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.
Creative Commons Creates Search Engine with Over 300 Million Free Images
While in recent years world-class institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art have made an effort to make their public domain artworks more accessible, it’s not always easy to find free photos to use in creative projects. Non-profit Creative Commons is looking to change that with the introduction of their long-awaited search engine.
Incredible Winners of the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition
Over 6,500 photo submissions were judged by an esteemed panel of experts for the California Academy of Science’s BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. Photographers from 67 countries put forward their most captivating images of wildlife; but in the end, it was Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen who took home the grand prize.
Google just nonchalantly rebranded its smart home arm
The company announced it would rebrand its Google Home gadgets under the Nest umbrella, an about-face from the past several years.
I wrote the book on user-friendly design. What I see today horrifies me
The world is designed against the elderly, writes Don Norman, 83-year-old author of the industry bible Design of Everyday Things and a former Apple VP.
The Notre-Dame fire’s ashes could be used to 3D-print its new gargoyles
A Dutch company promises that it can use broken stone and ash to print perfect replicas of Notre-Dame's ornate stonework.
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Critique is Critical — 5 Ways to Get Better at Accepting and Applying Design Feedback
We've all been there – creating what is, in our minds, the perfect solution. But what happens when it isn't perceived how we expect it to be? As it turns out, accepting critique is challenging, but there's good news... you can change that.