Pingbell Brings the Traditional Bike Bell To Present Day

More than a signal for alerting pedestrians, it's a device that tracks position

In bike-friendly cities, more often than not, one’s ride is stored in a sea of other bikes, or in the closest place available—which might not be the easiest to remember. One year ago, Amsterdam-based studio FROLIC proposed a simple solution: a discreet app-connected smart bicycle bell. After interest from buyers, manufacturers and even distributors, and six months of product development, they’ve just launched the result, …

Blunt + Tile Smart Umbrella

With an internet connection, this indestructible offering becomes hard to lose

Over the past few weeks we’ve toted around Blunt Umbrellas‘ latest offering, the Blunt XS_Metro + Tile. The brand initially drew attention for its sharp looks and patented indestructible design (the first patent on an umbrella sine 1922 except for the addition of vents in the ’80s), and since the team stepped up their game and partnered with GPS tracking app Tile. Blunt places the …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Vitra goes to Africa, the Indienet, a people's history of coffee and more in our look at the web this week

1. The New Yorker Embraces the GIF No matter how you prefer to pronounce it, there’s big news in the GIF world right now. One of the most respected publications for arts and culture, The New Yorker, has done the unexpected and released a digital GIF cover. It might be simple, but the work by animator Christoph Niemann is also beautiful and done with the …

The New Yorker Embraces the GIF

Vitra goes to Africa, the Indienet, a people's history of coffee and more in our look at the web this week

No matter how you prefer to pronounce it, there’s big news in the GIF world right now. One of the most respected publications for arts and culture, The New Yorker, has done the unexpected and released a digital GIF cover. It might be simple, but the work by animator Christoph Niemann is also beautiful and done with the same class, care and pointed nature as …

Briefly

Vitra goes to Africa, the Indienet, a people's history of coffee and more in our look at the web this week

To explore the purpose and impact of project creative briefs, founder of brand and design firm Basset & Partners, Tom Bassett, created a short film staring some of the design world’s most formative figures. From Frank Gehry to David Rockwell and Yves Béhar, the 26-minute “Briefly” dives into whether or not the specific piece of paper is in fact a source of inspiration, or just …