Inside the Apple Chamber Where Keyboards Get That Distinctive Clickety-Clack

Apple’s not been especially forthcoming over the years (UNDERSTATEMENT) but recently the company has been opening up. Case in point: Journalist Steven Levy went inside Apple’s HQ to see where the company prototypes hardware, including an acoustical lab for tuning the audible feedback from your fingers. Read More >>

Apple’s Superstar Designer Marc Newson Redesigned This Classic Shotgun

The design world hyperventilated when it was announced that Marc Newson would be going to work with his best bud Jony Ive at Apple. But that doesn't mean all of his work will be done inside the spaceship, and now Newson has revealed another project: Redesigning one of the most iconic firearms in history. Read More >>

Why a Superstar Designer Wanted to Make a Better Gene-Testing Machine

Odds are good you know industrial designer Yves Behar's work, even if you don't know his name. Behar's studo, fuseproject, has designed everything from fitness trackers to vibrators. His latest project won't be used by everyone — but that doesn't mean we won't benefit from it. Read More >>

Redesigning the Xbox One for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty fans are well-familiar with the slick look and feel of the Xbox One, but the console and controller are getting a custom look for the debut of Advanced Warfare. But can the exo-suited experience of blowing shit up in a near future war-zone really translate to a console? Read More >>

Seven Smart New Inventions That We Should Have Had all Along

Every year, Dyson asks industrial designers, product designers, and engineers to submit their smart solution to a problem — any problem. It's an awesomely broad request, and it usually results in some pretty fascinating entries. Leading up to this year's Dyson Award, we took a look at just a tiny fraction of the entries. Read More >>

The Best Products of the Year

What were the best products designed this year? The IDSA, or Industrial Designers Society of America, has announced its International Design Excellence Awards, naming 176 winners across 23 categories. We picked a few of the most interesting and innovative winners, from a surgery-performing robot to a lightweight bike helmet. Read More >>

All These Brilliant Objects Were Designed by No One in Particular

Everything made by man has been designed in some way. You've got your big ticket, big name stuff, and then there are the countless items—the utilitarian, the unsung, the so-mundane-you-wouldn't-give-them-a-second-thought—that haven't always received the same creative fanfare. One man has been collecting and classifying these bits and bobs for decades; the time has come to celebrate the great wide world of No Name Design. Read More >>

The Designers Behind Beats are Making Surfboards, Too

Buying a good surfboard is such an investment that you should also be able to hang it on your wall as art. Not a problem with these boards designed by Ammunition—the firm launched by Robert Brunner, ex-Apple industrial designer and the founding designer of Beats—in collaboration with Jason Tilley, a surfboard builder from Oregon. Read More >>

A Glimpse Into the Life of Midcentury Design Legend Ray Eames

Husband and wife Charles and Ray Eames collaborated as equal partners in a 50-year career that spanned the worlds of graphics, furniture, exhibitions, and architecture. A new exhibition highlights Ray's contributions to one of the most famous design partnerships in history. Read More >>

11 Sleek Posters Celebrating the Design Genius of Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is the undisputed granddaddy of modern industrial design. The German legend's ten commandments for good design are considered gospel in the field, and his impeccable collections for Braun elevated home appliances to mass-produced art. Read More >>

What the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U Tell Us About the Future of Consoles

Most pieces of technology—like smartphones, TVs, and even computers—are replaced by new models every six or twelve months. Game consoles, on the other hand, are meant to last for at least five years. Which means that every generation is a true milestone of UI, gaming, and industrial design. So what does the latest crop tell us about the state of the console? Read More >>

Today’s Google Doodle: Raymond Loewy, the Man Who Made the 20th Century Beautiful

You may have noticed the sepia-toned Google doodle today and clicked through to find out it’s a train designed by midcentury industrial designer Raymond Loewy, whose 120th birthday would've been today. Even if you don’t know Loewy, I can almost guarantee you’ve come in contact with his work—which decorates everything from the Coke Bottle to Air Force One. Read More >>

The Brilliant Simplicity Behind the iPhone 5C’s Design

On Tuesday, we saw Apple introduce a new plastic iPhone. Why plastic? Because it's cheaper, sure. But it's also one of the smartest industrial design decisions Apple has ever made. Read More >>

The Ive Imperative: Can a Great Industrial Designer Also Design Great UI?

With iOS 7 a little over a week away, it's worth taking stock of the fact that this is Jonathan Ive's first WWDC as Apple's Head of Human Interface (HI). But what does it mean for an industrial designer—someone who works with atoms in three dimensions—to be put in charge of a team that works with electrons in two dimensions? Read More >>

Less But Better: Dieter Rams Did It First

If you’re a fan of British design hero Jonathan Ive (the guy behind the look and feel of the Apple iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad), you might also be aware of his major German influence, the now-80-year-old godfather of industrial design, Dieter Rams. Read More >>