Watch Google Unveil the Next Pixel Phone

[embedded content] After splashy product reveals from Apple and Amazon earlier this fall, it’s time for Google devices to shine. Google's annual hardware showcase kicks off today, where it's expected to unveil two new Pixel phones. Also expected to make an appearance:...

The Next Great (Digital) Extinction

Somewhere between 2 and 3 billion years ago, what scientists call the Great Oxidation Event, or GOE, took place, causing the mass extinction of anaerobic bacteria, the dominant life form at the time. A new type of bacteria, cyanobacteria, had emerged, and it had the...

SpaceX Sticks Its Landing after a Showy California Launch

“The Falcon has landed.” As SpaceX declared victory on its live webcast, cheers erupted on a southern California hilltop, where a group of watchers had gathered to witness the company’s latest rocket launch (and landing). SpaceX had just achieved another first:...

Online Conspiracy Theories: The WIRED Guide

Humans are pattern seekers. It’s how we’ve always made sense of the world: Our ancestors wouldn’t have survived if they hadn’t realized that plants tend to flourish after rainfall or that sabertooth tigers tended to eat them. But sometimes we’re just a little too good...

Why Scientists Should Be Tracking a Catastrophic Pig Disease

Right now, a pig disease called African swine fever is moving across the world. It has caused huge alarm in China and across Europe; more than 300,000 pigs have died of the disease or been culled in attempts to stop the virus spreading. Maybe you missed it. That’s...

How To Create a Stack of 3D Characters in Adobe Photoshop

One of my Spoon Graphics readers recently sent me an email with a great tutorial suggestion based on one of the promo graphics of the free font named Manrope. The cited artwork featured a collection of letters as long three dimensional shapes of varying heights,...

Cities Are Teaming Up to Offer Broadband, and the FCC Is Mad

This is a story that defies two strongly held beliefs. The first—embraced fervently by today's FCC—is that the private marketplace is delivering world-class internet access infrastructure at low prices to all Americans, particularly in urban areas. The second is that...

How To Create a Retro 70s Style Striped Logo Type Effect

I received an email from a Spoon Graphics reader last week who wanted some advice for creating a striped type effect in Illustrator, citing a retro 70s style logo as an example. I was sure I’d created a similar effect in a recent tutorial, but it turned out to be the...