Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Design museums are filling the void left by print magazines says Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic portrait by Dezeen

Museums are benefitting from the decline of long-form print journalism according to Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, who spoke to Dezeen's Marcus Fairs in this talk we filmed for Molteni&C. Read more

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Which Late-Night TV Host Is Better at Trump Takedowns?

Which Late-Night TV Host Is Better at Trump Takedowns?
On this episode of the WIRED Culture podcast, we're talking about what late-night presenters are doing political humor best. The post Which Late-Night TV Host Is Better at Trump Takedowns? appeared first on WIRED.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Samsung pulls Galaxy Note 7 phone from production

Samsung Note7 news

South Korean tech giant Samsung has ceased production of its Galaxy Note 7 after reports of the smartphones exploding and catching fire. Read more

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Can Spicy Foods Really Cool You Down?

Can Spicy Foods Really Cool You Down?
The science behind soup in the summer. The post Can Spicy Foods Really Cool You Down? appeared first on WIRED.

Citroën Origins

History is at the core of any car brand. In order to make it visible, Citroën partnered with Mullen Lowe One supported by Werkstatt Paris to build the first Museum that gives you the keys of the cars ...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Typographic Trickery Shifts a Font from Paper to Pixels

Typographic Trickery Shifts a Font from Paper to Pixels
Ace typographer Tobias Frere-Jones brings Retina, his iconic typeface, from stock listings to phone screens. The post Typographic Trickery Shifts a Font from Paper to Pixels appeared first on WIRED.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Senscommon designs unisex raincoat for cyclists with split hem to keep legs dry

Amsterdam fashion label Senscommon has combined high-tech fabrics with functional fastenings to create a waterproof coat designed specifically for cyclists (+ slideshow). (more…)

Monday, September 26, 2016

After 5 Decades, Colombia And Rebel Group FARC To Sign Peace Treaty

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas on Monday will sign a pact that could end a war that has killed more than 200,000 people. The treaty still will need support through a public referendum.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Candidates Want To Raise The Economic Tide To Lift Opportunity, But How?

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talk about increasing opportunities for coming generations. Some analysts say boosting economic growth would help, but the way there is complicated.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Apple unveils iPhone 7 at 2016 Keynote event

Breaking news: Apple has revealed the latest versions of its hugely popular iPhone, with a redesigned water- and dust-resistant case and a variety of new features. (more…)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Students build scaffold-like pavilion topped with mesh "cloud" at former Latvian brewery

Stacks of recycled materials form tables, benches and stairs in this temporary timber pavilion, designed by architecture students for the grounds of a former beer brewery in Cēsis, Latvia (+ slideshow). (more…)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

President Barack Obama Will Guest-Edit WIRED's November Issue

President Barack Obama Will Guest-Edit WIRED's November Issue
Our 44th president is a relentless optimist, just like WIRED. And he's the first ever commander-in-chief to edit a magazine. The post President Barack Obama Will Guest-Edit WIRED's November Issue appeared first on WIRED.

Friday, August 26, 2016

IFUB transforms former chocolate factory into office with secret storage

Munich architecture firm IFUB has converted the ground floor of a Berlin factory into an open-plan office with a wall of hidden cupboards and rooms (+ slideshow). (more…)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Google moves to restrict advertising

Do you hate it when ads straight up block access to the content you want to see? Well Google does too! No, really. Starting now, Google will be penalizing sites that use interstitial ads on mobile devices.

Why aren't they doing this on desktop devices? I assume this is our punishment for not all switching to Chrome OS already.

But seriously, this is good news for users, and it's going to annoy a lot of advertisers. Google is specifically targeting interstitial ads that need to be dismissed before you can see or interact with the rest of the site. So we're talking about page redirection ads, those annoying modal windows that pop up when you load the page, those annoying modal windows that pop up in the middle of an article, and so on.

Not only can they be annoying to see, they can be annoying to get rid of. They often make the little “X” icons so small, and it's too easy to accidentally tap on the ad instead of dismissing it.

Now, Google seems to be okay with very small interstitial ads. Think of those tiny floating banners that show up at the bottom of your phone's screen sometimes. Those are apparently ok. So are popups that are used for legal reasons, like verifying someone's age [and here, the author snorted in amusement], or telling them that the website uses cookies [and here, the author felt hungry].

So, good news for everyone except evil advertisers, right?

So, good news for everyone except evil advertisers, right? Well, here's something to consider: in many ways, Google is becoming the arbiter of good design, at least when it comes to ads.

Once upon a time, their rules were all about preventing people from using unethical SEO “hacks” that allowed them to dominate the rankings for their search terms, and even for terms that had nothing to do with what they were selling. That was, and still is a good thing. Not only do these rules more or less keep things fair, they actually simplify the process of SEO.

Recently, though, Google has begun to punish people for doing stuff with ads that is definitely irritating, and probably counterproductive, but not specifically morally or ethically wrong. Do we really want Google defining what a good design is? On the one hand, I've often joked about embracing our new Googly Overlords with open arms. You could definitely see this as Google just lending the users a helping hand. We've been saying for a long time that interstitial ads are not great, and many have yet to listen.

With this update, Google is going to make them listen.

On the other hand, Google is a corporation. I'm pretty sure the three-hundred-and-sixty-seventh rule of aquisi… I mean… capitalism… is that corporations are not your friend. Now, they probably won't penalize sites that aren't built with Material Design, or anything like that, but we do have to wonder how far they will go.

At least we should be asked to sign up for fewer newsletters three seconds after loading a page.

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In Maine, Land From Burt's Bees Co-Founder Is Declared A National Monument

Roxanne Quimby donated nearly 88,000 acres of land - once used to harvest timber for paper mills - to the federal government. Now it's the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

You Can Now Browse Harvard's Huge Bauhaus Collection Online

You Can Now Browse Harvard's Huge Bauhaus Collection Online
The school recently made more than 32,000 digitized artifacts---paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, and more---available for browsing The post You Can Now Browse Harvard's Huge Bauhaus Collection Online appeared first on WIRED.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cornwall Gardens is a huge Singapore home with a stepped garden on its roof

A+Awards: featuring a swimming pool, waterfall, Koi carp pond and a terraced roof garden, this large family home in Singapore was another of the winners in Architizer's 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). (more…)

Friday, August 19, 2016

What Makes A Jam A Jam? Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists

Savory jams tap into a love affair with foods that marry salt and sugar. They let people eat local fruits and vegetables year-round and lower the sugar levels found in traditional jams.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

After Damning Assessment Of Police, Baltimore Mayor Says 'Long Journey Ahead'

The Department of Justice found that the city's police force engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she won't sugarcoat the problem.

Zooming Background Images

The following is a guest post by Dylann Winn-Brown, who shows us a performant way to accomplish this design effect.

Whilst working on a client's website recently, I was asked to replicate an effect like this.

Containers with background images which zoom within their container on hover, revealing more information.

This type of effect is notably used in portfolio-type situations where the design intends to show both visual and informational details.

There are many different possible methods

As I had never created an effect like this before, I began to take a look at different ways of doing this and came across a number of different methods.

One option was to use a jQuery Plugin. This one wasn't quite the effect I was after, and certainly not very lightweight.

Another option was to position an within the container and manipulate it with CSS. There could be some potential benefits here, like being able to set the source with srcset so that the image used is performance and device-appropriate.

In my situation, I wanted to manage the effect entirely in CSS, so I went for that.

Basic functionality

In order to achieve optimal performance, I decided to use the CSS transform property to handle the enlargement of the image. (CSS animations benefit from hardware acceleration and as a result appear smoother than other methods of animating.)

Rather than an , I used an additional

inside the parent to act as the image. The structure being:

First we specify the dimensions for the parent element. Then the child can fill the parent using width: 100% and height: 100%;, as well as set the background image, ensuring it scales to cover the area.

.parent {
width: 400px;
height: 300px;

.child {
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
background-color: black; /* fallback color */
background-image: url("images/city.jpg");
background-position: center;
background-size: cover;

We then add hover effects to our parent element which will affect our child element. A focus style is good for accessibility as well:

.parent:hover .child,
.parent:focus .child {
transform: scale(1.2);

You may want to use a tool for adding prefixes for the best possible browser support.

To finish up the basic effect, we can add some transitions to our child element's normal state:

transition: all .5s;

If you want to add a color overlay, you can make use of pseudo elements like ::before:

.child::before {
content: "";
display: none;
height: 100%;
width: 100%;
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
background-color: rgba(52, 73, 94, 0.75);

.parent:hover .child:before,
.parent:focus .child:before {
display: block;

Now when we hover on the parent element, the child element should show a color overlay!

Finally, we'll cover how to add some text to show on our overlay. We can add an element to our current child element like so:


We can give our some style:

span {
color: white; /* Good thing we set a fallback color! */
font-family: sans-serif;
padding: 25%;
position: absolute;

and we can make it visible only when we hover on the .parent:

.parent:hover span,
.parent:focus span {
display: block;

Live Demo

See the Pen Image zoom on hover - portfolio websites by Dylan (@dwinnbrown) on CodePen.

Mobile Support

If the containers are links and the hover states don't reveal any essential information, you might just leave it alone.

If the hover states are important, in order for this to work on touch screens, we can use empty onclick="" handlers on our .parent containers. Unfortunately I couldn't come across another way of doing this but if any of you do, let me know in the comments!

Zooming Background Images is a post from CSS-Tricks

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Aurora Arquitectos draws attention to additions and "ruptures" in Lisbon apartment

Aurora Arquitectos knocked through walls to create a large living room in this old Lisbon apartment, and inserted a wall with curving edges to form a pair of bedrooms (+ slideshow). (more…)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Facebook Explores New Hardware Inside 'Area 404'

Facebook Explores New Hardware Inside 'Area 404'
If Mark Zuckerberg wants to expand the limits of the Internet, he needs to build a new kind of hardware. The post Facebook Explores New Hardware Inside 'Area 404' appeared first on WIRED.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Afsharian's House by ReNa Design has a huge vertical slice in its facade

An angular white-walled gash creates a cavernous entrance for this house in the Iranian city of Kermanshah by ReNa Design (+ slideshow). (more…)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Melania Trump's website deleted after architecture degree claim debunked

The website of Melania Trump, wife of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, has been taken down after it emerged that the claim she obtained a degree in architecture was false. (more…)

Friday, July 22, 2016

"The idea of succession is not discussed enough in the design industry"

Paul Priestman

Opinion: designers need to stop thinking about business as a dirty word and consider the legacy of their company, says Paul Priestman, chairman of transport design firm PriestmanGoode. Here, he explains why he has effectively sold his company to his employees. (more…)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Art Review: Outdoor Art Across the City: 4 Things New Under the Sun

Artworks to see without going to a museum: A Trojan horse look-alike in Madison Square Park, a wall in Queens and tiny buildings on old Army bases.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Design Museum opens first standalone shop in London

The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from the museum's new west London site (+ slideshow). (more…)

Russia's New Jet for Athletes Definitely Won't Have a Doping Room

Russia's New Jet for Athletes Definitely Won't Have a Doping Room
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft just unveiled the first-of-its-kind “SportJet” model filled with massage tables, fitness equipment, and more. The post Russia's New Jet for Athletes Definitely Won't Have a Doping Room appeared first on WIRED.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Political Art in a Fractious Election Year

As the campaign season enters the nominating stage, no image has emerged that approaches the power of Shepard Fairey's 2008 “Hope” poster for Barack Obama.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Uber But For Energy: Utility Surge Pricing Threatens Summer Cool

Power companies are rushing to keep pace with the changing energy landscape. This transition is especially contentious in the desert Southwest, where energy needs are enormous during the summer.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top Pot Shop

Top Pot ShopMarijuana law is set to go into result up coming month, but it could take 18 to 24 months to establish all the rules and get retailers up and running to promote us healthcare marijuana. The specifications, however, are already set for monitoring the plants, certifying doctors, and licensing growers, dispensaries, and physicians. Also decided: It will only be offered in pill, oil, vapor, ointment, or liquid kind. No smoking permitted, increasing, either.

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In truth, marijuana has more than thousands of many years of medical use in human historical past and not even 1 death has been attributed to the herb. Simply since of the fact that there is no lethal dose helps make marijuana a considerably more viable and safer choice for treatment to a assortment of ailments and diseases. We know that the use of health-related marijuana can substitute the use of certain legal prescription medicines that have serious side results, like accidental death from overdose, yet these legal prescription medication continue to be legal even however they are a lot a lot more dangerous to the human body.

According to the Centers for Condition Handle and Prevention, much more individuals died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any 12 months on record. The majority of individuals overdoses involve prescription opioids or soreness pills (OxyContin, Percocet,. Hydrocodone, and so forth.) Given that 1999, prescription opioids offered in the US has nearly quadrupled, and so has the number of opioid overdoses. A lot of of these "pain pill" deaths could have been prevented with the use of health-related marijuana. In 2014, more than 14,000 folks died from overdoses involving prescribed pain tablets.

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But the genuine tragedy concerning medical marijuana is the United States War on Medication. It has permitted the federal and a variety of state and local governments across the country to consider up military arms against its own citizens. It has justified the militarization of police forces across the country. For a country that claims to be the Land of the Free of charge, we incarcerate much more of our very own citizens than any other nation in the world. The United States of America has about two% of the planet's population, but it has 25% of the planet's prison population, most of them becoming nonviolent drug offenders. In excess of 50% of people becoming marijuana expenses. That's proper, marijuana arrests now account for above half of all drug arrests in the United States of the 8.two million marijuana arrests amongst 2001 in 2010, 80% have been for simply possessing marijuana.

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And the US taxpayer has been footing the bill. According to the US War on Drugs value the American taxpayer over $51 billion annually. As it currently presently charges over $30,000 to imprison one particular man or woman for one particular year.

If the war on medicines was functioning, it ought to make medicines a lot more scarce, hence driving prices up. In reality, drug prices have stayed about the identical over the previous 20 years, exhibiting the War on Drugs has had literally no result on the black marketplace of illegal medicines. The only factor the War on Medication has been profitable at is arresting and imprisoning our citizens at an alarming rate. The 1 sure way to wipe out an unlawful black marketplace is to legalize the quite thing that has been made unlawful. In this way specific states are previously catching on and adding hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands to their tax revenues each and every 12 months. Although their citizens are enjoying the correct that means of freedom.

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Our Jamestown settlers truly brought marijuana to our shores way back in 1611 when they established the first long lasting English settlement right here. By the 1890's it was turning up in a variety of medicines and was freely sold in pharmacies. Then in the 1920's, Mexican immigrants introduced us to its recreational use, and the rest, as they say, is background.

Fast forward to 2016, and:

Medical marijuana is legal in 24 states and D.C., with Pennsylvania the most recent to indicator on.

Legalization of healthcare marijuana is at present pending in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Marijuana is legal for adult and healthcare use in four states: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska-and D.C., as well, but accompanied there by strict restrictions.

Meanwhile, it's one particular helluva income-maker, so no wonder price range-strapped states can't appear to resist the lure. The numbers communicate for themselves. Back in 2014, adult use amounted to $373.8 million; include in the complete for medical marijuana sales and the figure comes in at a whopping $4.6 billion!

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Plus, by 2020, it's projected that grownup use product sales will quantity to $ billion, even though health care income will leading $10.7 billion, for a complete of $22.8 billion. Talk about filling the coffers!

So now it's Pennsylvania's turn at the trough. Certainly, despite the fact that our law is brand new, marijuana entrepreneurs are previously lining up. Says Doug Porter of the Cannabis Career Institute, "This is a prime time to start a marijuana enterprise." Without a doubt, folks in the know in fact anticipate some 245,000 patients to indicator on right away and sales to speedily top $100 million.

Adds Michael Bronstein, co-founder of the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp in Philadelphia: "Pennsylvania could be 1 of these robust states. There is a critical marketplace here."