Category Archives: Design

How to convert a Van in to an Off-Grid Camper in 17 Days!

Nate Murphy Published on 16 Sep 2016 Get the Van Conversion Guide; https://goo.gl/b4AqsX I tried to make the video that I would have loved to be able to watch when I was starting to create my van.. I hope it … Continue reading

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Fasten Seat Belt Sign Not Included: New Furniture Designed Using Retired Aircraft Parts by Plane Industries

In 2016, Plane Industries (formerly Fallen Furniture) debuted a massive chair made using a reclaimed cowling from a Boeing 737 airplane engine. Over the last three years, the small UK-based company has continued to expand their array of furnishings and … Continue reading

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Researchers Have Figured Out a Way to Move 25 Tons of Stone by Hand

Ever wonder how ancient civilizations built giant monuments without machines? These researchers may have cracked the code. option that comes to mind. But, if we consider massive monuments like the Moai on Easter Island, there must’ve been some way that … Continue reading

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A 3D-Printed Press Brings Printmaking to the People

Last year, Martin Schneider rolled out the Open Press Project, which provided printing plans for the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed printmaking press, and was downloaded by more than 12,000 people. As a follow-up to that successful open-source endeavor, Schneider is … Continue reading

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Biomimicry is more than just good design.

In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at biomimicry. Specifically how biomimicry can not only lead to nature-inspired design for architecture and materials, but also for better relationships, activism, and communities. I draw upon adrienne maree brown’s … Continue reading

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How one typeface took over movie posters

For the past 25 years, one typeface has dominated Hollywood typography: Trajan. It’s everywhere, from Shakespearean epic classics like Titus to gory modern flicks like The Human Centipede. It was even the official typeface of the Academy Awards for a … Continue reading

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The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.

Japan’s Shinkansen doesn’t look like your typical train. With its long and pointed nose, it can reach top speeds up to 150–200 miles per hour. It didn’t always look like this. Earlier models were rounder and louder, often suffering from … Continue reading

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JFS Biomimicry Interview Series: No.6 “Shinkansen Technology Learned from an Owl?” – The story of Eiji Nakatsu

  JFS Newsletter No.31 (March 2005) Technologies Learned from Living Things: Concepts and Examples – Front Line Reports The train that runs between Tokyo and Hakata is, like the TGV in France, one of the fastest trains in the world. … Continue reading

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Architecture Firm NUDES Uses Corrugated Cardboard to Form the Furnishings and Walls of a Mumbai Cafe

In the new Mumbai-based cafe Cardboard Bombay, corrugated cardboard composes each chair, table, and light fixture, in addition to the sinuous walls which sweep across the space. The restaurant was designed with the biodegradable material by Nuru Karim, founder of Mumbai-based … Continue reading

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A Cascading Metal Rainbow Fills a Bookstore in Suzhou, China with Layers of Transparent Hues

As a part of a larger project inside of a unique bookstore in Suzhou, China, architectural designers WUtopia Lab framed a reading room with a colorful structure referred to as the “Xanadu of Rainbows.” Made of one-centimenter thick aluminum sheets that … Continue reading

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