Water Rip-Off! Belfast Hotel Charges £26 for Bottle of Melted Ice

According to the United Nations, 783 million people lack access to clean water, and 2.5 billion people worldwide have inadequate sanitation. At the same time, the cataclysm of climate change grows ever nearer as the narcissistic complacency of our species prevents the collective action necessary to head off future… »7/26/15 1:00pm7/26/15 1:00pm


Jony Ive's Promotion Could Mean the Next Design Revolution at Apple

So Jony Ive has a new title. So what? This banal little reshuffling could have a much bigger impact on Apple than you’d think. As Ive steps back from running day-to-day operations, it will make room for new designers—and a new design language—to emerge from the studio he managed for 20 years. And it’s about time. »5/26/15 3:02pm5/26/15 3:02pm

7 Smart New Inventions That We Should Have Had All Along

Every year, Dyson asks industrial designers, product designers, and engineers to submit their smart solution to a problem—any problem. It's an awesomely broad request, and it usually results in some pretty fascinating projects. Leading up to this year's Dyson Award, we took a look at just a tiny fraction of the… »8/21/14 9:28am8/21/14 9:28am

8 Simple Products Designed To Make Aging a Little Easier

The world is aging. By 2030, nearly 20 percent of Americans will be over 65. By 2050, about a third of China will be over 60. The same goes for many other developed countries. Yet we don't spend nearly enough time thinking about how to make life easier for the elderly—despite the fact that all of us, if we're lucky,… »5/12/14 9:02am5/12/14 9:02am

What the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U Tell Us About the Future of Consoles

Most pieces of technology—like smartphones, TVs, and even computers—are replaced by new models every six or twelve months. Game consoles, on the other hand, are meant to last for at least five years. Which means that every generation is a true milestone of UI, gaming, and industrial design. So what does the latest… »11/26/13 12:00pm11/26/13 12:00pm

This Encyclopedic Site Contains 41 Years of Video Game Console Design

Commercially successful video game consoles—your Game Boys and your Playstations—are iconic pieces of product design. But they're only part of the story. There are dozens of other machines that either didn't catch on or failed miserably—and Evan Amos has devoted himself to cataloging them all. »10/09/13 9:11am10/09/13 9:11am

Adobe’s Experimental Stylus Just Got Real, And Is Coming Within a Year

When Adobe unveiled its first attempt at building hardware tools—a stylus called Project Mighty and a digital ruler called Project Napoleon—last April, the company was careful to describe the devices as prototypes, dancing around whether we’d ever be able to, you know, buy them. But today, Mighty and Napoleon are… »9/17/13 4:09pm9/17/13 4:09pm

An Ingenious Camera That Splits in Two Turns Everyone Into a Subject

There's one in every family or group of friends: A photographer who—willing or not—spends most of their time behind the lens, and ends up conspicuously absent from nearly every photo. It's inevitable. Well, not anymore. The Duo, a working concept camera, splits in half to capture both photographer and photographee at… »6/28/13 5:20pm6/28/13 5:20pm

8 Designs That Rethink the Way We're Buried

The way we bury our dead hasn’t changed much over the past two thousand years. But it needs to change soon, according to a group of designers, philanthropic foundations, and funeral directors who sponsored a recent design competition to rethink burial traditions in the face of emerging problems with the status quo.… »6/25/13 9:00am6/25/13 9:00am