The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Jan. 13 2016 3:15 PM

A 94-Year-Old Style Icon Is the New Face of a Wearable Fitness Tracker and Safety Device

The eccentric 94-year-old style icon and geriatric starlet Iris Apfel is known for her love of accessories and can often be seen draped in colorful bangles and baubles, a more-the-merrier style that she pulls off with aplomb. So it’s perhaps no surprise that she is the face of a new luxury wearable health monitor and personal security device for WiseWear disguised as a chic bangle that marries fashion and technology.

Jan. 12 2016 12:12 PM

Is It Time for an Emoji Redesign?

Emoji might be fast becoming America’s most popular second language, but not everybody is a fan of these supposedly adorable pictograms. The prevailing design aesthetic of emojis—which were originally developed as communications devices for teenagers in the late 1990s in Japan, where they are no longer considered cool—has only become more hokey and juvenile since Western designers translated them for iPhones. While the range of icons has continued to expand, the design language suffers from a case of arrested development that can make them embarrassing for grown-ups to use.

Jan. 11 2016 11:13 AM

Design a Marie Antoinette–Style Wig With This Addictive Interactive

Forget adult coloring books. London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has created the curiously addicting, stress-busting Design a Wig interactive that allows you to create 18th-century hairpieces that would make Marie Antoinette swoon.

Jan. 8 2016 1:49 PM

Paris’ Monumental Suburban Housing Projects Challenge Ideas About How the French Live

Since 2011, French photographer Laurent Kronental has been working on an ongoing series documenting life on the edge of Paris in the Grands Ensembles. These monumental housing projects were built between the 1950s and the 1980s on the outskirts of major French cities as answers to a dearth of housing and an influx of foreign migrants. Aging monolithic concrete structures with an almost alien presence in the French landscape, they are a far cry from the Haussmannian apartment blocks that dominate central Paris and the world’s collective imagination about how the French live.

Jan. 7 2016 9:09 AM

Can You Guess the Inspiration for the Istanbul New Airport’s Control Tower Design?

Aecom and Pininfarina have won an international competition to design the Istanbul New Airport’s new air traffic control tower, whose design muse is a tulip. Architects have been inspired by nature since time immemorial, but unlike China’s rather literal Lotus Building, the futuristic tower doesn’t shout “tulip” at first glance.

Jan. 6 2016 11:10 AM

A Gorgeous Animated Tribute to The Wire

San Francisco Bay Area–based Elliot Lim has designed an animated homage to the opening credits of HBO’s The Wire set to “Way Down in the Hole” by the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Jan. 5 2016 11:36 AM

Whimsical 2016 British Coins Feature Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Homages to Shakespeare

The U.K.’s Royal Mint has unveiled its new slate of 2016 coins, designed to offer “a snapshot of Britain over the last 1,000 years,” according to a press release, with themes that focus on “key moments, organisations and people that have shaped the nation today.”

Jan. 4 2016 12:17 PM

Should a Greek Island Reconstruct One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

The Colossus of Rhodes was a monumental bronze statue of Helios, the Greek sun god, constructed in 280 BC to celebrate a military victory. The statue was later destroyed in an earthquake in 226 BC.

Dec. 31 2015 8:54 AM

A Clutter Guru’s Tips on Getting Your House in Order Before the New Year

In Japan, cleaning is an end-of-year ritual. Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo, whose best-sellingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has more than 2 million copies worldwide (and inspired this spoof) writes in a new book that December is a month of media reports and store displays featuring cleaning products aimed at those racing to get their houses in order before the new year begins.

Dec. 30 2015 12:11 PM

10 Jaw-Dropping, Nutty, and Otherwise Shocking Designs That Took the World by Surprise in 2015    

Here is a short round-up of some of the most jaw-dropping, nutty and otherwise shocking designs covered on the Eye that took the world by surprise in 2015.