The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Oct. 29 2015 9:12 AM

A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Re-Creating Top Designers’ Works at Low Costs

Do It Yourself: 50 Projects by Designers and Artists by Thomas Bärnthaler is a new book published by Phaidon that offers DIY’ers blueprints for making lighting, furniture, and everyday objects dreamed up by leading international designers. The book is a smart take on the pervasive DIY trend in an increasingly design-conscious world that will give your self-made project a galvanizing back story.

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Oct. 28 2015 9:04 AM

This Is How You Sound-Design the Movie of Your Life

The Foley Artist is a whimsical look at the behind-the-scenes work of the people who create post-production sound effects for film and other media. Named after movie sound-effects pioneer Jack Foley, these sound wizards often use counter-intuitive, unconventional means to get the job done.

Oct. 27 2015 9:04 AM

What Are These Hot Pink Globes Popping Up Around London?

What’s That Thing is Slate’s column that examines the details of the world that are hiding in plain sight. Send ideas for future columns, along with photos if possible, to

The last few months I’ve been seeing odd little pink globes popping up on signposts and lampposts around London. I finally walked up to one to investigate.

These bins are called Gumdrops. Designed to resemble strawberry-flavored bubble gum bubbles, Gumdrops are recycling bins for used chewing gum. That’s nasty, I thought, but Britons seem cool with them: The first Gumdrop I saw (at an airport) was bursting with a moist, mostly gray, brain-sized amalgamation of well-chewed chewing gum.

Oct. 26 2015 9:04 AM

An Artist Turned Her Parents’ Home Into a Surrealist Haunted House

Cheesy store-bought Halloween decorations are usually so predictable that they are anything but spooky, and DIY Halloween prank decorations (like this Detroit woman’s supposedly hilarious annual stunt of posing a dead-looking human dummy on her front lawn) are often tacky and in poor taste.

But this intriguing, beautifully executed DIY Halloween house from Los Angeles–based artist and photographer Christine McConnell has a hauntingly surreal, creepily head-turning quality. By day, it looks like something that René Magritte or Salvador Dalí might have dreamed up. Add some green lights and a fog machine, and by night it looks like a movie set.

Oct. 23 2015 9:09 AM

The Unexpected Beauty of Montreal’s Metro Stations      

Montreal’s Metro was inaugurated nearly 50 years ago by then–Mayor Jean Drapeau, who held a competition challenging architects to individually design its 26 (now 68) stations. A testament to modernist architecture, the underground stations are embellished with more than 100 works of public art that include murals, sculpture, and stained glass.

Oct. 21 2015 12:25 PM

An Online Artists’ Community Created an Epic Adult Coloring Book Featuring 90 Illustrators

Trendy adult coloring books often differentiate themselves from the children’s variety by offering intricate or abstract designs, marketing themselves as a panacea for stress and a gateway drug that will help you tap into your long-lost creative powers by coloring between the lines.

Oct. 20 2015 12:02 PM

Logo Modernism Is a Brilliant Catalog of What Good Corporate Logo Design Looks Like

Logo Modernism, a new Taschen book out next month by German graphic designer Jens Müller, is a brilliant catalogue of 6,000 trademarks from 1940–1980 that reflect how modernist design ideals helped shape the corporate identities of everything from media organizations to airlines.

Oct. 19 2015 12:11 PM

This Astonishing “Wallpaper” Is Made From Thousands of Real Insects

One day in the 1980s, Jennifer Angus was traveling through Northern Thailand researching the dress of tribal minorities when she stumbled on a traditional “singing shawl,” whose tassels were embellished with green metallic beetle wings that made a tinkling sound when they knocked together.

Angus, who is currently a professor of apparel and textile design at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, became fascinated with the beauty and variety of insects and married that newfound interest with her passion for pattern and textiles by using insects to create patterns that mimic fabric and wallpaper.

Oct. 16 2015 9:14 AM

Unbelievably Realistic Brick, Marble, and Scrapwood Wallpaper for People Who Hate Wallpaper

Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch designer of magical things like the world’s coolest log cabin studio, a charming series of multicolored scrapwood furniture, and the award-winning trompe l’oeil scrapwood wallpaper for Dutch wallpaper companyNLXL that he first produced in 2010 by scanning images of planks from his studio. His scrapwood wallpaper, which is now available in 70 countries and comes in a range of colors and patterns, is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

Oct. 15 2015 11:50 AM

You Can Now Buy Classy Feline Furniture, but Your Cat Will Still Prefer Boxes

Americans spent a collective $14 billion on pet supplies such as beds and bowls last year, so it’s no surprise that people who worry about every element of their decor would want to choose pet furniture that doesn’t stand out.

And although anyone who has ever had a cat knows that it will turn just about any open box, drawer, or other small enclosed space into a hideout or crash pad, doting cat owners with cash to spare can now spoil their feline friends with a new line of dedicated cat furniture from Paris that will blend seamlessly into modern interiors.