John Lewis Will Build Your Poshbox Kitchen Extension as Well as Sell the Taps

Retailer John Lewis is getting into home refurbs and the loft conversion scene, if there are any unconverted lofts left in the country, and is about to launch a full planning and building service for its enthusiast customers, who will soon be able to have their lofts converted and their kitchens extended and renewed through a one-stop renovation option. Read More >>

Ikea Designed a New Dresser Line With Improved Stability Features to Prevent Dangerous Tip-Overs

In July of 2015, Ikea finally acknowledged the increased tip over risk of several of its Malm dressers when drawers were left open; first responding with free anchoring kits, and then following up with a full recall in the US. Several children in America were unfortunately killed by the design flaw, which ultimately led to a $50 million (£39 million) lawsuit, several Malm pieces being discontinued, and the introduction of the company’s new Glesvär dresser line yesterday, with features specifically designed to reduce tipping risks. Read More >>

Apple Finally Did the Right Thing (Sort Of)

About a week ago, the “a” key on my MacBook Pro broke. Once flat and useful, the poor little guy now looks like a mini ski slope and barely works. Several of my friends have similar keyboard problems on their overpriced laptops. So it felt like a relief earlier today when Apple announced an expansion of Keyboard Service Program. Now, the company will repair pretty much any MacBook Pro with the problematic “butterfly mechanism” for free. Apple even announced a design upgrade that will hopefully ensure new keyboards don’t break. Good job, Apple. Read More >>

I Probably Spent More Time Writing This Headline Than BT Did on Making Its New Logo

BT unveiled its new logo this week after years of deliberation, and late nights in the boardroom agonising over it. Well, that's what I initially envisioned to be happening until I saw it. Now I'm thinking they put more thought into their after hours takeaway order, and I'm not the only one. Join me as we peruse the contributions that Twitter users have made in taking the piss - and every other bodily fluid imaginable - out of the brand. Read More >>

Inside ED2: Is This the Coolest Place to Design a Car?

It’s a slightly weird feeling talking to someone like Ian Cartabiano. He is after all the man responsible for designing Toyota’s C-HR. Not just bits of it, but pretty much the whole thing, which is quite a big deal since we think the C-HR is a mighty cool looking car. Even weirder is the fact that we’re having a conversation inside ED2, which is shorthand for Toyota Europe Design and Development. It’s an advanced R&D studio that nestles high up in the hills above the Côte d'Azur that Cartabiano has been president of since the beginning of last year. Read More >>

The Lead Designer of Gmail Has a New Chrome Extension That Kills the Confusing Redesign

Fifteen years of feature creep have left Gmail feeling a little cluttered and over-burdened for some users, including Michael Leggett, who served as the product’s lead designer from 2008 to 2012. (Fast Company has an interview with Leggett about the extension.) So who better to help strip Gmail back to its simpler roots? His free Chrome extension, Simplify, does just that, polishing away all the Gmail excess leaving only its most basic and important functions exposed with easier to find shortcuts. Read More >>

After 36 Years, Helvetica Gets a Much-Needed Facelift

Everyone has an opinion about fonts, but Helvetica has long reigned over the modern era. It’s used for brands galore—Panasonic, Jeep, American Airlines, Motorola, 3M, Toyota, to name a few—but in recent years, tech companies like IBM, Apple, Netflix, and Google have been shifting to their custom Helvetica-esque-but-not-quite fonts to deal with some of its quirks. Rather than let Helvetica die a slow death, all 40,000 characters in the world’s most iconic typeface have been revamped into a new font called—wait for it—Helvetica Now. Read More >>

Adidas’ FutureCraft Loop Trainer Talks a Big Recycling Game

As much as I like trainers, one problem with the modern running shoe is that after your kicks get worn out, you can’t resole them like you can a nice dress shoe. So inevitably, old trainers end up getting tossed in the trash where they rot in a landfill somewhere for the next few decades or more. However, with some help from its forward-thinking FutureCraft design studio, Adidas has created the Loop, which includes some important innovations that could help reduce waste from shoe manufacturing, even if it hasn’t magically solved the problem yet. Read More >>

Researchers Made 25-Tonne Boulders They Can Move by Hand, Giving More Insights Into Ancient Engineering

How were giant ancient structures like Stonehenge, or the towering Moai heads on Easter Island, assembled at a time when cranes and trucks were still hundreds of years away? Researchers at MIT have given more credence to theories that ancient engineers were masters of balance and leverage with a new experiment that produced giant concrete structures, some 25 tonnes in weight, that can be still be manoeuvred by hand. Read More >>

Algorithmic Lace Bra Wins Lexus Design Award Grand Prix

A confidence-boosting bra for women who've had mastectomy surgery has won the Grand Prix in the Lexus Design Award 2019. Read More >>

Pop Culture Icons Like Thanos, Godzilla and The Matrix Leap Out of This Artist’s Imagination and Into Old Paintings

Artist Dave Pollot does something we all want to do, but only someone like Banksy actually does. He finds kind of lame paintings and then enhances them with his own pop culture spin. The results are hilarious, often-subversive but always beautiful hybrids you won’t be able to take your eyes off. Read More >>

Here’s an Incredibly Slick and Surprisingly Affordable Way to Convert Paper Drawings Into Digital Files

One day, the idea of making marks on sheets of flattened tree guts to share ideas with others will be laughable. But for now, the experience of writing or drawing on a piece of paper still feels more natural than it does on a glass or plastic tablet. Moleskine’s new Adobe Creative Cloud connected Paper Tablet strives to be a bridge between the two, letting you sketch on paper and then immediately edit and manipulate a digital version of your work in Adobe Illustrator. It works remarkably well, as long as you’re not expecting the same experience that £1,000 hardware offers. Read More >>

Big Ben’s Blue Hands Ungloved

Part of the massive heap of scaffolding that's been ruining London's views for tourists for years has been removed, with the first of the Elizabeth Tower's refurbished clock faces revealed for the first time in its deepest Prussian blue finish. Read More >>

The Race to Foldable Phone Perfection Is On, and It’s Going to Be a Blast

Less than two weeks ago, the idea of a high-quality bendable phone seemed like a farce. After all, the first foldable handset—the Royole FlexPai—was ambitious, but also a piece of junk. It was clunky, hard to open, and looked like something that needed months, if not years, of refinement. Read More >>

Recycling a GoPro Box Into a Working Aquarium Is the Best Reason to Upgrade

Many factors have contributed to GoPro’s financial woes in recent years, but it doesn’t help that the company’s userbase simply doesn’t have a solid reason to upgrade their cameras every year like they would a fancy smartphone. YouTube’s Imaginative Guy actually makes a stronger case for upgrading your action cam than GoPro does. Built-in video stabilisation? Nah, try turning the camera’s packaging into an adorable miniature aquarium. Read More >>