toys
Mattel Turned This Graphic Designer’s Minimalist UNO Deck Into a Game You Can Actually Buy

Occasionally, sharing a piece of work you’re proud of on the internet can lead to good things (not just other people stealing your creation) as Brazilian graphic designer Warleson Oliveira discovered when Mattel reached out to turn his gorgeous, minimalist UNO deck design into an actual product. Read More >>

books
A New Book About Sega Includes Incredibly Detailed Pop-up Paper Models of Its Iconic Arcade Games

With a Sonic the Hedgehog film setting records at the box office, now’s as good a time as any to reflect on Sega’s glory days in the ‘80s and ‘90s. But instead of focusing on consoles, a new book takes a deep dive on Sega’s iconic ride-on arcade machines and includes intricate pop-up paper models of six standouts. Read More >>

architecture
Northern Ireland’s Eden Project Comes With a Thatched Acorn Centrepiece

The Eden Project's expansion into an eco-getaway franchise continues, with the designer of the planned Eden Project Foyle site in Northern Ireland revealing what the environmental day out may look like if/when built. It won't be the same without Cornish pasties, though. Read More >>

internet
Why is Social Media So Addictive?

Social media is awful and whatever pleasures it confers in the form of mildly amusing memes or a fleeting sense of community/belonging are massively outweighed by its well-documented downsides whose psychic consequences are of interest to its owners only in the sense that past a certain threshold people might turn away from their platforms and cut off the endless stream of monetisable private data that sustain their business models and corrode conventional ideas about privacy, self-determination, etc. Read More >>

wearables
Stop Trying to Clone the Apple Watch

At this point, there’s no denying the Apple Watch is the smartwatch to beat. It’s feature-rich, massively popular, and when you wear one, it confers a certain sensibility about you, the tech-savvy consumer. But for the love of everything holy, can other smartwatch makers please stop trying to shamelessly ape the design? Read More >>

design
Lexus Designers Draw Up Some Sweet Lunar Rides

Even if NASA does somehow end up making its 2024 Moon landing deadline, it still has another big problem to reckon with: How to get its astronauts around in style. Because let’s face it, Boeing’s bare-bones moon buggy of yesteryear is so mid-century gauche. Read More >>

computers
Redesigned Thermal Paste Syringes Are Supposed To Look Less Like Drug Paraphernalia

We’ve all been there as a teenager. What starts as a nerdy afternoon building a fancy new gaming PC ends up with a stint in rehab after your parents assume those tiny syringes full of thermal paste mean you’re doing the drugs. Cooler Master is apparently tired of all the confusion, so it’s redesigned its thermal paste applicators to look less like drug paraphernalia. Read More >>

oneplus
CES 2020: OnePlus’s Boldest Move is Focusing More on Design Than the Tech

Over the last few years, phone makers have been putting two, three, or even five or more cameras on the backs of phones, to the point that it’s giving some people trypophobia. But with the Concept One, OnePlus is trying to ease that camera anxiety while also flexing some of its design chops. Read More >>

design
CES 2020: A Smart Wooden Stick Is Now a Thing That Exists

Just because you can make something smart – be it microwaves, shower heads, and even mattresses – doesn’t necessarily mean you should. A Japanese company named Mui Lab teamed up with Wacom to create what it’s calling the ‘Pillar Memory’ which appears to be the world’s first smart wooden stick. Read More >>

design
London’s 1924 Prototype K2 Phone Box Upgraded to Grade II*

One of the red phone boxes that started the whole red phone box thing we have has joined the lists of our most protected national monuments, as the box has been handed Grade II* listed status so will most definitely not be skipped and transformed into an InLink monolith by engineers overnight. Read More >>

cars
We Took a Deep Dive Inside Maserati’s Innovation Lab

It’s not that often a car manufacturer opens its factory floor to outsiders. Even less likely to happen is getting an opportunity to take a peek at where the real research and development goes on. Surprisingly, Maserati recently did just that by allowing journalists in to take a look around its Innovation Lab. And, to be honest, it was bigger than we were expecting with a total footprint of 33,744 square metres. With 1100 or so employees divvied up across a huge low-rise workspace in via Emilia Ovest, Modena it’s an impressive facility for sure. Read More >>

design
I Want That on a T-Shirt

Artists on Twitter say that their work is regularly stolen by armies of bots that generate t-shirts from popular designs – and they’ve got the receipts to prove it. Read More >>

design
Colour Experts Declare 2020 Blue

The mix artists at Pantone have decided that a really very nice indeed tone of blue is the hottest colour in the world right now, declaring 2020 the official year of Classic Blue – otherwise known as Pantone 19-4052. Read More >>

ads
Aldi Stunt Vegetable Recognised by Brand Authorities

A plush carrot made solely for advertising purposes has somehow been inducted into a museum of famous brands and now sits alongside Mickey Mouse and Paddington Bear; a bizarre move we can only conclude involved clandestine meetings and boxes of wonky vegetables changing hands late at night in car parks. Read More >>

science
It Took Five Years to Perfect the Recipe for This Transparent Eraser

To many, Japan seems like a technological wonderland that’s at least a couple of decades ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to innovation. That even applies to something as seemingly mundane as office supplies, as is evident by this new see-through eraser that enhances precision by providing an unobstructed view of what’s actually being erased. Read More >>