Concepts

James Dyson wants to build a giant floating vacuum to clean rivers

Thanks to his vacuum cleaners, famed designer James Dyson is already helping to keep homes clean all over the world — now he wants to do the same for the Earth's water. Dyson has detailed a concept he's tinkering with called the M.V. Recyclone barge, which uses a similar suction system as his vacuums, but would use it to suck up plastic and other debris floating on the water's surface.

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Concepts

Volvo's inflatable car seat breathes new life into child safety

Child car seats are essential for infant and toddler safety, but that doesn't mean that parents are happy to use them. The seats are bulky and heavy, and they're a pain to position correctly. But what if you could inflate a child seat once it was in position and then deflate it and stuff it into a bag when you're finished? That could soon be a reality if Volvo's new concept rear-facing child restraint makes it into production. The Swedish carmaker's concept seat has a built-in pump that can inflate it in just 40 seconds, and deflated, the whole package is about 18 x 20 x 8 inches (45 x 50 x 20cm) — portable enough to fit into some luggage or a large bag. It weighs just over 11 pounds (5kg).

This isn't the first time that a manufacturer has experimented with inflatables for a car seat, but this appears to be the first rear-facing inflatable child seat. Some others on the market are booster seats, which are designed for older children and use the car's built-in seatbelts. Volvo's...

This car seat fits into a bag

Typography

Meet the illegitimate child of Comic Sans

Comic Sans is widely considered to be a comically bad font to read and look at, and yet the font keeps popping up. Anyone inexperienced in the ways of design seems to be drawn to it as a way to express the casual, fun-loving nature of whatever their sign or presentation is hoping to convey. With its use spreading from your local pizza place and daycare center to as wide as CERN and the Vatican, Comic Sans has truly become an unfortunate phenomenon since its introduction in 1994.


Graffiti artist KATSU creates abstract paintings using drones with spray cans

The prolific graffiti artist KATSU is presenting a series of paintings in San Jose later this week, but the paintings haven't been made by hand — and KATSU didn't even really have full control over what was created. The series is titled Drone Paintings, and as you may guess, they were created with remotely controlled drones. True to his roots though, the drones were armed with cans of spray paint, which KATSU used to create abstract works...

Photo Essay

Otherworldly landscapes forged from mundane minutiae

It's all an illusion. The ash-covered landscapes, the crashing waves of a turbulent sea, the smoky, toxic air — it's all make-believe. Forge is a series of works from British artist Luke Evans that turns the ordinary into the unforgettable.

Using a mixture of common materials, Evans crafts intricate landscapes in miniature on his kitchen table. The image above takes self-raising flour, paint, fragments of brick, and heated glycerine (a...

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