Halloween Still Smells Like a Plastic Pumpkin Pail

I was never a pillowcase kid. Fill the sheets that I put my head on with the goods, risking an errant Mr. Goodbar besmirching my sleeping quarters? No thanks. Besides, a pillowcase would need to go in the wash eventually. My plastic pumpkin was a dedicated trick-or-treating device. And somehow, it managed to stay… » 10/31/14 12:56pm Yesterday 12:56pm

IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review: I Can't Believe How Much I Like This

Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least, the extremely handy motorized ones aren't. That's why everyone—including this desk-agnostic blogger—freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally! » 10/30/14 3:02pm Thursday 3:02pm

Dubai's Newest Twin Towers Will Look Like a Pair of Blunts

Economic downturn be damned, this pair of spliff-shaped buildings are determined to rise high on the Dubai horizon. While they won't give the Burj Khalifa a run for its money, these twin towers are already being touted as the world's tallest duo. I hope they will be nicknamed the Dubai Brothers. Get it, because Dubai… » 10/29/14 5:36pm Wednesday 5:36pm

Why MIT Media Lab Scrapped Its Old Logo After Just Three Years

Back in 2011, Gizmodo reported on MIT Media Lab's cool new logo: A self-generating algorithm that gave each and every team and employee within the organization their own unique logo. This month, the lab revealed a new identity, doing away with the old version after an extraordinarily short run. And they had a very… » 10/29/14 12:37pm Wednesday 12:37pm

How Beetlejuice Taught Me To Love Contemporary Design

I grew up in one of those typically suburban Colonial Revival homes, all bricks and columns and shutters. It wasn't old, but it was designed to look that way, and in many aspects it was quite convincing. In fact, it looked a lot like the quaint New England cottage owned by Barbara and Adam Maitland. Until they died. » 10/28/14 9:00pm Tuesday 9:00pm

A Cheaper Highway Guardrail May Be Malfunctioning and Deadly

It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail… » 10/28/14 5:12pm Tuesday 5:12pm

A Brief History of the Wine Corkscrew

The corkscrew, like so many other inventions, was borne out of necessity. For as long as we have sold wine in glass bottles sealed with cork stoppers, consumers have struggled to easily remove those corks. As soon as the earliest glass bottles arrived in late seventeenth-century England, inventors began dreaming up… » 10/28/14 12:42pm Tuesday 12:42pm

You Can Actually Wear This Collapsible Scooter As a Belt

How often have you found yourself needing to get home from a late night party but lacking the necessary funds to hail a cab or hop on the subway? Designer Ádám Török might have come up with a solution too this all too common problem with a concept scooter that transforms into a wearable belt, merging questionable… » 10/28/14 10:08am Tuesday 10:08am

Inside Muji's Beautiful, Affordable Prefab Houses

The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7,500 housewares: Actual houses. And there's a very good economic reason for the ambitious new… » 10/28/14 9:20am Tuesday 9:20am

All Restaurants and Bars Should Use Pop-Up Menus

Did you know that some bars and restaurants use menus that are completely devoid of pictures of the drink or entree you're thinking about ordering? It's absurd. Not only should menus feature photos of what your meal could optimistically look like, but venues should consider borrowing a page from this amazing pop-up… » 10/27/14 5:45pm Monday 5:45pm

Who Designed the Blanket That Practically Every Newborn Gets Wrapped In?

You've seen this blanket, you might just not realize it. It's in nearly every baby photo taken for decades, yet very few of us ever even notice it—who would bother, confronted with the first image of their new nephew, grandkid, or daughter? It's an invisible piece of design, but as Qz points out, it's also a great one. » 10/27/14 3:00pm Monday 3:00pm

This Retro Watch Has a Simple Solution to Battery Life For Wearables

The miniaturization of technology has hit a bit of a wall as of late, thanks to the limitations of batteries. Smartwatches could easily be packed with even more functionality, but who wants to have to charge it multiple times a day? John De Cristofaro's retro-looking ChronodeVFD watch has the solution with swappable… » 10/27/14 10:32am Monday 10:32am

Hydroceramic Walls Could Cool Buildings By Sweating Like Human Skin

Our reliance on air conditioning, however magical an innovation, has become a serious environmental burden. Which is why researchers in Barcelona designed a material they say can naturally cool rooms by about 5 degrees Celsius, using a moisture-absorbing polymer that "sweats" much like our own body. » 10/23/14 5:40pm 10/23/14 5:40pm