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I Probably Spent More Time Writing This Headline Than BT Did on Making Its New Logo

BT unveiled its new logo this week after years of deliberation, and late nights in the boardroom agonising over it. Well, that's what I initially envisioned to be happening until I saw it. Now I'm thinking they put more thought into their after hours takeaway order, and I'm not the only one. Join me as we peruse the contributions that Twitter users have made in taking the piss - and every other bodily fluid imaginable - out of the brand. Read More >>

cars
Inside ED2: Is This the Coolest Place to Design a Car?

It’s a slightly weird feeling talking to someone like Ian Cartabiano. He is after all the man responsible for designing Toyota’s C-HR. Not just bits of it, but pretty much the whole thing, which is quite a big deal since we think the C-HR is a mighty cool looking car. Even weirder is the fact that we’re having a conversation inside ED2, which is shorthand for Toyota Europe Design and Development. It’s an advanced R&D studio that nestles high up in the hills above the Côte d'Azur that Cartabiano has been president of since the beginning of last year. Read More >>

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The Lead Designer of Gmail Has a New Chrome Extension That Kills the Confusing Redesign

Fifteen years of feature creep have left Gmail feeling a little cluttered and over-burdened for some users, including Michael Leggett, who served as the product’s lead designer from 2008 to 2012. (Fast Company has an interview with Leggett about the extension.) So who better to help strip Gmail back to its simpler roots? His free Chrome extension, Simplify, does just that, polishing away all the Gmail excess leaving only its most basic and important functions exposed with easier to find shortcuts. Read More >>

design
After 36 Years, Helvetica Gets a Much-Needed Facelift

Everyone has an opinion about fonts, but Helvetica has long reigned over the modern era. It’s used for brands galore—Panasonic, Jeep, American Airlines, Motorola, 3M, Toyota, to name a few—but in recent years, tech companies like IBM, Apple, Netflix, and Google have been shifting to their custom Helvetica-esque-but-not-quite fonts to deal with some of its quirks. Rather than let Helvetica die a slow death, all 40,000 characters in the world’s most iconic typeface have been revamped into a new font called—wait for it—Helvetica Now. Read More >>

design
Adidas’ FutureCraft Loop Trainer Talks a Big Recycling Game

As much as I like trainers, one problem with the modern running shoe is that after your kicks get worn out, you can’t resole them like you can a nice dress shoe. So inevitably, old trainers end up getting tossed in the trash where they rot in a landfill somewhere for the next few decades or more. However, with some help from its forward-thinking FutureCraft design studio, Adidas has created the Loop, which includes some important innovations that could help reduce waste from shoe manufacturing, even if it hasn’t magically solved the problem yet. Read More >>

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Researchers Made 25-Tonne Boulders They Can Move by Hand, Giving More Insights Into Ancient Engineering

How were giant ancient structures like Stonehenge, or the towering Moai heads on Easter Island, assembled at a time when cranes and trucks were still hundreds of years away? Researchers at MIT have given more credence to theories that ancient engineers were masters of balance and leverage with a new experiment that produced giant concrete structures, some 25 tonnes in weight, that can be still be manoeuvred by hand. Read More >>

design
Algorithmic Lace Bra Wins Lexus Design Award Grand Prix

A confidence-boosting bra for women who've had mastectomy surgery has won the Grand Prix in the Lexus Design Award 2019. Read More >>

design
Pop Culture Icons Like Thanos, Godzilla and The Matrix Leap Out of This Artist’s Imagination and Into Old Paintings

Artist Dave Pollot does something we all want to do, but only someone like Banksy actually does. He finds kind of lame paintings and then enhances them with his own pop culture spin. The results are hilarious, often-subversive but always beautiful hybrids you won’t be able to take your eyes off. Read More >>

gadgets
Here’s an Incredibly Slick and Surprisingly Affordable Way to Convert Paper Drawings Into Digital Files

One day, the idea of making marks on sheets of flattened tree guts to share ideas with others will be laughable. But for now, the experience of writing or drawing on a piece of paper still feels more natural than it does on a glass or plastic tablet. Moleskine’s new Adobe Creative Cloud connected Paper Tablet strives to be a bridge between the two, letting you sketch on paper and then immediately edit and manipulate a digital version of your work in Adobe Illustrator. It works remarkably well, as long as you’re not expecting the same experience that £1,000 hardware offers. Read More >>

design
Big Ben’s Blue Hands Ungloved

Part of the massive heap of scaffolding that's been ruining London's views for tourists for years has been removed, with the first of the Elizabeth Tower's refurbished clock faces revealed for the first time in its deepest Prussian blue finish. Read More >>

phones
The Race to Foldable Phone Perfection Is On, and It’s Going to Be a Blast

Less than two weeks ago, the idea of a high-quality bendable phone seemed like a farce. After all, the first foldable handset—the Royole FlexPai—was ambitious, but also a piece of junk. It was clunky, hard to open, and looked like something that needed months, if not years, of refinement. Read More >>

design
Recycling a GoPro Box Into a Working Aquarium Is the Best Reason to Upgrade

Many factors have contributed to GoPro’s financial woes in recent years, but it doesn’t help that the company’s userbase simply doesn’t have a solid reason to upgrade their cameras every year like they would a fancy smartphone. YouTube’s Imaginative Guy actually makes a stronger case for upgrading your action cam than GoPro does. Built-in video stabilisation? Nah, try turning the camera’s packaging into an adorable miniature aquarium. Read More >>

design
Flushable Wet Wipes Are Coming, But You Don’t Have Them Yet So Don’t Flush Any

Despite news stories, giant fatbergs, blocked train toilets and angry notices in student halls of residence, some people still stubbornly refuse to stop flushing their wet wipes. Read More >>

design
The Coolest Images in the Beautiful New Han Solo Book

If you’re looking for a 241-page, beautifully illustrated, expertly researched book chronicling the history of Han Solo, Star Wars Icons: Han Solo by Gina McIntyre is it. But that’s not all that makes the book so great. Read More >>