Author: Design Guru

Museum of the Second World War, Gdansk by Kwadrat

Poland has just opened it finest piece of architecture this century, but the Kwadrat-designed Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk is a battleground itself Photography by Paul RafteryWords by Herbert Wright You can just spot the Museum of the Second World War from Gdansk’s tourist-thronged Old Town. The Motlawa river is lined with a picture-perfect parade of historic and faux-historic facades, but beyond them, above the roofs where the river bends, is a new shape — a distant triangle on the horizon. It is the museum’s tower. Gdansk’s centre gives way to open spaces to the...

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fondazione prada’s new building by OMA nears completion in milan

in 2015, milan’s fondazione prada opened its doors to the public for the first time. rem koolhaas’ OMA had completely transformed the site, converting what was once a gin distillery on the southern edge of the city into a bold and diverse complex of challenging exhibition venues. upon inauguration, the 19,000 square meter-campus comprised seven existing buildings and two new ones. however, one of the site’s most important components was still under wraps — a nine-storey tower designed to display the foundation’s permanent collection. the former gin distillery is located on the southern edge of the cityimage © designboom...

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The State Of Advanced Website Builders

Advanced website builders — the tools provided by Squarespace1, Wix2, Weebly3, The Grid214 and more — produce websites that look and feel like they were designed and coded by humans. They’re also software as a service, which is a different business model than traditional, custom-developed websites. So, should companies use them? At some point, will they replace custom development? In short, yes. Self-serve website-builder platforms are quietly becoming very powerful. A lot of us write them off without much thought, but it’s time for agencies and custom development shops to pay attention. It won’t be hard to stay ahead of the builders… once we acknowledge they’re coming for us. Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link What Is An Advanced Website Builder? Link In 2004, the year my web design agency incorporated, a professional website experience cost six figures and took half a year or more to launch. Today, a business can buy a website on Squarespace for $12 per month and be live the same day. Squarespace is an advanced website builder. It’s a subscription service where, without code, you can build and serve a website for your business. It offers only templated design, little or no help with copy, and nothing in the way of advanced user experience design. However, the templates are very slick, businesses often pull content from other places, and the basic user experience is excellent....

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MVRDV designs groos concept store with full height shelving in rotterdam

the groos concept store in rotterdam has been given a new look by MVRDV; the retail space itself showcasing contemporary art, design to an eclectic mix of creative products from the netherlands and around the world.     ‘we started out in het schieblock in an up-and-coming neighborhood with minimum funds and now we are moving to a monumental and historical building with world renowned architects, MVRDV as our neighbors, and designers of our dream store.’ – groos co-founder, tjeerd hendriks all images © ossip van duivenbode     the distinctive 300 sqm groos concept store blends a mix...

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workhorse’s SureFly fuses helicopter with drone into a neat carbon-fiber craft

workhorse, theUSs-based transport company that have been working with UPS to made drone delivery a reality have upscaled their airborne technology with their latest reveal–the SureFly personal helicopter. 78 years since the first ‘copter took to the sky, workhorse have set out to reinvent the VTOL craft using their expertise in battery-powered electric mobility. the drone-helicopter hybrid is designed to be easy to operate and initial models will be piloted, yet longer-term plans include a goal to introduce autonomous flight.  the SureFly sets out to reinvent the helicopter after 78 years     workhorse aims for SureFly to be...

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