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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!

UI Progo Stencil

UI Progo Stencil

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.

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The Kitchen Cube

The Kitchen Cube

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.

Skull Stool Side Table

Skull Stool Side Table

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.

Nature of Form

Nature of Form

This visual reference book for designers includes hundreds of forms, patterns, and colors extracted from natural things like fruits, veggies, insects, fish, and more, providing a new source of creative inspiration. Sign up now for a 40% discount when pre-orders start in Feb 2020.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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