As the number of unhoused people increases in big urban centers, so does the use of hostile design meant to prevent people from getting too comfortable in public places. The classic example are benches with steel armrests in the middle so tired people can't lie down. But there are many more tricks-of-the-trade, as evidenced by the @hostiledesign Twitter feed of photos that not only depict architecture meant to be unwelcoming to unhoused folks but also design that's hostile to people with disabilities, skateboarders, and others just looking to take a load off.
E. Bryant Crutchfield, the Mead paper executive who created the Trapper Keeper, has died of bone cancer. He was 85. The iconic binder became so popular in the 1980s that, according to the company, as much as half of all US middle and high school students owned one. From the New York Times: Just as… READ THE REST
Neal Agarwal (previously) made a surprisingly fancy iPhone "design" toy. Make your perfect phone! Components you can add include cameras, physical buttons, logos and … wheels. READ THE REST
The US Army is designing a tactical bra that will be its first official uniform bra in the military branch's history. Now in refinement at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Solider Center, the prototyping team there will present their proposed Army Tactical Brassiere (ATB) to the Army Uniform Board for approval later this… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. More people are working from laptops than ever these days. Whether you're self-employed, starting online education, or utilizing a work-from-home setup, you need to be able to work from anywhere. Laptops… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Between the stresses of work, classes, and home life, when was the last time you were able to relax and enjoy a little bit of free time? In a world of side… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. From paying your rent to sharing pics of your adorable dog to shopping for a new pair of jeans — is there anything you don't do on your phone these days?… READ THE REST