Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, science, and culture, among other subjects, for many publications, including Wired, The London Review of Books, and Popular Science. He is contributing editor to Artforum and the design magazine Print and I.D., contributing writer of the popular blog Design Observer, and columnist for Slate.


These Office Spaces Will Actually Get You Fit

Creating an office that truly makes us happy and healthy takes a lot more than standing desks and on-site yoga. Thankfully, new research has sparked a growing revolution in workplace design.

Tom Vanderbilt
Mar 26, 2018

Did Airbnb Kill the Mountain Town?

Living the dream has never been easy in the West's most beloved adventure hamlets, where homes are a fortune and good jobs are few. But the rise of online short-term rentals may be the tipping point...

Tom Vanderbilt
Jul 11, 2017

Biking Across America on a Diet of Fast Food

Fueled by Pop-Tarts and fast food, 52-year-old software engineer Kurt Searvogel is out to break the record for the greatest distance pedaled in a year. What motivates a man to ride more than 200...

Tom Vanderbilt
Dec 8, 2015

A Taste of Italian Cycling Comes to California

Each year, in the rolling hills and strade bianche of Tuscany, thousands of riders set out to conquer challenging climbs and tricky descents on pre-1987 equipment (drop-tube shifters, non-aero brake...

Tom Vanderbilt
May 12, 2015

Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor

The Koryo Hotel does pretty well on Trip-Advisor, all things considered. The Internet never—and I mean never—works. The towels are “thin,” the sheet thread count low, and the milk powdered.

Tom Vanderbilt
Mar 13, 2015

Why Cyclist Is a Dirty Word

The Ride on Chicago is at once political and apolitical: advocating for empathy on the road and a less fraught cyclist-society relationship.

Tom Vanderbilt
May 13, 2014

Now It's On: Does Wearable Tech Live Up to Its Name?

Buzzing along in a feisty double pace-line on a Tour de France-worthy BMC on a crisp morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, the hump of Superstition Mountain looming on the horizon, the moment seemed right...

Tom Vanderbilt
Apr 29, 2014

The Masochist's Guide to Cycling

Road cyclist Tom Vanderbilt was curious about the branch of his sport that was part Crossfit and part Tough Mudder. So when a cyclocross clinic came to a nearby town, he was among the first to sign...

Tom Vanderbilt
Oct 16, 2013

How Strava Is Changing the Way We Ride

A new social-media app for cycling has more than a million riders racing, cheating, and even dying for virtual supremacy over the world’s roads and trails. A recent convert to the cult explains how...

Tom Vanderbilt
Jan 8, 2013