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Ford Reveals the New, Bizarre, Tiny Truck They've Secretly Been Working On

Proof that Ford's designers--who bear the heavy responsibility of not screwing up the styling of America's #1 bestselling vehicle, the F-150--still get to have some fun sometimes:Yes, Ford has won the approval of the Unicode emoji subcommittee, so this official emoji for "pickup truck" will soon be coming to hundreds of millions of iPhones and Androids,...

Swiss Miss Ditches Cylinder for New, Eco-Friendly Package Design

When we say "Swiss Miss" it probably makes you think of Tina Roth Eisenberg's blog, but in this case we mean the hot cocoa brand. For years the company has been packaging their product in these round canisters:The problem is, mixed-material canisters like this--which are typically made from a paper tube with a foil lining and a metal bottom--cannot...

Apple Finally Lets You Control Your iPhone by Tapping the Back of It

After learning that Apple patented touchscreens with interactive backs way back in '07, I've been incorrectly predicting that they'd eventually add "back touch" functionality to iPhones. The idea being that your finger blocks the screen when you touch it, so why not manipulate the cursor from the back?I was wrong (and off by years)--but close! With...

Credit Where Credit is Due: The Design Firm Behind LEGO's New Paper Packaging

Earlier we brought you the story of how LEGO, responding to letters sent in by children, has decided to ditch the single-use plastic bags used to wrap their products. Today we get to tell you who the design firm tasked with prototyping the paper bag replacements is: RKS, the L.A.-based design consultancy founded by Xerox PARC veteran Ravi K. Sawhney.RKS...

Video Tour of Apple's "Spaceship" Campus. It Looks Like an Awesome Place to Work

Ample green space, bicycle infrastructure, sunlit offices and meeting rooms. A massive gym and a cafeteria that can feed 15,000 people. Indoor/outdoor space, a solar array, underground parking. If you've ever been curious to see what it's like inside Apple's "spaceship" campus, here's an excellent and succinct video tour of the place.Filled with factoids...

Save Thousands of $: Autodesk University Will be Free This Year

Add up the admission ticket, flight, hotel and meals, and traveling to the annual Autodesk University conference will set you back several grand. More than that if you gamble, as it's always held in Las Vegas. But this year the pandemic's scuttled the in-person gathering, and Autodesk is holding AU virtually--for free.I think this is a fantastic idea....

Konstantin Grcic's Suspension-Based Citizen Chair for Vitra

A breath of fresh air: Konstantin Grcic has not only designed a new type of chair, but has cited his inspirations and departure points for it. The gulf between the inspiration source and Grcic's final design reveals his talent.First off, his dual inspirations: Grupo Austral's B.K.F Chair, a/k/a the Butterfly Chair, from 1938……and Finnish designer Yrjö...

What's the Most Popular Face Mask in the U.S., and Other Mask Statistics

We all want off of the pandemic ride, but there's still a ways to go. Even if a COVID vaccine were to emerge before the election--which seems highly unlikely--experts say it won't be widely distributed until mid-2021 at the earliest; worse, 35% of Americans would refuse to take it, which will negatively impact herd immunity.Speaking at a recent Senate...

Great Use of AR: Heat Signature "Iron Man" Vision for Firefighters

Operating under the motto "Superpowers that save lives," a company called Qwake Technologies has harnessed AR to give firefighters clear vision in the smokiest of environments. By combining thermal imaging cameras with over-the-eye displays, and getting everything to integrate with a firefighter's full face mask, they allow the wearer to see crucial...

Technical Illustrator Giorgio Piola on "The Most Important Drawing That I've Done in My Life"

Working designers among you: Somewhere in your archives, you probably have one drawing that's the most important one you've ever done in your life. Maybe it landed you a coveted job, provided evidence of a leap in skills or resulted in the best product you've ever worked on. Would you have trouble picking it out?For technical illustrator Giorgio Piola,...

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