Tag: Design

Google Maps tests directions screen with refreshed Material Design, rolls out For You tab to 130 countries

With every few updates, Google Maps seems to walk closer and closer to a full-fledged refresh of its Material interface, helping it go along with the new direction Google is taking this year with its app design language. We’ve seen a new look for the main interface, an updated side menu, overhauled hotel listings, new […]

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these watches use nixie tubes to display digits

a collaboration of rare components and modern electronics, ‘nixoid’, ‘glower’ and ‘era’ are nixie tube watches, which use IN-16, IV-9, and IV-3a tubes to display digits. the designers have developed special technologies for each model to add innovative features to the retro look. nixoid, ERA VFD, glower specifically for the nixoid piece, the designers have developed […]

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The Original Manifesto for Information Visualization and Pictorial Statistics: ISOTYPE Creator Otto Neurath’s Pioneering 1930 Visual Language

“Finding the words is another step in learning to see,” bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer wrote in her lyrical love letter to moss — a poetic reminder that the history of science, which is the history of the human effort to fully see reality and describe what we see, rests upon foundations of linguistic description, from […]

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louis vuitton presents new objets nomades pieces at design miami/

louis vuitton has further expanded its objets nomades collection with three new pieces: atelier biagetti’s anemona table, atelier oï’s serpentine table, and tokujin yoshioka’s blossom vase. presented alongside a selection of existing objects during design miami/ 2018, the three new creations have joined pieces by international designers including the campana […]

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FENDI celebrates 10 years at design miami/ with sabine marcelis-designed sculpture series

the 2018 edition of design miami/ sees the international design fair celebrate its ten-year anniversary anniversary with luxury maison FENDI. to mark the occasion, FENDI has teamed up with designer sabine marcelis to present ‘the shapes of water’ — a project that rediscovers the element and uses it as a […]

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An appreciation of the long-lost MP3 player skins of yesteryear

When MP3s conquered music, it depended on three key technologies: CD ripping software, file-sharing software, and MP3 playing software, primarily Winamp. Winamp was infinitely customizable, and there was an exuberant practice of coming up with MP3 player skins (some of Winamp’s competitors adopted its skin format, making the skins interoperable among different players), […]

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join LEXUS and designboom for an evening in conversation with david adjaye and john maeda

LEXUS returns to present the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2019, its international design competition organized together with designboom, targeting up-and-coming creators from around the world. following six years of success, this year’s edition will again provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for six finalists to fund and build their prototype with world-class mentors, and reach unparalleled exposure by exhibiting at […]

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built from recycled materials, ‘ijen’ is indonesia’s first zero-waste restaurant

designed by indonesian architect andra matin, ‘ijen’ is the first restaurant in indonesia to follow a zero-waste philosophy. the new concept, located inside the potato head beach club in bali, is a leading example of the client’s aim to become a circular brand with absolute minimal impact on the earth. the […]

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Astronomea: a gorgeous, handmade, astronomy inspired desk lamp

Art Donovan (previously) writes, “Delivered. A very special design commission for the Project Director of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. A ‘white glove’ delivery, in fact. The first lamp in 28 years that I simply could not trust to survive the ravages of FedEx.” It took a while to complete, as it […]

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[Update: Official] Google Translate web is getting a Material Design makeover

The refreshed Material look, also known as Material theme or Material Design 2 in our circles, continues its march toward Google service domination. We’ve already seen it hit several apps on our phones, and its web expansion has been surprisingly rapid too. After Gmail, Google News, the Google support pages and personal account page, Android Messages, Hangouts […]

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[Update: Once more] Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button

You know those beautiful bold colors that were supposed to make out Material Design? Yup, we’ve been kissing them goodbye for a long time now and it looks like they might be stripped away from one more app on your phone: the Play Store. A couple of users have started seeing a new Play Store […]

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olafur eliasson designs 46 nature-inspired luggage stickers for RIMOWA

artist olafur eliasson has joined forces with premium luggage brand RIMOWA on a special collection of 46 nature-inspired luggage stickers. drawing from olafur’s deep interest in sustainability, longevity, and the environment, the pack of stickers are produced in a limited quantity of 500, numbered, and thoughtfully packaged in an eco-friendly […]

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kettal presents modular ‘office pavilions’ for open-plan workspaces

the office pavilions by kettal create an alternative to static workspaces, offering a dynamic environment of flexible units instead. presented at this year’s orgatec fair, the pavilions’ main feature is that they are made up of movable walls, capable of forming secluded rooms to optimize the acoustics in open-plan offices.  […]

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Why every company has its own font now

Spoiler: a mix of corporate vanity and to avoid recurring licensing fees, though Arun Venkatesan elaborates a complex trend. Sadly, much of the justification behind typefaces from some very admirable companies is quite shallow. I can’t help but feel that some of these companies wanted a custom typeface simply because that’s what everyone else is […]

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patricia urquiola draws from japanese culture for ‘edo’, a new cookware series for alessi

patricia urquiola has combined influences from japanese culture, latin antiquity, and her basque roots in edo, a new cookware collection for alessi. each of the 16 pieces differs from each other in either type, size, or material, intended not only as containers for cooking, but as expressions of the social […]

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mecanoo and gispen envision modular interiors for dutch trains of the future

mecanoo architects and furniture maker gispen have revealed their shared design for a flexible and modular train interior that enables a wide variety of configurations and facilitates train passengers’ diverse activities. developed for NS (the dutch national railway company) and its future vision for 2025, the innovative train concept comprises […]

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formafantasma explores mass-produced color variations with CEDIT cromatica

expressing vivid colors and mesmerizing depth, studio formafantasma creates the ‘cromatica’ ceramics collection for CEDIT – ceramiche d’italia (made in florim). the range not only references the traditions of tile manufacturing but does so in a method that produces technical perfection as well as individual compositions. all images courtesy of FLORIM […]

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