Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

The Internet of Things

Is it worth sacrificing control of our lives just so the fridge can order in some more preserved lemons when we run out?

Published in Crimes Against Design
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

The cloud

There's something comforting about the wispy metaphor for the network that underpins most aspects of our daily lives, says James Bridle. It's easy to forget the reality of its vast physical infrastructure

Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Keiichi Matsuda: Total digital overload

The designer's films offer a glimpse into a nightmarish sci-fi future in which every surface, appliance and inch of peripheral vision fizzes with data – an onslaught that might be just a couple of years away. Designers, he says, must shape this world – or be shaped by it

Published in Features
Friday, 23 January 2015 09:15

23 January: This week’s most read

Gehry, Nouvel, Viñoly's, MVRDV and Sérgio Bernardes held your attention this week

Published in Comment
Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:53

Dark matter: Designing for privacy

Thinkers in art, technology, fashion and product design are responding to the threat of mass surveillance with a range of privacy-conscious gadgets that have a distinctly villainous aesthetic

Published in Features
Friday, 16 January 2015 14:17

Gogoro Smartscooter

An affordable electric scooter that will rely on a network of battery charging stations could revolutionise transport infrastructure in densely populated cities. David Phelan was at the product's launch last week in Las Vegas

Published in News
Friday, 16 January 2015 13:48

16 January: This week’s most read

MVRDV's grand gesture in Rotterdam, architects' role in the war and Owen Hatherley's angle on the Walkie-Talkie caused a buzz among Icon readers this week

Published in Comment
Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Can we outsmart the smart city?

A new generation of cities are being wired up to control themselves by harnessing huge quantities of real-time data. But by turning a city onto autopilot, are we in danger of losing what makes it human?

Published in Features
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

Tangible data

Physical versions of pie and bar charts and a tapestry that represents human voices are attempts by designers to make data more accessible

Published in News
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:55

Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality

Watch the designer's films that depict a future in which a virtual layer of data is a continual presence in our lives

Published in Video
Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

Icon 138: Data

From smart cities to mass surveillance, our December issue – out on 1 November – looks at the complex relationship between democracy and big data

Published in Comment
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:57

Patch Of Sky by Fabrica

Fabrica's internet-connected ambient lights let the user share what's going on in the sky above them

Published in Video
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:45

Fabrica: Patch of Sky

The Italian research centre brings a touch of sentimentality to the rising tide of “smart” products with Patch of Sky – a set of connected lamps that show a travelling loved one what the weather is like back at home

Published in News