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Popular design guides are responsible for plague of grey type

A series of recent, influential design books and articles have convinced the web’s designers to go for grey-on-white type, despite the fact that many people can’t read low-contrast type (and it’s even worse on mobile devices, which are often read in very bright sun, on screens that have been dimmed to save battery) Ironically, these design guides — The Typography Handbook, this article …

Delft plates with images of nuclear power stations

The Atomteller plates update the Dutch tradition of plates that feature windmills with more up-to-date power-generation — nukes: “Monuments of error – hope of yesterday – folklore of tomorrow.” €39 each, 20cm in diameter. (via Crazy Abalone) report this ad Good Hello, Consumers of Media About Media: Courtesy of our friends at Boing Boing, this is Negativland speaking to you. …

Anarchic Adjustment: pioneering street culture brand revived at L.A. art show

Anarchic Adjustment was a pioneering streetwear brand and artist collective that emerged from the London punk-skate-BMX-Xerox art scene in the mid-1980s and spread like a virus when founder Nick Philip moved to San Francisco and immersed himself in the early cyberculture. Immediately, Anarchic Adjustment became the clothier-of-choice for the likes of DJ Mixmaster Morris, Joi Ito (now director of MIT Media Lab), Timothy Leary, …

Hillary and Trump skull-stickers

They’re $10 for 12 at Urban Medium, whose awesome designs I’ve been tracking since 2004. report this ad Under Section 1201 of the DMCA, a law passed in 1998, people who fix things can be sued (and even jailed!) for violating copyright law, if fixing stuff involves bypassing some kind of copyright lock; this has incentivized manufacturers so that fixing your stuff means …

Industrial Strength Design profiles the most famous designer you've never hears of: Brooks Stevens

See sample pages from this book at Wink. Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World by Glenn Adamson The MIT Press 2003, 300 pages, 9.5 x 11 x 0.8 inches From $10 Buy a copy on Amazon This excellent book profiles the most famous industrial designer you’ve never heard of: Brooks Stevens. Sure, you know of …

Nike’s New HyperAdapt 1.0 Magically Adapts to Your Foot

We were first introduced to Nike’s auto-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 trainer back in March this year, but talk surrounding the innovative trainer has since been thin on the ground. All that is about to change, however, as Wired take an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Mia Hamm building where the shoe was conceived. As part of a special feature for their annual design edition, Wired is …

Design fiction, the Internet of Women's things, and futurism

Jasmina Tesanovic (previously) and Bruce Sterling did a residency at The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD, working with the students on design fiction and futurism. The residency culminated in a joint lecture (Sterling is always best when tempered by Tesanovic, who rules him with a no-nonsense, Balkan fist!), about their “Internet of Women’s Things”-based house of the future, Casa …

India’s Livspace raises $15 million for its online home design platform

India-based home design and furnishing company Livspace has closed a $15 million Series B round which will be used to fund an expansion into new cities. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, which also included participation from Jungle Ventures and Helion — all three are existing investors. This new round takes Livspace, which was founded in December 2014, to more than $27 million from investors …

Experience the minimalist joy of moving empty desktop windows

Try it for yourself. Blankwindows is a creation of NYC-based artist Rafaël Rozendaal. And don’t miss newoldhotcold.com and somethingopen.com. report this ad French artist Patrick Commecy transforms boring buildings into something else Via Amusing Planet: French artist Patrick Commecy and his team of muralists transform dull and boring facades around France into vibrant scenes full of life. His hyperrealistic painted-on windows, balconies and tiles …

537 artists from 67 countries competed to make this gorgeous card deck

537 artists from 67 countries competed to make this gorgeous card deck / Boing Boing Playing Arts held a design contest then turned winning entries for each card into a beautiful deck. Emi Haze shared how the winning 4 of spades was created, detailed above. Below, the rest of the winning 4 cards. • Playing Arts/Special Edition (via Emi …