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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Facebook considers hiding Like counts

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

Keep cool on the go with Sony’s wearable air conditioner

About the size of a small wallet, this portable device will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Famous creatives lesser-known hobbies & side gigs

Many famous creatives have side gigs or hobbies to help them relax and be more creative.

Washington’s Metro launches ad about manspreading

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority asks manspreaders to think about the comfort of other passengers.

Instagram influencers are upset after Likes display is disabled

Instagram's hiding of Likes will allow users to focus on quality as well as what they really want to post.

Reusable mesh produce bags are a sustainable shopping alternative

Reusable mesh produce bags are a sustainable alternative to plastic produce bags.

IKEA wants to send you to Denmark for free to experience Hygge culture

IKEA wants to send someone to live in Copenhagen for two weeks to explore what makes its residents so happy.

Inventor creates taller glasses to help shorter people see above crowds

The One Foot Taller glasses work like a periscope so that the wearer can see beyond the crowd no matter their height.

Burnout is now a recognized medical condition by the WHO

Creative burnout can happen to all of us, even those who don't consider themselves naturally creative people.

No money to travel? Photoshop yourself a trip with ‘Fake A Vacation’

Fake A Vacation allows Instagramming wannabes to have a photo of themselves appearing like they're on vacation.

Funeral LEGO kits helps children learn about death

Funeral Museum in Vienna decided to help their young visitors by introducing funeral LEGO kits.

Burger King unhappy meals, because not everybody wakes up happy

BK has teamed with Mental Health America to release five unhappy meals called The Real Meal.

LEGO releases Braille bricks for visually impaired children

For children who are born visually impaired, Braille is a crucial skill to learn and LEGO has come up with a way to make it fun.

An influencer’s nightmare: Instagram experiments with removing likes

Imagine influencers on Instagram when no one but you can see how many followers or likes you have.

German cycling safety campaign being called sexist and stupid

A German ad campaign to get cyclists to wear helmets has sparked accusations of sexism.

Finland offers free trips to teach people happiness

In an effort to promote the wellness and happiness Visit Finland lets you Rent a Finn for a weekend.

Japanese company to 3D-print custom sushi based on diner’s urine

A Japanese company is fusing science and food to create sushi uniquely designed for each diner.

Architect designs sustainable prism-shaped treehouses

When we think of treehouses, we instantly think of plain-planked interiors propped in trees. Plenty of kids have spent their youth climbing trees and building their secret hideaways in the tree branches. However, this modern concept by Milan-based Peter Pichler Architecture envisions treehouses for adults that…

Doritos throws in the towel with a new chip bag that cleans your fingers

We’ve all been there. Our hands deep in a bag of Doritos and the sudden need to grab something other than another fistful of chips. That’s the moment you decide to wipe those cheesy hands on your shirt, your pants, the couch, something else. Doritos…

Augmented Reality tattoo generates Sonic the Hedgehog

This unique Augmented Reality tattoo actually generates a version of a Sonic the Hedgehog game.

How to avoid burnout as a small business owner

1 out of 10 businesses fail because of lack of passion, and it’s estimated that negativity costs businesses $3 billion in productivity every year.

Adult-friendly LEGO kits to build a mini Leica camera

Designer Chris McVeigh and LEGO have teamed up to create a Leica M model kit. Each set lets you build your own toy version of the iconic camera.

McDonald’s introduces its first vegan-friendly Happy Meal

One third of McDonald’s UK customers polled said it was important to them to include more meat-free meals.

Tiffany & Co. releases what’s essentially fancy LEGO for US$1,650

Did you love LEGO as a kid, but feel that it's not luxurious enough now that you're older? Well, Tiffany & Co. has just released a more opulent version that's the perfect gift for your inner child.

Spice up the holidays with the KFC fire log

Forget pine and cinnamon. Maybe Christmas should smell like crispy fried chicken.

The #InstaGiftGuide, based on popular 2018 hashtags

The #InstaGiftGuide matches six popular hashtag trends from 2018 with gift-worthy products.

McDonald’s releases McNugget Christmas ornaments

One of the world’s largest fast food chains is sprucing up the holiday season with some signature Christmas ornaments. McDonald’s UK has just rolled out two variations of ornaments. Celebrating the almighty Chicken McNugget, you’ll want a full box of 50. 

Pantone unveils 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for designers

Trying to find the right gift can be especially challenging when the person you're shopping for has refined tastes and a good sense of design.

Starbucks to ban porn in its stores, so YouPorn bans them from offices

Apparently Starbucks doesn’t want its customers using their free WiFi to look at porn. Enough Is Enough, a nonprofit dedicated to internet safety, created a petition calling for the coffee chain to block access to explicit materials.

Fashion retailer sells twigs for US$50 leaving Internet speechless

If you visit the website of fashion retailer Anthropologie, you’ll see a product called Birch Branch Bundle. Exactly what the name implies, this bundle of decorative twigs is not much different from what you’d find in your own yard.

Scents to help you work

Everywhere you look, it seems that there is a new suggestion or idea on how to increase your productivity and efficiency at work. This isn’t surprising, since cracking the code of how to stay on top of your tasks and truly shine in your work…

Up your gaming interior with Sony Playstation furniture

If you’re wondering what to get the gamer in your life for Christmas, how about official PlayStation furniture like a branded bean bag chair? 

Organ donation ad featuring Jesus at the crucifixion sparks controversy

An Australian group has released a new ad to promote organ donation. And as they point out in the ad, organ donation can save lives. However, the number of people who register for organ donation remains relatively low.

Write people up for design offences with the Typographic Ticket Book

Is someone using terrible kerning, stretching type or did you get a client brief in the dreaded Comic Sans? Don’t despair. The next time someone commits design offences, you can write them up with this Typographic Ticket Book.

Are you visually astute? Take the Pantone Colour IQ Test

Do you have a sharp eye for colour? Now you can find out for sure, because Pantone has launched a Colour IQ Test that allows you to discover your level of colour vision.

Photographer discovers his image plagiarized, hanging in an art gallery

A renowned American artist has been accused of plagiarizing an iconic image by a South African photographer.

IKEA wants to make self-driving cars that double as cafés & offices

IKEA just became the latest company to announce it’s experimenting with self-driving cars. Well, calling them cars isn’t quite right. While the Swedish furniture giant isn’t looking to become the next Tesla, they’re taking an entirely different approach to the concept.

SpaceX is sending 8 artists around the Moon for free

A couple days ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first private customer to ride around the Moon on the company’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) as early as 2023.

Millennial parents are naming their kids based on available domains

Forget the baby books, there’s a new way to get baby name inspiration. According to a new study, Millennial parents are naming their kids based on available domain names.

Expose catfishes by hiring a professional social media stalker

Online dating is at an all-time high. In fact, it’s quickly turned into a billion-dollar industry. And according to at least one poll, it’s the second most common way to find a significant other. But what if you want to know more details about your…