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Life after getting swallowed by an $8 billion company

Life after getting swallowed by an $8 billion company

The consulting firm McKinsey acquired Lunar, one of Silicon Valley’s oldest design firms, in 2015. Now, Lunar partner John Edson talks about life after acquisition–and what it means for the future of
Tom Wolfe in 1972: “Logos are strictly a vanity industry”

Tom Wolfe in 1972: “Logos are strictly a vanity industry”

You think Wolfe was only hard on New York’s power class? He was also the original armchair design critic. Long before the era of internet hot takes, the late writer Tom Wolfe laid down a barb for the
See the world’s most iconic paintings with the people erased

See the world’s most iconic paintings with the people erased

What is Grant Wood’s American Gothic without its stoic couple, or Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks without its lonely diner?I’m not sure why I’m so attracted to some of the works of New York-based artist
This sandbox lets you terraform planets with your bare hands

This sandbox lets you terraform planets with your bare hands

A new installation at London’s V&A Museum invites visitors to move mountains–with some help from AI. The design studio Tellart wants to turn you into a god.Read Full Story
Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk: You’re designing your house wrong

Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk: You’re designing your house wrong

Put down the curtain rod! Bobby Berk is, without doubt, the unsung hero of the Queer Eye’s new Fab Five. While his colleagues visit bars and salons to teach America’s lame men how to have swagger or
This logo is like an “organic” sticker for algorithms

This logo is like an “organic” sticker for algorithms

The food we eat has quality certifications. Why shouldn’t the algorithms that shape our world? For fruits and veggies, there’s organic. For coffee and clothes, there’s fair trade. Now, algorithms have
What riding in the Hyperloop’s first class will be like

What riding in the Hyperloop’s first class will be like

BMW Designworks tackles an overlooked design problem: its interiors. The first full-scale physical Hyperloop prototype being built by Virgin Hyperloop One and the Roads and Transport Authority of
Two surfers designed a hotel on wheels for following waves

Two surfers designed a hotel on wheels for following waves

Why stay anchored to a single beach when you can hunt the endless summer anywhere?The Truck Surf Hotel is exactly what it sounds like: a hotel. For surfers. On a specially designed, expandable truck.
Apple is selling hardware in a software world

Apple is selling hardware in a software world

And that’s a problem. Co.Design recently described how Apple is increasingly making its products harder to use–if easier to sell. I agree with the premise, but I think there’s more to the story. Poor
Architect James Carpenter puts Apple’s glass fetish to shame

Architect James Carpenter puts Apple’s glass fetish to shame

Six questions for the esteemed architect who has had a 40-year love affair with glass.Architect and artist James Carpenter knows a thing or two about glass. For over four decades, Carpenter and his
The future of branding? The third dimension

The future of branding? The third dimension

Hey Helvetica, why don’t you slap on this stereoscopic headset?That’s a nice typeface. Does it come in three dimensions?Read Full Story
Ambient Lit: The ambitious project to redesign fiction for phones

Ambient Lit: The ambitious project to redesign fiction for phones

Designers and writers are finding ways to create new forms of stories–all on the smartphone. Emails, blog posts, and social media feeds were designed to be read on screens, but plenty of people still
Microsoft is quietly changing the way we work, again

Microsoft is quietly changing the way we work, again

With a series of new announcements, Microsoft is continuing to distinguish itself through inclusivity. Spellcheck is one of the greatest technologies of the Microsoft Word era, an automated way for
Kamarq, the “Netflix for furniture,” pulls designs amid plagiarism scandal

Kamarq, the “Netflix for furniture,” pulls designs amid plagiarism scandal

The Japanese startup yanked most of its collection by Lady Gaga collaborator Nicola Formichetti and PJ Mattan within hours of its launch.We’re living in the age of on-demand, subscription-based
This new edible packaging is grown from kombucha

This new edible packaging is grown from kombucha

Scoby looks like a dried pig bladder. It’s actually the product of fermentation, and it could let farmers grow their own packaging.Polish design student Roza Janusz describes her work as “a process
The hidden cost of our obsession with luxury living

The hidden cost of our obsession with luxury living

Bigger houses, smaller public spaces. The United States is facing a housing crisis: Affordable housing is inadequate, while luxury homes abound. Homelessness remains a persistent problem in many
This mobile lactation pod isn’t as crazy as it sounds

This mobile lactation pod isn’t as crazy as it sounds

Pumping at work is nothing to be ashamed of. Lactation rooms are no longer a nice-to-have perk for working mothers–for many companies, they’re required by law.Read Full Story
Exclusive: See the ads celebrating female pleasure that the MTA banned

Exclusive: See the ads celebrating female pleasure that the MTA banned

You’ll see cheeky ads for erectile dysfunction meds and the Museum of Sex on the train, but these subtle illustrations were banned. Update: On Thursday night, Unbound learned the MTA had reconsidered
Whole Foods is selling home decor now

Whole Foods is selling home decor now

Plant & Plate is the latest Whole Foods venture, possibly coming to a store near you.Walk into the new Whole Foods in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and rather than bumping into that omnipresent pile of
I let Gmail’s new AI write my pointless emails for me

I let Gmail’s new AI write my pointless emails for me

How are you doing? I’m doing pretty well. How are you? I’m doing good. For the past year, Google’s Smart Reply feature has let you respond to any email by tapping on one of three replies generated by