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  • This little, 540 square-foot cottage manages to house a family of four quite comfortably and with welcoming and cozy personality to book. This airy Portland home belongs to Jessica of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, who redesigned the interior to maximize storage and living space.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 27, 2012
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  • As a student, Sarah Machicado created this alternative egg packaging concept. The sustainable carton is designed to house 6 extra large, organic brown eggs. She envisioned the packaging to be printed with soy-based inks on 100% post-consumer corrugated paper board—seems like a better alternative than the styrofoam or plastic versions. I wonder how well they would protect the eggs in transit.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 26, 2012
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  • I love seeing designers and artists reach past established mediums and think outside of the box or—in this case—the tube. These creators each embraced a canvas and material destined for the trash to create some beautiful, intriguing and downright fun pieces. Curious to learn more about why embracing creativity like this is important? You'll find me talking about it tomorrow at #wcphx Wordcamp Phoenix at 2:15 p.m. See what artistic journey these toilet paper tubes have taken ↓

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 24, 2012
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  • NYC-based designer and letterer Jeff Rogers creates beautiful and playful letters and word-based illustrations. Feast your eyes on some of his hand-lettering portfolio, where his transforms words into pieces of typographic art:

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 23, 2012
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  • Simon Beck doesn't hit the slopes like the average skier. Instead of shredding powder, he patterns it by strategically schlepping in snowshoes. His snow art designs are awesome on their own, and the in-context shots almost look like digital overlays. It would be awesome to glimpse a bit of the planning behind these and see a stop-motion process video.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 23, 2012
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  • Nike has long been at the forefront of sport design, but lately it seems that the fusion of art, tech, innovation and athletic performance in all their new products is off the charts. From the introduction of the Fuel Band I posted about last month, to the new woven Flyknit Racers and additions to the Nike+ line, their new athletic tech not only looks beautiful, it engages consumers.

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 22, 2012
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  • Chicago-based photographer and designer Paul Octavious's portfolio is as varied as it is impressive. With projects ranging from gorgeous Record Stills to smoke bomb documentation and aerial stills, he made it difficult to decide on something to share.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 21, 2012
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  • Ohio-based artist Dennis Wojtkiewic uses oil paints and canvas to create these beautiful and translucent fruit portraits. The dissections highlight natural patterns and the transition between health and decay through photorealism and strategically placed lighting.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 20, 2012
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