advertising
This Clever Newspaper Ad Hides a 3D Kitchen in the Classifieds

As far as newspaper ads go, the classifieds are an especially boring section of tiny text and identically spaced columns. But it doesn't always have to be so! This ingenious little ad for Corona's kitchens by Colombia-based designer Felipe Salazar plays with the geometry of classified ads. An entire kitchen, complete with gas hood and stove, pops right out at you. You can't do that with Craigslist. Read More >>

architecture
These Gorgeous Screenprints Showcase a City's Most Famous Structures

As part of a project called "Shapes of Cities," London-based designer Yoni Alter takes a handful of iconic buildings from various metropolitan areas and silhouettes their shapes in a range of colours, overlapping the forms to create a single abstracted, impossible skyline. Read More >>

design
Advertising Legend Designs the New Posters for Mad Men

84-year-old Milton Glaser—one of the world's most sought-after graphic designers, who left an indelible mark on advertising in the 1960s—has designed the posters and promotional pieces for the next and final season of Mad Men. Read More >>

maps
Let's all Cool it With These Stupid Maps

Maps are great. Maps help us get where we need to go and can sometimes teach us things about the world we live in. But unfortunately, the internet has been infected by a scourge of stupid maps. And stupid maps are making us dumber. Read More >>

design
11 Creative Interpretations of the Golden Ratio's Perfect Proportions

Although the Golden Ratio was devised way, way back by ancient Greek mathematicians, you might remember it from such modern implementations as the Apple logo and an early incarnation of Twitter. But, honestly, it can be a total mind-fuck for non-designers to wrap their heads around. Read More >>

design
10 Playing Card Decks That Are Too Pretty For Your Poker Table

For graphic designers, playing cards are a playground: The simple constraints of four suits and thirteen different cards accommodate massses of creativity without overcomplicating things. And there's an amazing number of interesting decks out there. Read More >>

design
This Spindly Font Was Inspired by Crisscrossing Tram Wires

The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, has hills--lots and lots of steep hills--and a robust tram system that weaves around the highs and lows, complete with a whole tapestry of wires that crisscross above the tracks. Read More >>

design
Airlines, Listen Up: Here's the Boarding Pass You Should Be Using

It hasn't been a great decade for air travel. And while crappily designed boarding passes aren't at the very top of my list of axes to grind with the airline industry, they're more important than you think. Just take a look at this great version by UK designer Peter Smart for proof. Read More >>

design
14 Fascinating Maps of Places Hiding in Plain Sight

Paper routes. All the swings in Harlem. Lost souls. The maps encased in Where You Are, the latest offering from the lovely ladies at London-based publisher Visual Editions, won't actually get you anywhere—but they sure are fun to look at. Read More >>

design
The New Oscars Logo is Illuminati Catnip

Trying to "fix" the Oscars with branding is a fool's errand—just you try and put lipstick on a grotesquely excessive, four-hour-long pig. But local creative agency 180LA has done an admirable job, giving the Academy a new look that's as smart as it is simple. Read More >>

design
11 Sleek Posters Celebrating the Design Genius of Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is the undisputed granddaddy of modern industrial design. The German legend's ten commandments for good design are considered gospel in the field, and his impeccable collections for Braun elevated home appliances to mass-produced art. Read More >>

advertising
Philips' New Logo Is an Awesome 1930s Throwback

75 years after Philips debuted a circular "shield" logo filled with twinkling gold stars, the Dutch electronics giant has brought the design back as a bold monochromatic logomark. Read More >>

apps
Can Good Design Make Even Conspiracy Theories Seem Believable?

Grab your tinfoil hats, sheeple. It's been fifty years since US President John F. Kennedy Jr. was assassinated on that fateful day in Dallas, and it's still nearly impossible to discuss the event without some mention of conspiracy, cover-ups, government intrigue, multiple shooters, UFO affiliations, and more. Read More >>

design
Britain's Colourful Burglar Alarms Are Oddly Mesmerising

When you think of iconic graphic design, you might think of magazine ads, billboards or even company logos. You almost certainly don't think of burglar alarms. But maybe you should. Read More >>

design
6 Cities and States Reinventing Themselves Through Branding

Is it possible to distil the character of a city into a single, striking logo? In some ways it seems crass to (re)brand a place, reducing the complexity of a locale into to what is, essentially, a marketing campaign. Done well, however, the efforts can unite locals and lure leisure travelers, who bring with them a major financial boon (check out the World Bank’s map of international tourist dollars from the past four years—there’s a lot of cash involved). But have we reached peak branding? Read More >>

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Every Original Star Trek Episode as a Vintage Movie Poster

So Into Darkness was fun, but there's nothing quite like the classics that started the whole thing off. If you're into them, Juan Ortiz has a treat for you: each of the original 80 episodes as a righteous vintage poster. Read More >>

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