Take a drive along a major highway and you'll see the fodder for Josef Schulz's photographic oeuvre: nondescript industrial factories, office parks, and clusters of hotel and restaurant signage bidding you to take the next exit. If you squint your eyes, you'll get an even better sense of Schulz's work: visual noise reduced to abstractions -- architectural structures and signage stripped of their defining features, including lettering, entrances, and windows, as well as function and wear.
If you've visited L.A. recently, you know that food trucks are as insufferably pervasive as caterers with headshots. They're so ubiquitous, in fact, that soon, you'll be able to visit a mobile kitchen the moment you step off the airplane.
Reason No. 999 why it sucks to be a girl: We can't pee standing up, and we've got endless bathroom lines to prove it. Sure, many a device has tried to help, but mostly, they're just weird, vaguely degrading gadgets that resemble motor-oil funnels.
Avant-garde Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela has given a très-cool makeover to a fussy, luxury hotel in Paris, the high Holy Land of fussy, luxury hotels. Maison des Centraliens reopened to the public in May with a slick interior that turns this ornate, Second Empire townhouse (and former home of a Viennese princess) into a monument to the headscrewy Belgian surrealism for which Maison Martin Margiela earned its fashion-world star.
We hear a lot of design manifestos around here. But Bret Victor's stuck out: He wants to kill math. He's no Luddite, though -- he thinks mathematics is one of the most powerful, transcendent ways humans have for understanding and changing the world. What he wants to kill is math's interface: opaque, abstract, unfamiliar, hard.
What would a Prius look like if it were a bike instead of a car? That's what Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Deeplocal, and Parlee Cycles wanted to explore with their PXP project. The final design was just revealed on John Watson's cycling/design site, and it's a doozy: lean, mean, and mind-controlled. (Yes, you read that last part right.)
It's hard enough to get kids to eat healthfully at dinner or during school lunch. But try telling the little darlings that they're going to get cucumbers and whole wheat bread instead of ice cream and cake at their birthday party and you'll likely risk a rebellion that would put post-Stanley Cup Vancouver to shame.
Rumors of the failure of design thinking appear to have been somewhat overblown. At the recent Design Research conference in Seattle, the consensus reportedly held that whether or not you like the term, design thinking is here to stay. At a recent panel discussion in New York, "Design Thinking: Dead or Alive?" it was hard to find any of the speakers (of which I was one) quibbling with more than the fact that it wasn't a very interesting question.