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New Dollar Design

Graphic designer Richard Smith has launched the "Dollar Redesign Project" with the aim of changing the dollar’s design.

Can you imagine dollar bills with Jack Nicholson’s face on them?
Can you imagine dollar bills with Jack Nicholson’s face on them?
  According to American graphic designer Richard Smith, the dollar hasn’t changed its design since 1930. But this project isn’t just about giving America’s most famous icon a new look, Smith believes designers can help kick-start the US economy with 'a thorough, in-depth, rebranding scheme - starting with the redesign of the iconic US dollar'.

He’s started a blog in order to carry out his project, Dollar ReDe$ign Project, he’s asked users to send in their proposals, and has even sent a letter to President Obama, inviting him to visit the web and understand why it’s necessary to come up with a new dollar design.

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 on 01 Jun 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Moleskine + Kleneex = Moleskleenex

Moleskine, that legendary little black book used by Hemingway, Picasso, and Van Gogh, has been reconverted into a practical tissue dispenser.

Use it to take notes or to blow your nose
Use it to take notes or to blow your nose
  Twentieth Century bohemians, the kind that carried their little black notebooks everywhere they went, would no doubt have found this invention fascinating. Surely there’s no more elegant way to blow one’s nose than by taking a kleenex out of a tissue box shaped like a Moleskine notebook. That’s exactly what it is, a little book made of kleenex that looks like a Moleskine notebook.

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 on 28 May 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments ( 1 ) Send this to a friend

Products That Make Bath Time More Enjoyable

These products turn your time in the bath into a sensory and relaxing experience. Let go of your stress while soaking in the tub.

The home page for the "Bath time for charging the energy" web site
The home page for the "Bath time for charging the energy" web site
  Did you know that many people in Japan relieve the tiredness and stress built-up during the day by taking a bath? This is their time to relax. But, Sega Toys wants to make this moment something even more special.

This company has launched a series of products for the bath called "Bath time for charging the energy". There are 3 different products available: a soap bubble generator, a planetarium for the bathroom, and a music box.

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 on 25 May 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Products Used to Discharge Static Electricity

In Japan, there are a series of products available to help discharge static electricity: key chains, stickers, and even bracelets, so you’ll be protected 24-hours a day.

Sparknon X Man, is a doll that discharges static electricity
Sparknon X Man, is a doll that discharges static electricity
  Are you sick of suffering the effects of static electricity? When the air is really dry, static electricity starts to build up inside your body as your clothes rub up against the car seat, or your shoes create friction from walking on carpeting... etc. If you then touch objects that are conducive to energy, such as a doorknob or a car door, there’s a burst of discharge that produces a disturbing shock.

Now you can relax because you won’t get any more of these nasty shocks.

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 on 25 May 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Color Picker

This pen-shaped scanner scans the color of any object and stores it in its memory so you can draw using that exact same shade.

Scan a leaf...
Scan a leaf...
  With this unusual gadget, you can check whether that sweater you bought is really cherry red, or if your turquoise notebook is actually the same color as the sky. This tiny device is shaped like a pen but it’s actually a color scanner. Just like conventional scanners capture images, this gadget is capable of copying colors. From any object.

Unfortunately, it’s still only a prototype, but its inventor, Korean designer Jinsun Park, explained how it works.

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 on 22 May 2009 by Marta Reig in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes Comments Send this to a friend

Qoo

Qoo is a brand of soft drink that belongs to Coca Cola Japan and has a mascot (also named Qoo) that is slowly becoming an international icon.

A new Qoo product, very refreshing orange flavor
A new Qoo product, very refreshing orange flavor
  Blue body full of curves, a single horn on its head, and an overall demeanor that’s very laid back. That’s Qoo, the mascot for a line of soft drinks with the same name made by Coca Cola Japan.

This soft drink first came out 10 years ago, but it’s still considered a novelty because Coca Cola has launched new flavors (peach, orange and apple) and has taken great care to select quality ingredients in an effort to obtain better flavors.

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 on 21 May 2009 by Marta Reig in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Edible Prints

Sawa Tanaka has created a collection of screenprints made out of food coloring and flavors such as ketchup, fruit juice or ice cream.

These eggs and sausages aren’t fattening
These eggs and sausages aren’t fattening
  At first glance, it looks like a simple drawing, but these screenprints are made on rice paper using only food and drinks for coloring. They have a very cool design, and they’re also edible.

Instead of using paint and ink to create these unusual plates of food, designer Sawa Tanaka has painted on paper using only food coloring and flavors.

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 on 19 May 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Cleaning Products for Your PC

These fun tools shaped like animals and food products will keep your computer nice and clean.

Delicious looking cleaning products
Delicious looking cleaning products
  There’s a bunch of cleaning products that are efficient and practical and will help keep your computer spotless. But those products are usually ugly and boring, that’s why you hide them in a drawer and stash them away. Who ever said things had to be this way? With Elecom’s products, you’ll love cleaning your PC and you’ll want to keep the cleaning products by your side at all times!.

They look like stuff toys shaped like doughnuts, cookies, pieces of pie...

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 on 18 May 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Superheroes About the House

Photographer Gregg Segal imagines the daily chores of superheroes such as Batman, Wonder Woman or Captain America in these portraits of everyday life.

Captain America picks up his mail
Captain America picks up his mail
  Gregg Segal is a photographer by vocation who got his first camera as a present when he was 11 years old. The first thing he photographed with his new camera was his neighbor’s garbage. As Segal himself explains on his web site, that was when his mother first knew he’d end up becoming a photographer.

And so it was.

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 on 18 May 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

10min. (Ten Minutes)

Jot down, stick, and organize your tasks using 10 min., a daily planner that has all the advantages of Post-it notes.

10min. inside
10min. inside
  Are you tired of getting bogged down at work and never managing to complete your to-do list? 10min. is the perfect solution to help you organize your day-to-day tasks. It’s a daily planner that uses Post-its to visually map out what you need to de throughout the day. The product was created by kanmido and they called it 10min.

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 on 14 May 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend
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