Bizarre shoes unfold and become a “shelter” [10 pictures]

July 31, 2013 | 3 comments

Shoe Tent - 01

I guess this is what happens when a collective of architects designs a pair of shoes…

The Walking-Shelter is a human shelter stored within a pair of sneakers…. [It] expands out and around the body to form an enclosure that relies on the human frame as a supporting structure.

The shelter accommodates for the body in a variety of ways and can be customised by the user to adapt to a variety of contexts and environments.

I’d like to think this is a joke, but there’s really no way to know

Shoe Tent - 02

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Couple’s engagement pics imitate famous movie posters [10 pictures]

July 18, 2013 | 1 comment

After photographer Joshua Watson and his girlfriend Rachel got engaged, they announced the good news and invited people to the wedding festivities by creating parody movie posters.

Here are the original posters, each followed with Joshua and Rachel’s funny and cute imitation…

Casablanca / California

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Magnetized table seems to be made of levitating blocks of wood [pics & video]

July 17, 2013 | 3 comments

This unusual coffee table is made of cubes of reclaimed walnut that seem to be floating alongside each other.

The unusual aspect of the design comes from the magnets that are in each piece of the table, causing the cubes to repel each other, and from the thin cables that restrain the pieces, keeping them from turning into a scatter of wood blocks.

Because of this odd yet ingenious construction, the table has the unique capacity to wobble and tip when pushed, but then snap back into shape…

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Map of U.S. states transposed onto similar European countries to give a sense of size

July 17, 2013 | 9 comments

Kegler Press created a map on which each state in the U.S. is individuated from the nation as a whole and then laid out over a European country of approximately the same land mass. The effect, whether you’re more familiar with the U.S. or with Europe, is to give a better sense of the size of the other.

Europe’s borders are shown in relief with an embossed line behind the states for reference.

Here’s the whole print (which is available on Etsy)…

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Periodic table of everything bad about humanity [8 pictures]

July 12, 2013 | 2 comments

Dorothy — the design collective that brought us the song title city map, movie title city map, coal-dust snow globes, and post-war green army men — has a new poster that will complement your contemporary decor and add to your wall that last bit of mod melancholy you didn’t even know you were looking for…

The Periodic Table of Social Issues

Featuring 85 of the worst things about our species…

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A history of fonts

May 10, 2013 | 3 comments

This creative animation takes a brief, intriguing look at the development of typography over time…


(via Torment)

New Treasury Secretary updates his signature to not “debase” U.S. currency

May 8, 2013 | 2 comments

You may remember from back in January that Jack Lew, who Obama nominated for Secretary of the Treasury, had an entirely illegible signature.

This is funny, of course, because the Treasury Secretary’s signature appears on our currency. During the nomination, Obama joked…

Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency should he be confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury.

This got some laughs, but apparently it wasn’t entirely a joke. The latest annual report (PDF) from the Financial Stability Oversight Council shows a new and improved autograph from Mr. Lew…

(via The Wall Street Journal)