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Design

Sonic Branding

Sonic Branding

The THX sound, the Mac and Windows startup tones, the Nokia ringtone, and the Intel Inside music are all immediately recognizable. Two sound experts explain the psychology and conceptual approach behind such memorable auditory cues, and why they’re so important to brands.

Playdate Handheld Gaming System

Playdate Handheld Gaming System

Panic, creators of Mac and iOS apps like Coda and Transmit teamed up with Teenage Engineering to make a totally original handheld gaming system. It features a 2.7″ hi-res B&W screen, a funky crank input device, and will come with 12 original games, released weekly from the time of its launch in 2020.

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36 Pencil Bowl

36 Pencil Bowl

Designed by Michiel Cornelissen, this 3D-printed structure lets you make your own custom display piece by adding 36 colored pencils of your choice. Its base is designed to hold 36 hexagonal pencils. Available in a variety of colors from Shapeways.

NO SH*T SHOW

NO SH*T SHOW

(PG-13: Language) Anyone working in a creative field will immediately appreciate this clip from Bent Design Lab, which shirks the kind of design-by-consensus, micromanaged garbage we’ve all experienced, and embraces truly innovative, outside of the box thinking.

Luftraum

Luftraum

Motion designer Dirk Koy’s experimental short film plays with our sense of reality. By layering photorealistic images of cars, roads, and buildings into unexpected geometries, we’re transported to a strange and otherworldly alternative world straight out of Inception.

Cubelets

Cubelets

Each of these 4″ cubes contains a length of electroluminescent wire that’s been bent into a unique, abstract shape. Thanks to the reflectivity of the box, the light’s pattern repeats itself, creating a great sense of depth. Runs on battery or USB power.

Skeletonics Exoskeleton Suit

Skeletonics Exoskeleton Suit

Skeletonics‘ 9+ foot tall, 88 lb. electro-mechanical exosuit is more puppet than practical work assistant, but it’s still pretty awesome. In addition to offering its wearer a lift on stilts, it gives them giant robot arms and individually-controlled bony fingers.

Wheel Pants

Wheel Pants

Keep your bike from gathering dust, and keep your wall from getting banged up while brightening your storage space with these machine-washable bicycle covers. Each one is made from stretch jersey fabric and one size fits all bikes. Available in a variety of fun patterns.

This Is America Figure

This Is America Figure

Toymaker Cracked Hatchet is making an extremely limited run (just 8 pieces) of hand-painted figures inspired by Childish Gambino’s video for This Is America. Each one is being auctioned off for charity, though Donald Glover apparently snagged the first one.

Qeeboo Mexico Stool/Sidetable

Qeeboo Mexico Stool/Sidetable

Studio Job designed this sweet piece of furniture that doubles as a seat and a small sidetable, while adding a splash of Mexican culture to any space. Measures appx 17.7″ tall, and comes in black, green, terracotta, and ivory. Cast from polyethylene, so it weighs just 7.7 lb.

LIFX Mini Lightbulb

LIFX Mini Lightbulb

LIFX’s Mini LED bulbs offer an affordable way to enter the world of home automation and smart lightbulbs. Available in color and white versions, the Mini emits 800 lumens of light and works with Apple HomeKit out of the box.

Multi-flame Candle

Multi-flame Candle

A truly unique candle, which is filled with channels that direct its flame towards additional wicks, gradually setting off numerous blazes, and burning the whole thing down. Sadly, the Bravit XL candle appears to have been discontinued, but it’s still cool to watch.

Engraved Wood Patent Prints

Engraved Wood Patent Prints

Dress up your space with these laser-engraved cherry wood prints which feature illustrations from significant patents. Choose from objects like the computer mouse, space capsule, hard disk drive, and more. They measure 13″ x 9″ and come with hanging hardware.

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Plier Divider & Bar Table Concept

Plier Divider & Bar Table Concept

Laurel Hwang’s Plier is a room divider that can also perform the opposite of its original function. It has hydraulic pistons that let you fold its upper half down, turning the divider into a table. Its translucent surface alludes to its inclusive design.

Ozzio 4×4 Expandable Table

Ozzio 4×4 Expandable Table

Italian furniture maker Ozzio shows off a dining/conference table that can be expanded in both length and width, using a clever series of sliding and hinged leaves that hide beneath its wooden surface. You might want to mute the audio and play your own music though.

The Origin of the ’80s Aesthetic

The Origin of the ’80s Aesthetic

If retromodern videos are to be believed, the 1980s were defined entirely by a neon glow and synthwave music. Vox takes a look back at the actual ’80s to figure out where some of the key styles that defined the decade came from.

TAKU PC Case

TAKU PC Case

A smartly designed aluminum case for DIY PC builders, designed by CRYORIG and built by Lian Li. The TAKU provides a home for a Mini-ITX motherboard and all of its components in a minimal, easy-to-upgrade enclosure that doubles as a monitor stand. (Thanks Ben!)

Genesis I Polypatch

Genesis I Polypatch

2BTruman demonstrates his custom-built synth, which looks like something off of a starship’s bridge. The system is powered by a Mac Mini, Ableton Live and Analog Lab, but the custom interfaces make it truly one of a kind. You’ve gotta check out the epic power-on sequence.

LED Side Tables

LED Side Tables

All Things LED, the same guys who brought us that slick light-up backsplash have applied their sensibilities to standalone furniture, creating these cube-shaped side tables which can display bright and colorful animations.

Sticker Mule Custom Packing Tape

Sticker Mule Custom Packing Tape

Do you send packages for your own business? Make your packages stand out from the crowd with Sticker Mule’s latest addition – custom-printed packaging tape. Simply upload your artwork, and it’ll ship in just 4 days. Grab a single 300′ x 3″ roll for just $9 through 4/17/17.

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Sculptures by Alan Williams

Sculptures by Alan Williams

“I think in a way that destroying things is a creative process…” Alan Williams explains how his childhood knack for breaking and re-configuring toys inspired his design aesthetic. His current works are intricate animals with bio-mechanical bodies. A film by Ben Cox.

Pantone Xmas Ornaments

Pantone Xmas Ornaments

Originally available only in Italy, you can now get your hands on these cool Pantone color ornaments from Amazon. The two-toned glass spheres are sold individually so you can mix and match your favorite hues.

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept

The FFZERO1 Concept is a glimpse into the future of race cars. Powered by four electric motors generating over 1000 hp, a lightweight, highly aerodynamic carbon fiber shell, and a high-tech interior with augmented reality displays, and a NASA-inspired pilot’s seat.

Revolving Bed & Bookshelf

Revolving Bed & Bookshelf

Expand Furniture’s space saving design combines several full-sized pieces of furniture. One side has a table and a bookshelf. Fold the table up and turn the shelf around to reveal a fold-down mattress. Available in six colors.

D’Hauteville Concrete Low Armchair

D’Hauteville Concrete Low Armchair

Julie Legros and Lavallard Boget created this truly special interpretation of a classic Eames mid-century modern chair, replacing fiberglass with concrete, and swapping aluminum for steel rebar legs. The seat side has a smooth finish, while the rear is rough and unfinished.

Things That Can Kill You

Things That Can Kill You

Joe Marcantonio directed this wonderful short documentary about British pop artist Death Spray Custom, who creates unique and fantastic artwork for everything from helmets to power tools and race cars. That polygonal motorcycle design at 2:40 is sick.

Deal: CG Design & Animation Bundle

Deal: CG Design & Animation Bundle

Grab nearly $1800 worth of computer graphics training for just $29 with this bundle of online lessons. Choose from more than 60 courses, including 3D design, modeling, animation, and engineering, using tools like SolidWorks, MAYA, ZBrush, Nuke, and more.

Gagan Design LED Lamps

Gagan Design LED Lamps

Canadian studio Gagan Design handcrafts these modern, minimal lamps from wood. Warm white LEDs provide a long-lasting, energy-efficient light source that would look great on any desk. The floor lamp makes an awesome statement piece.

Lithe Clock

Lithe Clock

Studio Ve’s wall mounted Lithe Clock possesses wispy long minute and hour hands made of steel wire, which sweep, bend and swoosh on the clock face, much like the way a ballerina performs around the stage. Number decals are included.

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin

Formlabs made a Rube Goldberg machine using its new Tough Resin. Compatible with the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D printers, Tough Resin is durable, rugged and flexible, making it ideal for high-impact and high-stress use.

Plug Pendant Lamps

Plug Pendant Lamps

Designed by Chaiyut Plypetch for Propaganda, these playful plastic pendant lamps look like a giant AC plug dangling from your ceiling, with each skinny bulb representing a prong. We’re going to need a bigger outlet.

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