design

The Penis Propaganda That Warned WWII-Era Soldiers Of Venereal Disease

During World War II, a foe far more insidious than the aggressive Axis powers was felling our boys fighting overseas. Venereal disease had always been a huge problem for US troops, but in 1942 the government got serious about schooling soldiers to be more conscientious with their erections. Protect Yourself is a new book that collects this peen propaganda in one place.


Shop Window Displays That Should Be In A Museum

This compilation of window display designs from around the world is really impressive. Forget that they are hooked baits designed to drag you into a vortex of fierce consumerism. Just enjoy the creativity, the beauty and the playfulness they exude.


The Birdwatchers On This Clock Are Trying To Spot A Rare Cuckoo

The designers at Studio Kuadra have deconstructed the iconic cuckoo clock for this amusing new timepiece that introduces a pair of bird watchers, obsessively hoping to catch a glimpse of the cuckoo in a nearby tree at the top of the hour.


I Wish I Could Spend Summer In The Mediterranean Driving This Beauty

Italian designer Pietro Russomanno‘s Raceline is the 8m long daughter of a classic Riva boat — one of my favourite vehicle designs — and a classic sports car. If I had to spend a summer in the Mediterranean riviera, this is the vehicle I’d like to have to move from coast town to coast town to eat seafood and drink Martinis.


Making Hot Air Bread Balloons With An Industrial-Strength Blower

Here is the most fun way to make bread: prepare a massive pile of dough, brightly coloured with natural dyes; cut off a small section and flatten it out; place that pizza-like sheet on top of an industrial-strength blower and watch it inflate into a toasty, instantly edible balloon.


The Earth Is At The Centre Of This Watch's Tiny Solar System

If deep down you just know that science was too quick to adopt the notion that the universe doesn’t revolve around the earth, with this Ptolemaic watch on your wrist you’ll be reassured we’re not just some random spec in the galaxy whenever you glance down to check the time.


Nike's Free 5.0 Are So Flexible They Can Fit In Extra Tiny Shoeboxes

The Nike Free 5.0 is billed as the most flexible shoe in the world. To show off the minimalist runners, Nike had a special new box designed, which uses one-third the material of other boxes.


Why No One Bothers Putting Apostrophes In 'Don't Walk' Signs

No one is sure when exactly the first WALK/DONT WALK style signs were installed. Even the Federal Highway Administration isn’t sure, though it is thought that the first such sign was likely installed sometime in the early to mid-1930s.


Everything That's Changed In The New iTunes 12.0

Apple just released the latest build of OS X Yosemite, including a brand new iTunes. It’s only a little bit anti-climactic. Version 12.0 does indeed look a lot like Version 11.3, the version that’s probably on your computer. But it’s got some neat little treats nevertheless.


Every Centimetre Mark On This Ruler Is Actually A Tiny Embedded Flower

It’s the attention to detail that often differentiates a good product from a great product, but designer Norihiko Terayama goes above and beyond the call of duty with his f,l,o,w,e,r,s ruler, which uses tiny dried flowers to represent the centimetre markings along its length.