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Nov. 18 2014 12:08 PM

An Artist’s Tribute to the Obsolete Gadgets That Fill Our Trash Dumps

Last weekend, just ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach, visitors to the Locust Projectsexhibition space got a glimpse of Welcome to the Future, artist Daniel Arsham’s ode to an archaeological dig full of reproductions of 20th-century media devices that clog our 21st-century landfills.

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Nov. 17 2014 11:20 AM

Norway’s Sleek New Passports Contain a Surprise Design Feature

On the heels of a its new pixelated banknotes, Norway has now overhauled the look of its passport with a minimalist redesign that has a surprise design feature on the inside.

Nov. 14 2014 11:55 AM

This Dreamy, Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path Was Inspired by Starry Night

Here at The Eye, we love a glow-in-the-dark sidewalk. This week in the Netherlands, artist Daan Roosegaarde’s design studio inaugurated the Van Gogh–Roosegaarde bicycle path, a dreamy version of Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting Starry Night come to life on a stretch of land in Nuenen, Netherlands, where the artist lived from 1883 to 1885 (before painting his universally loved version of a swirling night sky in 1889 in Provence, France).

Nov. 13 2014 11:16 AM

This New TV Show Experiments With Design to Deter Speeding, Jaywalking

Can design help solve social problems across America? Crowd Control—a new TV series hosted by best-selling author and popular speaker Dan Pink—features more than 40 experiments across the country that use low-cost, high-impact design, technology, and behavioral science principles to try to solve a host of issues big and small.

Nov. 12 2014 11:42 AM

Portland’s Quest for a Better City Flag

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 flag design—can be played below. Or keep reading to learn more.

Nov. 11 2014 11:16 AM

What Do These Mexico City Sidewalk Markers Mean?

It’s the first south-of-the-border edition of What’s That Thing, Slate’s column examining mysterious or overlooked objects in the built environment. Wondering about something you’ve seen, at home or abroad? Drop us an email.

Nov. 10 2014 11:12 AM

A Typeface Designed to Help Dyslexics Read

Dutch designer Christian Boer created a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for dyslexics like himself.

“Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer writes on his website, “which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia. Oftentimes, the letters of a word are confused, turned around or jumbled up because they look too similar.”

Nov. 7 2014 1:44 PM

Beautiful, Terrifying Google Earth Images That Expose the Planet’s Rapidly Changing Face

“Mind the Earth,” an upcoming exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, is a carefully curated exhibition of stunning yet terrifying Google Earth images that offer stark photographic evidence of urban change and environmental destruction over time on the ever-changing face of the planet.

Nov. 6 2014 11:10 AM

Why Is Designing a Chair So Difficult?

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 chair design—can be played below. Or keep reading to learn more.

Nov. 5 2014 9:12 AM

These Shipping Pallets Get Second Lives as Sleek Designer Furniture

Love it or hate it, furniture made using wooden shipping pallets is a trend that won’t quit. Some people love a DIY wooden pallet table’s low cost and humble lines. Others find them cliché or a bit too rough around the edges. Still others balk at using recycled pallets with an industrial past that might have exposed them to toxic chemicals or other things you don’t want to drag home.

But Berlin-based Daniel Becker Design Studio has offered an elevated take on the concept with its new line of pallet furniture for Berlin-based startup Kimidori—which sells products made exclusively from used pallet wood. The collection includes stools, cabinets, sideboards and seating that doesn’t betray their source material at first glance and starts at around $195.

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