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Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote. [Read more…]

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Fantastic Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture that Builds Itself

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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Woodworker and designer Frank Howarth has a workshop with a life of its own – at least that’s how it appears in his addictive stop-motion construction videos. His YouTube channel features a collection of meticulously created videos that detail each step in the construction of bookshelves, chairs, and toys – only Howarth is completely missing from the workshop. Here, pieces of raw wood seem to cut and assemble themselves. How convenient! [Read more…]

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Edible Chocolate Records That Can Also Play Music

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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The word chocolate is sweet music to most people’s ears, but did you know that it can also be used to store music? German genius Peter Lardong came up with the idea to create records out of chocolate and believe it or not, they can be played on a standard phonograph! He creates the records by pouring his time-tested recipe of melted chocolate into a silicon mold of his favorite vinyl. He places it in the refrigerator to set and voila! Each disc can be played up to 12 times before it’s too worn out, but that’s when the best part comes…eating it! [Read more…]

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That’s Amore! Famous Pop-Culture Couples Illustrated by Ale Giorgini

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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Whether it’s an upside down Spiderman kiss planted on Mary Jane Watson, or a warm nuzzle from Snoopy for Charlie Brown, it’s not hard to be nostalgic about pop-culture icons – but Italian illustrator Ale Giorgini makes it even easier. His brand of Jetson’s-esq line-work give any character or scene a delightfully retro flavor, and his new series ‘That’s Amore!’ is a tasty example. [Read more…]

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Playful 3D Typography Interacts With Reality And Pops Off The Page

Saturday 09.06.2014 , Posted by
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From the sketchbook popping works of Hideyuki Nagai and Alessandro Diddi to 3D sidewalk chalk art by Kurt Wenner, we’ve always been impressed by anamorphic talents. But now we can combine that with our nerd love for typography with these playful works by Swiss artist Cyril Voilloz. The talented graphic designer, who splits his time between Berlin, Geneva, and Vancouver shows off his sketching skills with the most lively typography series we’ve ever seen. Letters pop from the pages and interact with the real world like a character from Sesame Street. [Read more…]

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IKEA Perfectly Parodies Apple in Their Latest Catalogue Launch – The ‘bookbook’

Thursday 09.04.2014 , Posted by
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You really have to love IKEA sometimes. Their latest catalogue launch is a hilarious sendup of an Apple ad – pulling off the announcement with the perfect dose of fanatical sincerity Apple does so well.

“Once in a while, something comes along that changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar,” says Jorgen Eghammer, IKEAs “Chief Design Guru.” [Read more…]

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Unreal! 75% of IKEA Product ‘Photographs’ are Actually Computer Generated

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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Next time you look through an IKEA catalogue remember this: 75% of those photos aren’t even photos. That’s right, from the incredibly natural looking interior ‘photographs’ to the product images themselves, many are actually very well done CGI renderings. Perhaps this is why their images look so impossibly perfect. [Read more…]

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Origami Could Be A Solution To One Of Space Exploration’s Greatest Problems

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to exploring the vast unknown that is space, one of the biggest problems is, ironically, a lack of space. But now a team of research engineers at Brigham Young University, led by professor Larry Howell, are thinking outside the box to figure out how to get more inside the box and have begun applying origami principles to rigid solar panels. Collaborating with NASA and origami expert Robert Lang, their model origami solar array could be transported into space expand to almost 10 times its stored size once unfolded. [Read more…]

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Littering Says a Lot About You (a Smart Ad Campaign from Toronto)

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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Every city’s got it, but some are worse than others: Toronto Canada is trying to clean up their litter problem using this smart new campaign from LiveGreen Toronto. Rather than run of the mill “don’t litter” signs, this series calls out the people who throw down cans and wrappers, using the packaging itself to get the message across. With the tag line “Littering says a lot about you,” the branding on each well known piece of garbage spells out insults aimed at litterbugs. [Read more…]

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Light Up Paddleboards for Nighttime Adventures

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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File this under ‘Things You Must Do.’ Miami-based company NightSUP has been putting a bright new twist on stand up paddleboarding, making boards surrounded by a bright strip of LED lights. Originally designed to enhance safety on night paddles, the feature also gives you a fantastic view of the nighttime sea floor and its wildlife. [Read more…]

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