Google’s Pixel 3 Offers Photographic Breakthrough for Less

The new device takes camera phones to a new, mind-blowing level

For the first time in human history, an entire generation does not remember life before photographs could be taken at an exceptional level. We are now more attuned to the quality of photography, and more literate in what that means (and skilled in retouching) than ever before. Photographic literacy is a form of communication, and even the smallest children are adept. What’s about to happen …

Testing DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro

We take the new and improved camera drone for a few flights

Once again, DJI has moved the goalposts, improving drone photography radically—and at the price of an affordable DSLR. Partnering with Hasselblad, they created the new Mavic 2 Pro, which includes an optical adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11 and a huge, one-inch sensor. This solves one of the biggest pain-points in consumer-approachable drone photography—prior to now, the photo and video quality was barely useable beyond display on …

Interview: A Conversation with Polestar CEO and Design Director Thomas Ingenlath

Volvo’s performance brand doesn’t want to be anything like Tesla

Designers rarely get to run the show at carmakers. Think of Michelangelo commissioning his own sculptures and you understand why people who control purse strings tend to keep the creatives at bay. But Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Volvo’s new stand alone Polestar brand—and the former VP of Design at Volvo who before that had design responsibilities at both Volkswagen and Audi—might just be a smart …

The Apple iPhone XS and the Dawn of Computational Photography

After a couple weeks with the new device, it's the camera that's most impressive

The hype whenever Apple introduces a new product is that it’s “revolutionary.” That’s quite literally hyperbole because very few companies debut something that truly creates a sea change with any sort of consistency. But the new iPhone XS and XS Max actually are revolutionary, especially because they herald a different kind of photography in your pocket that has never been possible before. To understand how and why, …

Collaborative Kia Telluride Concept Unveiled at Brandon Maxwell’s NYFW Show

Texas ruggedness meets big city glamour in this new car

Brandon Maxwell is quite a big deal in the fashion world (he’s dressed Michelle Obama, Oprah and more), and yet he speaks humbly at New York Fashion Week about his Marfa, Texas roots, and how they’ve influenced his design sense and this latest runway show. In fact, he dedicated his spring 2019 line to his 81-year-old Texan grandmother, Louise Johnson. It makes sense then, that the designer …