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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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The Evolution of 4 Iconic Logo Designs

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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A strong visual language is the best way to establish brand recognition among your audience, and your logo is the foundation of that visual identity. A well-designed logo complements a brand, oftentimes taking on a life of its own and effectively settling into the cultural consciousness. Not only that, the best logos serve as both a template and a guide as a brand evolves.

Some of the world’s most iconic logos have been refined—though never redesigned—because their design was such an accurate reflection of the brand. Here are 4 classic logos that have been successfully updated for the modern era yet pay homage to their original good design. [Read more…]

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Butter Up: Innovative New Knife Allows Butter to Spread Regardless Of The Temperature

Friday 08.22.2014 , Posted by
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We are pleased to present the best thing to happen to bread since sliced bread. Have you ever ripped a delicious fresh piece of bread to shreds as you battled with butter right out of the refrigerator? You end up with one big mouth full of butter in one bite and none in the next. It’s not pretty. But now there is a better way. The innovative team at DM Initiatives has created the most incredible, yet simple, kitchen utensil which they appropriately call The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp. This magical device turns cold butter into easily spreadable ribbons that melt like butter on your breakfast toast. Aside from the ease of spread-ability, the gadget will also help you use less butter, which can cut a lot of calories from your diet. [Read more…]

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K is for Katniss: Risa Rodil Illustrates the Hunger Games Alphabet

Thursday 08.21.2014 , Posted by
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K is for Katniss, in The Hunger Games alphabet of course. But what about the other 25 letters?  21-year-old designer, illustrator and letterer, Risa Rodil has created an illustrative poster that really hits the mark, featuring letters with a distinctly Hunger Games twist. [Read more…]

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The Greatest Vehicle For Off-Road Adventure Camping

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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As amazing as RV’s can be for camping, they aren’t the most agile vehicles in rough terrain or steep hills. Enter the Jeep® ActionCamper©! With all of the off-roading capabilities of a Jeep and the luxurious camping of an RV, this bad boy combines the best of both worlds. The pop-up roof allows 6’8″ of clearance in the dining area. The camper itself is made of fiberglass and fits a queen size bed in the full kitchen, as well as a shower and toilet. The windows are fitted with bug screens and blinds and the entire shell is removable when you want to take the vehicle for a joyride. [Read more…]

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11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Presentations often receive a bad rap — for good reason. We’ve all sat through those long-winded speeches and hot mess PowerPoints, which completely undermine the point of visual presentations.

So, what differentiates a good presentation from a poor one? Content and design. While your speech may be perfect, the images you show can greatly add or detract from your message. Whether you’re using PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across. [Read more…]

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