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Make Any Gift Look More Grandiose With High-Rise Wrapping Paper

Is there anything more awkward than showing up to a birthday party or a wedding and plunking down the smallest present on the gift table? It turns out that science can help compensate for your limited spending through some simple optical illusions. By wrapping your gift in this clever paper that makes it look like an apartment building, the human eye will see it as being much larger than it really is.


The Loud, Messy, XTREME Graphic Design Of The '90s

Today we learnt that popular 1990s soda/extreme sports pump-up drink Surge is back. If you hadn’t thought about Surge since the late 1990s, it was probably a trip to see that distinctive green can again. And it brought up a question: Who designed this little gem of Gen-X branding?


The Best-Designed Bathrooms In America

The public restroom is not a place worth celebrating, generally speaking. It is a place of absolute necessity, awkward small talk, and worst case scenarios come true. Cintas, a company that specialises in — what else? — bathroom supplies, is dead set on changing that perception. Which is why it sponsors a contest to find the best restrooms in America.


A Prosthetic Leg For Mountain Climbers, Inspired By Sure-Footed Goats

Mountain goats have an uncanny ability to traverse the steepest of terrains without so much as the slightest misstep. So it only makes sense that if one were designing a prosthetic leg for human mountain climbers they would look towards nature’s masters most sure-footed creations for inspiration. And that’s exactly what designer Kai Lin did with his Klippa prosthetic.


Atari Arcade Games Inspired The Original Apple Mouse

It’s hard to say if the Macintosh would have been so successful if it hadn’t had such a revolutionary interface — namely, the mouse. While Apple didn’t invent the mouse, it did commission the now legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco to make it viable. And he looked to Steve Jobs’ former employer for inspiration.


These Tron Concept Designs Still Make Me Dream Of An Awesome Future

If you watched the movie, you have seen Daniel Simon’s amazing work for Tron Legacy on the big screen. I did too, but I don’t get tired of seeing his original concept art and admire his flawless work. A sleek vision of an alternative world that still makes me dream of a far-away future.


This Home Filled With Cold War Design Is Stuck Behind The Iron Curtain

Imagine a parallel universe filled with products you’ve never seen before, brands you’ve never heard of. Where everything looks vaguely familiar, yet the logos and styling are just a bit… off. That’s what it feels like in this home decked out with Cold War-era products.


Test Your Endurance On This IKEA Showroom-Turned-Climbing Wall

Lots of us spend a lot of time lounging, sleeping, eating — heck, living out of and off of Ikea furniture. In order to promote a new superstore coming to Clermont-Ferrand in the middle of France, the company installed a fully functional climbing wall of inexpensive modern furniture outside of a cathedral. Spiderman’s new living room?


Latin America's New Tallest Skyscraper Will Look Like A Quarter Pipe

Argentina’s planning to erect a new waterfront tower, and it looks like it belongs in a skatepark. President Cristina Fernández posted the winning design on Facebook this week. It’s wrapped in the same white and sky blue on Argentina’s flag. And it’s a quarter pipe.


A Tiny Humidifier In A Bottle Makes Hotel Rooms More Comfortable

If travelling to a different — and dryer — part of the world means you’ll be waking up with dry sinuses and bloody noses every morning, a humidifier should be the first thing you pack. But not the giant machine in the corner of your bedroom, this tiny six-inch carry-on friendly plastic bottle from 11+ that’s powered by USB.


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