Design has a big impact on the environment, but today, most responsible designers put the 'environment' in their plans and try to avoid leaving a footprint. This is especially true in the design of new Materials, one of the categories featured in the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibit, Why Design Now, The National Design Triennial.
Time Magazine just published its list of the 50 Worst Inventions. Some of these inventions are really old, like the crinoline and tanning beds. Others aren't even around any more, like the Ford Pinto and the Pontiac Aztek. And many, like Agent Orange, plastic shopping bags, and DDT, historically really called for a more timely worst inventions list. But some of Time's 50 Worst Inventions are worth a look just for being so darned ... wacky!