What if Major Brand Logos Were Hand-Lettered?

For her graphic design graduate project, Sara Marshall imagined what the intersection between modern brand logos and the classic art of hand-lettering might look like – and it’s very thought-provoking. Like many of us Marshall has noted the trend toward flat, minimalist brand logos. With companies like Microsoft and Google leading the way, the iconography of major companies has lost some of its flair in the name of simplicity, adopting a minimal range of colors and making creative use of negative space.

While there are some good design arguments for going minimal, it doesn’t always have to be so.

Wearable Planters Let You Carry Your Plants Everywhere

Leaving your plants at home is one of the drawbacks of being a plant lover. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Colleen Jordan has created a series of wearable planters that let you take along your succulents, sprouts or some tiny flowers while showcasing them beautifully around your neck. These are adventurous plants.

Turn Your Favorite Song Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

The geniuses at NEW Inc. have discovered a way to turn sound into a 3D object. REIFY, a small company led by CEO Allison Wood has come up with a way to 3D print sound clips as a striking geometric visual. Now you can turn your favorite song into a conversation piece for your coffee table. Aside from the sculptural beauty, the piece can then be scanned by a phone app and turned back into audio!

Late for the Plane? Tokyo’s Narita Airport Installed Intuitive Running Track Directions

You’ve probably been there before. You’re running late for a flight and the last thing you want to do is stop and read the confusing plethora of signs hanging overhead. That’s a stress inducing situation, but Tokyo’s Narita Airport may have the solution: the recently opened Terminal 3 has intuitive directions on a floor inspired by a running track.

“When the time arrives for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, we look forward to seeing people from all around the world having fun walking on these blue tracks,” say the designers at PARTY. The smart new floor is so inspiring however, it might actually make you want to run.

Utterly Fantastic 3D Printed Shoes by Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel and Others for United Nude

For Milan 2015 footwear brand United Nude enlisted the help of 5 world famous architects and designers in creating a collection of absolutely out-of-this-world shoes. Each high-altitude design was 3D printed in colored plastic on a sPro 60 from 3D Systems. Each took about 24 hours to complete.

3D Printed Fun House Lenses Make Life A Little Funnier

Using a new rapid prototyping process, artist duo Robb Godshaw and Max Hawkins have found a way to 3D print lenses with funhouse effects. Their lenses can turn your face into all eyes or give you 3 mouths or even shrink your head to tiny proportions. They are publicly debuting their first body of work, called Smaller & Upside Down, on Market Street in San Francisco from April 9-11, 2015 for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, where they will also demonstrate how it was done.

Could Drones Plant Billions of Trees Around the World to Combat Deforestation?

Drones get a lot of press for spying on our daily activities or carrying out warfare, but what about a drone designed to reforest the world? That’s what BioCarbon Engineering has in mind for their unique tree planting drones – and they plan to plant no less than one billion trees per year.

Fashionable Handbags Made from LEGO Bricks

Fashion and building with LEGOs doesn’t usually go hand-in-hand, but when it comes to these quirky handbags it certainly does. Agabag is a Polish company using the iconic plastic bricks to build some completely original bags – from chunky clutches, to purses and wallets. Just think how easy it would be to attach accessories…

A Rechargeable LED Cork That Turns Ordinary Bottles into Lamps

Have a few empty bottles around? Turn them into table lamps. Check out bottlelights, a new cork-shaped LED light product that can be plugged (pun intended) into a bottle to illuminate it from within. It charges through a USB connection and gives three hours of light for every one hour of charge. The idea was developed by SUCK UK, a gift and home accessory company that seeks to create innovative products. This is the probably the coolest way to repurpose your bottle collection. 

Man Quits Job, Converts Old Van Into Comfy Home to Travel the World

In the past, we’ve covered stories about tiny home building, alternative living spaces, and school-bus living. But living in a van to follow your dreams? That’s a new one. Meet Mike Hudson, a young English man who did what we all secretly want to do. In 2013, he decided to quit his job as a systems engineer and hit the road. First, he bought an old beat-up van on eBay, then he turned it into a comfortable space to live in for the next year.