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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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Injured animals keep moving with state-of-the-art prosthetics

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 14 March 2014

Isn’t technology great? These animals have been given a second chance at a normal life, thanks to extraordinary prosthetic technology. From an elephant that was maimed by a landmine to Hoppa, a four-year-old dog born without front legs, these prosthetics are working wonders all over the world.

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A pool that disappears at a touch of a button

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 14 March 2014

No smoke and mirrors are needed to make this swimming pool disappear. All you need is good ‘ol fashioned science and engineering! Take that, Houdini! Israel-based ‘Agor Creative Engineering’ has created a swimming pool that can be tucked away when it’s not needed, giving users more space for their home during non-swimming days. The pool […]

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Products given the minimalist makeover by Antrepo

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design, New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 11 March 2014

If minimalist design sends a shiver of joy down your back, you’re in good company. Antrepo, a creative agency, has taken some of our favourite foods and toned down the packaging for a sleek, minimalist look. ‘The stark simplicity of each transformation [is] a commentary on the folly of branding ideals’, and is definitely easier on the eyes. I don’t know about you, but I think the minimalist packaging looks a lot better than the overcrowded labels we’re living with today.

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Uncle customizes cozy coupe into a Ghostbusters Ecto-1 for his newly born nephew

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 7 March 2014

With the passing of Ghostbuster Harold Ramis (presumably to do more ghost research on the other side), it won’t be too long until someone from the younger generation carries the torch. Ghostbuster fan/car enthusiast/generous uncle Bryan Wilson, also known as Redditor ‘tabres,’ is already preparing his newly born nephew for that role.

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An AT-AT rocker for your little sith kids

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 7 March 2014

If you want your kid to someday rule the galaxy as a Sith lord, you better start them young. EPBOT writer Jen Yates is on the right track with this AT-AT Rocker she and her husband made in early February. It comes with all the details of an actual rebellion-quelling AT-AT Walker, minus the cool lasers of course. She even added in a few details to make it comfy and safe.

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Probably the ugliest mugs you’ll ever drink from

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

There ain’t nothing better than to drink your morning coffee from the brain cavity of an ugly mad scientist or a gruesome zombie. Unfortunately, there’s none too many hideous creatures who would offer their heads as mugs. That’s why sculptor Jean Cotton of ‘Making Faces Pottery’, came up with the next best thing: ‘Aesthetically Challenged Mugs’.

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Elephant in the Room makes electric plugs a little less scary

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

‘Elephant in the Room’, is a cute but somewhat-controversial electric plug accessory made by designers Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka. The little plastic elephant serves as a playful façade for the common power outlet by covering up the wall jack and using whatever cord is plugged in as its trunk. It makes for a more aesthetically-pleasing and fun way to cover up an otherwise intimidating hole in the wall.

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This father made geeky alphabet blocks for his kid: we interviewed him about it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

If you really want to be hands-on in the upbringing of your child, why not design his/her toys yourself? Which is what computer programmer and geeky dad, Jonathan M. Gruberman, did for his son. He created a set of alphabet blocks, ingrained with pop culture references the kid can grow up with. In this exclusive interview, we asked him more about his cool parenting style and got a behind-the-scenes look (read?) of how the alphabet blocks came to be. [Read our original post about these blocks here]

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This remarkable Mirror House was created in 1996: we interviewed the designer

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

Back in 1996, in a lake in the Isle of Tyree in Scotland, sat a beautiful, one-of-a-kind house that reflected the vast scenery around it. It had no doors, no windows, no furniture, just mirrors on all sides. It was called the ‘Mirror House’, a temporary installation by artist and sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger. We interviewed Altenburger to find out more about this timeless installation. [Read our original post about the Mirror House here]

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Too cool to do drugs? This pencil has a wry anti-drug message

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 4 March 2014

Created by BRRYBNDS and Done To Death Projects, the Too Cool To Do Drugs pencil isn’t all that new: it takes its cue after another pencil an anti-drug group handed out to school kids in the late 90s that was subsequently recalled.

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25 famous first lines of novels mapped as diagrammatical dissertation

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 28 February 2014

The ever-brilliant Pop Chart Lab is at it again, and now they’ve diagrammed 25 famous opening lines from iconic fiction works according to the classic Reed-Kellogg system. There’s Hunter Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, George Orwell and more, with their familiar opening sentences getting the color-coded picto-grammatical treatment.

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404 Error: Some of the best internet error messages

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 28 February 2014

Those pesky little error messages are all over the Internet, informing us that we’ve reached an invalid page. Instead of causing us headaches, some companies choose to inform their web visitors with customized error messages. Take a look at this fun collection from companies such as Lego, Allmusic, IMDb and The New Museum. Dan Nosowitz […]

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Cthulhu has come out of the ocean to become a lamp

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 27 February 2014

Who’d expect a hundred-foot malevolent being that hibernates under the ocean would make for a really nifty and crafty (Get it? Get it? Because H.P. LoveCRAFT) lamp? Craftsman Karl Dupéré-Richer spent many months in his home, taming and restructuring the towering giant from pieces like: a flowerpot, an umbrella base, 30 cans, lots of PVC pipes, two bike tires, A PVC patio chair, one acrylic globe light, a few car body parts, and garden hoses.

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Australian bank turns ATMs into GAYTMs in celebration of Sydney’s LGBT parade

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 26 February 2014

Have you ever seen ATMs more fabulous than these GAYTMs in Sydney? I don’t think so! The ANZ Bank in Australia partnered up with TBWA/Whybin Melbourne to celebrate and show its support for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. They commissioned artists to give ten of their ATMs some much needed makeovers, decking the machines out in colourful and bedazzled designs.

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The pros and cons of owning a pet dinosaur

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 22 February 2014

Here’s a very handy infographic just in case we do bring dinosaurs back to life and make them our pets. Just in case. Artist and ‘purveyor of fine dinosaurian pet portraiture’, John Conway, has created ‘The Dinosaur Pet Guide’, which will inform you about the pleasures and pitfalls of today’s common dinosaurian pets. Here he lists down everything that’s good and bad – mostly bad – of having a big, giant lizard/bird with pointy teeth as a pet. He categorizes and colour-codes each dinosaur under ‘favourable’, ‘caution’, and ‘beware’, with the Tyrannosaurus Rex falling mostly under the red zone, naturally.

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