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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Clever wrapping paper will turn your gifts into a fancy skyline

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 19 September 2014

They say that ‘Good things come in small packages’. I tell you what, even greater things come in packages the size of a building! ‘Skyline Wrapping Paper’ from Suck UK will turn your ordinary, not-so-grandiose gifts into fancy architectural masterpieces.

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This clever keyring will help you revive exhausted honeybees

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By Milo Sumner in New Design on Friday 19 September 2014

Honeybees are responsible for the pollination of a whole load of things that humans like to eat, including pretty much any fruit and vegetable that springs to mind. As Einstein once said: ‘If the bees go, we go.’

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Forget the nutcracker, this year it’s all about the nut hammer

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 18 September 2014

Cracking nuts hasn’t been fun since humans discovered we could eat them, but London-based designer Roger Arquer has turned the tables and is making nut cracking an exciting and playful experience. He’s invented the Nut Hammer, a nutcracker with a silicone head that fits over the end of a hammer and smashes nuts of all […]

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Artist carves out a large-scale recreation of an airport security checkpoint

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By Milo Sumner in New Design on Thursday 18 September 2014

We’ve all been there: the rushing, the queues, the ‘shoes, belt, laptop’ drone, the beeping, the swabs and the hands in strange places. But it’s unlikely that very many of us will ever actually stop to look around and take in any details of an airport security checkpoint.

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These beautiful ‘stairways to heaven’ makes the climb much less arduous

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Staircases are a necessary evil but do they have to look so utilitarian as well? Definitely not, according to these unsung architects and interior designers who have, thankfully, come up with such out-of-this-world staircases. Poring over the pictures of each, compiled by our friends at Bored Panda, makes me wanna scramble up and down on […]

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Wherever you go, these ants will always be on your plate

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By Milo Sumner in New Design on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Yet another picnic ruined by an marauding army of ants. Oh wait no, it’s just the new dinnerware collection from Evelyn Bracklow. German-based Bracklow, who works out of La Philie, has created many of the pieces in partnership with Etsy and the Rijks Museam in Amsterdam.

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