Film Photography Can Never Be Replaced

Old-school image-making liberates us from algorithms—and helps us pursue an unfiltered connection with our own creativity.

In Praise of **** and Conspicuous Security Cameras

Surveillance works best when the bad guys can see they're being watched. So why design smart-home…

The Quiet Power of Sound Design

Our lives are increasingly entangled with our devices; great sound design could make that a more…

How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming’s Home Invasion

A nearly endless array of game options helped the cartridge-fed console dominate the living room for…

Jargon Watch: What ‘Roadmanship’ Means to a Self-Driving Car

More than a century later, the quaint term is back as a basis for long-­overdue safety…

Why the Aeron Is Still the Most Coveted Seat in the Office

With its pioneering mesh support, ingenious tilt mechanism, and conspicuously engineered design, the "dotcom throne" has…

Jargon Watch: Stochastic Terrorism Lets Bullies Operate in Plain Sight

It takes a master demagogue to weaponize unstable individuals and aim them at political enemies.

The History of the X-Acto Knife, From Battlefields to Craft Tables

From military medical tents to the drafting table, the versatile X-acto knife always makes the cut.

How Lego Came to Be the World’s Most Famous Brick

A Danish woodworker’s bet on a new ­manufacturing process gave us a toy that never gets…

Jargon Watch: Silicages Could Make Gene Therapy Less Risky

Silicage: A nanostructure made of silica that may provide a safer carrier for gene therapy.