The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

June 19 2015 9:09 AM

Gorgeous, Stunning Satellite Images of the Human Impact on Earth

In 1987, writer Frank White coined the term “overview effect” in his book of the same name, describing the cognitive shift that occurs in astronauts’ perceptions when contemplating the whole of planet Earth from space.

We can’t all be astronauts, but Benjamin Grant, a New York City–based brand strategy consultant, was inspired by White’s idea and decided to capitalize on the wealth of satellite imagery available on the Web to mimic the experience. At Daily Overview, Grant curates images of the Earth to open our eyes to how man’s behavior continues to redesign the rapidly changing face of the planet.

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June 18 2015 9:06 AM

How Freud’s Couch Became a Pop-Culture Phenomenon

Roman Mars’ podcast 99% Invisible covers design questions large and small, from his fascination with rebar to the history of slot machines to the great Los Angeles Red Car conspiracy. Here at The Eye, we cross-post new episodes and host excerpts from the 99% Invisible blog, which offers complementary visuals for each episode.

This week's edition—about Freud’s couch—can be played below. Or keep reading to learn more.

June 17 2015 11:37 AM

Drink Tea and Meet With Colleagues on This London Building’s “Living Staircase”

More and more companies and developers seem to be getting the message that design-led office architecture and décor are key tools for attracting today’s creative young talent. You don’t have to look far to find another funlively, or creative office design that makes you feel bad about where you work.

And if you follow architecture news, every other proposed or recently constructed new building seems to have some kind of mood-boosting vertical garden or visible greenery prominently designed into the mix.

June 16 2015 11:59 AM

Reinventing a Nearly Century-Old Typeface Rescued From the Bottom of the Thames

feud between founder T.J. Cobden-Sanderson and partner Emery Walker of the Doves Press—whose masterpiece was the 1905 five-volume English Bible, printed in Doves Type—culminated in Cobden-Sanderson stealthily hurling the last of the Doves Type letterpresses off London’s Hammersmith Bridge into the River Thames in 1917.

June 15 2015 12:07 PM

This Pedestrian Canal Bridge in Amsterdam Will Be 3-D Printed by Robots

Amsterdam-based artist and designer Joris Laarman has created an innovative steel pedestrian bridge that will be 3-D printed by on-site robots. The MX3D Bridge project is currently in the testing phase in collaboration with Dutch construction company Heijmans, whose innovative building projects include a Starry Night–inspired bike path and pop-up housing for millennials.

June 12 2015 9:04 AM

Lessons on God and Handwriting Uncovered on High School Blackboards From 1917

On Friday, the Oklahoman reported that a set of charming chalkboard lessons frozen in time from 1917 were discovered during renovations of three classrooms at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City.

June 11 2015 1:53 PM

This Countertop Smart Oven Promises to Make You a Better Cook

As the smartphone continues to become a universal remote capable of controlling and monitoring all of the systems in our lives, the smartphone-enabled home is inevitable. There are apps to control oursmoke alarmsthermostats, and front door locks. And as of Tuesday, there’s a new smart oven that promises to use digital technology to help make you a better cook.    

The June Intelligent Oven is billed as “the world’s most intelligent oven, and the next evolution in cooking for the digital age,” “a computer-based oven that thinks like a chef,” and “the biggest leap forward for the kitchen we have seen since the microwave.”

June 10 2015 11:11 AM

How Hannibal’s Sound Designer Makes Music Scary

Roman Mars’ podcast 99% Invisible covers design questions large and small, from his fascination with rebar to the history of slot machines to the great Los Angeles Red Car conspiracy. Here at The Eye, we cross-post new episodes and host excerpts from the 99% Invisible blog, which offers complementary visuals for each episode.


This week's edition—about scary music in films and TV—can be played below. Or keep reading to learn more.

June 9 2015 12:32 PM

LinkedIn’s Offices in the Empire State Building Have a Hidden Speakeasy

Ever wonder what the interior of a landmark like the Empire State Building looks like?

LinkedIn, the world’s biggest online business networking service, recently conquered the 28th floor as part of its multilevel New York City office. The company hired IA Interior Architects to remodel the 33,005-square-foot space.

June 8 2015 2:02 PM

Are These the World’s Most Hated Buildings?

The world is full of hated buildings and those who love to shame them. This week’s New York Times Style Magazine called on seven leading architects to defend the world’s most hated buildings, asking: “Can the field’s top minds change the way we think about a doomed housing project in Naples or the most abhorred skyscraper in Paris? Allow them to try.”

The story includes brief arguments from architects on the merits of seven buildings designed by other architects: Daniel Libeskind on the Tour Montparnasse in Paris; Zaha Hadid on the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York; Annabelle Selldorf on Albany, New York’s Empire State Plaza;Ada Tolla on Vele di Scampia in Naples, Italy; Norman Foster on Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport; Amanda Levete on the BT Tower in London; and Vincent Van Duysen on Paris’ Centre Pompidou.

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