to jump onto the stage as the event was at one of its highest points, as this image shows. » 2/19/12 10:31pm 2/19/12 10:31pm

I Will Watch the Hell Out of Ricky Gervais' Live-Streaming Commentary…

The Golden Globes are arguably the most self-fellating award show in the galaxy. Ricky Gervais and friends (possibly including Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, and Larry David) might just live-stream a commentary track. Oh hell yes. » 9/08/11 9:31am 9/08/11 9:31am

iCam Bypasses Clunky Factory-Installed Camera Interfaces with an iPhone

Zeki Ozek wants to complement your current camera with an iPhone and eliminate SD cards, clunky factory-installed interfaces and whatever else attaching Apple's smartphone to the back of your rig might accomplish. » 7/24/11 3:00pm 7/24/11 3:00pm

James Dyson Wants You and Your Future Award-Winning Designs

The Dyson Awards are one of the highlights of the year for us—after all, what else could bring a life-aid bazooka to fruition? But James Dyson—yes, he of vacuum cleaner fame—needs your help. He needs YOU to enter the 2011 awards with your problem-solving inventions. » 4/04/11 7:01pm 4/04/11 7:01pm

The Five Essential Best Picture Winners for Tech Lovers

Pop some popcorn and zip up your Oscar watchin' pants, because the 83rd Academy Awards are this Sunday. To get us all in the proper cinematic mood, we've rounded up our five favorite tech-heavy Best Picture-winning flicks. » 2/25/11 2:00pm 2/25/11 2:00pm

23-Year-Old's Solar Powered Fridge Earns Her Award From Nobel Prize…

23-year-old Emily Cummins started her career as an inventor as a young girl tinkering in her grandfather's shed. Now, thanks to a solar-powered fridge that's already in use across Africa, Nobel winners are handing her awards. » 10/26/10 6:00pm 10/26/10 6:00pm

Whale Snot Wins Scientist an Ig Nobel Award

The alternative Nobel Prize awards, the Ig Nobels, have been called for another year, with this particular winner making everyone laugh with an rc helicopter that collects whales' mucus and breath. A deserving winner, I think you might agree. » 10/01/10 12:40pm 10/01/10 12:40pm

Learn How to Shoot the Sky Like the Astronomy Photographer of the Year…

While each of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards photos are mind-blowingly good, the context surrounding each photo is perhaps even more interesting. From equipment used, to how they'd reshoot given half a chance, it's a fascinating look sky-wards. » 9/10/10 10:00am 9/10/10 10:00am