Art and Design

Top 10 Strange and Innovative Pants and Jeans

 Pants are a staple in many fashion ensembles, but not all pants are fashionable or functional - some pants are innovative, while others are weird, wacky and strangely mesmorizing! Read on to see the Top 10 Most Innovative and Strange Pants and Jeans!

Dishwasher That Washes Dishes With Air

Should you wash dishes by hand or in the dishwasher? The debate is ongoing. I say it depends on the "dish washer". Is the water left running when done by hand? Is the dishwasher an old model that needs to be run more than once to wash one set of dishes? What if the dishwasher used air to wash the dishes? Take a look at designer Hwang Jin Wook's modern dishwasher prototype. 

Nintendo Famicom Art Plays On Retro NES Game Themes

The best games never created? That's the theme of Meteor's Famicase 2009, a celebration of wishful gaming designed to pay tribute to Nintendo's influential Famicom home game console.

Good Vibes at

Do you ever have those moments when you look back upon your past and think of someone who greatly impacted your life?  Ever wish that you could reach back and give them a personal "Thank You" for being such an influence?  This, and many other themes of gratitude, is the basis of a new social website called

ODA's ROOM: Modern Modular Furniture

The ROOM,  designed by New York-based design firm Office for Design & Architecture, or ODA, was originally designed for a teenager's loft-like space.  What eventually resulted was an adjustable modular system that could be retrofitted for small or larger sized bedroom spaces. 

Go With The Flo™ A Transgenerational Squat Toilet

No.  You're kidding, right?  You think that boomers are going to squat on a toilet?

The designers of Go With The Flo, from Arizona State University (ASU) Design School, say that their squat toilet is a toilet concept for baby boomers to help them get Yoga exercise.  Not this boomer!

New Kindle DX Reads Better, Faster, Cheaper, And Louder Than A Book!

Today's the day you can pre-order your new Kindle DX, the latest generation of Kindle readers by Amazon.  The only question you'll have, providing you have the spare change to pay for it, is how many books, blogs, textbooks, and newspapers you want downloaded to it.

The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of toys. They are selected on the basis of excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

Graffitti Creator is a Shrine to the Artform

Graffiti, as an art form, has evolved very quickly to involve everything from depictions of urban surroundings to territorial tags of gangs.  Many may think of it as the defacing of public property, however Graffiti Creator sees it differently.

Nut & Bolt Wedding Rings: Binding Bride & Groom Together With Unique Jewelry

There are many untraditional couples out there who would never dream of having a typical wedding complete with the white dress, tuxedo, pastel bridesmaids and flashy diamonds. Having been one of these brides myself, I'm happy to see a unique wedding band alternative that truly binds the bride and groom together.

Mom, Do Your Balls Recharge? More Earth Friendly Gifts For Mom

Shouldn't every day be Mother's Day? Mother's everywhere will probably shout, "Yes!" This year show your mom how much she is appreciated. Then help her relax with gifts like the unique earth friendly gifts ideas below. 

Chinese Chess Is Finally Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Chinese chess (Xiangqi) is centuries old; some historians date the game back to 400 BC. All this time, blind and other visually disabled persons have been unable to play one of China's most popular games.  But last year, design professor Michael Siu, of Hong Kong Polytechnical University (PolyU), created a Chinese chess set  for blind persons and others with varying levels of visual impairments. The set  has opened up a new sport to millions of vision impaired persons that allows them to be included in a very popular national game.


Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella Provides Cutting Edge Rain Protection

The Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella protects you from post-atomic black rain, gushing founts of enemy blood, storms of fire arrows... and the occasional mild drizzle.  

Travel to the Tombs of Ancient Egypt with Musée de la Civilisacion

Musée de la Civilisacion, as you may have guessed, translates from French into "Museum of Civilization" and is located in Quebec, Canada.  Their latest exhibit takes you back to ancient Egypt to learn about the process behind mummification, and the significance of the rituals these desert dwellers engaged in to secure a blissful afterlife.

The Haramaki: Samurai Fashion Turned Winter Wear

Following an ancient samurai fashion tradition is the Haramaki. Once used to protect the stomach and kidneys from sharp swords, this fashion item is now used to protect against much less harsh elements; namely the weather. Read on and decide if the Haramaki is a fashion statement for the future, or if it should have gone extinct with the Samurai's.