Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn, especially for Westerners. Luckily, London-based Chinese-language teacher Shao Lan invented Chinese character graphics called Chineasy that make learning Chinese more fun and intuitive.
World Clock is a minimalist design created by Korea-based company cloudandco for 11+. The clock is 11+’s eighth project in their line of clean and functional products. The product follows suit on the brand’s focus in creating beautifully designed products at reasonable prices.
Sculptor Long-Bin Chen creates art out of recycled books and magazines; his current show, at Charleston's Halsey, features a series of pieces that appear to be solid sculptures, but which are actually carved stacks of books, painted and surfaced on one side.
Food artist Tisha Cherry transforms everyday edibles into tributes to iconic works of art; as she explains, her motivations are a combination of an affinity for bad puns and a desire to turn 'the mundane into the magical from palette to palate'.
Dubbed Urban Skyfarm, the folks at Aprilli conceived a 525-foot 'living' skyscraper capable of housing over 1.5 million square feet of common space. Not all the space would be used to grow food. Pathways and a high-flying skybridge would be integrated into the design so that visitors could meander about the gardens, hydroponic decks and orchards.
Austria has a long history of elaborate and even beautiful public housing projects. The legacy stretches back to the days of 'Red Vienna' in the early 20th century, when the socialist government in power took a special interest in designing for the general public.
Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (also known as Bordalo II) has created a clever street art series using railroad tracks as his canvas. He has more art on his Global Street Art gallery and Facebook page.
If you walked by a set of curtains made from one of these fabrics, you might not pick up on a communist star or the CCCP acronym. Many of the designs are thematic of classical Russian art; you see lush color, dense scapes and even the odd Orientalist trope. Anything more than a quick glance however, might reveal romantic depictions of farmers and factory workers, often rendered in the angular, geometric lines of Soviet Constructivism.
With all the time and energy cartographers spend preparing maps, it makes sense that they would want to protect their investment. One of the ways they do so — although they don’t always admit it — is by including 'trap streets', deliberate mistakes added to maps to catch unsuspecting copyright violators.
What happens when you layer every single font, including the ugly ones, on top of one another? You get The Average Font, a typographic experiment by Vienna-based Moritz Resl. With over 900 typefaces installed on his computer, Resl wrote software that would use every single font with low opacity to create each character from a to z.
A project of the Spanish design firm atipo, the ultra-minimalist movie poster collection 'Papers For Characters' takes iconic movies like Jaws and Rear Window and strips them down to their most basic elements. Those elements are translated into the insanely specific medium of papers of various sheet weights and textures, which are then hand manipulated to release the artistic soul of the film as expressed through the medium of design.