Innovation
Design | Software
Salesforce Gets “Meta” With Data Analysis About Color Use In Data Analyses

Turns out that data analysis never stops with what’s on the page (or screen). A recent analysis by Salesforce examined the way people responded to different colors of data, as well as the speed and accuracy of decisions made based on that information. The results surprised the Salesforce team.

Design | Transportation

Bentley Reinvents Production Process for New Continental GT

Jeepers, creepers... where did you get those LED headlights? In the case of the ,  director of design Stefan Sielaff channeled cut-crystal glasses into the third generation of the grand tourer. But more significant is its aluminum exterior, which is nearly 200 pounds lighter than its previous incarnation. That’s because the panels are superformed, a technique involving heating the metal to nearly 1,000 degrees. “We literally had to invent a new production process to accomplish this,” Sielaff explains. “The lesson is that it’s not only the creative act of designing something new but also fighting to bring it into production.”

Design | Wifijerez
The Container Store Reorganizes Itself With New Store Concept
Design | Architecture
Akihisa Hirata Builds a Literal Urban Jungle in Tokyo
Design | Transportation
Combat Vehicles Get a Clever Robotic Update

How Design Inspires Creativity in the Workplace

We’re all born with varying degrees of creativity. Companies that want to be competitive and innovative in today’s market are turning to workplace design as a solution to boost creativity. Rapidly, the design community has responded by envisioning projects and products that honor the creative urge in all of us and seek to hone that drive into an even sharper expression of what the contemporary digital workforce is able to accomplish. 

Design | Fashion
Running Shoes Can Now Be Made From Recycled Ocean Trash
Design | Transportation
Lincoln’s Latest SUV Embraces Aeronautic Aesthetics
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Design | Sustainability
Via Verde Tackles Air Pollution at the Source

Seemingly overnight, vertical gardens are popping up along Mexico City’s highways. Dubbed the Via Verde, or green way, this private sector–funded project aims to cover 1,000 highway pillars with greenery to combat air pollution. The gardens are made from a special felt made of recycled plastic strong enough to hold hundreds of plants in place.

Design | Sustainability

From Waste to Walls

Finding a way to curtail plastic waste is one of humanity's greatest challenges. One solution that’s been growing in popularity around the globe are Ecobricks: plastic bottles filled with compressed, non-biodegradable plastic trash. These bricks can be tied, glued, or mortared together to create walls for structures, playgrounds, stools, tables, and many other practical objects.

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Design | Materials
Trash Would Make a Great Construction Material
Design | Products
Hologram Table Could Revolutionize Collaborative Work
Design | Transportation
Elon Musk's Hyperloop Plays to Pedestrians
Design | Materials

The Humble Mushroom Becomes an Alternative Construction Material

Aleksi Vesaluoma, a student at Brunel University, experimented with mushroom mycelium—the “root” part of the mushroom organism—and produced a structure made entirely out of “mushroom sausages.” These sausages were rendered by growing a combination of mycelium and cardboard within a tubular cotton bandage, then arranged over a mold inside a ventilated greenhouse, where they grew for a month. While this isn’t the first example of mycelium being used as a material, it is another notch in the natural materials column for architects looking to build with more earth-friendly materials.

Design | Architecture
An Ambitious Waste-to-Energy Plant Comes to Copenhagen
Design | Architecture
Rising Sea Levels Prompt Innovations in Amphibious Architecture
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Design | Augmented Reality
IKEA Dips Its Toe Into Augmented Reality

IKEA has taken its penchant for great products and an absurdly easy consumer experience to the digital realm with the augmented reality app IKEA Place. Built on Apple’s ARKit technology, Place allows prospective shoppers to drop automatically scaled products (with up to 98% accuracy) into rooms—users simply scan a space, browse available products, select, move, and place. The app even allows users to send photos or videos of their augmented reality creation for second opinions. 

Design | Wifijerez

Adidas Is Running a "Creator Farm" in Brooklyn

In the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Adidas recently opened its Brooklyn Creator Farm, a design headquarters where Adidas intends to be “creating culture." The Brooklyn Creator Farm is really a design lab with the distinct aim to recruit young and future talent in a hip neighborhood. Adidas global creative director Paul Gaudio himself describes the Farm: “In the end, it’s very much a brand statement. It’s who we are; it’s who we want to be. It’s so deeply connected to that strategy of understanding where culture happens. New York City is the place.” 

Design | Products
Core Studio Curates Industrial-Inspired Show in Eindhoven Garage
Design | Urban Planning
Manhattan Skyscraper Concept Solves for Sustainable, Affordable Living
Design | Sustainability
Print Your City! Designs Chair From 100 Pounds of Plastic Waste

How Design Inspires Creativity in the Workplace

We’re all born with varying degrees of creativity. Companies that want to be competitive and innovative in today’s market are turning to workplace design as a solution to boost creativity. Rapidly, the design community has responded by envisioning projects and products that honor the creative urge in all of us and seek to hone that drive into an even sharper expression of what the contemporary digital workforce is able to accomplish. 

Design | 3-D Printing
Inspired by Case Study Houses, WATG Urban Builds the First Freeform 3-D Printed Home
Design | Architecture
Adjaye Associates Masters Interactivity at New York's Spyscape Museum
Design | Urban Planning
Facebook's Fixation on “Community” Extends to New Company Town
Design | Materials
The Modernists’ Favorite Material Gets a 21st Century Upgrade

Concrete, despite all its austere beauty, is pretty bad for our planet. It’s an incredibly energy intensive material to make and its pollution contribution are no laughing matter. The Swiss university ETH Zurich demonstrated with their HiLo roof that concrete can be ultra-thin and ultra-beautiful, keeping this controversial material in architects’ toolboxes but maybe now with a less-guilty conscious.

Design | Products

Nendo’s Oki Sato Gives the Portable Toilet a Sleek Redesign

The devastating impact of natural disasters on power grids, water supplies, and basic hygiene spurred  principal Oki Sato to rethink a relief-effort essential: the portable toilet. Unlike standard mobile loos, with their clunky and cumbersome structures, the elemental  is, well, good to go.

Design | Hospitality
Tokyo Salon by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Evokes Braids and Twists
Design | Art
Alex Chinneck’s Logic-Bending Chimney Sculptures to Transform U.K. Town
Design | Retail
Easton Helsinki by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Empowers Car-Heavy Locale
Design | Transportation

Smart Crosswalk Makes Cities Safer

London-based design firm Umbrellium is testing the first LED crosswalk, dubbed the Starling Crosswalk, which displays a lighted path on the road when a pedestrian steps off the curb. Cameras mounted at opposite ends of the street, equipped with machine learning and street data, determine when it is safe to cross and create signals with LEDs embedded in high-impact plastic to stop traffic, help pedestrians, and even signal to cyclists where they should wait. For now, additional safety and materials tests are needed, as well as a voice system for the visually impaired, but it still remains an exciting development in the new world of smart cities.

Design | Materials
Susan for Susan Explores Chemical Processes to Create Unique Lamps
Design | Products
Steel Easy Chairs Promise One Way Ticket to Nirvana
Design | Architecture
Mario Filippetto Architetto Gives Modern Refresh to 18th-Century Milanese Chapel
Design | Hospitality
Rooftop Oasis by V Studio Enlightens Beijing’s Golden Resources Mall

No one would ever guess that this oasis exists on the roof of Beijing’s enormous Golden Resources Mall—at 6 million square feet, it’s nearly twice the size of the . But the indoor-outdoor aerie by V Studio founder Hu Quanchun takes up just 3,500 square feet.

Design | Manufacturing

The Surprisingly Beautiful World Inside a Pencil Factory

The pencil—an indispensable tool for designers, architects, and artists for generations—is a humble, omnipresent product. Photographer Christopher Payne’s fascination with the origins of the graphite and wood instrument brought him to one of its last American manufacturers—General Pencil Company in Jersey City, NJ—where he documented a surprising world of color, scale, and mass over dozens of trips to the factory.

Design | Products
Clever Toy Expands on the Possibilities of Lego
Design | Architecture
Alice Bleton's Capsule Prototype Reconnects Office Workers With the Outdoors
Design | Appliances
Small-Space Dwellers Get Their Dream Appliance
Design | Architecture

Mongolia Proposes a Moving Bridge That Sails to New Locations

One recent concept that shows the potential of transformable architecture is the Moving Sail Bridge by Margot Krasojevic Architects, set forth by the Mongolian city of Ordos. The bridge would exist in the Wulanmulun River and can be rowed or sailed to wherever people need to cross. Resembling a mechanical dragonfly, the bridge features two wing-shaped carbon-fiber appendages on either lateral side of a long, slim body with a bulbous head, and a walkway outfitted with solar panels that would supply the bridge with energy it needs to move.

Design | Sustainability
A Tesla Solar Roof Is the Same Price as a Normal Roof
Design | Engineering
Supertall Towers Means Supertall Elevators
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