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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 traffic lights turned into musical instruments and sounded off to connect total strangers

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 15 May 2015

We’re stuck in traffic so much – as a driver or a pedestrian – that we never take the time to connect with the people around us. So one clever art project, Knock Stop Music, decided to do something about that and connect San Franciscans with a very unique communication system.

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Snickers takes care of the FAILS around New York City

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 14 May 2015

Snickers put on a fantastic marketing campaign across New York recently by finding all the fails across the city and placing stickers next to them that read ‘You make mistakes when you’re hungry’.

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Designer creates sofas that look like majestic mountains for the lazy outdoor enthusiast

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Now you can enjoy the great outdoors without actually having to go outdoors. Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce has created a line of sofas that will make your living room look like a mountain range.

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These business cards are made out of crayons, and yes, you can scribble with them!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Last week we introduced you to the cool artwork of Dorota Pankowska, the Toronto-based artist behind the ‘+1 Add Friend’ buttons. Now we’re back with something equally as quirky and cool from the artist: Crayon Business Cards!

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A fully decked-out Mario Bros. Airbnb apartment in Tokyo

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Airbnb have some pretty crazy rentals around the world. We’ve already reported on the cable car accommodation in the French Alps and the IKEA Airbnb in Sydney. But check out this next place to stay, just south of inner Tokyo. It’s brimming with Super Mario products.

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Traffic lights are now more LGBTQ friendly in Vienna

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Vienna sure knows how to welcome its tourists. In the lead up to next week’s Eurovision contest, this lively Austrian city has replaced the traditional traffic light men and gone with an LGBTQ makeover!

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Artist creates cute jewelry that look like delicious miniature desserts

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 9 May 2015

Your diet might not permit you to eat sweets, but it didn’t say anything about you wearing them. Polish artist Katarzyna Korporowicz of ‘Koko With Love’ creates drool-worthy jewelry that are inspired by desserts like ice cream, cookies, and chocolates.

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Cancer survivor creates empathy cards that patients would actually want to get

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 9 May 2015

Designer and illustrator Emily McDowell (previously) knows a thing or two about getting empathy cards – or lack of it. At age 24, she was diagnosed with cancer. Through the ordeal, she’d usually cards that came with the wrong message. She decided to do something about this shortly after beating cancer 9 months later.

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Wow! This stunning high-rise hydroponic farm has been designed for big cities across the globe

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 8 May 2015

To make Earth a greener place, Aprilli Design Studio got its designers together to create an incredible ecological system known as the Urban Skyfarm. This is not your average eco-friendly building. It’s so much more. For starters, the Urban Skyfarm is not just a stagnant high rise, but rather a ‘living machine’ that filters water and air, provides vegetables and herbs for the community, and produces renewable energy.

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BMW ad imagines people wearing hilarious helmets made of hair and beards

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 8 May 2015

Road safety: another reason to grow your manly beard. In a print campaign for BMW’s new line of motorcycle helmets, advertising agency ‘Publicis Mexico’ came up with these funny images of safety gear made of hair.

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Albert Einstein’s handwriting has been turned into a font

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 7 May 2015

A new Kickstarter project out of Germany hopes to turn Albert Einstein’s handwriting into a font. Harald Geisler and Elizabeth Waterhouse are behind Albert Einstein Font, which will be ‘compatible with most digital devices, allowing you to “write like a genius”‘.

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These Coconut Lamps create mesmerising light art for the home

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By Vainius K in New Design on Wednesday 6 May 2015

Lithuanian artist Vainius Kubilius creates lamps out of coconuts that not only look like a piece of jewelry, but also shine amazing light art on the surrounding walls.

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These whimsical fairytale book covers will take you into another dimension

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 5 May 2015

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but if the cover looks anything like the ones designed by Latvian artist Aniko Koleshnikova, you’re bound to be a little judgey. After all, how could you stop yourself from wanting to read what’s inside after gazing at these whimsical designs?

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These USB sticks look like game consoles and other gadgets from your childhood

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 5 May 2015

You can now carry around a piece of your childhood in your pocket with these retro USB sticks by Bucharest, Romania-based artist Andrei Lacatusu. The collection, called ‘Memories Stick’, features conceptual USB storage drives made to look like the gadgets of old – from the handheld brick game console, to an SNES cartridge, to the cassette tape.

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Cat owner pays $35,000 to turn his home into an indoor garden oasis

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 5 May 2015

Thought your cat tower was badass? Check out this entire home decked out to please a cat. Well, 18 cats. Yup, one cat-obsessed owner is master of 18 cats and spent $35,000 on renovations to turn every room into a kitty paradise. These cats have everything now: high beams, staircases, cat beds, towering scratch posts, and a koi pond.

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