Forget elevators, you can cycle up skyscrapers with this new design

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Royal College of Art graduate, Elena Larriba, designed “Vycle”, a bicycle-inspired vertical transportation system that aims to disrupt the ‘elevator or stairs’ dilemma by adding a third choice to it. Elevators require a lot of energy to transfer people from one floor to another, whereas stairs are taking too much space and can be exhausting.

Of course, the creators of this project do not wish to replace neither elevators nor stairs with this invention, but rather to add an alternative way of vertical transportation similar to what regular bicycles are in relation to walking and driving a car. This is still a working prototype and has to undergo more research before it becomes completely safe and feasible, but “Vycle” team claims their system could … Read the rest

These pop-up bike racks ‘disappear’ into the pavement when they’re not in use

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Bike racks are pretty damn vital to public spaces, but what if we could put them away them until we needed them?

Industrial product designer and Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Milou Berg has created a new pop-up bike rack that “disappears” into the pavement when not in use. 

Shown during Dutch Design Week in October, the device has been dubbed “Align,” and is meant to create more room in public spaces for things like markets, concerts, and other events, while still offering a secure spot to stash your bike. 

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“The public space in city centers is becoming cluttered. Filled with functional objects such as bicycle racks,” Berg told MashableRead more…

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Download this: Why Facebook’s app looks so different

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Facebook’s app is looking a lot different and, surprise surprise, not everyone is a fan.

The company showed off the redesign back in August, when it introduced its latest News Feed updates. But the revamped mobile app is still gradually rolling out to everyone, so many people are just starting to see it. 

Predictably, as with most major Facebook updates, there’s been a strong reaction even though the update isn’t finished rolling out yet. 

The app is now really gray, and looks much flatter, with comments looking more like chat messages than a threaded conversation.  Read more…

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Elon Musk shows off another look at the new SpaceX spacesuit

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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk just gave us another look at the company’s new space suit and, as you’d expect, it looks pretty damn sci-fi. 

Musk revealed the new look at the suit in an Instagram post on Friday, writing, “Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon.” 

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Shown positioned next to one of the company’s spacecrafts, the suit is fairly minimalist, but is notable for its sleekness in contrast to bulky NASA spacesuits of years past. Read more…

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Graphs and a killer opera soundtrack make these mundane tasks a gripping watch

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Even the most ordinary tasks can be made dramatic with an operatic chorus narrating them.

In this short film for kids aired on Japanese national TV, “Unendurable Line” features seemingly boring things such as pressing down on a spring, or stacking blocks before they fall over.

The video of each task is accompanied by a graph describing the action. But it’s truly made special with the Ex-Novo Chamber Choir singing the highs and lows in time with the video.

Filmmaker Daihei Shibata, who made the short for NHK’s Design A show, said it was aimed at communicating design sensibilities to children with everyday items. Read more…

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Burning Man 2017 is as wild and amazingly artistic as you expected

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Burning Man is always visual feast, and 2017 is no different. 

The annual desert-based pool of humanity is devoted to destroying barriers and letting go of the inhibitions surrounding work and competition, but every year there is nevertheless an upping of the ante when it comes to amazing art.

This year‘s batch of Burning Man visual spectacles are just as intensively innovative as in previous years. However, if you look closely, you’ll probably recognize at least a couple very Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired looks.  Read more…

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Meet 9-year-old Sienna, the world’s first child Lego designer

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‘Stranger Things’ gets world hyped for Season 2 with these awesome retro posters

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Part of the fun of Stranger Things is looking for how many retro takes the show gets spot-on. Now the show’s exercise in pop culture symbology offers yet another take—this time, on old-school movie posters that used to adorn the bedrooms of the ’80s kids the show depicts. 

Tweeted from the Netflix show’s official account on Saturday, we get a look at 12 different characters featured in their own, blood-red-tinged posters, complete with crinkled paper effects.

The posters include some of our favorites, like Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour), as well as a few new faces.   Read more…

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This collapsible chair fits in your pocket so you can sit anywhere

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Admit it. The older you get, the more you learn to dread the phrase “standing room only.”

No need to be ashamed, though. Regardless of your fitness level, being on your feet for hours at a time — whether at a concert, riding the train, or waiting in line — can cause fatigue and discomfort. Your knees get stiff, your feet go numb, and your back aches. 

But chances are you probably don’t want to carry a heavy folding chair around wherever you go, and sitting on the floor is rarely a good look—so what’s the solution? The … Read the rest

Typography & Thyme: the first printed herbals

Since before agricultural civilization, humans have used plants for their special properties – to nourish and heal, to harm and to poison. The earliest written compilations of plants can be traced back to the second millennium BC, with early traditions in Egypt, Mesopotamia, China and India. In Greco-Roman antiquity, the Athenian, Theophrastus (c. 371 – c. 287 BC), a contemporary of Aristotle and Plato, is often considered the father of botany; his Historia Plantarum (‘Enquiry into Plants’) proving influential right through to the Italian Renaissance. Books dedicated to describing herbs and plants and their properties and uses are known as herbals. Such books proved popular with doctors and apothecaries throughout the entire Middle Ages.

Manuscript of Herbarium dated to the end of the twelfth century in
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This technicolor typeface honors the creator of the LGBTQ pride flag

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Rainbows have become synonymous with LGBTQ pride and identity around the globe, thanks to artist and activist Gilbert Baker. He created the rainbow flag in 1978, as a way to represent the vibrancy of the queer community.

Baker died on March 31, but his legacy and vision of the LGBTQ community lives on through a new, creative medium — a rainbow typeface created in his name.

The eye-catching typeface, simply called “Gilbert,” features gently rounded letters with strokes in eight different colors paying tribute to Baker’s rainbow flag. Read more…

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