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CUBED Next-Level Dominoes

CUBED Next-Level Dominoes

Friendly Rabbit’s CUBED offers a modern spin on the classic game of dominoes, replacing rectangles with hexagons, and dots with colorful facets in varying heights. Players match pieces based on color and height with the goal of placing them all. The set comes with 88 pieces, with an optional 16-piece expansion set.

1000 Design Classics

1000 Design Classics
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This compendium from Phaidon combines and updates the three-volume Phaidon Design Classics into a single 592-page hardcover book. A must-own for appreciators of industrial design, the book showcases the most iconic and influential products and objects from the 17th to the 21st century.

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The Language of Star Wars Design

The Language of Star Wars Design

There are hundreds of unique ships and vehicles in the Star Wars universe, yet the vast majority seem cohesive and make sense as a collection. Spaceship fanatic EC Henry offers his thoughts on the secret sauce that holds Star Wars design together and offers guidelines you can follow for designing your own ships.

The Twist Bridge

The Twist Bridge

This unique bridge connects two districts in The Netherlands. Designed by West 8 and fabricated by HCG, the helical truss structure was fabricated from 400 steel tubes which twist a full 90 degrees from one end of the bridge to the other. It was originally painted red, but its current, more natural state also looks very cool.

UI Progo Stencil

UI Progo Stencil
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This stainless steel stencil is ideal for sketching out user interface and user experience concepts. It features common icons for things like menus, arrows, buttons, and sliders, as well as social media. Its top edge includes a pixel ruler and column guides as well. Consider picking up some UI sketch pads to go with.

Phi Ruler 2.0

Phi Ruler 2.0

Not to be confused with the Phi Ruler, this drawing tool offers another method for drawing with the Golden Ratio, a mathematical ratio known for its ability to produce images and objects with harmony, balance, and structure. The Phi Ruler 2.0 comes in three sizes and in clear or a Bauhaus-inspired color scheme.

Italian Breakfast

Italian Breakfast
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Chef Ferran Adrià’s brain-trust the elBullifoundation compiled this mouth-watering 416-page encyclopedia of images, menus, reference text, and the history of breakfast. Along the way, it compares the importance of the first meal of the day and how it differs around the globe.

LAVA Ball

LAVA Ball

This unique desktop plaything is made from a semi-spherical chunk of natural volcanic rock, mated with a machined aluminum alloy base. The result is a rolling conversation piece that stimulates your senses of sight, touch, sound, and even smell. Its porous surface can be used as a diffuser for essential oils.

300 Years Before Color

300 Years Before Color

Three centuries before Pantone colors, artist A. Boogert meticulously cataloged hundreds of paint pigments. The Galobart Books is offering a limited run of this fascinating piece of design history. Each book comes in a slipcase with a numbered certificate, 10 frameable prints, and a study guide. View the original book here.

Lumipod Circular Cabin

Lumipod Circular Cabin

The Lumipod offers a modern take on the cabin in the woods. The compact dwelling’s most notable feature is its curved glass picture windows which can be retracted into its walls, so its main space can transform from an indoor space to an outdoor one in seconds. It’s available in three sizes, ranging from 18m² to 42m².

17 Small Ideas

17 Small Ideas

Award-winning director and photographer Andrew B. Myers presents a reel filled with random ideas from his digital sketchbook. Each of the 17 vignettes could stand on its own, providing a wonderful source of creative inspiration and a glimpse into the whimsy of the creator’s mind.

Optical Illusion Sofa

Optical Illusion Sofa

Designed by Fabio Novembre for Cappellini, the Adaptation Sofa is designed to play with our perceptions. Thanks to its wedge-shaped seat cushions, the sofa has the appearance of leaning despite having a perfectly horizontal surface to sit on.

The Kitchen Cube

The Kitchen Cube
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This space-saving kitchen gadget combines 19 different measuring spoons and cups into one 3.5″ cube. It’s got measuring cutouts for quantities as small as 1/4-teaspoon all the way up to 1 cup. It’s made from food-grade plastic and is both dishwasher and microwave safe.

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Humble Design Expression Powerhouse Bundle

Humble Design Expression Powerhouse Bundle
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Load up your Windows PC with great creative software (and support a good cause) with this pay what you want bundle. A buck or more gets you Pinnacle Studio 24 Ultimate. Pay the average, and get MultiCam Capture XL. But for $30 or more, you’ll also get Corel Painter 2020 and tons of brushes to add to your digital toolbox.

Letterfolk Tile Floor Mat

Letterfolk Tile Floor Mat

This rubberized vinyl floor mat lets you create your own custom patterns. Each mat comes as a blank white canvas, along with 150 black hexagonal tiles which easily snap into place. The tiles are removable and repositionable, and you can buy additional tiles in a variety of colors.

Nature of Form

Nature of Form
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This hardcover art book catalogs hundreds of forms, patterns, textures, and colors extracted from natural things like fruits, veggies, insects, fish, and more. It’s a great addition to any artist’s or designer’s reference library, providing a fresh source of creative inspiration.

On Bicycle Stand

On Bicycle Stand

Designers Yuma Kano and Yu Miyama came up with this clever way to keep your bicycle standing upright… using a much smaller bike. The 14″ long miniature bike is made from steel, and comes in versions for tires up to 1.6″ or 2″ wide. Unfortunately, importing one via Japan Trend Shop is a costly endeavor.

Layout Song

Layout Song

This short video proves just how universal the language of design is. Despite being entirely in Japanese, motion designer Ritsuko Nomura’s clip demonstrates the importance of using layouts, scale, and color to bring structure and legibility to information, regardless of language. From the NHK educational TV show Design Ah!

Skull Stool Side Table

Skull Stool Side Table
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Studio Job designed this bold piece of furniture that doubles as a seat and a small side table, 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.

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design
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A bible for discriminating audiophiles and and industrial design junkies, Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design traces the evolution of all things audio, from the 1950s birth of specialty equipment to today’s cutting-edge design. Phaidon’s 272-page book has 300 images and the expertise of Gideon Schwartz, founder of Audioarts.

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Bandly Wood Watch Bands

Bandly Wood Watch Bands

These beautiful watch bands are made from real wood which has been engineered for flexibility. They’re backed with leather for comfort, and are available for both Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa watches, in dark teak, light teak, maple, or rosewood. To complete the look, Bandly made a series of matching background screens.

P-09 Lattice Pen

P-09 Lattice Pen

Designed by Ben Liew, this bold writing instrument features a body with a slick open-weave design. The complex geometry is made possible using 3D printing technology, and the pen will be offered in resin or titanium, or as a glass nylon prototype, which doesn’t share the smooth feel of the production versions.

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.

36 Pencil Bowl

36 Pencil Bowl
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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.

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