The dream of driving a flying car is something most of us associate with the Jetsons or Star Wars, but in reality their conceptions begin way way back. In fact, William Samuel Henson and John Stringfellow patented the flying car design seen above in 1841.. over 60 years before human flight was possible.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
This excellent collection of coffee blogs, news sources, and social media accounts worth following will make you wish it was already tomorrow morning.
I've seen a few of these interesting contraptions over the past few years, and really had no idea what they did. All I understood was that it created a copy of something at a smaller or larger ratio. Today I came on a plan to build a trim-router based pantograph that looks simple enough to tackle.
Back before we had the intuitive computer interfaces we have today, the men in the control booths had to rely on looming control panels full of switches, levers, buttons, and all sorts of intimidating and archaic devices. The physical industrial design had to be both wholly practical (in a lot of cases) and as user-friendly as possible, resulting in a wealth of unique control panels.
Words words words, as the Bard said. All around us and packed with meaning despite the fact that many of us never stop to think about the other design aspects of the world around us. But that's where this little city exploration tour from Quartz comes in to unpack the hidden meaning behind everyday street signs.
Tiki torches are hit or miss for me. They can be tacky and, but if done right they can class up the aesthetic of your summer barbecue in a whole new way. The design is as simple to make as the aesthetic is clean.
In a little old neighborhood in Paris, nestled between two apartment buildings, lies this perspective-bending basketball court, straight out of a geometric abstract artist's fever dream. The court is named after the Rue Duperre on which it stands and was created as a dual project between French fashion company Pigalle and Nike in 2009.
Sometimes, a plant and gardening project can be big and complicated, designed as a major focal point or landscaping effort that's intended to last for years and many harvests. See this guy.
But most of my favorite plant projects are the simple ones. The quick and easy efforts that allow you to spread a little life all around your space.
When Sean came across this model 94646-E “Northwind” oscillating electric fan by Emerson Electric, dated to about 1955, he knew it'd be a stylish, character-filled replacement to his recently busted cheap plastic box fan. So, he got it home, plugged it in, and it whirred "like a cheetah."
And within ten minutes, he totally cut himself on the sharp, spinning metal blades. Yikes.
Jonathan Ives is perhaps best known as the British man with the soothing voice who's been featured in the Apple ads of the last couple years. He's currently the Chief Design Officer at Apple and one of the most influential designers alive. Steve Jobs called him his "spiritual partner at Apple" and
Living in the age of social media as we do, it almost seems preemptively nostalgic to talk about a love for physical things, but I think we'd agree that there is beauty in the tactile. Hanging a physically framed photo shows intention and an eye toward design, so printing the best photos (and having a good frame) is key. Which is why Popular Mechanics took the time to put together this great how-to guide to help you print the best photos whether at home or online.
What began as a simple conversation turned into a dare, which turned into a very long quest to design and build one man's very own lathe for his woodworking shop. Mike (the woodworker and designer of woodshopmike.com) was short in cash for the tool department and his machinist buddy convinced him that building a lathe would be relatively easy, so with a little research and a lot of hard work, they were off.
SketchUp is a great program for getting a project started. From the 3D visualization, all the way down to generating cut lists here's an overview on how it works for us woodworkers.
When the weather turns hot, it's always nice to find some water to take a dip. The most convenient way to cool off, is to have a pool right outside that slider but most of the time there just isn't enough space for our own personal oasis, or is there?