License plate design is clearly very niche, very design by committee, and very bad. Usually. As the folks behind the State Plates Project say, “Over the past 50 years, the American license plate has taken a turn for the worst. We’re here to change that.” Fifty designers, fifty states, fifty license plates I wish were the real deal.
01/ Instagram photos reappear at the locations they were first taken.
02/ JFK airport of building the world’s only animal handling cargo terminal.
03/ Justin Bettman’s Set in the Street project is unexpected and awesome.
04/ An 85-year-old woman + her marionette twin feed a squirrel in Washington Square Park.
05/ A chart on the official colors of British tea, for reference.
06/ A floating gem? Nope, a flipped iceberg!
07/ A fairytale urban treehouse hidden in the woods of Atlanta, Georgia.
08/ Gemma Correll nails a proposed color palette for January.
09/ What happens when a super clear freshwater lake freezes?
10/ Old subway cars from New York are dumped into the ocean to create an artificial reef environment.
Last week on Design Crush:
Jennis Li Cheng‘s neon pieces are an unexpected surprise in technique.
Check out these 10 January DIYs.
Creepy/cool illustrations from the hand of Ilya Shkipin.
I had the best experience custom color matching with Sherwin-Williams!
Have you seen my favorite 14 Valentines?
Beautiful textile jewelry from Lana Pelana.
Unexpected sunbathers are captured in photos by Tadao Cern.
I’ve updated the Marketplace for a January refresh!
The crazy-sexy lips of Oscar Delmar.
01/ Graham McGeorge captures owls perfectly camouflaged within trees.
02/ The 12 most popular New Year’s Resolutions turned into posters by Viktor Hertz.
03/ Memo Bank is both piggy bank and memo pad.
04/ Warby Parker’s Make Your Own Annual Report does just that.
05/ A conceptual iTunes redesign by Brye Kobayashi.
06/ Would you dare to use a transparent canoe?
07/ Jurassic Sweet is a series of half-dinosaur, half-treat creatures.
08/ A giant balloon shaped like an old man’s head was flown over Japan.
09/ The Belty is self-adjusting (think Thanksgiving) and nags you about your weight.
10/ A breathtaking snowstorm in the Grand Canyon.
This week on Design Crush:
Eight crush-worthy prints to mix up this month.
So impressed with Makrbox, a Pacific Northwest-filled subscription box.
Beautiful illustrations from Amyisla McCombie.
I teamed up with Target to make my entry winter-ready.
Dark and lovely work from Nina Torr (aka Andy Wyeth).
I’d love to fill my wrists with these painted leather Mixed Doubles bracelets.
Morgana Wallace captures fantastical characters in layers of paper.
Add some color to your space with Mod Pieces.
Work from the mysterious Olivier Umecker.
01/ Symmetry for Breakfast is exactly what you’d expect.
02/ A lake in the High Tatras Mountains of Slovakia froze crystal clear.
03/ Frameworks One is a backlit picture frame that lets any photo on your phone become artwork.
04/ The Garden Bridge is a proposed elevated walkway park that would cross the River Thames.
05/ On the Wings of Freedom features hundreds of interactive butterflies controlled by smartphone.
06/ A fabric-like, moveable, 4D printed dress made with Kinematics.
07/ No fireplace, no problem. Choose from one of many digital designs on Yule Log 2.0.
08/ The world’s first glow-in-the-dark bike path is inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
09/ The world is full of Boring/Useless Superheroes.
10/ Chateau de Rentilly is a French country house re-clad with polished mirror surfaces.
This week on Design Crush:
You have until Sunday evening to enter our 24 Merry Days giveaway – win $300 to spend at Anthropologie!
Deck the tree with these 20 favorite ornaments.
Beautiful ceramics from Suite One Studio.
Check out 12 December DIYs that would also make amazing gifts.
Bright and hazy paintings by Leon Berkowitz.
Bake up these 25 cookie swap recipes for the holidays… or a Saturday.
Sent off your holiday cards yet? I’ve received a whopping five.
Crushing on these unconventional paintings by Liz Markus.
Take a peek at 20 holiday DIYs with some modern flair.
Only a few weeks left in 2014 – can you believe it?! Get ready for the new year with a 2015 calendar.
Lovely abstract photographs of Kim Keever‘s paint and water experiments.
Who couldn’t use a little extra motivation in their everyday life? I know I can. I’m a one woman band with an office in my house, such an arrangement can definitely leave verbal encouragement and support lacking. Thanks to Department of Motivation I need look no further than my walls. With black and white graphic words of wisdom such as Get Shit Done and Do Work That Matters all the bases are covered.
01/ Who says junk isn’t beautiful? The First Law of Kipple will show you in gradient fashion.
02/ A visual project exploring just what it means to be emotionally available.
03/ Well-executed “birth control” work from Julia Blackburn for Planned Parenthood.
04/ Giant copper orbs that show just how much metal comes from a mine.
05/ Pantone-inspired beer packaging from Txaber.
06/ Portraits of five men who participated in the Manhattan Project – in match form.
07/ A vertically-designed Ikea apartment you can climb!
08/ Before/After takes a look at hardcore metal band members before + after performing.
09/ Just what chemicals give autumn’s leaves their color?
10/ These beautiful knives only need sharpened once every 25 years. WHOA.
This week on Design Crush:
Happy go lucky animal illustrations by Kathy Lam.
Remixing a classic – lasagna 10 ways.
Storybook-ready illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault.
A super smart flat water bottle design, check out memobottle.
Beautiful minimal, geometric jewelry pieces from Rebecca Gladstone.
Tips+tricks for the dreaded act of moving house.
Thean’t be beat AW14 home collection from Ferm Living.
Six of my favorite additions to Design Crush the Marketplace!