The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Oct. 12 2015 12:42 PM

A Fitbit-Like Wearable That Tracks Your Carbon Footprint

Hoping to tap into the same obsessive impulse that drives the quantified-self movement, London-based designer Benjamin Hubert’s Layer design agency is working with U.K.-based Carbon Trust, which helps organizations and governments around the world reduce carbon emissions, to develop Worldbeing, a Fitbit-like wearable and app that would help individuals monitor their carbon footprints.

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Oct. 9 2015 12:59 PM

This Gorgeous Backyard Treehouse Is a Childhood Dream Come True

Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein started the Cabin Porn Tumblr in 2010 as a way to document his own adventures in building a forest community called Beaver Brook in upstate New York with friends. Soon people around the world began contributing photos, and the website has grown to feature more than 12,000 cabins, treehouses, yurts, sugar shacks, and other handmade structures that perfectly capture the age-old, modern-day urge to escape to a cabin in the woods. A new spinoff book of the same name features photos of some 200 of those structures, as well as 10 stories about the people who made them.

Here at the Eye, Klein shares an excerpt called “How to Live 30 Feet in the Air” written by Wired correspondent Steven Leckart about a young man who returned to his childhood home in Sandpoint, Idaho, to build the treehouse bedroom he always fantasized about having in his backyard.


Oct. 8 2015 12:00 PM

Wonderfully Spooky Designer DIY Masks That Channel the Timeless Spirit of Halloween  

Halloween might be the last American holiday with a dress code. But while the Internet is abuzz with sexy pizza ratsexy Donald, and other tricky Halloween costumes that are no treat for the eye, British designer Steve Wintercroft has channeled the spooky, DIY Halloween spirit of yesteryear with a series of sleek, haunting geometric face masks for twisted sophisticates. Who needs a tacky throwaway costume when you can don one of these mysterious, beautifully designed masks and transform yourself into a devil, dragon, or eerily furturistic polygon face in the crowd?

Oct. 7 2015 11:07 AM

Disney Created Coloring Book Characters That Come to Life as You Draw


Do your iPad-loving kids think coloring books are boring? Researchers from Disney, ETH Zurich, and the Swiss university EPFL have developed new augmented reality technology that brings coloring book characters to life, with the potential to animate the pages of a paper coloring book on a mobile device in real time as children draw.


Oct. 6 2015 1:06 PM

A Dilapidated Bank Turned Stunning Cultural Center Opens in Chicago’s South Side

Theaster Gates is an artist, urban planner, and professor and director at the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life who believes in a culturally driven approach to urban redevelopment. Gates’ Rebuild Foundation has transformed vacant houses and former housing projects into cultural and arts spaces on Chicago’s South Side. His latest and most ambitious project opened to the public on Saturday as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Oct. 5 2015 10:28 AM

A Leading Graphic Designer’s Advice on How to Avoid the Obvious 

Michael Bierut is one of the world’s leading graphic designers, a protégé of design legendMassimo Vignelli and partner in the New York office of the international design firmPentagram since 1990 who has done design work for clients including the New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the New York Jets. Opening Tuesday is the first comprehensive retrospective of the designer’s work at SVA's Chelsea Gallery in New York City, and Bierut’s first monograph, How To, will be out next month. 

Oct. 2 2015 11:45 AM

Zaha Hadid’s New Moscow Office Building Is a Dizzying Piece of Architectural Eye Candy

Ever wonder what the office building of the future might look like? One answer might be architect Zaha Hadid’s newly completed Dominion Office Building in an industrial and residential district in southeast Moscow that is an emerging creative and IT hub.

Oct. 1 2015 12:24 PM

The Cultural Differences Between East and West, as Told in Pictograms

Chinese designer Yang Liu moved to Berlin at the age of 13 and experienced the usual shock adapting to life in a new culture. She later channeled her expatriate insights into a series of pictograms in her first book, East Meets West, released in German in 2007.

This month, East Meets West is being published in English (like Liu’s second book, Man Meets Woman, a pictogram-based shorthand answer to Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venuspublished last year).

Sept. 30 2015 10:50 AM

Bulgaria Opens Its First Children’s Museum, Designed by an American

Children’s museums are an American invention—the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first of its kind when it was founded in 1899. But these hands-on, interactive spaces dedicated to helping children learn about the world can now be found in countries around the globe.

Opening today in Sofia, Bulgaria is the 35,000-square-foot Muzeiko (“little museum in Bulgarian”). Designed by American architect Lee H. Skolnick—whose NYC-based firm has designed children’s museums including the Miami Children’s Museum and The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, New York—it is funded primarily by the U.S.-based nonprofit America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Sept. 29 2015 9:12 AM

A Portable Wood-Burning Stove for the Tiny House Generation

British company Anevay’s portable wood-burning Frontier Stove was first conceived and built for humanitarian aid use in disaster zones around the world. But the stoveappealed to camping enthusiasts, and the company began retailing the compact, durable, lightweight stove suitable for heating and cooking.