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Peak Retrofuturism and the Man Responsible for the Ford GT

The retrofuturism movement among American car companies in the early 2000s spawned some truly awful looking cars, chief among them was of course the Chrysler PT Cruiser. The PT Cruiser, and by extension the Chevy HHR, became the wayback machines of choice for boomers desperately looking for any way to relive their… » 8/19/15 5:59pm 8/19/15 5:59pm

Fake Cop Car Hiding A Real Cop Car Is Making My Brain Hurt

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. » 8/14/15 7:05pm 8/14/15 7:05pm

Mazda Design Director Leaves For Mysterious 'Stealth Project'

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? » 7/23/15 3:50pm 7/23/15 3:50pm

We Cannot Allow This Awful Idea for Airport Design to Become Real

Airports and cities don’t get along for a few specific reasons—namely, air pollution, noise pollution, and plain old risk. As such, some designers think that a future of increased urban density could be an opportunity to mix things up. This concept for a new airport in downtown Stockholm is simply mixed up. » 7/14/15 4:14pm 7/14/15 4:14pm

We Cannot Allow This Awful Idea for Airplane Seating to Become Real

Airplanes used to be luxurious things, laden with fine china and unlimited wine. But over the years, the glory of flying has faded—giving way to broken technology (frustrating), bruised knees (painful), terrible smells (actually dangerous!). Yet, somehow, someone has figured out a way to make things worse. » 7/09/15 12:44pm 7/09/15 12:44pm

How This Simple Landscaping Project Quiets an Airport's Roar

Two years ago in the Netherlands, artist Paul de Kort designed an 81-acre park near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. His assignment? To use nothing but landscaping to dampen the noise of airplanes. Such a project had never been attempted—and a crucial element of the design was discovered almost by accident. » 6/17/15 10:53am 6/17/15 10:53am

VW Changes Their Corporate Font To Something Less Interesting

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. » 5/27/15 9:40pm 5/27/15 9:40pm

A Wetsuit That Looks Like a Business Suit Is Hybrid Clothing Perfection

Yeah, bro, I know, life is complicated and you’re a grownup with hardly a minute to spare for shredding gnar. Not to worry, Quicksilver’s new “true wetsuits” are made from that wetsuit-y neoprene material so you don’t have to change between the beach and the boardroom.
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Here's Why a Single Airplane Seat Can Cost Airlines $300,000

Massagers! Sliding doors! Airbags! THE AMENITIES ALONE! The space race between airlines to design fancier first class and business class seats is well-known. But all that luxury comes at a price to the airlines—a price that is, oh, more than the average cost of a home in the United States. » 4/03/15 3:34pm 4/03/15 3:34pm

A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks

The number of deaths linked to drunk passengers who wander off the platform and onto the tracks has steadily increased over the years. But a new study of these falls shows that many of them occur in the same way—and that there might be a few simple ways to prevent some of them. » 3/30/15 11:26am 3/30/15 11:26am

Here's What Nissan Was Thinking When They Designed The New Titan

The 2016 Nissan Titan was drawn up at the company's big studio in San Diego over the last few years. This video breaks down how Senior Design Manager Diane Allen arrived at the product we'll be driving this year... and should help you decide if it still looks like the outgoing F-150. » 2/19/15 10:05am 2/19/15 10:05am