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Mysteries of the world’s biggest dome

How did Filippo Brunelleschi use engineering, design, math, and secrecy to build the world's biggest dome? "...Experts still don't fully understand the brilliant methods he used in constructing the dome, which tops th...

An accidental toy inventor’s shapeshifting designs

What if we could make objects transform in the same way a flower unfolds from its bud? This is what designer, Harvard professor, and accidental toy inventor Chuck Hoberman is trying to figure out. His work, ranging fr...

Making Eames fiberglass shell chairs

Arguably one of the 20th century’s most beloved designs, the Eames Shell Chair has wormed its way into our collective consciousness to become both a coveted piece of design history and, quite simply, a beautiful, acce...

A dreamlike swim in an underwater wheelchair: Sue Austin’s ‘Creating the Spectacle’

Filmed among the sea life in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, British multimedia, performance, and installation artist Sue Austin gently swims through the water in a specially-adapted underwater wheelchair. The dreamlik...

Fold ‘N Fly paper airplane instructions & video tutorials

From the prolific Fold’n’Fly database of paper airplanes with easy-to-follow folding instructions, learn how to make The Sprinter Acrobatic Paper Airplane, above, and more than three dozen other fun plane designs. The...

How do roller coasters affect your body?

In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull...

Thumb-dented aluminum can sculptures

When Noah Deledda empties an aluminum can, he doesn't throw it into a recycling bin. He reuses it, creating aluminum can sculptures by methodically denting small areas of the cans into patterns with his thumbs. He doc...

Conductive copper dominoes topple to turn on this lamp

Why simply flip a switch when you can turn on a lamp with a domino chain reaction instead? This is a copper domino light created by London-based design studio Glithero. Tip over the first conductive copper switch, the...

Notable Women, an AR app that adds 100 historic American women to U.S. currency

Notable Women is an augmented reality experiment that lets anyone see 100 historic American women where they’ve historically been left out: U.S. currency. Discover the accomplishments of activists, artists, scientists...

The Ocean Cleanup technology and challenges explained

The Great Pacific garbage patch in the northern Pacific ocean holds an estimated 1.8 trillion hard-to-see pieces of plastic that float around on or just below the water's surface. They're kept swirling in an area that...

Izzy Wheels: Sisters create an artist-designed wheelchair wheel cover business

When Izzy Keane was a little girl in Ireland, she would decorate the wheels of her wheelchair for special occasions. When her sister Ailbhe (pronounced Alva) Keane was in her final year at the National College of Art ...

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

"Herman's quiet world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressful." What is that noise? What is that feeling? Is it as big as it seems or are things not quite that bad? Herman Brown is Feeling Down is a...

A tumbling, glowing, furry puppet creature by Barnaby Dixon

With spiky fur on its back and a long, expressive nose on its little face, this aardvark-like creature is a charming addition to Barnaby Dixon's collection of characters. A puppet designer and puppeteer, Dixon slips a...

The Cyclo Knitter, a bicycling machine that knits scarves in 5 minutes

Imagine it's the midst of winter. You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left w...

Bicycle Models from 1818 to the 1890s

Take a gander at the designs of these Victorian velocipedes, early styles of bicycles and other pedal-powered vehicles, over the course of around 70 years. This 1915 film from France, with explainer cards in Dutch, sh...

Origami Changes Everything: Mass-producing an ancient art with 3D printing

Can origami, the art of folded paper, be used to 3D-print parts for our cars, pieces of clothing, art that we display, and other products? Can we build machines that can create patterns based on scans, and then cut, f...

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

In 2014, Ecovative Designs was working to combine mycelium with local crop waste to make a compostable biomaterial for packaging, and continue to expand their efforts. One example: A collaboration with Netherlands-bas...

How to screen print, a video series by Eva Stalinski

Eva Stalinski is a Dutch illustrator and screen printer who sells her shirts, bags, pins and patches online. In this delightful series of how-to videos, she shares how to screen print your own designs onto t-shirts. S...

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