The Design Block

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Artist uses her thigh as an ink drawing canvas

Artist Randa Haddadin creates amazing ink drawings on a reusable canvas — her thigh.

Is out-of-home the future of video advertising?

While marketers begin to lose ground on TV and smart devices, other opportunities are opening up in DOOH.

Pixelated wooden faces reveal complexities of the human spirit

This artist uses vibrantly painted wooden sticks that, when combined, turn into pixelated wooden faces.

Burger King offers Harry & Meghan its crown

BK is asking Harry and Meghan to don a different kind of crown — one of the paper variety.

Pepsi blurs boundaries with new coffee-cola drink

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Pepsi Café has nearly twice the caffeine as regular Pepsi.

Ortal Sachs designs a surprisingly comfortable stone chair

This young industrial designer has developed and designed what appears to be a chair made of stone.

Volkswagen hides a showroom in the snowy north of Sweden

VW has "hidden" a showroom for the Passat in the snowy wastes of Scandinavia. First to find it wins it.

Artist quits day job to draw hyper-realistic ocean waves

Bethany quit her day job to become a full-time artist, quickly gaining attention from art enthusiasts & collectors.

Get paid quicker with these 10 invoicing software solutions

If you're a freelancer, make sure you get paid on time by choosing the right invoicing software for your needs.

Shutterstock’s 2020 colour trend report

As we look to 2020, there's a shift from the neons of 2019 to more bold and saturated colours.

M&M’s steals KFC’s “Finger-Lickin’ Good” slogan

M&M's chocolate bar filled melts in your hand too, so the company hijacks KFC's slogan for 48 hours.

5 ways to flip your fear of office arguments

Have you ever been in a disagreement and thought, “This person just doesn’t get it”? It may be true.

Beautifully designed staircases that are a step above

Whether grand or compact, staircases showcase the endless design possibilities that exist.

Provocative Cadbury Fingers ad raises eyebrows

Each Christmas, British discount chain finds a way to offend shoppers with its crude, sexual advertising.

How to tell if you’re in a toxic work environment

Find out if you're in a toxic work environment and learn some coping strategies.

Giant Japanese dragon sculpture made from wood & leaves

This tremendous dragon sculpture features braided vines and dried palm leaves, as well as wooden teeth.

Words that matter in holiday marketing

Is your marketing calendar stuffed full of holiday-ready content ideas?

Illustrated toilet paper kids can colour with their poo

A Japanese company has created illustrated toilet paper that kids can “colour” with their poo.

Teenager invents a clever solution to reduce vehicle blind spots

A 14-year-old Pennsylvania teen’s invention could help make roads a safer place.

Boston Pizza delivers a carolling pizza box

Boston Pizza is delivering its Christmas Pizza in a box that sings Christmas carols.

View the awe-inspiring 2019 SIPA contest winners

Photographers from 161 countries have submitted their most daring, breathtaking photos.

Print on almost anything with the world’s smallest mobile printer

What if a printer was wireless, could fit in your pocket, and print on virtually any surface?

435 bird illustrations by John James Audubon available for free

You have an opportunity to download 435 free high-resolution images of bird illustrations for free.

6 ways to prepare your eCommerce site for the holidays

If your eCommerce site doesn’t run smoothly over the holidays, it's sure to spell trouble for your sales & reputation

Eco-friendly pasta straws are a popular alternative

Pasta straws are an alternative to paper that is also eco-friendly and has a low cost of production.

How would you like to get paid $6,800 a year to try on slippers?

Thanks to Bedroom Athletics, you can wear slippers while chilling at home — and get paid doing it.

Get wings delivered weekly with KFC’s ‘Seasoned Tickets’

KFC's fried chicken-scented Seasoned Tickets come just in time for football season.

Thought-provoking fragmented sculptures pop up across Venice

These sculptures resemble incomplete human forms that blend into their locations.

Adobe shares its design system and UI/UX assets

Adobe shares the components that make up its design system, comprising of over 100 tools.

FOX rebrand features a chunky new abstract logo

FOX has rebranded with an abstract logo reflecting the changing landscape of the entertainment industry.

French company releases Star Wars-themed cookware line

Le Creuset is a cookware favourite among chefs and foodies alike. Their latest line, however, caters to Star Wars fans.

Top design trends expected to take 2020 by storm

By knowing what is trending in the design industry, you can meld current trends with your personal style.

Elegant zero-waste bottles made from soap

Since only 1 in 5 people consistently recycle items from their bathroom, these bottles are a sustainable solution.

10 impressive back tattoos that are utter masterpieces

The back is one of the favourite canvases of tattoo artists. If you're thinking of getting one, here's some inspiration.

KFC is throwing chicken-themed weddings in Australia

If you’ve ever dreamt of marrying the one you love at a fast-food restaurant, here’s your chance. KFC Australia is offering a wedding package to couples to legally tie the knot Kentucky Fried Chicken style. The fast-food chain is organizing and paying for six chicken-themed weddings for couples…

Natural pigments created from fruit and vegetable waste

Nicole Stjernswärd has created a colour-making system that transforms plant waste into natural pigments.

The best of the 2019 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Discover the beauty of our universe with the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Photoshop unveils new content-aware options for precise removals

This new upgrade works with the help of Adobe Sensei to be more accurate and seamless than ever.

BK misses the deadline, so they ask fans to complete it

BK recently published an unfinished ad, calling upon fans to make improvements on it.

Yahoo reminds us they still exist by redesigning their logo

The redesign signals a strategic change for the company as it prepares to introduce other products and services.

The macro beauty of nature seen through water droplets

This photographer's macro adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how everything works.

Descriptive vs non-descriptive logos: Which works best?

Abstract logos like McDonalds or descriptive ones like Burger King each have pros and cons to designing.

Facebook considers hiding Like counts

Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts.

PANTONE’s 2020 colour forecast includes natural blues & greens

Expect various shades of greens to dominate the 2020 colour forecast, as well as oceanic and mineral blues.

Doritos campaign removes logo to appeal to Gen Z

Doritos has made the unprecedented decision of dropping its name, logo and tagline to appeal to Gen Z.

Yelp 101: A guide to Yelp for small business

The meteoric rise of Yelp has given nearly every customer a way to share their experiences with the world.

A limited-edition bicycle made from 300 recycled Nespresso coffee pods

These limited-edition bicycles use the aluminum garnered from used Nespresso coffee pods.

This colour-reflecting survival jacket is made of 2 billion glass spheres

Mimicking the adaptive skin of a squid, this jacket can reflect colours when exposed to light.

Amazon criticized for new non-recyclable packaging

Environmentally conscious shoppers have started complaining about Amazon’s use of plastic packaging.