This Slim Engagement Ring Case Slips Right Into Your Back Pocket

There are an infinite number of ways to do a marriage proposal. Regardless of what comes before, many of them climax in the big reveal of a fancy ring in a bulbous velvet box that, while traditionally classy, isn't exactly discrete. Packaging designer Andrew Zo streamlined that somewhat clunky exterior into Clifton,… » 8/28/14 4:40pm Yesterday 4:40pm

Apple Now Has a Design Patent for Its Giant Glass Cube

Apple's been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the U.S., with "Steve P. Jobs" listed as one of the inventors. » 8/28/14 11:23am Yesterday 11:23am

The City Pipes and Stairways That Get Left Behind and Lead to Nowhere

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. Just as humans have tailbones and whales have pelvic bones, cities have doors that open into a limb-breaking drop, segments of… » 8/27/14 1:40pm Wednesday 1:40pm

Watch This Cloud Of Rusty Balls Shape-Shift Into an Airborne Labyrinth

The last time we checked in with Plebian Design and Hypersonic, the creative teams had installed an interactive map chandelier in Washington DC that glowed in time with different data sets. For their latest trick, they turned the lobby of a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech company into a similarly mind-bending, » 8/26/14 7:05pm Tuesday 7:05pm

A Wooden Hammock Looks Incredibly Classy (and Maybe a Little Pinchy)

A stained wood Adirondack chair can class up any deck, and it turns out a stained wood hammock can do the same for a backyard. This impressive creation, called the Para Hammock, still features an intricate web of cords (in this case, strong nylon parachute cord)—but here they're used to support over 700 tiny tiles… » 8/26/14 5:42pm Tuesday 5:42pm

A Guide to the Golden Age of Corporate Logo Design

NASA. Audi. ABC. Lufthansa. The MTA. Beginning in the 1960s, some of the world's best-known corporate entities were immortalized thanks to the work a group of graphic designers who were responsible for introducing to the notion of "branding." And now, there's an anthology that collects them all in one place. » 8/25/14 5:15pm Monday 5:15pm

7 New Materials That Could Change How Our Buildings Act

The gap between material science and actual construction is very far and very wide. It can take decades to move a breakthrough in engineering from a lab to a building site. But as architects and engineers face bigger challenges—from earthquakes to dwindling resources to sheer cost—a new generation of smart materials… » 8/25/14 9:00am Monday 9:00am

This champagne glass is shaped after Kate Moss' left breast (NSFW)

A (false) legend says that the first champagne glass was molded using the left breast of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France till her head rolled. It was actually created in England, like this new champagne glass modeled after the left breast of Kate Moss, the modern Queen of Fashion. Let's compare with the real thing… » 8/22/14 7:44pm 8/22/14 7:44pm

Four of These Clamps Will Turn Almost Anything Into a Table

Last year, Gizmodo wrote about a Kickstarter for the Floyd Leg, an age-old, simple-as-nails clamp that turns whatever vaguely table-sized piece of material you choose into, well, an actual table. It was a refreshingly simple invention amidst the usual morass of insane vaporware and weird personal projects, and now,… » 8/22/14 5:20pm 8/22/14 5:20pm

Meet the Company Google Just Bought To Design Its Future

Today, Google announced it's taking a big step into its future: By buying Gecko Design, an 18-year-old product design and mechanical engineering studio, to be part of Google X. What could Google want with a smaller engineering company like Gecko? Its ability to build real-world products, that's what. » 8/22/14 3:42pm 8/22/14 3:42pm

Remembering the Designer Who Made Our Cities More Colorful

The graphic designer Deborah Sussman died at the age of 83 this week, leaving behind a technicolor legacy. She was perhaps most famous for designing the graphics and signage for the 1984 Summer Olympics, which transformed Los Angeles into a dazzling playground of magenta and teal. But Sussman also left her mark on… » 8/22/14 9:57am 8/22/14 9:57am

9 Images of How Kids Played Before Modern Playgrounds Existed

"Playground." The word evokes visions of brightly colored jungle gyms and swing-sets, fenced-off or otherwise protected from dangers of the surrounding real world. But before these kinds of site-specific joy zones, kids kept busy: Playing. On the ground. " Reinventing the Square" is an exhibition that looks at the… » 8/22/14 9:00am 8/22/14 9:00am