Download Over 91,000 Maps from the World’s Largest Private Collection
Map lovers will be thrilled by the possibility to peruse some of the world’s most unique historic maps. Over 91,000 maps from the exhaustive David Rumsey Map Collection have been placed online for the world to view and download, making it a treasure trove of information related to cartography. The collection, which was started over 30 years ago, is now housed at Stanford University.
Pantone Unveils Three New Color Tones Based on How Coral React to Climate Change
When Pantone announced Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year, many were quick to point out the irony given the dire situation of our oceans. Over the last 30 years, 50% of the world’s coral reefs have been lost, stripping us of a valuable ecosystem. Now, Pantone, Adobe Stock, and non-profit The Ocean Agency have come together to draw attention to this plight with Glowing Glowing Gone. For this campaign, a set of three colors matching the fluorescent tones coral give off just prior to death have been released to the public.
Apple just released a long-lost font from the original Mac–for free
It’s been 34 years since Susan Kare’s New York typeface first debuted. Now, anyone can download it for free.
Michelin’s ingenious new tires ensure you’ll never get a flat again
Tire manufacturer Michelin and the car giant GM are teaming up to eliminate flat tires. How? By taking the air out of tires altogether.
See this terrifying concept for a 360-degree infinity pool atop a skyscraper
The Infinity Loop promises 360-degree views of the city of London, but will it get actually made?
This street mural was inspired by overworked designers
Visitors to the D&AD design festival in London last week would have noticed something on the side of a building that looked wryly familiar, even at several stories tall. It’s an augmented-reality street mural–dubbed “GIF-ifi” by its creator, the U.K. graffiti artist INSA–depicting a designer’s computer desktop, complete with a giant pixelated pointer and MacOS-blue folders labeled “Final Revision,” “Definitely Last Final Revision,” and “Absolutely Last Final Revision.”
The World-Famous Easter Island Heads Have Bodies Buried Underground
Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is a remote volcanic island located in Oceania’s Polynesian Triangle. The isle is particularly famous for its collection of nearly 1,000 stone statues. Crafted by the Rapa Nui people between 1250 and 1500, these monumental sculptures have been shrouded in mystery for centuries. However, recently, researchers have revealed new information about the iconic Easter Island heads, including the surprising fact that they are actually full-length figures.
Paris is about to get even more beautiful
You would think that the Tour Eiffel site is majestic enough as it is, but Paris believes it can do much better for the 2024 Olympic Games. The city is redesigning the tower’s surroundings, and the renderings look gorgeous.
New York City’s most chaotic design system is its most successful
New York City’s public transport branding story is a little bit complex, to be polite. Around the turn of the century, the NYC subway was not a system but a patchwork of private lines, each with its own look and feel. When they were joined into one institution in 1940, the MTA undertook an effort to make the loose mix of styles consistent, something it’s been trying to do—in fits and starts and with varying degrees of success—ever since. But you still know you’re in the NYC subway. Why is that? It's the mosaics.
McDonald’s Opens a Miniature Restaurant Just for Bees
In a bid to help protect bees, McDonald’s recently commissioned creative agency NORDDDB to design its smallest restaurant yet called McHive. You won’t find Happy Meals and Egg McMuffins here though—the tiny franchise is actually a fully functioning beehive, complete with everything the endangered insects need to thrive.