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A Wooden Wave Made from 9076 Individual Parts

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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HG-Architecture of Seoul Korea, have created a wave-like wooden structure that is a mix of striking complexity and sinuous simplicity. Looking something like a clever stack of rectangular Jenga blocks, the piece is based on the idea that everything in nature is made from individual components. Atoms and molecules make up complex structures like waves… and people too. [Read more...]

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Nike’s Conceptual Plane Designed for Professional Athletes

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Design firm Teague and Nike have partnered to create a digital concept for a jet intended to transport professional athletes from city to city. Typically, pro sports teams and their coaches fly on planes with normal seating arrangements and listen to music for the duration of the flight – but, what if instead the plane offered rooms for massage and training, a film room to watch playbacks, and a lounge to simply chill? Welcome aboard that luxurious vision from Teague and Nike. [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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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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‘Stand Up’ Makes the Porta-Potty a More Agreeable Experience for Women

Tuesday 08.19.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to using the bathroom at an outdoor festival, Sara Grossman may have just saved a lot of women from hovering. Stand Up, her pink origami funnel, takes the fear out of porta-potties (but unfortunately, not the smell). [Read more...]

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Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

Thursday 08.14.2014 , Posted by
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We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create. [Read more...]

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Towering Cement Silos Hold the Headquarters of French Cement Company

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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Towering over the Bruneseau Nord industrial neighborhood beside Paris’ eastern ring road is the futuristic new headquarters for cement distribution company Calcia… and appropriately it’s made completely out of cement. Silos 13 was designed by VI.B Architecture to highlight the very material the firm specializes in, and do it with utilitarian style. [Read more...]

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5 Fixes for Your Most Boring Fonts

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.

Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts. [Read more...]

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The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

Wednesday 08.06.2014 , Posted by
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Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505. The exquisitely beautiful building takes its form from the blooming lotus flower, and throwing the formality of most government institutions aside, is the home to departments of the city’s planning bureau. [Read more...]

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Brutalist Jewelry Uses Cement in Abstract Designs

Saturday 08.02.2014 , Posted by
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While most jewelry is delicately beautiful, these examples are decidedly rugged… then again, concrete isn’t the first thing you think of in wearable fashion. Designer Mareike Kanafani has created a collection of rings and broaches which seem to channel the aesthetic of heavy brutalist architecture from the mid-century – only this time in beautifully creative geometric forms. [Read more...]

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