Design Matters: If You Don't Love The Way It Looks, You Won't Use It

A side effect of living in the 21st century is the surplus of new objects that we surround ourselves with: the chargers, gadgets, cell phones, televisions, cords, and various electronics that are introduced to the market each year. My apartment is not large by any means, so with space at a premium I have to carefully…

We Sat Down With A Dyson Design Engineer To Learn About What He Does Every Day

Josh Mutlow has spent the past six years as an engineer at Dyson, helping them iterate and innovate in order to turn common household appliances like vacuum cleaners into beautiful, high-quality pieces of technology. He’s part of a much larger team within the company: Dyson spends roughly $10 million a week on…

Meals in the Mitten: A Tour of Michigan’s Black-Owned Restaurants

The state of Michigan is world-renowned for its greats: Great Lakes, great summers, and now — thanks to its sizzling cultural epicenter in Detroit — great food. If you haven’t heard by now, there is a bit of a restaurant renaissance that is leading the Motor City’s revitalization, one bite at a time. Riding the wave…

My Mom's Alexa Gets Her Groceries — And Her Music Taste

My dad was the music man. A gifted guitarist who played in a band for longer than I’ve been alive, he would take my sister and me on Saturday afternoon trips to Best Buy, back when people still bought CDs. Together we would scour the aisles for new albums he’d read about in Rolling Stone; back in the car, he would…

You're Getting Warmer

Once, in college, I went to visit a friend for the weekend. He generously loaned me his bed — well, not so generously, since he would be sleeping at his girlfriend’s that night — and the heat, he said, wasn’t entirely reliable in his apartment. We were in Boston, and it was the frigid end of November. He gave me every…