13 Designs That Bring Reclaimed Airplane Parts Into Your Home

So you love flying. You love every type of aircraft. You would spend the whole day high above ground if you could. But that's impossible, and when you return to your home or to your office, you want to feel at least a tiny bit of that sensation you felt at those high altitudes. Thanks to a few designer and furniture… » 7/10/14 9:00am Thursday 9:00am

These Posters For Every World Cup Since 1930 Were Made By One Designer

The semi-finals of the World Cup begin today, and soccer, er, football fever—though slightly dimmer now Stateside—is ramping back up for the rest of the world. Which makes it a perfect time to check in with one superfan-slash-designer, who redesigned each official World Cup poster for fun. » 7/08/14 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

The 50 Most Amazing Images From a Decade of Orbiting Saturn

Cassini entered Saturn's orbit on July 1st, 2004. And ever since, this NASA-ESA-ASI collaboration has delivered stunning images of the crown jewel of our solar system. The following 50 images were chosen from thousands of similarly great photographs from a full decade of exploring the sixth planet and its iconic ring… » 7/01/14 4:00pm 7/01/14 4:00pm

The 7 Best-Designed Objects of the Year

Later today, the Design Museum will announce its pick for Design of the Year 2014. Since "design" applies to pretty much any object created by humankind, it's a pretty tough to whittle down an entire year's worth of buildings, electronics, apps, and objects to a single winner. Here are the seven finalists they'll be… » 6/30/14 10:00am 6/30/14 10:00am

4 Parking Garages That You Wouldn't Mind Getting Lost In

Cars are wonderful things. They take us places, they bring us joy, they're arguably one of the most important consumer technologies of the last 150 years. Parking garages, on the other hand, are more like a necessary evil. Which is why these designers are trying to make them a little more pleasant to be around. » 6/30/14 9:00am 6/30/14 9:00am

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do

Late last night, Nest announced its Developer Program: An initiative that's going to allow more than 5,000 developers to tinker and build new Nest functionality. To kick things off, it's launching with a handful of partner-enabled features, from your Benz telling your thermostat when you get close to home to your LIFX… » 6/24/14 9:21am 6/24/14 9:21am

27 high tension photos of NATO jets intercepting Russian warplanes

This week interception of Russian warplanes by NATO Typhoon fighters reminds me of the time in which the world was on the brink of total nuclear annihilation, when Soviet forces taunted the Americans to test their defenses. This image collection shows that part of a Cold War that seems reactivated right now. » 6/20/14 9:20pm 6/20/14 9:20pm

29 Anatomical Models That Will Haunt Your Dreams Tonight

Since the early days of medicine, it's been a huge challenge to communicate anatomical discovery with an audience without any actual human dissection. But thanks to the creativity of the medical experts and artists, a huge variety of anatomical models: From wax figures and ivory manikins to papier mache dolls and… » 6/20/14 9:00am 6/20/14 9:00am

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

To most of us, the boundaries of origami are pretty well established: You have your cranes, your elephants, and your paper footballs. But hundreds of artists around the world use origami as a technical framework for making original art—and now, 88 of those artists are getting a high-profile show of their work. » 6/17/14 9:00am 6/17/14 9:00am

A Brief History of Every Official World Cup Ball Since 1930

Every year, the World Cup is played with a new ball. That makes it unique—after all, few other sports reinvent the wheel every four years. But this element of uncertainty is also exciting, and it means that soccer ball technology has come a long, long way since the 1930s—when World Cup balls were still inflated… » 6/16/14 9:00am 6/16/14 9:00am

9 Crazy 3D Typefaces Made From Everyday Objects

Whether we realize it or not, the fonts we interact with on a daily basis can be wildly impactful in some pretty surprising ways. These everyday fonts blend in so seamlessly with the world around us, though, that we hardly even notice them. So instead, what would happen if we tried blending our world into the fonts… » 6/13/14 9:20am 6/13/14 9:20am

These Five Amazing Houses Just Won Awards For Being Small and Cheap

Last month, we looked Chicago's tiniest buildings of the year. Now, the national chapter of the American Institute of Architects has unveiled its 2014 Small Projects awards, which honor buildings on the smaller end of the spectrum. Their list includes five houses that were built small, on smaller budgets. » 6/12/14 9:20am 6/12/14 9:20am