Everyone was duly blown away by this amazing map of Facebook connections around the world, created by Facebook's superstar intern Paul Butler.
Everyone has fired at least one regrettably bitchy email over the transom, even people who should know better. Wouldn't it be nice if you could somehow auto-correct before hitting "send"? Lucky you, (we mean you, Jobs!): There's a plug-in for that.
Afterimages are child's play -- literally. Every kid has done the neat trick of staring at something and then shutting his or her eyes to see a color-reversed version hovering in the mind's eye.
From psychedelic cargo bikes and rapid-prototyped jewelry to the iPad and its many accessorial descendants, the products that've caught our eye over the past 12 months blast through the notion that design can't rebound from a recession. Designers have had to learn to make do with less, and, as the assorted gadgets and housewares and curios shown here attest, consumers are better off for it. What follows is a slideshow of our favorite gear from 2010. Get ready to revise your shopping list (and maybe take out a second mortgage).
There are well-designed apps, and there are fricking well-designed apps. Jonas Eriksson's head-swimmingly sexy interfaces for a vintage iPad synthesizer belong to the latter category. But here's another word to describe Eriksson's work, a term that's increasingly relevant in our multitouch-dominated digital world: skeuomorphic.
Once heralded as an innovative strategy to draw in holiday shoppers, the concept of the temporary store, or "pop-up," has quickly become as prevalent as the average corner bodega. Now pop-up stores are more like The Boy Who Cried Wolf: since they appear so often, they've lost their cultural caché and are as expected as any other marketing ploy.