design

Impossibly Starck (Wired)

Philippe Starck’s latest creation — a plastic chair — earned its name on the first sketch: Mr. Impossible.

Heaven for Hells Angels (Wired)

The Harley-Davidson is more than a two-wheeled miscreant-hauler; it’s one of America’s most important indigenous technologies. The 45-degree V-twin engine has remained remarkably unchanged since it was introduced in 1909. Now the Harley has its own museum, which opened on July 12 in Milwaukee, the bike’s birthplace.

Work With Me (Print Mag)

After two decades of pointing and clicking, here was the possibility of interacting directly with our data. With the sweep of a hand, he had softened the hard line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Air Travel Innovations (Travel & Leisure)

Breakthrough planes from Boeing and Airbus, fresh approaches to cabin design, and new services on the ground aim to change air travel for the better.

Planning Rwanda (Metropolis)

Thirteen years after the genocide, the tiny African nation begins imagining its future.

Watch This Space (Print Magazine)

Publishers grapple with online video

New York Hotel Bar Uncorks an Interactive Wine List (Wired)

People who are about to drop $300 on a bottle of Chateau Margeaux want the experience to be awesome — bouquet, color, mouthfeel, yada yada. But what about the ordering? Avid wine snobs might think about a trip to Adour, the restaurant opening at New York’s St. Regis Hotel in November. Pull up a stool […]

The Big Pixel (Print Magazine)

The future of “mediatecture” (link) In his 2001 book, Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies, architect James Sanders describes the relationship between the city and iconic films like Annie Hall and Miracle on 34th Street. Recently, though, as he discussed at a recent event in New York, Sanders has been thinking a lot about […]

The Times goes digital (again) – (Print Magazine)

[link] Among the legends of computer typography, two stand out. There’s an 18-year-old Steve Jobs stumbling into a calligraphy class at Reed College and learning about serifs and spacing—useless stuff, he thought, until it came time to design the first Mac. Then there’s Bill Hill and the coyote. An eccentric Glaswegian who sometimes still wears […]

Living On the Network (Metropolis)

Objects should celebrate our connection to the digital world, not minimize it. (link) The week in January when Apple announced the iPhone, I went from an ecstatic reverie of secular futurism to feeling pretty let down. The problem wasn’t what the iPhone didn’t do, the “features” it lacked. The thing was thrilling—a beautiful object, crystalline […]

Blueprints for a Revolution (Wired)

Breakthrough Moments in Silicon Valley History Behind every new new thing is a visionary with a brilliant idea. In Designing Interactions, his 800-page opus with accompanying DVD, IDEO cofounder Bill Moggridge is our guide for a long walk down Silicon Valley’s relatively short memory lane, narrating interviews with the people who shape “the way people […]

IDEO’s Urban Pre-Planning (Metropolis)

IDEO’s approach could be seen to further erode the idea of city-building as a democratic process (if it ever was) because of the way it applies the shiny language of marketing to the gritty mixed-up world of the city.