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How London's Amazing New Trains Were Designed

“I remember going on the Tube trains when I was very young, and thinking ‘this is amazing’. The smell, the noise — the wooden floors, the wooden escalators of the time — incredible to think that we had those,” says Paul Priestman, director and co-founder of London design agency Priestmangoode.


This New IKEA Desk Goes From Sit To Stand With The Push Of A Button

Sitting is comfy, but hours (and hours and hours) on your rear end isn’t great for your bod (even though it probably won’t kill you). Standing is good but tiresome after a while. Hybrid desks can be pricey but IKEA is betting on Bekant, a workspace that raises and lowers on two telescopic legs with a button push.


This Creepy Halloween Ad From IKEA Is Just Perfect, Danny

IKEA, in general, is a frightening place, a bizarre isolated world unto itself filled with sad, desperate people. Sometimes, I feel like I’ll never make it out of that maze alive. That’s what makes this ad from IKEA Singapore, promoting its late-night shopping hours, one of the best Halloween ads I’ve ever seen.


Designing A SkyMall Catalogue For The Near Future

The future will be — get ready for it — normal. That’s the striking and entirely non-boring vision presented in TBD Catalogue, which you might describe as a fictional SkyMall catalogue from 2024. There are no dramatic utopian or dystopian predictions in this slim, blue volume, but it does contain a bizarre and fascinating reflection of the technology of today.


Google Releases Hundreds Of Cool Icons That You Can Use For Free

As part of its Material Design project, Google has published a set of lovely icons, designed for use in mobile apps or whatever else you fancy using them for. And they’re free!


Unearthing 91-Year-Old Sphinxes From The Buried 10 Commandments Set

Hollywood lore and biblical history have been buried together for almost a century under the coastal sands of California, but archaeologists recently unearthed a massive 4.5m tall Sphinx built for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 black-and-white epic The Ten Commandments.


The Iconic, Legendary Designs Of Black Sparrow Press Books

A great book is a treasure because of the story told by the words between the covers, but some can impart that same kind of thrill before you even flip to the title page. Black Sparrow Press, the small and remarkable 1960s publishing house that gave us Bukowski, did both beautifully with distinctive colours, graphics and type.


This Carpet-Covered Couch Is Uncomfortable Brilliance

If, like me, you’re a little OCD, the thought of a carpet with a giant kink in it is the kind of thing that keeps you awake late at night, sweaty-palmed and slightly nervous. That’s why I’m not entirely sure if I could live with this carpet-kink couch, even if it is a clever piece of design.


A Light Switch Whiteboard Is A Clever Sticky Note Alternative

Most people tend to be fans of leaving notes on the fridge, but I find that my singular desire for food normally results in skipping straight past the post-its and on to nourishments. That’s why I think that these whiteboard light-switches might be an excellent idea.


OS X Yosemite Dock Icons, Ranked

Apple just released OS X Yosemite. It looks pretty nice. The typeface is new. The menus are frosty. The new “Dark Mode” is dashing. And, best of all, the icons are fresh and delightful. Well, most of them are.


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