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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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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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Bike parts repurposed as useful taxidermy trophies

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 20 February 2014

‘Upcycle Fetish’ is a project by Austrian designer Andreas Scheiger, wherein he transforms bicycle seats and handlebars into taxidermy trophies/bike racks. The project began when Scheiger took a trip to the local flea market and thought of a way where he can take recycled bicycle parts and repurpose them into something else. The result was something that parallels that of Pablo Picasso’s ‘Bull Head’.

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Finally! Chopsticks that don’t get lost from each other

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 20 February 2014

Oki Sato of Japanese design firm, Nendo, has come up with a solution to our number one chopstick problem that has lasted for thousands of years: storage. Though scooping up rice comes in a close second.

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Designer creates a font out of his own beard hair

Nini Baseema Contributor

By Nini Baseema in New Design on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Attention facial hair admirers and typography fans: You can now say it all and much clearer than before with the right kind of beard. The genius behind this amazing new font is Michael Allen from New York. He used his own facial hair in order to come up with his Alphabeard series. Hurray for such […]

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Curl up in a giant sized noodle stress ball

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 17 February 2014

Those noodle stress balls we used to play with as kids (who knew they were for relieving stress!) – well, they’re making a comeback, but not in the way you might think. Nuzzles by RAW Design is an incredible art installation and heating exhibit, all rolled up into one colourful and oversized kid’s toy.

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Furniture recycled from milk jugs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 17 February 2014

If you’re going to lounge around on a lawn chair all day, might as well be useful and help the environment by using these furniture made out of milk jugs! Loll Design used the milk jugs’ high density polyethylene (DPE) to create durable, waterproof, and not to mention, well-designed furniture. Since it’s made of a […]

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The Reebok checklight color codes the intensity of a punch, tackle, fall

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 15 February 2014

The checklight was developed by Reebok and MC10 to help monitor head impacts, from light blows to more intense impacts. Easy-to-read colored LEDs provide instant feedback for coaches, athletic coaches, parents, and athletes, with the checklight staying green to show it’s on and working, a yellow light showing a ‘moderate impact’ and a red light […]

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Here’s a reason not to brush! This is a tube of $100 toothpaste

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 13 February 2014

Theodent 300 is not your average toothpaste. For starters, it’s got something called Rennou in it – a ‘non-toxic proprietary blend of naturally-occurring extract found in chocolate, blended with other minerals that help to strengthen the enamel surface of human teeth’.

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Home hazard! Furniture tilting devilishly to one side

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 13 February 2014

Design studio XYZ Integrated Architecture, which is based in Tbilisi, Georgia, has a range of furniture products that tilt so much, it looks like they are on the verge of collapse. Exemplifying sheer edginess is the 60 prototype series they did a couple of years ago, so named after the 60-degree angle at which the […]

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Lost? These GPS shoes will guide you home! Interview with the designer

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 12 February 2014

If you’re lost these days, finding your way home is as easy as clicking your shoes together. At least, if you’re wearing Dominic Wilcox’s GPS shoes. We interviewed him to get more juicy details and the backstory behind his unique pair of shoes and if we’ll actually see them on the streets in the near future. [read our original post about the GPS shoes here]

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