design: November 2009 Archives

Lego love leads to engagement for couple

275x250.jpgA lego-loving couple are hoping to build a future together, after the little bricks played a big part in their engagement.

When Joe Sparano decided to pop the question to his girlfriend of six years he knew Lego had to be involved.

Their eyes had first met over a box of bricks at a toy store where they both worked, and the pair have regularly bought each other Lego box sets as gifts since they started dating.

So 30-year-old Joe, a graphic designer from Nebraska, started planning a Lego based proposal where he wanted to pop the question to Kristin Kacerik, also 30, at a picnic for their dating anniversary.

Hoodies get huge fangs on their arms

275x250.jpgThe idea of fang mouthed hoodies may sound pretty scary - luckily they are just the latest must-have item of clothing.

These hoodies are the brainchild of Ross Valory who came up with the idea after seeing his friends children crossing their arms elbows pointed out in front.

They opened and closed their arms in a chopping fashion, punctuated of course, by monster noises.

Ross thought it be cool if there was a shirt with a graphic on the sleeves that would form a face with a mouth that would open and close when you put your arms together.

He contacted a graphic artist and started creating the hoodies which allow kids to transform into geckos, sharks, raptors, frogs, dogs, cobras, gators, tigers and orcas.

Artist makes realistic trainers from paper

275x250.jpgAn artist has painstakingly cut pieces of coloured paper and glued them together to recreate some of his favourite trainers.

David Brownings, from Brighton, says he can spend six hours producing his paper shoes - normally retro Nike Dunk models - which sell for £30 per pair.

The illustrator first came up with the idea while working in a vintage trainer store but since putting his creations online says he had been inundated with requests

Dubbed Nike-elangelo David warns potential buyers that while the shoes might look good on a shelf - they won't wear so well on a basketball court.

Bra doubles as a golf putting mat (Video)

275x250.jpgAn underwear firm has revealed a bizarre new bra which can also be used as a golf putting mat -- after it has been taken off.

The 'Nice Cup in Bra' from lingerie firm Triumph can be rolled out onto the floor to offer practice a 1.5-metre green putting mat.

Players then hit the ball into the breast cups to score, when the ball goes in a voice from in the bra says "Nice in!" The bra has a matching pink skirt and briefs, which when opened, turns into a flag reading 'Be quiet'.

Makers claim the bra - which is not due to go on sale - is their response to the increased number of Japanese women who are taking up golf.

Exactly what they wear while practicing her putting has not been explained.

The hat which forces you to smile (Video)

A design student has created a hat which is guaranteed to make you smile -- because it will poke a spike into the back of your head if you don't.

Lauren McCarthy's "Happiness Hat" is described as a wearable conditioning device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not.

While it looks like any other wooly hat, it hides a sinister secret, an arm which reaches down your face detects if you are smiling and if your not it inflicts pain.

If the smile sensor detect your smile is turning into a frown it send a message to a battery-powered servo motor which moves a metal spike into the back of your head.

The less you smile, the more painful the spike is said to get - so this is how Santa keeps his elves looking so happy. 

275x250.jpgIn a bid to make recycling more enjoyable, a group of Swedish engineers have converted a bottle bank into an arcade machine.

The team added flashing lights and an electronic scoreboard to a bottle bank -making it more like a environmentally friendly whack-a-mole.

After pressing the start button, recyclers now see lights above the bottle holes flash, if they get it in quick enough their score goes up, just like the classic arcade game.

The project is part of 'The Fun Theory' scheme by Volkswagen which shows various ways they have attempted to change their behaviour for the better.

Last month they turned a flight of stairs into a giant piano thus tricking people into exercising. (Check out both videos after the link)

275x250.jpg A publisher has come up with a novel way of advertising their books… by attaching adverts to flies.

The bizarre advertising campaign was launched (quite literally) by Eichborn at the recent 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair and involved somehow tying tiny ads to the flies legs.

This meant that as the fly took to the air, little banner adverts - which were light enough not to weigh the flies down - appeared to float around the halls.

While the final result certainly looks impressive (check the video after the link) please spare a thought for the poor German work experience kid who probably spent hours the night before tying the adverts to the flies.




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