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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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These fire fighting superhero suits are personalised just for you

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 22 May 2015

The trouble with fighting fires in traditional one-size-fits-all firefighting suits is that they’re heavy and bulky, weighing firefighters down when they’re climbing stairs or rescuing people. One industrial designer, Jiazhen ‘Ken’ Chen has made a dramatic improvement on tradition and introduced his A.F.A.-powered exoskeleton suit to give firefighters a personalised helping hand while on the job.

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Tables made out of dartboards or bicycle wheels

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By Maria in New Design on Wednesday 20 May 2015

SNAP is an assembly system for furniture with an innovative mechanism that allows you to design endless one-of-a-kind tables, TV stands, shelves, among others.

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Bookmarks with legs make it look like there’s a person trapped in your book

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Ukraine-based architect Olena Mysnyk brings fictional characters to life – or at least part of them – through her collection of quirky handmade bookmarks. Half piece of paper and half body part, the bookmarks make it look like characters are trapped inside the pages of their books (literally), with only their legs sticking out.

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Adorable cake toppers bring out the animal in you on your wedding day

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Having grown up next to her family’s vet clinic in Oregon, artist Sofie Skein developed a love for animals that she’d later on use as inspiration for her whimsical line of cake toppers and figurines.

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Father and daughter create an epic cereal-eating machine

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 19 May 2015

To make life easier in the mornings for his wife, Ivan Owen and his daughter created the ultimate cereal eating machine. That is, a machine to make Owen’s daughter eat her cereal faster because her mum always tells her to hurry up.

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Shark fin swimming aids make every kid look cool in the water

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 18 May 2015

There comes a time in every child’s life when they have to suck it up and learn how to swim. In some cases, it can be a very scary event (I’m having flashbacks), but in order to make them feel a little more confident, SwimFin has made really cool shark fin flotation devices to get them from the shallow end of the pool, to the deepest.

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These traffic lights turned into musical instruments and sounded off to connect total strangers

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 15 May 2015

We’re stuck in traffic so much – as a driver or a pedestrian – that we never take the time to connect with the people around us. So one clever art project, Knock Stop Music, decided to do something about that and connect San Franciscans with a very unique communication system.

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Snickers takes care of the FAILS around New York City

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 14 May 2015

Snickers put on a fantastic marketing campaign across New York recently by finding all the fails across the city and placing stickers next to them that read ‘You make mistakes when you’re hungry’.

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Designer creates sofas that look like majestic mountains for the lazy outdoor enthusiast

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Now you can enjoy the great outdoors without actually having to go outdoors. Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce has created a line of sofas that will make your living room look like a mountain range.

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These business cards are made out of crayons, and yes, you can scribble with them!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Last week we introduced you to the cool artwork of Dorota Pankowska, the Toronto-based artist behind the ‘+1 Add Friend’ buttons. Now we’re back with something equally as quirky and cool from the artist: Crayon Business Cards!

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A fully decked-out Mario Bros. Airbnb apartment in Tokyo

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Airbnb have some pretty crazy rentals around the world. We’ve already reported on the cable car accommodation in the French Alps and the IKEA Airbnb in Sydney. But check out this next place to stay, just south of inner Tokyo. It’s brimming with Super Mario products.

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Traffic lights are now more LGBTQ friendly in Vienna

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Vienna sure knows how to welcome its tourists. In the lead up to next week’s Eurovision contest, this lively Austrian city has replaced the traditional traffic light men and gone with an LGBTQ makeover!

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Artist creates cute jewelry that look like delicious miniature desserts

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 9 May 2015

Your diet might not permit you to eat sweets, but it didn’t say anything about you wearing them. Polish artist Katarzyna Korporowicz of ‘Koko With Love’ creates drool-worthy jewelry that are inspired by desserts like ice cream, cookies, and chocolates.

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Cancer survivor creates empathy cards that patients would actually want to get

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 9 May 2015

Designer and illustrator Emily McDowell (previously) knows a thing or two about getting empathy cards – or lack of it. At age 24, she was diagnosed with cancer. Through the ordeal, she’d usually cards that came with the wrong message. She decided to do something about this shortly after beating cancer 9 months later.

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Wow! This stunning high-rise hydroponic farm has been designed for big cities across the globe

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 8 May 2015

To make Earth a greener place, Aprilli Design Studio got its designers together to create an incredible ecological system known as the Urban Skyfarm. This is not your average eco-friendly building. It’s so much more. For starters, the Urban Skyfarm is not just a stagnant high rise, but rather a ‘living machine’ that filters water and air, provides vegetables and herbs for the community, and produces renewable energy.

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