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Napkin Table: For Your Most Awkward Date, EVER

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If your first dates aren’t ending up awkward enough, I think we’ve found your solution. The “Napkin Table” is the creation of industrial design students at Tunghai University of Taiwan – a device which loops around you and your partner’s neck, creating a table like eating surface in between. Yes, now any sudden neck/torso motions you were hoping to make are transferred to the tabletop of both you and your date. If romance is on the menu, you might give this invention a miss – unless the apple of your eye has an appetite for humor. [Read more...]

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This Lush Floating Billboard Cleans the Water Below

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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Advertising that also serves the greater good? Now that’s something different. This floating billboard is covered in Vetiver; a perennial, non-invasive grass which has found popular used treating wastewater; even when it’s high in nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. In this case it’s been used to spell CLEAN RIVER SOON, a hopeful message along the highly polluted Pasig River in the Philippines. It’s creators say systems like this have been shown to clean between 2 and 8 thousand gallons of water per day, and simultaniously, it creates a much more inviting place to stroll. [Read more...]

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A Look at Apple Prototypes from the 1980s

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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With Apple, it’s always been about the inspired and iconic design – and that was certainly true even in the early days. Keep It Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple is an insider’s look at those formative years as told through the eyes of designer Hartmut Esslinger. Working side-by-side with Steve Jobs in developing Apple into a global brand, their minds created the look and feel of the Apple IIc and Macintosh. These are the thoughtful concepts that surrounded those world changing products. [Read more...]

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Remixing Famous Architecture in Animated GIFs

Monday 06.02.2014 , Posted by
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Taking architecture into the 4th dimension, Axel de Stampa has created animated GIFs featuring some of the world’s most famous contemporary buildings. It’s a playful and mind bending experiment in architectural remixing. [Read more...]

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What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks?

Thursday 05.29.2014 , Posted by
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Depending on where you are in life, these graphics will either be highly motivating or panic inducing.

We all know our life has a limited number of years, and if we’re optimistic that might be 90. You’d think with such a small number like 90 we’d be more willing to make the most of each year, but most of us are pretty short sighted, letting each small day pass without any more motivation than getting to those two glorious days we call the weekend. Maybe there’s a better way to visualize this…

Tim Urban over at the hilariously thought provoking Wait But Why is helping us see our life broken down into its segments of time. Where does your life fit in? [Read more...]

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32 Posters: The Teams at This Year’s World Cup

Wednesday 05.28.2014 , Posted by
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Beginning June 12, the world’s eyes will turn to Brazil for the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup. In celebration of the event, ESPN commissioned Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira to make a series of images featuring each team… and they capture the passion of the game perfectly. [Read more...]

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12 Creative and Colorful Staircases Around The World

Friday 05.23.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world, there are millions of cities, towns and villages that require staircases for people to move from place to place. While most staircases are simply confined to their plain and gray concrete substance, some staircases have been “touched up” a bit. With the help from some gifted artists, the otherwise easy to overlook pieces of urban scenery are converted into wonderful works of art that bless the pedestrians that walk on them. [Read more...]

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This 3D Printed Flower Bouquet on Kickstarter Will Blow Your Mind

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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Launched recently on Kickstarter, Joshua Harker has created the most astounding 3D printed flower bouquet. Made up of 12 different re-arrangeable flowers, a lotus lilly pad and a vase that beautifully imitates ripping water, the combined shapes are composed of a massive 1,918,416 different triangles. The wild thing is, these are just his Kickstarter “thank you” gifts. [Read more...]

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11 Amazingly Creative Shipping Container Homes

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world, people are considering alternative and environmentally efficient ways to live. One way is to utilize materials that don’t serve their original purpose any longer. Retired shipping containers are a prime example of one material that aspiring homeowners can purchase for a reasonable price and convert into a hip home. [Read more...]

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