Observe, ideation, prototype, test. Four basic, intuitive steps that seem too simple to be so powerful. IDEO designed products — like PalPilots, notebook computers, and a more-affordable mouse for a company called Apple. But now, IDEO designs experiences — the steps remain the same. CEO Tim Brown talked with Vox about the design process and looking for problems that need solving.
Founded by Ernst Leitz in 1924, Leica has been making some of the best optics for almost 100 years. A lot has changed since then — but Leica's commitment to quality hasn't. Go behind the scenes in Leica's factory to watch the painstaking assembly of Leica's M10 camera.
In a converted two-story industrial building in Montreal, the Ateleir Neon Family is keeping the light alive. Gérald Collard and his company create commercial art in neon signs, with complex designs that are more than just a logo or call to eat at Joe's. And when Gérald isn't bending tubes, he's teaching — 25 years at the Espace Verre glass school.
Winter is coming. If fact, it's already here, and the color palette of Game of Thrones has changed with the seasons. Vox broke down the colors of every episode of every season and analyzed them to see how the change — and just like winter, the show is getting darker all the time.
At Big Dog Neon in Lockhart, Texas, Kit Tunningley has been keeping the neon lights on for 38 years. The rise of cheap LED signage has folded many of the other neon businesses, but 500 signs later, Kit is still going strong.
Picasso was a painter. Newton was a scientist. Thorpe was an athlete. They were all artists, working in different mediums. The lowly MS Paint gets a rap for being a basic art program, good only for crude meme handwriting and blocky pixel art. But as Vox shows you, even crude tools can create masterpieces.
Tile Bluetooth Trackers help you keep track of often misplaced items. And now, they've expanded their product line to include the durable and dependable Tile Sport. It features a sleek graphite gray look and a Bluetooth tracker with twice the range of the original. It pairs seamlessly with the Tile app, and the new model is also waterproof and has a louder speaker to alert you of just where to look for that item you're having trouble finding. The battery lasts an entire year, and the Tile Sport even lets you choose from a variety of new ringtones to optimize and customize your findings.
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The result of three years of research and millions of data points, the Casper Wave is a breakthrough in mattress design. Underneath its handsome exterior, you'll find the new, proprietary Natural Geometry System. It uses five layers of foam to mimic the natural contours of your body at 36 specific points, adjusting naturally to your shoulders and hips without sacrificing support, and keeping your spine properly aligned. Like the original, it uses open-cell foams to keep you cool at night. Designed and assembled in the USA.
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For the first 150 years, photography saw only incremental changes. Cameras still used film and lenses, and it took a darkroom and chemicals to process the images. But in the 21st century, the world of photography saw two major shifts — from film to digital, and the decline of bulky, purpose-built cameras to the camera-equipped smartphone. But where does photography go from here? COOPH looks at where photography is, and where it could be going.
While writing by hand might be a dying art in our digital world, good penmanship is one of the finest arts around. If you've ever looked at an architectural drawing or schematic and wondered how to write in that distinctive style, look no further. How to Architect shows you how to easily get that super-precise look to your handwriting.
Hollywood stunt doubles are no secret. Aside from a rare few, actors have been pawning off their dangerous action stunts for years. With advancements in CGI, digital doubles allow close-range action shots are more real than ever. While working on Logan, visual effects studio Image Engine reveals how they morphed Hugh Jackman and his stunt double to create the ultimate Wolverine.
Two years ago, Henning M. Lederer had an idea: What if all those abstract academic book covers you came across in the library had animated covers? Henning found another trove of material, and has set another series of covers in motion.
Drones — a photographer's best friend — can capture shots that are unattainable by humans. Their aerial angle allows for a new perspective on action shots and scenic landscapes. They can even make something as simple as a backyard barbecue more interesting. If you're new to drones or just looking to expand your portfolio. here are seven great tips for capturing summer moments from above.
Motorcycles and tattoos — two things that have a history so intertwined you can't separate them. Former motocross racer Carey Hart knows all about tattoos and bikes and has partnered with the Indian Motorcycle Company to produce a very special ink. Indian Motorcycle Ink is made from carbon collected from a burnout Carey did on his Indian Super Hooligan. Bikes and tattoos have never had so much in common.
2017 is the fourth year of National Geographic and Dronestagram's Drone Photography Contest. Thousands of photographers gave their view of the world from the top, and the winners are in. Here's the best of the best from this year's entries.
Artist Tetiana Galitsyna works in an unusual medium — sand. For the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones, the artist went through the main cast of characters, creating and then erasing them in real-time, making an amazing animation.
Born from an art-school design concept that went viral, the Transparent Speaker from Stockholm-based People People proves great sounding speakers don't have to come in oversized black boxes. Built of lasting materials like locally-sourced sapphire glass, and utilizing a design scheme that can be dismantled and maintained with an included simple wrench tool, this stunning speaker is a dream come true for audiophile DIYers everywhere. While previous iterations of the Transparent Speaker required the use of your own separate, external component to play tunes over Bluetooth, we're particularly pleased that they now come with a built-in Bluetooth adapter for usage from your phone or tablet. But don't worry, you're still given the option of the original modular setup allowing you to connect any audio source via USB or 3.5mm line-in, with line out capabilities as well. Hardware features include a 6.5-inch woofer, dual 3-inch full range drivers, an energy efficient, built-in amplifier with embedded digital signal processing, front panel treble, bass, and volume controls, and old-school power switch.
Dimensions: 16" tall / 13" wide / 4.17" deep
Frequency Response: 35 Hz-20 Khz ±5Db
Woofer Output: 80-100 W
In our search for a more customized sound and fit, we've dialed-in a pair of headphones from Copenhagen-based AIAIAI tuned by Uncrate editors. These TMA-2 modular headphones provide a warm, balanced sound that's perfect for extended listening. With a focus on clear low-end dynamics, the headphones unleash deep bass with a wide sound stage and high isolation — meaning, your Run The Jewels and Com Truise tracks will sound their best ever. The speaker units are engineered with a 40mm titanium-coated driver to reduce distortion, and built with a fully sealed housing, providing full and rich sound. Up top is a reinforced headband with super comfortable PU leather padding, while memory foam PU leather-covered earpads and a coiled cable that extends up to 10 feet round out the pair. Pretty much every surface is coated with thin rubber to give a matte look with a soft-touch feeling.
Bright colors. Crazy Patterns. These bold graphics are what define '80s design and they can all be contributed to The Memphis Group. After their first show in 1981, the Milan-based design studio inspired a decade with their Postmodern furniture made from asymmetrical shapes and vibrant colors. Although their furniture never made it into anyone's homes, their influences can be seen throughout the era in everything from fashion to music.
Art supplies are expensive. But do you really need a $400 pencil to draw an awesome picture? Of course not. Peter Draws got a composition book, some No. 2 pencils, a sharpener and erasers from a fan — and set about proving you don't have go broke to be an artist.
Anna Rubincam is rare among artists. Anna is a stonecarver, creating works from massive, heavy pieces of stone — the last of a dying craft. Eyes & Ears followed with Anna while she created a portrait from start to finish, working a raw chunk of rock into an amazing human likeness.
There's been so much death in Game of Thrones that it's a wonder anyone is still alive. And while we've all seen the many death compilations, HansoArt has taken it to the next level: Hand-drawing every major character death over the entire series.
Kings, queens, even the Pope — the wrappings of royalty hardly compare to the ornate dress of the matador. Antonio Lopez Fuentes has been handcrafting matador dresses for 55 years, cloaking those who make a living facing down 1,300-pound beasts. It takes months of preparation and mounds of material, but as Antonio says, if you're facing a charging bull, you ought to be well-dressed.
"The Spaceship" — Apple's ground-based headquarters under construction in Cupertino, California — is a little behind schedule. It isn't quite ready for all 12,000 employees to move in, but the progress on such a huge project over the course of the last year has been impressive. Matthew Roberts filmed Apple Park over the last year and shows how the building has come together as it nears completion.
Korean artist Rocky Byun works in a very unusual medium — balance. From objects like rocks, pottery, and furniture to motorcycles, Rocky's deep understanding of physics and zen-like approach make for surreal sculptures. With gravity as his assistant, Rocky's work turns everyday items into mind-bending works of art.
The concept is simple — add ink to water. The results are extraordinary. The Macro Room captures the planets suspended in a tank of water as it's injected with colored ink, creating colors and shapes that mimic the space dust and stars of the Milky Way — the backdrop of our solar system.
Mathematics and art are two things that aren't usually thought of as going together. The geometric spirals of Stanford professor John Edmark combine the two in animated sculptures that seem to bloom and fade and bloom again — a never-ending cycle of life captured in a time-lapse. SciFri visited John to discuss his process, inspiration and the role of math in his art.
What begins as a simple exercise extrapolating a line across a grid quickly becomes an otherworldly animated adventure. As the line crosses the boundary of the grid a surreal deformation begins that spreads across the frame, again and again. Read more about the creation of this hand-drawn animation at artist Johan Rijpma's website.
Brazilian artist Marina Amaral combines a love of history and a deep set of Photoshop skills to bring historical photographs the colors they might have captured. Much more than just a brushing over with color, Marina begins the process with thorough research, using the archives of the Library of Congress and other resources to create an accurate pallette for each photo. The restorations and colorizations can take upwards of a month each, going through the image pixel-by-pixel.
If it goes bump in the night, you'll find it at Monsterpalooza. But Monsterpalooza isn't just for monsters. Sculptor Andrew Freeman of Immortal Masks created these surreal portraits of cartoon characters Ren and Stimpy, from the formerly controversial Nick cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show. Andrew describes his process for creating these surreal masks and his love for the show that helped bring them to life.
What started as a Neo Geo fansite became the breeding ground for animation as we currently know it. Launched in 1995, Newgrounds laid the template for sites like YouTube, years before YouTube was a household name. Newgrounds was also instrumental in breaking down the traditional gates to animation, leading a new generation of animators have come to define the genre.
You can do better than just snapping off selfies with your phone — especially if that portrait is going on a resume or CV. Paying attention to what's around you, like coordinating backgrounds and colors, can really make a photograph stand out from the sea boring snaps. Here are some of COOPH's favorite tips for taking great portraits.