Nest Smoke AlarmFrom the same fine people who brought us the Nest Thermostat, the Nest Smoke Alarm promises to bring more 21st century technology into your modern home. Also acting as a carbon monoxide detector, this thing of beauty eliminates those scrambles up on chairs and tables to stop errant alarms from going off. (You know, when you decide to cook pork chops for dinner, then completely forget they are in the oven?) Just like the Nest Thermostat, it also integrates with your smart phone or tablet to send you reminders when the battery is low, or to let you know your house hasn’t burnt down while you’re away on vacation. Lovely!
Handwritten Collaborative Japanese FontThe Japanese written language is a complicated one. So what happens when you make it available to the public for reinterpretation? Fonta, that’s what happens. This Japanese website offers 6941 characters (composed of Japanese alphabets Hiragana & Katakana, as well as kanji and the English alphabet) to be digitally written in a style of your choosing, with the aim of making the full set available for free download, once complete. The brainchild of design studio Kayac, Fonta promises to be the largest user-generated font, once complete. As of now, only 1656 characters have been redesigned, so we may be waiting for awhile.
The Black Book of CardsAn unusual playing card deck, The Black Book of Cards is based on the notion that every person is born with a unique card. To that end, each card has been given words and values different from all the others. I imagine this could either be quite the distraction with playing Poker, or a nice way to pass the time when playing Rummy. Designed by UnCommon Beat.
The Tiny Cabin of Vincent KartheiserAlso known as the Mad Men character you love to hate, Vincent hired Funn Roberts to design a 580 square foot (177 square meter) cabin with a Japanese-industrial look. There’s everything from a bed rigged with weights and pullies to a dry sauna and private courtyard complete with fire pit. To get a true sense of how ingenious the use of space is in such a small foot print, check out the full spread at Design Milk.
Magnetic Bike LightsKnown as Lucetta, these two small magnetic lights switch on and off with just one click, and are strong enough to stay on during the bumpiest of rides. The added bonus of this is that you can just as easily pluck them off and slip them into your pocket, thus deterring bike accessory thieves around the world. This bit of innovative design brought to you by Palomar.
Free Arts NYC AlphabetThe A to Z Project is part of an educational arts funding campaign undertaken by Free Arts NYC. There are 45 different artists and illustrators who took on the task of redesigning a letter, number or symbol, giving each their own personal touch. Started in April of 2012, Free Arts NYC has now turned these free designs into custom merchandise, of which the profits go to supporting the educational arts.
Reflective IllustrationsIn a series called Réflexions Faites, illustrator Romain Trystram creates amazing digital landscapes involving light, reflections, and rain. Even the images without rain directly imaged gives you a feeling of a brief storm just over, or one to occur within the hour. Check out his portfolio for more amazing works!