Each of These Panoramic Pictures Is Its Own Tiny Twisted Planet

There are tons of 360-degree panoramic images out there, but Russian photographer Andrew Bodrov's latest work totally twists my mind. He depicts rockets, Mars rover Curiosity, statues of science and faith all embraced into lovely micro worlds, so simple and neat they could make a sweet set of scenery for a 21st… » 9/24/14 12:30pm 9/24/14 12:30pm

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The public restroom is not a place worth celebrating, generally speaking. It is a place of absolute necessity, awkward small talk, and worst case scenarios come true. Cintas, a company that specializes in—what else?—bathroom supplies, is dead set on changing that perception. Which is why it sponsors a contest to find… » 9/16/14 9:00am 9/16/14 9:00am

4 Enormous Projects That Could Save Coastal Cities In Our Flooded Future

The tides are rising. The only question that remains is how—and whether—we prepare our cities for it. As you might expect, the cities taking the most decisive action are the ones that have been hit the hardest most recently, like Sandy-battered New York, or partially-submerged Venice. » 9/15/14 9:00am 9/15/14 9:00am

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

New York in the years after World War II was a city more prosperous and more modern than anything the world had seen—and it spawned a whole culture unto itself, distributed in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This was the era of Madison Avenue Men, and Mac Conner was their illustrator. » 9/09/14 11:15am 9/09/14 11:15am

Every Ikea Catalog Cover Since 1951

It's that time of year: If you're one of the hundreds of millions people on Ikea's mailing list, you probably recently received a thick square of super-thin paper filled with (mostly rendered) products. Ikea has been sending these babies out for more than six decades—and you can follow the evolution of popular design… » 8/29/14 9:16am 8/29/14 9:16am

10 Incredibly Dangerous Banned Toys

They say that it's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. Technically, the same applies to skull fractures, poisoning, and third-degree burns. Throughout history, toy makers have designed some truly brutal products (lawn darts, anyone?). But with modern-day lawsuits, you'd think we would've curbed that… » 8/27/14 9:00am 8/27/14 9:00am

9 Failed Designs That Would Have Changed Times Square Forever

Times Square is one big, incredible machine that has the sweet caress of capitalism to thank for its success as much as it does careful city planning. However, when the area was famously filthy in 1984, New York City contemplated a major intervention that would've changed the landscape of Midtown profoundly. » 8/26/14 9:00am 8/26/14 9:00am

​7 Crazy Bikes That Almost Changed Cycling Forever

The history of cycling includes many innovations that failed to achieve popular or commercial success. The reasons for failure are many and various. But sometimes, even the wackiest-looking designs incorporated interesting ideas. Here's a selection of those concepts—most of which have at least one redeeming feature. » 8/20/14 9:00am 8/20/14 9:00am

6 Cool New Objects From One of Modern Design's Oldest Powerhouses

Alessi can't stop, won't stop producing homewares at a seriously rapid clip. The Italian brand has been around since 1921; over the years, its exclusive focus on metal goods has expanded to include glass, plastic, rattan, and even a kind of concrete, and every season the company works with big name and up-and-comers… » 8/19/14 9:00am 8/19/14 9:00am

11 of the Most Embarrassing Government Websites

Just yesterday, the White House launched the US Digital Service, a new initiative with the express purpose of saving federal websites from imminent disaster/themselves. And after a brief audit of the state of our (unfortunate) digital affairs, we can officially say—well, they've got their work cut out for them. » 8/12/14 9:00am 8/12/14 9:00am

18 High-Tech Warships From the Future That Rule the Seas Today

War. War never changes. Mankind has fought naval battles for thousands of years. And in the 21st century, the navy is still the most important branch of any maritime nation's combat forces. But technology does change, and if you don't live near a navy harbor, there's a chance you've missed all the newest ships being… » 8/11/14 9:00am 8/11/14 9:00am