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Seen the wicked graphic design for Logos that float in midair? Or the interior design of some of the Beautiful Libraries of the world? No? After seeing Back To The Future, have you always dreamed of climbing into a new and cool DeLorean design and speeding through time? Well, if you have, you now can. Through words and images at least. Dream on, our designer friends.

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NASA gets us ready for space travel to newfound alien planets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 28 January 2015

In a wonderfully geeky move, NASA has been releasing some vintage-inspired scifi travel posters from the fictitious Exoplanet Travel Bureau for newfound planets such as Kepler-16b (which, as they note, orbits a pair of stars like Tatooine in Star Wars), HD 40307g (dubbed a ‘Super Earth’ for its gravitational pull) and Kepler-186f (the Earth-size planet with red wavelength […]

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It’s 2015, and nuns just wanna have fun… on your calendar

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 28 January 2015

If you’re one of these folks who don’t like a calendar and most certainly haven’t got one for 2015, the Nuns Having Fun calendar might change your mind. Whether they are at the carnival, jumping rope, on Vespas or playing the guitar, the joy on their faces is unmistakable.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: Lightman: a night light, reading light, bike light, flash light all in one

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Since the smartphone was created, few people have had to carry around a flashlight for emergencies. Now, even when plumbers and electricians are called in for a job, they’re using their smartphones. But what if there was a gadget that replaced the traditional torch and worked better than your smartphone’s flashlight? Well, I’ve found it.

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Canada’s new passport looks like a party when you put it under UV light

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 26 January 2015

That’s a mighty beautiful passport to whip out at a rave, eh? Released back in mid-2013, the new Canadian passport might look ordinary at first glance, but once you place it under a UV light, its pages suddenly turn into a party of colors and hidden images!

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This Loch Ness Monster ladle will cause a stir every time you make soup

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 24 January 2015

Finally, we have confirmed sighting of the Loch Ness Monster… in your soup! This is the adorable ‘Nessie’ ladle, it’s designed to look like the mythical creature from Scotland. This one, however, is a lot more useful in kitchen duties.

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A discarded Boeing wingtip is repurposed into a beautiful, futuristic desk

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 23 January 2015

If having a 747’s jet engine for a desk doesn’t suit your style, maybe you’d like to try its wing instead? French design studio ‘Les Ateliers Flown’ took a discarded 737-800 model wingtip and repurposed it into a sexy, futuristic desk.

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Fun Products that are unexpectedly Versatile: Porthole Hat Bag, a hat that can also be used as a shopping bag

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 22 January 2015

A hat has one use, right? Protecting your head. Or, keeping you stylish. Maybe both, so in that case a hat has just two uses. Right? Wrong! If you’ve never come across the Porthole Hat Bag before, you’re in for a huge surprise.

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A toy maker made this awesome ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Starfighter rocker

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 21 January 2015

This baby’s gonna grow up to do great things, like destroying Death Stars. Auckland-based craftsman Steve of ‘Steves Wooden Toys’ made a rocker inspired by the X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars. It’s made out of solid wood and even comes with a removable R2D2 at the back. It’s the perfect toy for the little Lukes […]

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Game Boy gets a futuristic-Victorian makeover and goes all Steampunk on us

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

The Nintendo Game Boy might’ve sold over 118 million units since its 1989 debut, but just imagine if that simple grey box had a steampunk makeover. Imagine then how many more units Nintendo might’ve sold! This Steampunk Game Boy was designed by French artist Elise Siegwald, using just thread, acrylic paint, and clock machinery.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Kangaroo Light is a light pad that lights up the bottom of your purse and also acts as a night light and a placemat

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

You can’t find your car keys. Your baby needs a light on to sleep. You need something to rest your dinner plate on. There’s one item that fits the bill for all three tasks: The Kangaroo Light. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, this cleverly-designed light has gone into production and brought convenience to thousands.

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Disney just helped create an autonomous robot that digs up large scale images in the sand

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 19 January 2015

Australia Day is the day to celebrate being an Aussie while eating a sausage breakfast and building sand castles. But what if you were able to grab a robot that could design the sand into intricate images of Disney characters? You’d definitely win first prize at the sand castle competition. So here it is. It’s […]

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Sticky notes for light switches make sure you never forget anything before leaving home

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 17 January 2015

‘Switch Notes’ is an ingenious way of reminding you of your to-do tasks before stepping out of the house. Created by stationary store ‘Suck UK’, the sticky note design has a hole in the middle, allowing it to be placed around a light switch. You’ll never forget anything ever again, unless that thing you forgot […]

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The very first chandelier that is dishwasher safe

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 17 January 2015

So you’ve got so many chandeliers that it’s taking half a day to dust them all. What a nightmare. To stay ahead of your chandelier game, you ought to look into a dishwasher safe chandelier. Yeah, it’s a thing. Created by Schonbek, the Da Vinci Crystal Chandelier is far more than just another lighting piece.

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This design student pokes her nose at her own art pieces – literally – to create them using Photoshop

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Friday 16 January 2015

As an undergraduate design student, Michelle Vandy subjected herself to 10 to 15-hours a day working on Photoshop. As a result, her arms started to tingle, and pretty soon, they became too painful for her to even use her mouse and keyboard. She recalled: ‘I was sitting in my room late one evening fiddling around with this external touchpad I had lying on my desk and without thinking, lifted it up to eye level and touched it with my nose’.

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Look! An office you can slump all over anywhere sans tables and chairs

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 16 January 2015

Sitting down is bad for you, agreed? Dutch design firm RAAAF thinks so too, and they are now addressing this lifestyle hazard in the workplace with an office design that takes away chairs and tables altogether. The idea is to put up forms of varying slopes and angles for light leaning support, while encouraging workers people to move about as they work.

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