R & D Must Have Been Interesting…

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KOHLER’s new Purefresh toilet seat has a built-in air freshener, plus two unique LED light settings to guarantee that nothing goes stink in the night ever again.

Little Green Pills

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Conceptualized by Tsung Chih-Hsien, Mini Power is an environmentally friendly solution to portable energy that uses paper battery technology to temporarily fuel your phone.

Roll Control

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Sushi Spray allows you to mist the perfect amount of soy sauce onto your sumeshi.

Sans Francisco

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Apple recently released their first in-house designed font in close to 20 years. Named ‘San Francisco,’ the sans-serif font comes in 23 variations that you can download here

Paul Rand: The Complete Designer

Steve Jobs praises the legendary creative problem solver in this 1993 interview.

The Astronaut’s Lightbulb

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When you’re circling the globe every 90 minutes, a spaceship can be a tough place to sleep. To help astronauts catch some quality zzz’s while in orbit, NASA used a special lightbulb that diffused irritable short wave blue light, and aided in melatonin production. Now, back on earth, this sleep promoting lightbulb can be yours to help maintain that natural circadian rhythm.

Typographically Eating

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Design Letters dinnerware with typography by Arne Jacobsen

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Portrait of a Drone

Richard Mosse (of infrared photography fame) directed this short “Death Is Elsewhere” on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Featuring the X-47B drone in maneuvers on the aircraft carrier, it’s an up close look at the beautiful design of one of the pilotless killers.

Keeping Busy Creating

“Cody Hudson & The Art of the Side Hustle” a 2-part documentary by Jared Eberhard for Vans.

Cody Hudson has a day job as a graphic designer and is also a creative collaborator with several independent brands. He discusses a need to create art even if no one sees it. Cody tours his studio and the city of Chicago, highlighting examples of his favorite work.

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Only 36 Years Away…

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Japanese construction giant Obayashi announced earlier this week that they will have an elevator to space constructed by 2050. Reaching almost 60,000 miles off the earth’s surface, transport time for humans and cargo up the space elevator will be roughly 7 days, which is really nothing at all in light years. According to the company, it is because of the development of carbon nanotechnology that “fantasy can now become a reality.” Bring down the mothership.

Here’s a Camera That Will Be Difficult to Buy

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Strictly limited to 600 units worldwide, the Audi-designed special 60th anniversary Leica M Edition 60 camera focuses solely the primary functions needed for digital photography – “shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity.”

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Outside The Garden of Deadly Plants

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Tucked away on the grounds of north England’s Alnwick Castle, the Poison Garden is a space conceived by the Duchess of Northumberland that focuses on 100 species of killer plants. It also features one of the coolest gates we’ve ever seen.

Skateboard Devolution

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The Skate Crate aims to be “the anti-scooter.”

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The Ring Fortress of Bluetooth…

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Or Forkbeard, depending on which historian you ask. Regardless, a ring fortress dating back to the late tenth century and attributed to the Vikings was recently discovered on the Danish island of Zealand, some 30 miles off the coast of Denmark. Measuring 475 feet in diameter, and featuring “a 35-foot wide circular rampart surrounded by a palisade of wooden spikes,” it is the fifth ring fortress to be unearthed, all unique to Denmark.

Image: Jørgen Falck

Celebrating One’s Own Undoing

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“If It’s Big and Ugly, It’s Not Big Enough”

James Victore on a “Type Safari” through Brooklyn

Bob Hurley: Surfer, Shaper, Founder of Hurley

Seems like a really good dude

For The Kitchen That Has to Be Equipped With Everything

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The Glass Pot by Massimo Castagna

Keep Fresh, Stay Rad

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Friends of Type are prolific. For this new box set produced by Princeton Architectural Press, the cross-continental design collective have compiled 100 of their favorite designs produced over the years and turned them into postcards. Featuring slogans, sayings, and salutations, the set is as much a study in letterform as it is a place form letters on.

Available today

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