As part of his research for writing "Product Design 101", James Nestor attended a seminar titled "Sell Out," wherein he learned that to ensure a product sells, one must gratuitously promote the product at every given moment. To wit: Nestor's incredible and historic tome Get High Now (Without Drugs) has just been released by Chronicle Books. In it you will find over 175 bizarre methods in which everyone from ancient Greeks to hippies have gotten "naturally" high, from performing breathwork to consuming giraffe livers.

Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier
“I always wanted to live in a glass house,” explains Valerie Phelps, as she stands surrounded by the 40 feet of…
Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s…
Like a Rock
When it comes to great product design, the material is often the message. Matuse’s wetsuits prove why.
Product Developments
We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned…
Buyer Beware
Bad design can be not just unattractive but unhealthy. Steer clear of this trio of second-rate offerings.
Best Buy
Good design isn’t inextricably wed to a high price tag. These classic designs run the gamut of types and prices.
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