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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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Kids with mouths for eyes will haunt your dreams

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 18 June 2014

Ok, I think that’s enough internet for one day. Non-profit Innocence in Danger and ad agency Publicis Frankfurt collaborated on a series of ads that seek to disturb (obviously, an understatement) the way parents monitor their kid’s internet habits. The images show a boy and a girl, both in shock from what they are seeing. […]

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Inspiration pad: a notebook that’s meant to boost creativity

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Are your creative juices not flowing? Maybe you need to think outside the box – or think outside the lines, rather. Marc Thomasset of Brussels-based design firm ‘TM’ created a notebook that’s pretty unconventional. Rather than having typical lines of an average notebook, the 28-page ‘Inspiration Pad’ has swirls, 3D lines, and geometric shapes. The […]

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Depressing children’s book titles

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 17 June 2014

There may be children’s books for the slightly wiser, twenty-something crowd out there, but let’s just say there are enough books in the world to ensure some will be quite depressing for any age at all. Some of these titles seem legit, though a portion, as the comments call out, might really be fake. Thank […]

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This billboard displays personal messages from people! We interviewed the curator behind it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 13 June 2014

The Last Billboard’ is an ongoing project by curator Jon Rubin and designer Pablo Garcia, wherein each month they choose a person who gets to place any message they want on a 36-foot long rooftop billboard in Pittsburgh. In this exclusive interview with Rubin, we ask him how the quirky project began and how people have reacted so far to the messages. [read our original post about The Last Billboard here.]

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The pen that can mimic every colour in the world

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Design on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Think of Photoshop’s eye dropper tool’s ability to take any colour it wants and use it for its own. Now imagine that on a real-life pen. Point at a patch of emerald-green grass, Caribbean-blue water, red-delicious apple – uh – red, and reproduce those same colours in ink. So much power!

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Cheeky photo-retouching mirror reminds you of just how perfect you look

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 9 June 2014

Paris-based Atypyk, which purports to be ‘a small company creating products with big ideas’, really does make some cool stuff. One of these is the Photo Retouch Mirror, which would be like any ordinary mirror if it weren’t framed within what looks like the interface of a digital retouching software, complete with adjustment settings for […]

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Just Pug It and support animals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 6 June 2014

Could this be the feel-good campaign of the month? Meet the Pugs, a self-professed group of creatives who love pugs, are now running an appeal on IndieGoGo to get other people to show their love for pugs by pledging funds for making and wearing a special t-shirt that comes with a pug’s face printed on […]

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Get totally sloshed in Japan and become an advertisement

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Friday 6 June 2014

To the average tourist, Japan seems to have more than her fair share of drunken salaried men, impossibly cute girls and geeky college kids passing out on the streets, in stairwells and inside train carriages pretty much every weekend. The Yaocho Bar Group has been diligently looking for these comatose drunks. When they spot one, […]

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Billboard with messages from individuals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

This is so cool. Every month, an individual is invited to use a 36-ft long rooftop billboard on the corner of Highland and Baum in Pittsburgh to announce any message they like. Pablo Garcia and Jon Rubin are the designers behind the billboard, while the curative eye of Jon Rubin Billboard guides the project. The […]

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Science explains what causes the smell of new and old books

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

One surefire way to know you love books: you sneak around bookstores and bury your nose in every book you can find, taking in the sweet, heavenly aroma of their pages. But have you ever asked yourself the mysterious and dumbfounding question, ‘what causes the addicting scent of books?’

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The book lover’s throne that fits 300 books! We interviewed the designers who made it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

Bask in the glory of your massive book collection with the ‘Bibliochaise’, a throne that has a built-in bookshelf that can store as much as 300 books. It’s the throne every book worm has always dreamed of. In this exclusive interview, the creators of the ‘Bibliochaise’, Nobody&Co, talk about the inspiration behind it and how […]

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Manly: weasels, ferrets, and stoats as beards

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

Think your scruffy beard is pretty manly, eh? Get a load of these guys! As part of Schick New Zealand’s ‘Free Your Skin’ campaign, Sydney-based image production studio Electric Art created these photo manipulations of men having weasels, stouts, and ferrets as beards.

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The digital evolution of an Egyptian city by AO Studio

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 3 June 2014

I’m always fascinated by how digital art can completely transform a landscape, so when I found work from AO Studio, I was pretty amazed. Here is the evolution of an Egyptian city through photo stitching and digital manipulation. While the end result is quite impressive, seeing the entire process makes it even more inspiring. Can […]

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A portable folding napkin table makes for close but awkward dates

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 2 June 2014

It’s time to take ‘getting to know you’ to whole ‘nother level by using this portable napkin table. Developed by graduate students from the Tunghai University in Taiwan, the portable dining table is strapped around the necks of two diners, stretching the napkin into a flat surface where they could place plates, cups, and utensils. There’s also small pockets that secure the utensils and serve as cup holders. With this nifty device, your hot date will get attached to you in no time – like literally!

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Try making your way out of this glass labyrinth

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 30 May 2014

Robert Morris has created an incredible outdoor sculpture that ‘takes form of a navigable, glass-walled labyrinth’. This installation was unveiled at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art says it ‘transcends time and space to remind us of the power of deeply felt archetypes. In form and […]

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