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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 LEGO sculptures show us that superheroes are bums too

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 16 July 2014

Superheroes are humans too, you know. Just like you and me. They eat, they sleep, they get hurt, and occasionally, they tend to become useless, good for nothings with no direction in life. ‘Couch Potatoes’ is a series by Pixar director Angus MacLane, wherein he imagines our favorite pop-culture characters to be nothing more than your average bum. He uses LEGO blocks to recreate superheroes like Batman, Iron Man, RoboCop, and Optimus Prime, all enjoying a box of pizza or a glass of beer.

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These condoms bring out the geeky side of practicing safe sex

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 16 July 2014

‘Safety First’ is a series by Melbourne-based graphic designer ‘Kode Logic’, wherein he uses geeky taglines and quotes as witty slogans for condoms. By using TV shows and comic book references, he hopes to tug on the geeky heart strings of people and get them to use condoms more often. For instance, he takes the […]

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You’ll want to use your cutting board more often with these adorable woodburned designs on them

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 15 July 2014

If you can’t take the whimsy, get out of the kitchen! Japanese artist Tomomichi Suzuki turns your ordinary cutting board into a canvas full of fantastical characters and landscapes through woodburning. He uses a pyrographic pen to etch various designs onto the wood, making the kitchen item an art work in itself.

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If the Game of Thrones’ houses joined the football World Cup, their uniforms would look like this

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 3 July 2014

World Cup fever is on – and it has spread to the violent and bloody realm of Westeros! Spanish designer Nerea Palacios designed World Cup uniforms for each of the houses that exist in the beloved George R.R. Martin series, ‘Game of Thrones’.

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Sexual abuse is highlighted in these posters involving Disney princesses and their dads

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 3 July 2014

My eyes, my poor eyes. I can’t unsee these horrible images. Artist Saint Hoax designed these disturbing posters of Disney Princesses getting kissed by their fathers. The series, called ‘Princest Diaries’, encourages victims who have been raped by a family member to come forward and seek justice. ‘Forty-six percent who are raped are victims of […]

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Yes, this really is a taxidermy chicken lamp

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 3 July 2014

I must say, this lamp concept is quite eggstreme. Artist Sebastian Errazuriz, who is known for eccentric but functional design pieces such as the ‘Duck Lamp’, has created another item that will surely ruffle a few feathers. Introducing the ‘Chicken Lamp’, a functional sculpture that uses a taxidermy chicken as a light source.

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Cheeky movie posters that take their titles very literally

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Design on Wednesday 2 July 2014

We’re thoroughly tickled by these graphical re-imaginings of famous movie posters. Indian designer Danish Ahmed conjured up this series of images that take their titles very literally, and are hilarious besides. Steering clear of the overfamiliar faces of celebrity actors that cover that majority of movie posters and saying little about the movie itself, Danish’s tongue was definitely in his cheek when he was producing these posters.

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This interactive lamp simulates a thunderstorm in your living room

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 2 July 2014

‘Cloud’ is an interactive lamp created by designer Richard Clarkson, wherein at a touch of a button, the device brings in a thunderstorm right in your living room. Made to look like a cumulus cloud, the lamp simulates the rapid flashes of lightning and the deafening sound of thunder, turning the ordinary fixture into an entertainment device.

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Sculptural typeface carved from 26 books

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Saturday 28 June 2014

Graphic designers all over the world are constantly looking out for creative typefaces that justify their painstaking artworks. Some have even created their very own when what’s available out there simply don’t pass muster. Here is an amazing new one crafted by art duo Yoshihisa Tanaka and Ryuta Lida. Together, they have carefully cut each […]

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Whimsically over-the-top fantasy French furniture

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 26 June 2014

Korean sculptor Lila Jang has a vision, and what an insanely surreal vision it is. The artist makes 18th-century French styled furniture with a twist. There’s the canapé, with half of its legs making for the ceiling and crawling up the adjacent wall; and the seriously puffed-up armchair that looks impossible to sit in unless […]

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Minimalistic movie posters that make sense only to those who have watched the film

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 25 June 2014

The creative trio of Calm The Ham — architect-designer Cathryn Lavery, artist Josh Latta and architect-designer Matt Drury — are the ones responsible for these minimalistic movie posters based on key motifs from the films. Which means, obviously, that the poster for Seven features the box, while the one for Reservoir Dogs has color strips representing […]

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Dream come true: your very own pepperoni pizza bed set

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 24 June 2014

After a long day’s work, you can look forward to lying down on a delicious spread of tomato sauce and cheese topped with pepperonis. Now that’s what I call sleeping in comfort (food)! Artist Claire Manganiello’s ‘Pizza Bed’ includes: pillows that look like crust, sheets that look like tomato sauce, and a comforter that looks like pepperoni and cheese. Just add yourself to make the pizza warm and steamy.

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Bubble wrap injected with coloured water for 4D typeface

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 23 June 2014

What, 3D type? That’s so yesterday. Say hello to the 4D typeface which you can read from any angle. Tokyo visual culture magazine +81 recently commissioned Barcelona graphic design studio Lo Siento — based on the latter’s 4D Type which had the team injecting bubble wrap (!) with cyan-colored water — to craft six-sided letters to […]

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Bus shelters that emulate a shark’s jaws, discos, strange fruit and more

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 23 June 2014

From the UFO-tastic bus stop in London  to Totoro bus stops in Japan, you’d have thought the world couldn’t possibly accommodate so many cool bus stops and shelters. Of course, thanks to this rocking collection by Dark Roasted Blend, we know that’s not true.

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How Fiji Airways teamed up with a Fijian Masi artist to create an award-winning rebrand

Elise Boyd Editor

By Elise Boyd in New Design on Friday 20 June 2014

In 2010, 42-year old Fijian airline Air Pacific had a problem: they were struggling to be recognised as the national airline of Fiji. Their biggest problem was the fierce competition with a number of other Pacific carriers. The decision was made: rebrand, and make sure people would recognise Fiji’s national carrier.

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