A few weeks ago I was taking a look through the past year in posts and decided to put together a Top 40 collection for 2012. I had hoped to spread it out over a few days and organize everything a bit, but a family death and extended stay in Pennsylvania over the holidays set me back and I had to lump it all together. Thank you so much for continuing to help make this site such an amazing part of my daily life – here’s to 2013!
01/ Scotch tape portrait series.
02/ Holiday Party Bingo!
03/ Mathematical street art.
04/ Beautiful arctic ice flowers.
05/ A fleet of 300 illuminated boats.
06/ Plywood stars in the middle of the dessert.
07/ You should definitely listen to Matt + Kate Covers 2.0!
08/ A tree in Belgium made of ceramic cups and plates.
09/ 17th century style stereoscopic vases.
10/ Sleek and subtle, the Lithe clock.
01/ The Empire State Building just got better with an LED light show set to music.
02/ Because fall foliage really is THAT FUN.
03/ Beautiful conceptual clouds.
04/ A drawing machine that records pinball play.
05/ The Fixer’s Manifesto.
06/ A 170-foot long trampoline in Russia!
07/ Turning billboards into giant planters.
08/ A Field Guide to Tech Facial Hair (so true).
09/ This bear blanket for kids is SO GOOD.
10/ Whoa, these birds send tweets by eating pork fat off a keyboard!
01/ I wish my cats wanted to play dress up with cardboard. They only want to eat it.
02/ Love the Cracked Up Colander!
03/ Amazing water-activated street art.
04/ Buuut… my heads would be way into this book of cat poems.
05/ Beautiful brass button covers.
06/ Ghettoblaster – a giant papercraft boombox with a car inside.
07/ Rothko in RICE.
08/ The New York Times has never looked so good.
09/ National Hero Registration Forms!
10/ Clever temporary tape picture frames.
01/ A handwriting font. For doctors.
02/ GPS shoes to getcha home.
03/ A Coffee Cup Cookie, naturally.
04/ How to Write a Love Letter.
05/ Pi in the sky!
06/ If you have to muzzle your dog might as well make it adorably hilarious with Quack.
07/ Tiny detailed paintings on pennies.
08/ Now this is a well designed tape measure!
09/ Chemistry Crayons – each one is named after the chemical that makes the color possible.
10/ A large-scale charm bracelet for the streets.
In celebration of Venice’s Biennale, artists Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charriere dyed the city’s pigeons in order to change their dirty bird perception into something of beauty. Yup, that’s the right. The birds were spray-painted with a specially formulated non-harmful dye. I’m still on the fence about the ethics of this project, but assuming no birds were harmed in its creation the results are definitely breathtaking. (via The Fox Is Black)
01/ A beautifully designed transparent motorcycle gas tank.
02/ The Candy Wrapper Archive!
03/ A fun street jewelry installation.
04/ Dogs with Napoleon Complexes… dressed as Napoleon.
05/ A line of furniture held together with nothing more than rope!
06/ The Dipr may change your relationship with cookies and milk forever.
07/ Stunning long exposure photographs of fireworks.
08/ And these long exposures of moths in flight.
09/ Musical icons mosaic portraits made from their own CDs!
10/ Design nerd flashcards.
01/ Hoping my next house is constructed out of concrete LEGO bricks!
02/ I want to buy my eggs in this packaging.
03/ Your dream is a reality, print postcards that smell like FOOD.
04/ The photography alone makes me want to get my hands on this magazine.
05/ Rose-colored glasses!
06/ Daring enough to try a Hairchitecture ’do?
08/ Wonder if this Woven Desk would make me more productive?
09/ Weird + beautiful ceramic teeth mug.
10/ 100 phone booths, 100 artists
01/ Make a modern DIY playhouse!
02/ Doilies + driftwood.
03/ Turning stubby old pencils into fun toys.
04/ The couple I saw spooning on the gate floor at McCarren Airport this week needed the Blandito.
05/ Matchbook is all about bikinis and books and pairing the two together.
06/ Fabric-covered soccer balls.
07/ A multicolor sprinkler that paints rainbows.
08/ Water tower turned townhouse.
09/ Preciously tiny, these Olympian Meals are representative of what a few athletes actually eat.
10/ Smart folding Piegato shelves.
01/ Chicago’s Logan Square as a giant Monopoly game? Yes, please!
02/ My Better Half, a sugary sweet project.
03/ Max Dalton’s Horror Die Cut Collection is a nice follow up to #2, yes? (Not even on purpose!)
04/ If I had a juicer named Edwin I think I’d be drinking more juice.
05/ Rad DOM-I-NO candle holder.
06/ Super fun graphic July desktop wallpaper.
07/ Peel ‘n press pockets!
08/ Two board game projects in one week? YES. Check out The Realistic Game of Life.
09/ Any excuse to look at 84 miles of suspended string.
10/ This paint chip wall looks time consuming, but awesome.