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  • Worth1000 hosts a variety of photo-editing and illustrative contests. One of their contest series, Superhero ModRen challenges users to incorporate superheroes into fine art pieces. It's fun to see the contrast of the characters we know and love in traditional painting styles and poses, and I can only imagine . Take a look below at a sampling ↓

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 9, 2012
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  • Not only does the Dollar Shave Club promo video make us laugh, but their web site is pretty spiffy too. It reflects their business model quite well, showing a back-to-basics attitude through playful graphics, simple messages, and old-timey and weathered details. I'll let the video elaborate on their business pitch...

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 8, 2012
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  • Sometimes (always), it's just a coffee kind of day, and today I've been finding inspiration in lots of coffee related projects, from branding, to drawing, to product design. One beauty I stumbled upon is this website design for Scandinavian Coffee House.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 8, 2012
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  • Simon Ålander had a black skateboard lying around and decided he needed to do something about it. The Swedish designer has a talent for hand-lettering and enjoys using a combination of analog and digital techniques to create his typographic designs. He knew lettering was the answer, and his New York hand-drawn script combines skate culture with contrasting letterforms and flourishes.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 6, 2012
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  • Theodore Gray, a founder of Wolfram Research, really loves elements. So much so that he has amassed a collection of thousands of samples. After reading Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks, he thought that the London Science Museum's periodic table displayed samples of the elements on a table. When he discovered that he had misread the passage and the Museum's table was actually a normal, wall-mounted version, he embraced the misunderstanding and decided to created the table he has imagined.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 5, 2012
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  • Graphic designer Tommaso Guerra dabbles in industrial design, finding ways to incorporate found objects and alternative materials in his lighting projects. From exposed copper piping and teapots, to bottles and guitar bodies his projects could be seen as examples of craft and re-use, but they also exemplify creative thinking—seeing new purpose in an already practical object.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 2, 2012
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  • Italian designer Ruggero Asnago's Neritagli collection shows how flat 2D objects can be used to create unique 3D stories. As design often does, the project naturally evolved from its original intent. He started crafting the creatures simply with scissors and paper, creating small imaginary animals for fun. He saw the potential in the objects, and referenced Munari's idea of "sculture da viaggio" (portable design) as inspiration.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 1, 2012
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  • New-York based Bauhaus design student and product designer Arvid Häusser is the designer behind Seppl, a porcelain espresso machine. He chose to use porcelain—a material we don't often see in appliances anymore—because of its thermal storage capabilities, sanitation and ease of cleaning. Plus, visually, it appeals to a wide-range of tastes.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 29, 2012
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