Inventive table is both a human workspace and a kitten’s playland [7 pictures]

Apr 26, 2014 By Joey 1

Created by designer Ruan Hao, this curious table allows space for both the office worker and their cats…

Cat Table 2

Cat Table 1

Hao’s desk, which he’s named CATable, has garnered attention thanks to its exhibition at Milan Design Week this year. Labeling it a “paradise for cats,” Hao is uniquely bridging the gap between human work and kitty play, though for most of us, rudimentary cardboard boxes will continue to suffice…

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Can you name these iconic bands based only on these minimalist picture puzzles? [21 pics]

Apr 16, 2014 By Joey 1

Design group Tata & Friends created this series of Literal Rock Band Icons as a tribute to some of their favorite bands. The name of each band is listed at the bottom of the image, so don’t scroll too fast if you’re playing along.

How many bands can you name based on these drawings?

Band Pictionary 08

Band Pictionary 17

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Ad agency spoofs competitor’s huge, continuous “superdesk,” brags they have a continuous floor

Apr 10, 2014 By Joey 0

A few months ago, advertising company Barbarian Group rolled out their shiny New York office in a video that showcased the centerpiece of the space — a continuous 4,400-square-foot “Superdesk” with a “surfboard top material” that seats up to 175 people. The workspace is impressive…

Of course, Barbarian Group’s office is wildly different from those that most of us work in, so rival advertising agency Barton F. Graf 9000 created their own video showcasing their ordinary office space. The highlight of their office, presented in deadpan style, is their continuous floor…

(via Design Taxi)

Hotel illustrates absurd guest comments with bizarrely amusing, artsy photographs (12 pics)

Jan 27, 2014 By Jake Johnson 0

Every year The Standard, a swanky boutique hotel chain with locations in L.A., NYC, and Miami, puts out a calendar featuring staff members from their properties. The 2014 edition offers artsy photographic interpretations of some of the more bizarre guest comments they received during the year.

They write…

We’re always striving to better ourselves as a company, and guest feedback is crucial to our self improvement. As it turns out, guest feedback can also be pretty entertaining, irreverent, inspiring, and sometimes just off-the-wall.

Here are the fun results…


Dear Standard, Your staff are the nicest pooch-lovers in the whole world. Penny, my precious little wiener, is on a special diet and must be fed at specific times so she can take her pills. Your room service staff was sweet enough to prepare it each day, executed to the last detail and delivered right on time. Penny is extremely appreciative and is looking forward to her next stay.


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The Mushroom Kingdom needs you! Mario as evil war criminal in WWII-inspired propaganda posters [10 pics]

Jan 21, 2014 By Jake Johnson 0

You spent your youth thinking you were fighting as one of the good guys when you played Nintendo, but did you ever stop to think about it from the Koopas’ perspective?

Designer Fernando Reza has thought of it for you in his series of vintage-styled propaganda posters designed to rally the inhabitants of Mario World to rise up agains the “Red Menace.”…

1 - Mario Enemy

mario touch print

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The many faces of eggnog [7 pictures]

Dec 15, 2013 By Jake Johnson 0

Seattle-based designer, Madeleine Eiche, has a fun little holiday photo series happening over at the Eggnog Project. Eiche became fascinated with eggnog carton design “in 2002 when she was employed at a New York coffee shop, making eggnog lattes.” Her project features eggnog package designs from around the US, beautifully photographed by Justin Gollmer.

The series is a wonderful representation of regional tradition. Each of us probably grew up with one or two carton designs that we identify as eggnog. But the variety of this collection shows that even our eggnog is shaped by our local, contextual experiences.

Eiche credits the Dairy Fresh packaging as her first love….

Dairy Fresh, Canastota, New York

Dairy Fresh

Elmhouse Dairy, Roxbury, New York

Elmhurst Dairy

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