Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Where Gadgets and Dreams Collide

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades… »4/14/14 3:00pm4/14/14 3:00pm


How Criterion Collection Brings Movies Back From the Dead

There are few names that represent a commitment to the distribution of classic films like the Criterion Collection. Since the 1980s, they have remastered and released hundreds of movies on Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray. We recently visited the Criterion headquarters in New York to get a first-hand look at the meticulous… »2/14/14 1:00pm2/14/14 1:00pm

Coffee Mastery Lives in Counter Culture's Geared Out Training Center

Behind the veneer of bearded hipsters that floods the world of high-end coffee lies an intricate field of science, gadgetry, and taste requiring years of experience to master. Counter Culture is at the forefront of coffee education, and their new NYC training center is the apex of techniques and technology. »10/28/13 2:40pm10/28/13 2:40pm

The Art of the Hologram Is Alive in This Underground Laboratory

Holograms occupy a strange place in our visual culture. Encountering a genuinely innovative holographic image can elicit wonder and joy, yet the technology has struggled to transcend election night gimmicks and Tupac exploitation. But for those who run the Holographic Studios in NYC, creating 3D images remains an… »9/13/13 2:00pm9/13/13 2:00pm

This Silk-Screened Art Glows With Electroluminescent Ink

When someone brings up silk-screening, you might think of hand-made t-shirts or concert posters. What you probably don't think of is electric current and glowing surfaces. But at the University of Pennsylvania, traditional screen-printing and high technology are colliding to create incredible, eye-melting artistic… »6/27/13 4:13pm6/27/13 4:13pm

The Wildly Functional Studio of Video Wizard Casey Neistat: Part I

Casey Neistat makes movies. His products are homegrown and eccentric, as though they were built from sticks and stones. But they are also often brilliant, and have clearly caught on, at least enough to garner a presence on The New York Times website as well as HBO. Much of Neistat’s magic is concocted in a bright SoHo… »6/17/13 3:40pm6/17/13 3:40pm

Inside the Printing Studio Where Obsolete Tech Will Never Die

Before computers became the sole progenitors of almost all our visual artifacts, printing was a labor-intensive task that involved applying incredible pressure to inked blocks using machines weighing thousands of pounds. At the Common Press, in the basement of the University of Pennsylvania's Fine Arts Building,… »6/14/13 1:10pm6/14/13 1:10pm

Espresso 101: The Methods and Machines Behind the Perfect Shot

Espresso is a mysterious drink. Not many people really know what it really is, how it’s made, or even what it should taste like. We've all been lured into a haze of misunderstanding and misinformation by the likes of Starbucks, Nespresso, Krups, and countless other brands looking to make espresso easy and cheap.… »5/24/13 11:00am5/24/13 11:00am

Where the Toys Come From: Inside Hasbro’s Model Workshop

Designing toys takes sketching and planning and imagining, sure. But what's even more impressive is the actual making—still a much more industrial and craftsmanlike process than you'd imagine. It requires, essentially, a whole factory condensed into a few rooms of Hasbro's headquarters outside of Providence, Rhode… »4/22/13 1:06pm4/22/13 1:06pm