Cool “USB Mixtapes” Bring Back the Way People Used to Gift Mixes

Back in the day, we’d make mixes on cassettes and CDs for lovers (or people we wanted to be lovers), friends, and for ourselves. But with smartphones and streaming music, that tradition has gone by the wayside. Good news for those nostalgic souls who miss the mixtape: You can now have the best of both worlds. Meet the USB Mixtape designed by Tiffany Roddis.

Product Design Teams Switch Roles For Yamaha’s AH A MAY Project

For many people, work can be boring, but by the sounds of it, that’s not the case at Yamaha. Recently, they had a clever idea for a fun experiment. As you may know, Yamaha creates both motorcycles and musical instruments and each of those categories are normally handled by their designated design department. For a project called AH A MAY (“Yamaha backwards”) the bike design team was asked to make musical instruments, while the musical instrument design team tried their hands at motorcycle design. Teams competed to see who could do a better job outside of their areas of expertise. The bike department came up with this amazing spherical drum set that would be the perfect compliment to Lady Gaga’s keyboardist’s circular rig.

The House of a Master Vertical Garden Designer

Vertical gardens have become more popular in recent years, with more and more people installing them in their homes and businesses. But one of the masters of vertical garden design, Patrick Blanc, has one of the most impressive gardens you’re likely to see. His French home is covered floor to ceiling with foliage that has grown into a veritable vertical jungle over the last 25 years.

A Portrait of Albert Einstein Made From 2200 Dice

A couple years ago, Redditor Joshie196 created a computer program that allowed him to turn any image into a dice mosaic. Combining his project with Einstein’s famous quote, “As I have said so many times, God doesn’t play dice with the world,” he turned 2200 dice into the face of this great scientist. The finished product weighs nearly 25lbs. He plans on inscribing Einsteins’ quote on the bottom of the frame and is willing to sell the work if the price is right. It cost over $350 to make and shipping would not be cheap due to its heavy weight.

Facebook’s New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a gigantic 9-acre garden.

World Renowned Graphic Designer Recreates Famous Brand Logos Free Handed With Pen & Ink

With just ink and a calligrapher’s pen, Sebastian Lester can create lettering that looks computer generated. A graphic designer with clients that include NASA, Apple, Nike and The New York Times, he doesn’t even need a computer to create logos. In these short timelapse videos, Lester shows off his skills and perfect proportions as he free hand prints some of the most recognizable logos out there. Lester is one of the highest profile calligraphers in the world and he shares his talents regularly with his followers on Instagram.

Without 3D Printing, This Rocking Chair Would Be Impossible

You might be looking at the future of furniture. The Durotaxis Chair uses 3D printing to produce a unique structure impossible to create with traditional methods. The geometric structure of the chair uses complex math to create a lattice which scales in size, density, color and rigidity throughout its form.

Mind-Blowing, Laser Cut, Mathematical Art Lights Up the World

You may have seen the beautiful works of Cozo Designs, as fractal night lights on the Playa at Burning Man. The beautiful, laser cut, mathematical designs shine light in stunning patterns across the ground. The large installations HYBYCOZO got double the funding through Kickstarter and have traveled to festivals all over the US. Now Cozo Designs, led by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu of San Francisco, makes a home sized version of their awe-inspiring designs. According to the team, “The patterns represents the many ways, people, over thousands of years, have derived meaning and connection from geometry and natural patterns, on both the molecular and spiritual level, and shared it with each other through the arts.”

In 1939, Pontiac Built a Transparent Car from Plexiglas

For the 1939-1949 World’s Fair in New York, Pontiac had a special surprise in store. Working in collaboration with chemical company Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called “Plexiglas”, they created an entire body shell for a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. It was soon dubbed the “Ghost Car.”

Rain Activated Street Art Brings Smiles to The People of Seattle

You can be mad that it’s raining or you can dance in the rain! The people of Seattle have grown accustomed to a lot of rain, but rather than letting it bring them down, they have a new reason to embrace the rain. Rainworks are street art stencils made by Peregrine Church that only show up when it rains. They feature positive messages and even a rainy day hopscotch game. With the sole purpose of making people smile on rainy days, Church is accomplishing his mission and creating new works often.