For top runners, like the elite specimens competing in the Olympics, every last thing you wear needs to be engineered for comfort and speed. So Nike and Zeiss took inspiration from human anatomy for a new pair of sunglasses that wrap around an athlete’s head.
Man, I am just so tired of my furniture resting on something as predictable as the floor. Sick of conventional couches and daybeds on which to have boring naps. Good thing these mini robots weavers that can build gravity-defying structures exist.
It looks like somebody at Faraday Future liked the look of Toyotas, or at least their concepts. The maybe-Tesla challenger has hired Toyota’s studio chief designer, Jin Won Kim, to head up exterior design.
In 1991, Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM was forced into bankruptcy and a split into four independent companies. By 2015, it had fully risen from the ashes to become the best-selling European bike brand. How did that happen? One word: KISKA.
The Verizon IndyCar series unveiled a new logo today, however, it looked a little bland. Uninspiring. Not lilac enough. Clip-arty. So, we fixed it.
When automakers don’t get it right, they really, don’t get it right. From small interior tidbits to catastrophic mechanical failures, these are the ten worst automotive design flaws that our readers have experienced.
In the same 1953 issue of Popular Science that I found those trucks you can happily be run over by, I also came upon this small story about a proposal to use fake, 2D cutouts of cop cars to dissuade speeders. Not too weird, right? Except the article also suggests putting real cop cars behind the fake ones.
Derek Jenkins is Design Director at Mazda. He’s a designer whose work I respect a great deal, partially because he did VW’s amazing 2001 Microbus Concept when he worked there. But according to his LinkedIn profile, he’s just left that position to be Vice President of Design for “Stealth Project.” What’s going on here?
Our minds have been trained to identify a common shape or design of what a car should be. In the past, automakers have played around with that idea. Here’s what they have come up with.
I’m pretty sure we have more than our share of typography nerds in our readership, myself included. So when I saw Volkswagen was planning a change to their corporate font, I was interested — VW has been remarkably consistent with their strong typography over the years, so this change better be good! Sadly, it isn’t.
Now we've seen the 2016 Audi R8 in the flesh-metal-composite, we can use our reborn imageslidification technology to really see the differences in this redesign. As far as redesigns go, this is evolutionary instead of revolutionary, and I'm not quite sure exactly how I feel about it.
The architects at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have made something special for an unnamed bajillionaire in Denmark with a penchant for design and a car collection to match.
In a bold move, Formula One has gotten straight to the cancer killing its appeal to fans and removed it before the season even starts. Starting this year, drivers will no longer be able to change their helmet designs mid-season. No longer will you, the fan, have to put up with drivers trying to express themselves.
Last year's Formula One noses were enough to give you nightmares of being attacked by a phallic object that has absolutely nothing to do with King Missile's body of work. Fortunately, the FIA agrees: no, the Easter Island nose treatment wasn't actually safe, and has been banned in 2015 per the rules.
Every time a professional race team swaps sponsors, switches cars or starts a new year, you always hear approximately 47 billion calls for them to go back to a classic livery. "Do the pink pig!" "You're not sponsored by Gulf, but can you do Gulf blue and orange anyway?" "ZOMG MAKE GULFTINI STRIPES!"
Wait wait wait — before really looking at these, please, I beg of you, make sure your design-pleasure glands are healthy and able to produce sufficient amounts of appreciatonin. If not, I can't be responsible for what will happen. Because these are fantastic.
A lot of design retrospectives are tedious books with tons of interesting information presented in a very uninteresting way. It's the antithesis of design. Audi has taken a different approach, and instead brought design to the design retrospective. Clever.
This TEDx Dublin talk from Aris Venetikidis is pretty fascinating, especially to the design geeks out there. In the talk, he covers how the maps we build in our heads are usually pretty wildly different than the actuality of the terrain, simplifying streets to be straight, turns to be 90° or 45°, and attaching…
Although they decrease in number with each passing year, classic cars from the 1950s and '60s are part of America's cultural landscape. They're icons of an time when we had just defeated the biggest threats the world had ever known.