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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

Mad Men is Back, and It’s Getting Illustrated

The mid-century goodness of Mad Men will return to AMC on April 5th, and we can hardly wait for the final seven episodes. The exceptional Matthew Weiner-created drama has spanned the entire strange decade of the ‘60s and it’s been a wonderful ride. Along the way, New York-based illustrator Dyna Moe (previously) has been capturing key moments from each episode on her hit site Mad Men Illustrated.

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.

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.

Wooden Wireframe Sculptures Recreate Everyday Objects

Most household items wouldn’t be considered beautiful, but when Polish artist Janusz Grünspek creates sculptures featuring many of them, they become something bigger than their everyday roots. His real-life wireframes take the form of cassette tapes, a coffee maker or an Apple laptop, all made with delicate precision with just wooden skewers and a hot glue gun. Wood isn’t something you usually associate with 3D modeling, but in this case it does the job wonderfully. His series is called “Drawings in Space” (Zeichnungen im Raum).