What F1 Cars Would Look Like if F1 Got Its Act Together

Paul Tech, Visually Cool

To envision F1’s future, a designer conjured up three concept cars. Not only are they excitingly different, they’re gorgeous. “THERE ONCE WAS a time when the racing world was ruled by savage beasts. They were captured just before the snowy season, when noble brave men had one winter to tame this creature. After months of championship battle, a handful of the …

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer.

Paul A bit of info..., Design, Product Design, Tech

WHAT’S LIFE REALLY LIKE DESIGNING FOR APPLE? AN ALUM SHARES WHAT HE LEARNED DURING HIS SEVEN YEARS IN CUPERTINO. Apple is synonymous with upper echelon design, but very little is known about the company’s design process. Most of Apple’s own employees aren’t allowed inside Apple’s fabled design studios. So we’re left piecing together interviews, or outright speculating about how Apple does it and what …

Why Apple’s New Font Won’t Work On Your Desktop

Paul Tech, Typography

Star typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones explains the challenges of using Helvetica Neue as an operating system font. For the first time ever, Apple is ditching Lucida Grande as the OS X system font in favor of Helvetica Neue, which also happens to be the iOS system font. For an operating system that’s used by 80 million people, that’s no small …

‘Roadless’: Ackeem Ngwenya’s Amazing All-Terrain Shape-Shifting Wheel Design

Paul Product Design, Tech Leave a Comment

The phrase goes that one oughtn’t reinvent the wheel, yet we’ve seen countless examples of people trying, from square to hubless to powered. The latest wheel reinvention to make the, er, rounds comes from Ackeem Ngwenya, a student of Innovation Design Engineering at London’s RCA. Ngwenya’s designed something that looks simultaneously nutty and completely feasible: A shape-shifting wheel he’s calling …

Walk though the abandoned island that inspired 007’s ‘Skyfall’ movie.

Paul Film, Tech, Urban Landscape

Google Street View has extended its reach to the abandoned island of Hashima, Japan, which served as the setting for Raoul Silva’s “Dead City” retreat in 007: Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie. Also known as Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) because of its resemblance to a warship when seen in profile, Hashima retains little hint of its former status as a …

Solar Powered Window Socket

Paul Product Design, Tech

This clever electrical outlet is powered by solar energy. The socket simply attaches via a suction plate to any window, allowing you to charge any small electrical device. The concept was designed by Kyuho Song and Boa Oh. The Window Socket pulls solar power to an internal battery, which can be either used immediately or saved for use during night …