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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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Colourful and cosmic 3D tattoos by artist Sasha Unisex

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

If you really want a unique tattoo, you’re going to have to head on over to St. Petersburg and find tattoo artist Sasha Unisex. The artist creates beautiful and unique artworks that look more like paintings than tattoos. What sets her apart from other tattoo artists is her style, in which she draws in shapes, contrasts, and shades, rather than the popular bold outlines you see in many of today’s tats.

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Interview with Chris Dimino: the designer of the Waffle Iron Typewriter

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

Designer Chris Dimino astounded us all with his ability to turn useless old items into wacky, re-purposed inventions. We got to talk to Chris and pick his thoughts on his design process, where he gets inspiration, and new designs from his drawing board. [read our original post on the Waffle Iron Typewriter]

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London Tube stations renamed as coffee stops

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 5 February 2014

Chris Ward, who authored a book on how people can navigate life without working an office job, has a hobby project, the London ‘Coffee Stops’ tube map, where he renames these subway stations after the best coffee stops in the area. In the pipeline are plans for a limited print-run of 250 for charity.

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Insulting magnets to help you express your road rage

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 5 February 2014

While most of us would wish bad karma on drivers who do sloppy parking jobs, we all know that ill will is not the answer. But sending them humiliating and insulting magnets is! Do Your Park is a set of magnets that contain insults and illustrations geared towards moronic drivers with bad parking skills. A $12 pack contains 10 magnets, each with a different set of insults and quips.

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Ultra realistic ceramic sculptures that look like wood

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Despite the cracks in the wood, the apparent decay, and the growth of moss, would you believe these aren’t pieces of lumber, but rather ceramics? Artist Christopher David White uses clay as his material in making deceptive sculptures that are simply mind-boggling. Works like ‘Asphyxia’ (the human head) and ‘Cycle of Decay’ (the wooden hand) […]

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For designers only: Poker cards redesigned with CMYK

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 3 February 2014

The CYMK Playing Cards takes a traditional deck of playing cards and switches the suits for the print ink colors of cyan, magenta, yellow and black while swapping the numbers on each card with varying intensity of each colour. ‘The cards are just as useful as traditional printed styles, AND perhaps most importantly, all niche […]

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Yes, that’s right: an entire alphabet dedicated to Beyonce

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 1 February 2014

Beyonce is everywhere, I tell ya’. Even in the alphabet! ‘The ABCs of Beyonce’ is a series of illustrations in which Queen Bey is used as the main font for the letters of the alphabet. Illustrator Vivian Loh used the iconic singer/actress/mother/wife/goddess for inspiration in her class project, where she had to re-imagine the alphabet.

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Children’s books geared towards the 20-something crowd

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 31 January 2014

Remember those sweet books your parents used to read you before bed? One fish, two fish; Where the wild things are; Oh, the places you’ll go – all those dream-like titles that gave you the warm and fuzzies. And then remember when you reached your twenties? Well, College Humor staffer Will Stephen compiled these brilliant illustrations by Nathan Yaffe, retitling our most beloved books. Check them out and try your hardest not to relate to these new titles, but chances are you will!

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These Valentine’s cards will awkwardly say ‘I love you’

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 31 January 2014

There’s a really cool illustrator out there and her name is Emily McDowell. ‘Chronicling the human condition since 1976′, McDowell is now creating the perfect Valentine’s Day cards to hand to your partner or crush, to let them know just how much you love them, in all the awkward ways. Some of the best declarations […]

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This clever ad campaign shines a light on single mothers

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 31 January 2014

A very clever ad campaign for Woodgreen Community Service in Toronto is becoming viral on the web, all thanks to their eye-catching tabloid-like posters. But instead of seeing glitzy glam celebs on these tabloids, we’re faced with other images, such as struggling single mothers, the unemployed and even the elderly coming to terms with having […]

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A geeky dad made a set of alphabet blocks for his future geeky son

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 30 January 2014

Geek dads and geek-dads-to-be, rejoice for we have found a way to educate our sons and daughters to be just like us. Computer programmer and bioinformatician Jonathan M. Gruberman decided to be really hands on in the upbringing and education of his newborn son. So together with the missus (she insisted cats are a must in the blocks), they created a set of alphabet blocks, ingrained with the iconic images of things they wanted to share with their child.

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Upcycled furniture made from car seats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 30 January 2014

Just the other day, I saw this old guy and his grandson parked on detached car seats in in one of my jaunts about town in Nairobi. Which naturally made me think about car seat furniture. Which then led me to this Nottingham-based company that manufactures chairs and sofas from recycled cat seats. Each piece […]

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A more ladylike condom designed for the gals

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 28 January 2014

Those condom packages you see in pharmacies and grocery stores? Boring. Ugly. And totally geared towards the guys. So in order to help women ‘feel more comfortable about buying, carrying and storing condoms,’ a group of students from the School of Visual Arts in NYC have come up with a new design concept that’s just […]

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Chineasy: the fun, illustrated way to learn Chinese

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 28 January 2014

With over 20,000 characters in the Chinese language – with most of them looking identical to each other – you could say learning the language is a daunting task. But entrepreneur Shao Lan Hsueh believes that with a visual-based learning system, you could easily learn 1,000 characters that’s enough for basic literacy. Enter ‘Chineasy’, an illustration book that associates imagery around characters to tell stories and make memorization fun.

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Anti-suicide nail boards go on Liuzhou Bridge

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 28 January 2014

The Chinese city of Liuzhou has seen such an increase in suicide cases in recent years (due to financial and emotional worries) that they’ve gone ahead and placed anti-suicide nail boards along the bridge to prevent people from climbing and jumping off. The bridge only just opened in December but seeing as China’s suicide rate […]

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