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Arcology: cutaways of the future city-hives that never were

Paolo Soleri's Arcology: The City in the Image of Man is a techo-hippie dream of deep mid-century modern futurism. Read the rest

FILFURY reimagines sneakers as animals, weapons, and anatomy

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FILFURY (aka UK artist Phil Robson) takes design elements from famous shoe brands and reshapes kicks into other objects. Check out how everyday waffle soles, flyknit, leather, and laces can be transformed below.

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WATCH: Mesmerizing mirrored projections in Patterns of Harmony

Inspired by quantum physics, Gaspar Battha created a gorgeous mirrored projection mapping installation using grays, blues, and blacks, then set it to a hypnotic piano. Take five minutes and let your mind wander.

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Porky Hefer's nest chairs and other whimsical seating

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These human-sized nests are made at the Cape Town Society for the Blind cane furniture factory in South Africa. Designer Porky Hefer collaborates with sightless workers there to make the enormous chairs. Wallpaper* has a great overview of this and other cool work coming out of Africa's design scene.

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Eiffel Tower's magician of light, Fernand Jacopozzi

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The Eiffel Tower opened to the public on this day in 1899, but it was described as "a simple and useless dark peak in the Paris night sky" until the owners hired engineer Fernand Jacopozzi to light it in spectacular fashion in 1925.

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The beauty of Scandinavian design

A stupefying collection of design from the patchwork of Northern European nation states vaguely known as “Scandinavia,” Scandinavian Design is both eye candy and an education.

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Fast food packaging redesigned as "artisanal" hipsterchow


Buzzfeed's Dan Meth has remixed the packaging for iconic American junk-food to make it look like the premium organic/handmade/artisanal products marketed to moneyed, design-forward customers.

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Terrible American clothing now available

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Online clothing boutique Shinesty wants you to Shine On. Their mission is "to bring you the most outlandish collection of clothing the world has ever seen", and they deliver.

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Taxonomy of theme park narrative gimmicks


Foxxfur has published "The Theme Park Trope List," a first approximation attempt to summarize the narrative gimmicks used in theme park attractions to move the action along, for example, "the book report ride," which "shows exactly the same events which occurred in the source film in the same order."

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Choosing skin color in comics

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Ronald Wimberly is a comics and animation artist, the author of Vertigo's Prince of Cats, and a character designer for Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Wembly has illustrated a work experience he had while coloring an X-Men comic. His story, Lighten Up, appears on the excellent blog The Nib, a site devoted to "political cartoons, comics journalism, humor and non-fiction."

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Skeletor hijacks He-Man art book!

For a video promoting an art book, this is unusually fun and funny. To promote the 320-page Dark Horse book The Art of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, IGN made a promo video starring Skeletor, his evil adversary. Bad guys are always trying harder to take your money; if you're a fan of the 80's TV cartoon icon, then you'll need the power of Greyskull to hold onto your wallet.

The book itself is a comprehensive look at the Mattel property, from cartoons and concept art to Dolph Lungren. There are even knitting patterns.

Age of Discovery-style map of modern submarine cables


You can explore it interactively for free and download a jumbo wallpaper JPEG, but the print edition is $250.

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This Book is a Planetarium (really!)


Master paper artist Kelli Anderson has a forthcoming title called This Book is a Planetarium that literally converts into a planetarium, as well as a smartphone amplifier, and many other paper contraptions.

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LED lamp made from real dandelion fluff


Studio Drift's Dandelight uses a "stem" of copper that mounts directly to a 9V battery, and its halo of dandelion seeds are hand-plucked from a real plant and glued, one at a time, to the business-end.

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How corporations avoid identity crises

Last year, when Unit Editions of London published Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines, the 432-page gloss-wrapped hardback sold out fast.

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Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia

Photographer David Hlynsky took more than 8,000 street photos in the Eastern Bloc, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping before the end of the USSRRead the rest

Kathy Sierra's BADASS: how to make your users into successes


Kathy Sierra, the brilliant and storied user experience expert, has a new book, Badass: Making Users Awesome, which is aimed at teaching you to "craft a strategy for creating successful users."

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