Art and Design

A La Carte Maps: Creative Travel Guides For The Artistic Traveler

Ok, I know, you think you've seen them all before - all kinds of companies are creating maps and travel guides for tourists, and many offer customizable options online. Well, you haven't seen it all just yet, because one company is going back to basics and incorporating more creativity and even some art into the creation of their unique brand of travel guide.


MAPTOR: Map Meets Pico Projector

MAPTOR is a pico projector meets map. Project a map onto nearly any surface and get instant location and direction information to keep you traveling on the right path.

12 Fashions Made From Strange, Cool And Innovative Materials

Sometimes the appeal is not the fashion itself, but what it's made from. Check out these strange, cool and innovative fashions which are all interesting for the materials used in the design, but not necessarily about the style of the fashions themselves.


12 New Dog Breeds Created By Show Groomers!

You've heard of cockapoos, right?  A cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle.  How about a pandapoo?  No, you can't breed a poodle and a panda, but you can groom the poodle to look like a panda... and several other creatures!


8 Awesome Futuristic Gadgets For Y 2100 Are Design Lab '09 Finalists!

If you're wondering what kinds of home gadgets we'll be using in the year 2100, here are 8 finalist entries of the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition that reflect their designers' futuristic concepts. Everything from a robotic greenhouse for life on Mars to a rain catcher and purifier that flies to your glass to pour your drinking water!  Drop in and read about these super neat home gadgets!

Call For Inventors! Amazon Wants Green Inventions NOW!

Amazon Green is a new category on Amazon.com where all the eco-friendly products that Amazon sells can be located; it's a handy way to find things.  If you would like to find your thing -- your time, money, or energy saving invention -- on Amazon Green, then here's your big chance to score big!


Japanese Cosplay Queen 'Shokotan' Has Her Own Paper Doll Kit

Japanese pop singer, top blogger and anime otaku idol Shoko Nakagawa ("Shokotan" for short) offers her fans an opportunity to dress her up (or down) via the paper doll kit in her new photobook.

Fall Office Fashions: Eco-Friendly Designs By Feral Childe

Office wear doesn't need to be boring, most companies are embracing contemporary trends that are still conservative enough for the workplace. Well, that is unless you're my former employer who believed in the man’s style blazers andpantyhose in the non-air conditioned office in summer; completely limiting by ability of introducing anything alternative into the office. Designer certainly doesn’t follow the same beliefs, since not only have they introduced a new line of office appropriate wear that’s verging on contemporary, it’s also eco-friendly.

Wear Nature Smack In The Face, Especially If You’re an Ugly B@$tard

In the city tall buildings, busy streets, unpleasant sounds and unpleasant smells can make living or working in urban life unbearable. What if you could carry a piece of nature with you all day? Would wearing a living accessory make a difference?

The 'Obama Joker' & The Top Ten Altered Image List

Is posting an altered image of the president to Flickr an acceptable practice? Or should copyrighted photos in general never be altered and published online or in print? If so, why are do so many contrived photos and artwork popping up daily on social networks and in magazines?  Check out this TOP TEN list of altered images that have have sparked censorship controversy over the years, right up till today.

Optimal Vision Contact Lenses Enhance Vision By Filtering Light Like Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not always convenient for those who are heavy into sports, because they can easily result in damage, but now there are contact lenses that help filter the sunlight by imitating the way that animal's eyes filter light.


Recovery Sling Provides Double Duty On Your Broken Bones

Why throw your sling away when it's time to work yourself back into pre-broken-limb shape? One sling, two functions.

Are You Being Manipulated By Subliminal Ads?

Ever get a strange little urge to purchase something that you don't need?  That could be the result of being hit with a subliminal advertisement.  Read on to learn more about this dubious practice.  Knowledge is power...

Build Your Own Clothing And Accessories: 4 Funky Lego Fashions

Lego is possibly the material that is easiest to design and build with, and it also has a fun and whimsical element to it. As a result, it's not surprising that so many designers are embracing it...just like a kid in a candy store; or rather, a kid with a bucket of Lego.


Japanese Robot Mannequins Move Shoppers To Buy

Next time you check out that robot mannequin in a Tokyo department store window, don't be surprised if the mannequin is checking YOU out at the same time. "Palette", a robot mannequin, senses admiring shoppers and poses to please!