Interview with Rainbow Pencil designer, Duncan Shotton

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 7 February 2014

Tokyo-based designer Duncan Shotton just made our lives – or at least for those who use pencils – a bit more colourful. He started a Kickstarter campaign that featured Rainbows Pencils. Now with the project fully funded, he talked with us about the how it all started. [read our previous post about Rainbow Pencils here] […]

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Australian horror film The Babadook scares everyone at Sundance

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

What started as a humble Kickstarter project that barely received funding has turned into the buzz of the Sundance Festival. ‘The Babadook’ wowed critics at Sundance with its tension, drama, and of course, horror, garnering the up-and-coming Aussie writer and director Jennifer Kent much praise. The story is about a widow and her son, who […]

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Blub: a retro clock that uses nixie tubes

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 31 January 2014

Sydney-based designer Duncan Hellmers’ love of contemporary products with a nostalgic twist has resulted in a Kickstarter project called ‘Blub’. The device is simple: it’s a clock that tells time through Nixie tubes, a retro electronic device that displays digits and symbols using glowing discharge. In layman terms, you have this Nikola Tesla-like clock that […]

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A map of film monsters and aliens according to states

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 15 January 2014

Finally, a map of the USA for geekdom! The Altered States of America is a Kickstarter project by Brooklyn-based design studio Chop Shop, in which they catalogued on a US map the popular fictional events and fantastical characters that have ever stepped foot on American soil. Covering each state (Except for Alaska and Hawaii. Sorry, […]

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The Cube: make art with colours from the real world

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By Cormack O'Connor in Tech on Sunday 12 January 2014

Australian product development studio SwatchMate have come up with one of the most innovative design tools we’ve seen yet: the Cube, which gives you the ability to design and make art with colours from the real world. Basically, it’s a colour scanner which sends data about the colour it sees to your smartphone – or […]

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Win a night out with Aussie funnyman Chris Taylor

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By Lost At E Minor in Video on Saturday 11 January 2014

If you’ve ever watched The Chaser and thought, ‘I’d love to have a beer with these guys’, here’s your chance. Aussie funnyman and Chaser star Chris Taylor has a role in Stuart McBratney’s new film Pop-Up, and he’s raising money for their Kickstarter campaign by ‘donating his liver’. Watch this video and you and four […]

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Skinjobs: A Blade Runner Zine

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By James O in New Illustration on Saturday 30 November 2013

Replicants unite! Here’s a fan-made tribute to one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Known for its futuristic, dystopian aesthetic, the Blade Runner universe provides the perfect fodder for a collaborative art project. Twenty-five illustrators have provided artwork for this risographed anthology zine. The project has been successfully funded […]

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Champion of Dema: a fantasy Afrocentric graphic novel

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By Hameed Adigun in New Illustration on Tuesday 29 October 2013

Champion of Dema is an Afrocentric, fantasy graphic novel about a young man named Kade who’s forced to be a hero but keeps trying to escape his responsibilities. He tries to escape his duties at every opportunity he gets. Written by Hameed Catel from kirucomics, he has poured his heart and soul into this project, […]

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Brooklyn Gin: the best gin on the market

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By Andrew Green in New Food and Packaging on Monday 21 October 2013

I first met Emil Jattne a few years back not long after he’d launched Brooklyn Gin, and being a gin drinker myself I decided to give his creation a try and since then I haven’t looked back, seriously. It really is the best gin on the market, they use fresh ingredients they make the gin […]

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The Lomography Petzval Portrait lens

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By Alexander Hotz in Tech on Friday 18 October 2013

Recently, a team of photography nerds asked Kickstarter to fund their dream recreating a legendary but now defunct 19th Century camera lens for Digital SLR cameras. Most modern lenses are designed to minimize field curvature, so you’ll have the whole image in focus. But the Petzval lens design gives its photos a totally different optical […]

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Make a good brew at home: And we mean beer, not coffee

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 15 October 2013

Finally, here’s a godsend of an appliance that makes brewing good beer easy. The PicoBrew Zymatic is this machine that promises ‘automatic all-grain beer brewing for the home’, and it does really sound quite simple: craft or borrow a recipe, fill a keg with water, load the grains, load hops into each adjunct compartment, load […]

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Remote control Emoticons for your car

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Products on Wednesday 9 October 2013

Having a terrible case of road rage? Or perhaps there’s a cute girl in the car behind? Well go on, tell them all how you feel. But don’t be distracted by trying to let everyone know how your emotions. Just let these cute, remote control emoticons speak for you. These Motor Mood emoticons are backlit images that fit […]

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Kitchen safe for your most valuable snacks

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Friday 20 September 2013

This little container will outsmart you and your obnoxious sugar cravings. The Kitchen Safe is a clever contraption with a timer. Just put cookies, candy, or your son’s video game in the box, set the timer, and then wait. It’s a practical way to train yourself or your kids to appreciate delayed gratification.

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Tyvek paper shoes: super light kicks weigh only 150g

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By Annie Churdar in New Fashion on Friday 20 September 2013

I love the look of these Tyvek paper shoes. They super slim, sleek, and incredibly light-weight. After more than fifteen months of testing and research, the sneaker is ready and weighs in at a tiny total of 150g. Because the shoes are constructed with Tyvek, they’re not only lightweight, but also water-proof and perfectly breathable.

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Yes, you can now have your own tail and wag it too

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 16 September 2013

The Japanese have already invented Necomimi cat ears to help accelerate healthy self-expression in all of humanity, so what’s left, naturally, is for UK-based art collective Greyworld, to design the ‘most expressive, controllable, and playful tail there could be’. The four-man team has just ended a successful fundraising run on Kickstarter, and the first batch […]

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