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One-o-One Travel Mug by Hangar Design Group

If you’re like most people, you probably carry a beverage on the go with you and Hangar Design Group is releasing their One-o-One travel mug that’s …

Magnetic Wallpaper by Luis Pons Design Lab

Luis Pons, of Luis Pons Design Lab (LPDL), and his interactive wallpaper might just blow my mind. The Magnetic Wallpaper is made up of magnetic …

Artist Transforms a Single Room into a Series of Surreal Fantasy Worlds

JeeYoung Lee is a Korean artist currently living in Seoul. A recent graduate of Hongik University, Lee transforms her small studio space into a …

The Esoteric Symbols Behind User Interfaces, Explained

Power? Bluetooth? USB? You’ve seen their symbols. Here’s where they came from.<p>We already know where the @ symbol came from, but what about every other strange glyph that appears across our gadgets and user interfaces? While we may have learned to identify the power symbol or the Bluetooth …

Observing the Earth: Incredible Satellite Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency | Colossal

<p>Though I don’t have a homepage set, the first page in my daily rounds is always the Astronomy Picture of the Day (site currently down), a website …

Impossible Joint

At the intersection of traditional handicraft and modern design, the TER table and stool look to Japanese joinery to achieve aesthetically puzzling, …

Heartwarming Elephant Photography

A couple of weeks ago we've featured a fantastic set of giraffe photographs, and people really liked it. Nature is fulfilled with lovely animals, so …

Kylli Sparre’s Surreal Conceptual Photography Influenced by Dance | Colossal

<p>After years of training to become a professional ballet dancer, artist Kylli Sparre realized it wasn’t the path for her and instead channeled …

Unbelievable Colored Pencil Drawings by Adolfo Fernandez Rodriguez

Every once in awhile, you come across a photo-realistic artist that blows your mind. The very first Online International Juried Exhibition of the Pencil Art Society just went live and it's there that we found the work of Adolfo Fernandez Rodriguez. The Madrid-based artist works with colored pencils …

Whimsical Scenes Created with Real Fish Heads

Parisian contemporary artist Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard does a little more than play with her food. The artist's ongoing body of work, known as <i>Les Temps Modernes</i> (translated as <i>Modern Times</i>), presents whimsical scenes featuring actual fish heads, which she later eats. In each eccentric frame, …

An Artist is Making a Map of Manhattan Using Only Handwritten Directions From Strangers | Colossal

<p>Think about it, when was the last time you asked for directions? Or even used a paper map? Armed with smart phones and fancy GPS apps that map the …

Champagne’s Bubbles Were A Happy Accident

Some of the world’s greatest innovations were discovered by accident. Champagne’s bubbles were one of them, that is, until the Royal Court at Versailles demanded more.<p>Effervescence. It makes Coca-Cola tap dance on your tongue and champagne look regal in a flute. But at least in champagne’s case, …

This Plate Lets You Eat And Glad-Hand At The Same Time

<i>[This project is an entrant in our Innovation By Design Awards. Stay tuned for the announcement of winners on October 10.]</i><p>It’s impossible to over-emphasize the importance of a first impression–something that’s likely jumpstarted by a handshake. But if said handshake happens at a cocktail party with …

A Clever, Shape-Shifting Bag Inspired By Origami

The market for reusable tote bags not only now exists but is brimming with choices: Ripstop nylon, or leather? One hue, patterned, or with a catchphrase?<p>The Omni bag by Kumeko, a Prague-based design studio, is one of the most architecturally interesting examples to date. “A big part of the Kumeko …

Brock Davis Turns His Clever Visual Jokes into Stop Motion Shorts on Vine | Colossal

<p>I was excited to discover that mixed media artist Brock Davis (previously) recently joined Vine and started making some fantastic little animated …

Infographic: Porn Vs. Real Sex, Explained In Food

In the <i>Fast and the Furious</i> series, drivers pull off some amazing stunts. They can drag safes, take down tanks, and accommodate several people hopping in and out a T-top at once (in spite of surrounding explosions). But just like you wouldn’t expect to cliff dive from a falling car with all the …

Sculptural Tables Named Ike and Stella

Nucharin Wangphongsawasd is a graduate student in the Woodworking and Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology. We’ve featured her XYLO …

New Hyperrealistic Painting by Omar Ortiz | Colossal

<p>Guadalajara-based painter Omar Ortiz (nsfw) recently completed this amazing new oil painting titled <i>Salto de Fe</i> (<i>Leap of Faith</i>). Ortiz is an …

A World Map That Lets You Scratch Off Where You’ve Been

Travel is important to one’s own development. It’s a form of education, a means to expanding one’s understanding of the world. Or as lovable sad sack, novelist, and sometimes travel scribe Gary Shteyngart has said: “What can be more important than seeing the totality of the human condition in this …

This Is What Our Grocery Shelves Would Look Like Without Bees

A Whole Foods store in Rhode Island made it crystal clear to customers how their favorite fruits and vegetables depend on bees.<p>Last winter’s so-called Beepocalypse ravaged U.S. bee colonies like nothing that had come before. The country’s beekeepers reported that 31.1% of their colonies perished in …

Time remap - Anamorphose temporelle

Hell in a Handbasket: We Will Use Your Phone as a Coaster Since You Don't Have Any Manners

It is items like MisoSoupDesign's Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl (below), from earlier this year, that fuel my "Hell in a Handbasket" posts and …

Frozen Mid-Cut: Log Sculpture Shows How Trees Get Sliced

Ever wonder how boards turn from trees into building materials? While not a secret, the process is also not entirely obvious – and rarely this clear …

Apple, meet Lego!

No matter how small Apple’s Lightning cable port might be, I still manage to get objects from my pocket lodged inside it! Here’s a clever, …

Astounding Origami by Nguyen Hung Cuong | Colossal

<p>Paper artist Nguyễn Hùng Cường lives and works in Hanoi and folds many of his original, distinctly expressive origami works using a Vietnamese …

To Celebrate 150 Years, Perrier Re-Issues Warhol Designs

The company’s trademark bottles will get a seasonal upgrade this summer with the help of a Pop icon.<p>Andy Warhol was a sellout, and he’d have been the first one to admit it. The artist, who upon moving to New York put in time as a commercial illustrator, knew how to brand himself, and would lend his …

A Smoke Free World

Designed with both smokers and non-smokers in mind, the Spiro system aims to provide a quick use shelter for those who want to smoke without …

Feit Handmade Leather Shoes - The Fox Is Black

Feit footwear—and that’s pronounced “fight” rather than “feet”—is a handmade shoe line made from natural materials. Launched in 2005 by former Royal …