The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Aug. 10 2016 8:43 AM

Hillary Clinton Recruited 45 Designers From Across the Country to Create Her Campaign Buttons

Campaign buttons have been around since supporters wore George Washington’s initials on their lapels. Abraham Lincoln was the first presidential candidate to use his image as a marketing tool on pins in 1860. William McKinley was the first to mass-produce these wearable tokens of political allegiance in 1896.

Aug. 9 2016 8:49 AM

Rio Commissioned 13 Artists to Create Its Official Olympics Posters

Official Olympics posters have been around since the 1912 Games in Stockholm. Selected by the Organising Committee, they are meant to embody the spirit of the host country and live on as souvenirs once the games are over. But if countries typically settle on a single image to represent their turn hosting the games, Brazil commissioned 13 official posters for the Rio de Janeiro Games by a diverse roster of 12 Brazilian artists and one Colombian to showcase its diversity.

Aug. 8 2016 8:48 AM

Pantone’s New App Lets You Create Color Palettes From Your Instagram Photos

Pantone has launched Pantone Studio, an addictive new iPhone app aimed at young, digital savvy designers and Instagram-happy color-lovers who might get a kick out of creating personalized color palettes on their smartphones captured from selfies and snapshots and matched to Pantone’s color library of more than 10,000 hues.

Aug. 5 2016 8:47 AM

British Airways Opens the World’s Tallest Moving Observation Tower

The world’s tallest moving observation tower opened Thursday in the seaside resort town of Brighton, England. The British Airways i360 is designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the team responsible for the London Eye. (The BBC reports that some local naysayers have branded it the “i-sore.”)

Aug. 4 2016 8:51 AM

Paris Opens Its First Floating River Hotel on the Seine

This summer Paris opened its first floating hotel, Off Paris Seine. Moored near theGare d’Austerlitz in the ever-hipper 13th arrondissement, the hotel offers unprecedented views of the Seine for those who have always dreamed about living on a Paris houseboat.

Aug. 3 2016 8:39 AM

Japanese Architects Imagine How Our Future Houses Will Look

A house with a refrigerator accessible from the outside for grocery deliveries, a future Airbnb rental house with a community space on the ground floor, and a house for upscale global nomads are some of the projects at House Vision Tokyo 2016, an event curated by Muji creative director Kenya Hara in which 12 leading Japanese architects use the home as a point of departure for designing solutions for the future of housing in Japan.

Aug. 2 2016 8:48 AM

One of the Best Health Care Building Designs Is a Planned Parenthood in Queens

The Planned Parenthood Queens: Diane L. Max Health Center in New York City is one of seven projects selected for the AIA’s National Healthcare Design Awards. Designed by Stephen Yablon Architecture for Planned Parenthood of New York City, the organization’s first center in Queens is a bright, cheerful 14,400-square-foot space equipped with exam, treatment, procedure, counseling, recovery and waiting and community areas that the architects describe as “sleek and uplifting,” embodying “the mission of quality care for all.”

Aug. 1 2016 8:47 AM

These Books Are Manuals for Adulthood, Illustrated Like Vintage Children’s Books

Since Ladybirds for Grown-Ups launched in October as a collection of manuals of adulthood in the style of beloved Ladybird children’s books, cheeky titles devoted to subjects such as hipsters, mindfulness, hangovers, and the midlife crisis have spent 37 weeks on Britain’s Sunday Times best-seller list, selling 2 million copies to date.

July 29 2016 8:47 AM

After a 20-Year Hiatus, a Redesigned Cult Magazine for Dance Lovers Returns

Dance is an ephemeral art, but painters, photographers, and videographers have long sought to harness the elusive beauty of performance in two-dimensional form. From 1989–96, Pentagram partner Abbott Miller was the art director of Dance Ink, an award-winning magazine that treated its pages as a stage, commissioning new work to showcase the art of dance and performance. After it ceased publishing, Miller and the magazine’s founder, Patsy Tarr of the New York City–based 2wice Arts Foundation, moved on to other projects, including developing digital apps. But 20 years later, inspired by a new generation of dancers and the mini-renaissance in independent magazine publishing, they have gone old school and launched a redesigned Dance Ink 2.0.

July 28 2016 8:41 AM

Amsterdam Is Building One of the Tallest Timber Skyscrapers in the World

The world’s cities are dominated by skyscrapers made of concrete, steel, and glass. But advances in wood manufacturing in recent decades have developed timber that is both greener than and as fire-resistant as traditional skyscraper building materials. And as 21st-century architects increasingly embrace sustainability as a core practice, the unofficial race for the world’s tallest timber skyscraper is on.