The Cigarette Century

James Bosnack’s invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1880 helped propel the early 20th century economy forward, making the mass-production of cigarettes a “Potent Symbol of Velocity for the New Modern Age.” 

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Hot Tub Party To Go

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The Original Nomad Collapsible Tub sets up in 20 minutes and reaches a water temperature of 100º in about an hour. Just enough time to get a little groovy and ready for relaxing in the wild.

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For Taking Notes The Old-Fashioned Way

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The Writer’s Block is a classy desk accessory that holds a pen and a notebook. Designed by the folks behind Word. and machined in Philadelphia, it’s a good-looking way to show off your dedication to the dying art of handwriting.

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Keep It Simple, Stupid

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Using a set of Picasso’s lithographs as reference, Apple designers are taught to strive for simplicity.

Rugged and Rubberized

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The Polaroid Cute Cube is a tiny little camera built to handle all of the elements. Priced at $100 and equipped with a 124° wide angle lens capable of capturing HD video and still images, the mountable, waterproof Cube is an extremely affordable option to the Go-Pro.

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Sony PS-F9

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Known as the “Flamingo” in Japan, the Sony PS-F9 was a battery operated direct drive turntable that featured linear tracking. Including two headphone outlets, the PS-F9 went on sale in 1982 and was the closest Sony ever got to making a “Walkman” for records.

Future Zoo

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Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels is redesigning the zoo experience to create an integrated space where there are no cages, and wildlife and humans are able to co-exist peacefully. Building upon an existing zoological park originally founded in the 1960s in southern Denmark, ZOOTOPIA will feature three continents—Asia, Africa, and America—connected by loops that begin in one central location. The key to this experience and design is in the camouflage of the structures, which will not be buildings so much as bunkers. Utilizing pods and paths, visitors will be able to fly, sail, bike, or hike through the park, all the while not disrupting the inhabitants. But the real question is, what if the inhabitants start disrupting the visitors? Cages or not, Zoo animals are only as free as their confines allow.

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Creative Computer Skills Equate to Cake

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The highs and lows of salaries in designworld USA

Pooh Activities

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Instead of redesigning the glassware in their recent collaboration with Walt Disney Japan, nendo focused on the lids.

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Doers and Percievers

Stefan Sagmeister happily chimes on about storytelling. The business kind, not the fun kind.

Challenging Runners at Every Turn

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In a grand example of quick and shoddy Chinese construction, sports officials in Tonghe County in Northeastern China had 90-degree corners painted on the running track of their newly refurbished stadium. When asked about the mistake, one commented “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that… we think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?”

Morning Dose of Pre-Owned Design

NOT MINE by Guy Trefler… creating the new out of the used.

New Job, New You

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Are you an exceptional designer or art director chock full of creativity, skill, and a sense of humor? If so, then longtime TWBE reader and newly minted Creative Director at MIT Technology Review, Nick Vokey, might have a job for you. He’s looking to fill two positions at the magazine to help complete his vision of a periodical with “a look and feel that’s equally at home with a CEO, a professor, and a designer.”  Sound interesting? Check the listing here and make the change

Legendary Lady

Paula Scher — A Woman of Identities

Reliving A Roman Holiday, Every Day

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain is the latest addition to LEGO’s Architecture Landmark Series.

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Might As Well Add Pedals So We Can Power the Whole Damn Plane

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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus recently applied for a patent featuring an airline seat that pretty much resembles a bicycle saddle.

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Get Wet, Go Fast


 

The Carpool DeVille and the quest to set the world record for the “World’s Fastest Hot Tub.”
 

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Can’t Make Design Decisions on Your Own?

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Miss having a superior in your worklife? With one roll of the 20-sided die, the Pocket Art Director will give you that constructive criticism you’ve been yearning for. Only $16! Try it here

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Because Sometimes Nobody Is Around to Play With You

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The Connect Four Robot, designed by Patrick McCabe

Watch it in action, below

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