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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 playgrounds know how to take the fun out of playtime

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Exhausted parents the world over certainly appreciate well-designed playgrounds that are safe and fun for Junior to play in while they have a little respite on the side. But be warned. As these pictures show, you no longer have to bring your least favorite child to the playground and put him on some mood swings […]

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The limited edition take-anywhere chaise lawn chair

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 14 October 2014

You can’t always find a chair to sit on while out and about, but if you have the limited edition chaise lawn chair, you’ll never get stuck looking for a place to sit, ever again. This ‘alive furniture, mobile planter and human transporter’ was created using wheelbarrow parts, wood, dirt, and of course, grass.

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Cool Things That Multi-Task Better Than You Or I: This rolling park bench means you’ll never get a wet bottom again

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 14 October 2014

There’s one thing we can all agree on: sitting on a bench right after it rained is not a good idea. If you’ve ever done it without knowing beforehand, you’re left red faced… and wet bottomed. But Sungwoo Park has designed a bench that beats the weather at its own game. The solution? The Rolling Bench.

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The Co-Create Series: Victoria Garcia’s textile piece inspired by a 3,200 year-old giant tree

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By Lost At E Minor in New Design on Monday 13 October 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, textile artist Victoria Garcia, who was featured in a Lost At E Minor video back in 2013, took inspiration from this awe-inspiring 3,200 year old tree that, until now, had never been photographed in its entirety. These are her words about the creative process.

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In 2017, this is what Norway’s money will look like

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 10 October 2014

Nope, you are not seeing a pixelated image of Norway’s new currency. That is the real deal right there! Last spring, the central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, held a nationwide design competition to replace their look of their currency. Their theme: ‘The Sea’.

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This chair reveals a menacing shadow at certain times of the day

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 9 October 2014

Beware of this chair, for at first glance it might seem ordinary, but once light casts its shadow, a shadowy demon presents itself! ‘Coppelius Chair’ by designer Yaara Derkel is a piece of furniture that will not only scare you, but also make you think. It delves into Sigmund Freud’s concept of ‘the uncanny’, that is to say, something as familiar as a chair can give off feelings of unfamiliarity at the same time.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: Police at the Brazil World Cup 2014 used these normal-seeming sunglasses to root out crime

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design, New Fashion on Tuesday 7 October 2014

If you were lucky enough to be in Rio for the 2014 World Cup, you might’ve noticed a handy little gadget that police officers were using. Well, ok, you probably didn’t notice them since they were seemingly normal sunglasses, but these sunglasses hold incredible secret powers!

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Huh?! This backpack converts into an 8 foot pontoon

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 6 October 2014

Not many designs can boast what this backpack does. Weighing just 19kg (the weight of a regular backpack during a trek can reach up to 27kg), this backpack is actually a well-equipped pontoon, with strong steel oar locks and an abrasion-resistant PVC bottom. As well as a fully-functioning pontoon, the backpack also contains two aluminium oars for navigating the wilderness.

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These matching tattoo designs are utterly cool and romantic

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Thursday 2 October 2014

Diamonds may be forever but in the case of some till-death-do-us-part couples, tattoos that come in matching sets will do just fine. Possibly one of the best bonding experience a couple can ever have is to go get tattoos together. If the pain doesn’t kill them, it makes their love stronger.

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The Rolling Bridge in London rolls out like a red carpet for your crossing across waters

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 1 October 2014

We’ve heard that London Bridge Is Falling Down, but is there one that rolls too? Apparently there is and it’s at the Grand Union Canal at London’s Paddington Basin. Architecture firm Heatherwick studio designed this bridge to span across the narrow canal while still allowing ships free passage.

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It looks like a bicycle, it’s built like a bicycle with bicycle parts… but it’s a chair

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Design on Monday 29 September 2014

In an incredible demonstration of craftsmanship and appreciation for the history of long-distanced cycling, two makers have built ‘the randonneur’ chair. Named for the iconic long-distance bicycles manufactured in the 1940s, the chair was created by Andrew Mcdonald and Simon Taylor using the same materials, techniques and geometries as the original master bicycle-builders.

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This ashtray turns an unhealthy habit into awesome visuals

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Design on Saturday 27 September 2014

Not that we condone smoking, but this is one hella-cool ashtray. Designed by Studio Nocc, a studio run by creative duo Juan Pablo Naranjo and Jean Christophe Orthlieb, the Humo Ashtray is an awesome receptacle for your cigar.

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No seat-belts, no airbag, no steering wheel but don’t worry this car has stained-glass windows

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Design on Wednesday 24 September 2014

‘In the year 2059 it will be statistically proven that it is safer to ride in a computer controlled driverless vehicle than to ride in a human driven vehicle’… or at least that’s what artist and designer Dominic Wilcox has suggested.

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This awesome pantone beer packaging matches the colour of the brew with the colour of the can or bottle

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By Zolton in New Design on Tuesday 23 September 2014

We are in awe of this clever beer packaging design by Spanish designer Txaber, who studied Graphic Design at CVNP in Bilbao. Each can and bottle is pantone matched with the colour of the amber brew inside. Sadly, however, it’s only a concept design at this stage. As Txaber told Mashable: ‘currently there are no […]

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Help the homeless: Buy a font made from their handwriting

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 22 September 2014

This is such a beautiful initiative: the Arrels foundation recently partnered The Cyranos McCann ad agency for Homeless Fonts, where anyone can buy fonts based on the handwriting of homeless individuals. About ten homeless people have since taken part in the scheme so far. The funds go toward the Arrels foundation to benefit Barcelona’s homeless […]

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