Clever Versions of Everyday Objects

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The world is filled with all kinds of objects that you interact with on a daily basis. Your phone, computer, toilet paper, etc. Most days, you use these objects without a second thought. They do the job they were intended to perform— nothing more, nothing less. You’ll use them again tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that. The experience will be pretty downright unremarkable.

That’s not the kind of thing you’ll find on this list.

No, this list is for everyday objects that are extraordinary. Whoever designed them clearly went above and beyond in thinking about the best possible way to make them, and it totally shows. These objects are extra special, and I can’t help but smile when I see them! It’s nice to know that no matter how well something is done, there are people out there asking how it could be done better.

This raincoat:

Raincoats are designed to get wet. Why not have a special pattern be revealed when the water hits them? Genius! Absolutely genius.

This dishwasher:

Whoever designed this dishwasher clearly knew that everyone would be super suspicious about how quiet it actually was. Clearly, they took that into account with their design.

This honey ball:

Bottles of honey get messy and sticky and can totally ruin the experience of adding honey to your tea. Dissolvable honey balls? They’re basically the exact opposite in every way.

This viewer for colorblind people:

This is something that I never would have even thought of– but I’m so glad that someone did. Humans can be real bros, you know?

This crosswalk:

Sometimes you need a little extra time to cross the street. Now, you can have it.

This battery:

Rechargeable batteries are already pretty darn awesome. But one that you can plug a micro USB cable directly into? That’s another level of awesome.

These tail lights:

Safety first! This might look a little goofy, but it also makes so much sense.

This classroom:

I wish my school’s classrooms had this. Especially in chemistry class!

These traffic lights:

Now you know exactly how much time you have to get through the intersection. No more being stuck in the middle when the light turns red!

This mailbox:

I just want to know whether the mailbox has its own little mailbox. I’m going to pretend that it does.

This “today’s date” key:

I never realized that I wanted a keyboard key that automatically typed in the day’s date, but now it is pretty much all I want.

These snowflakes:

Look closely and you’ll see that the snowflake designs on this LAX sign are made out of tiny planes! It’s a small thing, but it’s so clever and I love it so much.

These smiley trees:

Whoever planted these trees clearly had a great sense of humor. And a lot of time on their hands.

This flushing pedal:

When you think about it, using your hand to flush a public toilet is actually pretty brave. With this pedal, you don’t have to be brave.

These police lights:

On Japanese police cars, the lights can be raised up in order to be seen better by everyone around them. I wish we had this where I live.

These boxes:

I imagine that anyone who has ever had to stock grocery shelves would be very grateful to the person behind this design. Think of the time it would save!

This mustache mug:

You know what they say. There is nothing worse than a damp mustache!

This 8 of diamonds card:

You learn something new every day! This is my thing for today.

This Tabasco sauce sampler:

Not only is this a genius idea; those tiny Tabasco bottles are so adorable! They’re almost too cute to use.

This pizza box:

I mean, if you’re ordering pizza, we all already know you weren’t planning on doing the dishes. Now you don’t have to!

This curtain rod:

Where has this been all my life? Do you think this hotel accepts long-term guests?

This shower handle:

I guess I don’t really need to know the exact temperature of my showers. But I’d like to!

This mirror:

They’ve even printed the directions in reverse so you can follow them while looking in the mirror. They’ve really thought of everything, huh?

This hoodie:

No more trying to thread your headphone cable through your sweatshirt! Sign me up!

This spork:

Classic sporks don’t work well as either a spoon or a fork. This is what we’ve been waiting for.

This Open/Nope sign:

It’s simple, it’s clever, and it’s funny. I love it!

This icon:

I just tried it on my own phone and can confirm this works. You just know some developer at Apple is so excited that someone finally discovered this.

These golfballs:

Well, that’s a hole-in-one idea if ever I saw one. Every other golfball is subpar by comparison.

This notebook:

If you’ve ever had to study organic chemistry, you know that you should welcome any help that you get. Even if it’s in the form of a notebook.

This library sign:

Sometimes, the easiest solution is also the simplest. And the most anonymous. Share this with someone who loves brilliant design!