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Creative leaders and innovators are thinking about design thinking in more mature ways. 

At the Oct. 10 commission meeting, Todd Mayfield of Axia Creative, the firm hired to help the city with the program, estimated the signs would be installed in 12 to 18 weeks. 

British architect David Adjaye has released plans for a museum in New York City dedicated to espionage, featuring dimly lit interiors and self-contained exhibitions in weatherin

The city’s director of digital engagement breaks down the ways government can boost public services and resident opportunity with connected tech deployments.

The Starling Crossing is designed to reshape streets by responding in real time to pedestrian movements.

Companies from Best Buy to Forever 21 use Futura, but probably not the original. That’s because it has been endlessly reimagined, imitated, and blatantly ripped off.

From October 11-14th, the 20-minute-long multisensory production Reflections combined music, light and projection, creating a show on the building’s north-facing titanium facades that told the stor

Watch this interview with Massimo Vignelli. You won't be able to help yourself as you listen to his beautifully constructed thoughts about design, success and his career.

A very useful report from the British Design Council about the value of the Design economy (distinct from the Creative Economy).

We talked to Microsoft’s Alex Kipman and other industry leaders about what the blending of real and virtual means for human interaction with tech.

A CompTIA report shows that 6 in 10 US citizens are interested in living in a smart city, despite concerns about cybersecurity and budgetary constraints.

ELIA Frames is a new tactile reading system that claims to be easier to learn than braille. Is it necessary?

According to designers from Brand Union, Local Projects, and more.

Clients invest more, and competition increases among creative shops.

OPINION: The Government is missing an important tool in its bid to ensure the economy continues to deliver for its citizens.


Conceived and curated by designer, podcaster, and brand strategist Debbie Millman, this exhibition is an attempt to organize, express, translate and reflect both how we live in language and ho

For the new DAZZLE Project Nik Hafermaas and E-Ink developed a completely new module that can be used in any project. There were a number of real breakthroughs achieved.

Several high-profile, billionaire-backed public spaces are on the outs.

The City of Thunder Bay is inviting citizens to help plan and design new wayfinding street signs and maps for walkers and cyclists.


MapSwipe’s clever design encourages users to map remote locations, helping aid workers find people during humanitarian crises.

The 1,600 foot DAZZLE art installation designed by UEBERALL International and created by E Ink was launched today at San Diego International airport.

Apple's iPho ne event was as much about the highly-anticipated iPhone 8 and iPhone X as it was an homage to the company's impressive feats with consumer technology over the last 10 years.

Transit nerds have a new must-read book.

Brand identity firm Matchstic has worked with Atlanta's Department of City Planning to redesign its branding and create new zoning signs around the city.

Has a building, place or a public place made you feel excited, interested, melancholic or stressed? Do some people find a location stimulating, while others find it boring or even alarming?

In the latest in a series called "Why Bother?" by Gresham Smith outlines the rationale for upgrading airport terminals.

The installation celebrates the 70th anniversary of Vestre, a Norwegian family-driven furniture manufacturer known for its colorful, high-quality and long-lasting designs.

IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr. famously declared “good design is good business.” Jeneanne Rae has the numbers to prove it.

Inspired by the pervasive and sometimes creepy effect of the algorithms that power these recommendation ads, Scott Kelly and Ben Polkinghorne–a pair of advertising executives who moonlight as artis

The Stadium Business Design & Development Summit is a high-level networking and knowledge exchange event designed to address the specific needs of key executives engaged in the construction, de

Virtual reality and augmented reality tools for the AEC industry are getting increasingly better and more optimized. 

Penn Station, friendly? Pentagram’s new wayfinding in the notoriously unfriendly transportation hub aims to make it so.

SEPTA's partnership with digital signage firm Intersection will deploy nearly 300 interactive displays to both subway and commuting rail lines. 

Chances are, you’ve probably seen a display or other glowing rectangle displaying an advertizement or tweets, powered by a Raspberry Pi.

Now researchers at MIT have designed a smart city system that leverages the windshield tags used to smooth drivers’ passage onto toll roads and bridges. 

The Virginia city is soliciting plans to redesign the downtown parks where white supremacists recently held violent rallies.

For more than a decade, 1010 has been painting colorful cave-like illusions that make flat surfaces appear as if they have been breached by holes go on forever. 

A clever new traffic implementation in Britain has many hopeful that neighborhood streets will be able to to get all the benefits of speed bumps without the jarring disruptions they create.

“This place is really Instagrammable, you’ll see what I mean.”

Experiential design firms need cool spaces to sell brands. Architects make it happen.

How the glow went from strip clubs to trendy restaurants.

Many—and you know who you are—are extraodinarily creative and active in the later ages, sometimes doing the best work of your lives.

Brunel University graduate Emilios Farrington-Arnas has designed a collection of wearable devices that vibrate to guide visually impaired wearers to a destination.

Developed in Germany, the CityTree is a mobile structure that incorporates mosses and urban furniture to create a possible solution to the polluted air of urban centers.

Watch the construction of the Zaha Hadid-designed Beijing Airport, expected to be the world’s largest, and think about how much you don’t want to be late for a flight in there.

Artist Camille Walala has used her signature colorful style to create a maze inside a southeast London gallery, imagined as a playground where visitors can "unleash th

New York architect David Rockwell's models of his flamboyant set designs for Broadway shows and movies, from Hairspray to Team America, are documented in these photographs.

Constructed from 2,551 silver-and-magenta wound paper tubes, Hive invites visitors to explore their senses in a series of dome-shaped chambers, each scaled to reflect a unique so

Great clear short video explaining the most popular file formats and when to use them. Heads up: The video runs to 5:20 seconds followed by an embedded ad.

Great clear short video explaining the most popular file formats and when to use them. Heads up: The video runs to 5:20 seconds followed by an embedded ad.

For all but the most experienced travelers, navigating the airport can be the most unpleasant part of a trip, filled with stress and potential pitfalls.

Creating 3D maps of all city streetscapes is paramount to the future of self-driving cars. While we’re at it, can it also be helpful for cities?

We gathered insights from eight industry leaders — through panels and interviews — on how to define the concept of a smart city.

The winners were announced over the weekend at a celebration at Toronto's iconic Evergreen Brick Works.

Research is redefining what "good design" means.

We want to bring together countries to look at design’s important role in the big emotive issues of our time,” says festival director.

Imagine if New York’s subway map had only three colors.

“They either communicate well on the different levels intended or they can be visual gibberish.”

The Sign Foundation has a few reports that indicate the value that signs add to a business

The High Line Network, a new forum for cities around the world, isn’t about cloning the park.

Richard Poulin picks his top 13 examples of great graphics and story telling in the built environment for Interior Design magazine.

Shadows are dynamic, changing throughout the day. This study of the shadows cast by buildings in New York provides great insight into the role they play in placemaking through out the year.

Entries for the Taiwan Graphic Design Award are due on July 15.

Julie Maggos didn’t plan on a career in experiential graphic design. Once known as environmental graphics, this niche area is not formally taught at most schools.

From geo-location to sun-paths, here are 10 very useful tips to make you the model SketchUp user of the office.

As in previous years, the event was launched with a mesmerizing video projection mapped onto the sails of Sydney's iconic O pera House.

By now you’ve probably seen those silver, black and blue monoliths on the streets of Manhattan.

Within the design service industry, custom virtual reality (VR) experiences have historically been reserved for private meetings on big budget projects that require specialized, expensive equipment

Who really made the first design of Futura? 

A new gif shows the speed at which China's metro systems have been developed.

Is your website still brochureware designed to impress your peers and clients?

Sometimes, while driving, one comes to an intersection with lots of signs, many lanes, and a maybe a few traffic lights as well. 

Published article by Aries Arditi in JOV, Journal of Vision with a critique on the standards that only provide accessibility for blind and lack provisions for people with low vision.

Local Projects explains why people crave mind-bending experiences at a time when screens mediate much of our lives.

Could this reissue, an artifact of the past, become a symbol of U.S. designers in support of the environment?

Comparison of arts industries contributions to the US economy. This makes for fascinating reading.

See the NEA interactive map produced from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S.

See the NEA interactive map produced from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority was infamous for bulldozing neighborhoods and displacing residents.

Uber provides anonymized data from over 2 billion trips to help improve urban planning around the world.

The Department of Employment is to host a conference on the growing need to use “design thinking” across the public sector to collaboratively develop more impactful policies and services.

Sheela Maini Søgaard is a partner and CEO of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.

According to a joint resolution, the memorial will be constructed in Area I, which surrounds the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Retailers are betting on tech that, in an instant, gives customers personal skincare tips and lets them see how they look in different styles.

It’s no longer enough to iterate and understand your user. What companies need now are designers who can empathize and bang out lines of Javascript.

A hike in the woods or a stroll through a preserve or park can be enhanced by a good trail sign — one that is informative, easy to see, yet doesn’t intrude on the vista.

Designers consider their role in the U.K.’s transition out of the EU.

The first step to integrating virtual reality into your firm is to ask why you want it.

Ethan Imboden explains why FrogVentures makes risky bets on exciting new startups.

Some of the brightest minds in interface want to bring us augmented reality, without the bulky headsets.

More than 1,000 designers and supporters turned up Thursday night in Helsinki to examine how design is challenging the present and shaping the future

An annoyed passenger and, a measured response on the design of Metro system wayfinding systems.

The Port of Seattle is doubling down so you won't get lost at Sea-Tac Airport. It's spending $2 million on a plan that includes hiring wayfinding experts and upgrading signage.

A new report may help municipalities become 'smart cities,' but legacy infrastructure may hold them back.

How do businesses let design inform or even lead their strategy? Should every company have their own chief design officer?

Design Thinking is permeating through society and enabling designers to get to grips with designing the way we experience the world.

A good article gathering the information about the value of design for business into a single article with links to the various reports.

IBM Watson and design studio SOFTlab join forces for an installation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

“The smell of a room can bring you to that room faster than a picture,” says one of the collaborators recreating the scent of the Morgan Library & Museum as it would have been in 1906.

In the 1970s, good design became federal policy.

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