The Design Block

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Humorous IKEA step-by-step manual poking fun at hoarders

IKEA is reminding customers to practice social distancing by staying at home at all times.

How to turn one colour into hundreds of interesting palettes

Watch this video to see that you don’t have to be an expert in colour theory to create a myriad of colour palettes.

McDonald’s apologizes for splitting golden arches to portray social distancing

A marketing gimmick for McDonald’s Brazil saw the Golden Arches split apart with the two halves away from each other.

Starbucks changes cups, hoping you won’t tell the difference

Starbucks is testing a prototype cup with a biodegradable liner in some of its stores.

Is imposter syndrome affecting your earning potential?

Imposter syndrome is that annoying feeling of self-doubt you may feel every time you reach a new level of success.

Artists create elaborate baroque-inspired wigs made of paper

This talented duo works with paper to create eccentric headpieces, masks, and other wearable sculptures.

Have an idea for an unconventional living space? Airbnb could give you US$100K to build it

If you’ve ever dreamed up an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind home, now’s your chance to bring it to life.

National winners of the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

The National Awards are a way for the contest to showcase talent from all countries that submitted work.

Get creative advice from 11 of the world’s top architects

These famous architects demonstrate how to excel in any creative endeavour.

Kids can show their art to billions with ‘Doodle for Google’

Each year, young US-based artists in grades K-12 are invited to submit their Google Doodle ideas.

Coca-Cola uses optical illusion so you see its iconic bottle

Coke believes it’s so iconic that our brain needs little to feel it — and to desire it.

Scrap metal becomes life-size animal sculptures

Artist takes these screws, nuts, and bolts and assembles them into human and animal forms.

Old Spice Guy returns 10 years later as an uncool dad

Old Spice gets back on the horse to mark the 10 year anniversary of its “Smell Like a Man, Man” campaign.

Google drops 1,000+ high-res satellite photos for use as wallpapers

Google is adding 1,000+ new images to Earth View, which users can download at up to 4K resolution.

Instagram introduces unfollow account suggestions

Instagram's new feature breaks down those you’re following into those most seen and least interacted with.

Burger King offers free Whoppers for a photo of your ex

Burger King is helping people move on by trading a free Whopper for a photo of a past flame.

Artist transforms rocks into highly realistic animals

Where others might see a simple stone, Akie Nakata sees an animal waiting to be revealed by paint.

No logo. No images. But you know these are McDonald’s ads

There aren't many brands that could pull off a campaign with no images, products or even a company logo.

Google releases ‘Envelope’ to curb your smartphone addiction

If you feel you rely on your mobile device too much, Google has a solution to curb technological distractions.

Oil paintings that pay homage to prehistoric animals

While this artist's work is diverse, her favourite subjects are actually extinct and prehistoric animals.

Planters kills off Mr. Peanut after 104 years

Known for his top hat, cane and monocle, the famous mascot apparently sacrificed himself in a pre-Super Bowl ad.

KitKat reminds hobbyists to ‘Have A Break’ with DIY model kits

KitKat continues to remind us to "Have a Break," with their latest campaign directed at hobbyists.

Tinder adds panic button & other safety features

Tinder's new additions are meant to provide security for its users, both online and in real life.

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.