Gum-Packing Coffee Cup Sleeves Prevent Burns and Bad Breath

If you think a fancy new lid is the only way you can upgrade a disposable coffee cup, you clearly haven't seen what ad agency DDB came up with for a South African chain called the Seattle Coffee Co. For a limited time its paper sleeves that prevent burns (and lawsuits) were upgraded with a free sample of Orbit mint gum » 7/21/14 1:27pm 7/21/14 1:27pm

These Printed Circuits Could Connect Any Object For Just a Few Cents

When we think about the connected world, we think about hardware—from Twine to Nest—that connects our household appliances to the web for a pretty penny. But according to Quartz, one firm is pioneering an alternative that's cheap, easy to make, and embeddable in nearly any product. » 7/01/14 6:30pm 7/01/14 6:30pm

LG's Glueless Packaging Is Almost as Impressive as the OLED TV Inside

A product's packaging is usually nothing but the last obstacle between you and a shiny new gadget, but often there's as much thought that goes into the design of a cardboard box as the device inside. For instance, LG put a remarkable amount of design effort into the box its OLED TVs ship in, and most consumers will… » 6/18/14 3:40pm 6/18/14 3:40pm

How the Design of Soda Cans Have Changed Over Time

Things change over time. Famous logos morph from black and white text into ornately embossed colorful graphics. Home screens go from a few icons to pages and pages. Phones go from bricks with numbers to slates with touchscreens. It's just what happens. Little tweaks become overhauls. Just look at how your favorite… » 6/21/13 1:00am 6/21/13 1:00am

The Supermaterial That Could Make Plastic Obsolete Is... Mushrooms?

Fungus is, almost universally, not a good thing to have in your walls or personal belongings. And normally, selling certain strains could lead to federal charges. But a company called Ecovative is violating both of those rules, creating packaging and building materials from fungus—and they’re being lauded as… » 6/06/13 1:01pm 6/06/13 1:01pm

Watch a Package's Entire Shipping Journey from the Package's Point of…

Few things are more fun in life than tracking shipments and then seeing how it'll eventually reach your front door. But what happens in the in between process? This video shows you what happens when you send something by mail. The drop off locations, the sorting facilities, the delivery process and everything in… » 4/03/13 10:30pm 4/03/13 10:30pm

Ketchup Squeezing French Fry Containers Will Surely Revolutionize Fast…

Besides the menu options, the uninspired design of the ketchup packet has to be one of the worst parts of the fast food experience. So designers Hwandong Lee, Myung Gyu Kim, Nari Lee, and Taeno Yoon tasked themselves with coming up with a better solution, and now that the world is aware of the Ketchup Presser, we… » 1/11/13 9:40am 1/11/13 9:40am

Sacrilege: Coca-Cola Will Soon Be Sold In Bottle-Shaped Eco-Friendly…

Apparently in many parts of Central America, expensive soda drinks like Coca-Cola are served up in plastic Ziploc bags—instead of glass or plastic bottles—so they're more affordable. And so the iconic and highly recognizable shape of the Coke bottle isn't lost, the sugar water maker has created these Coca-Cola bags as… » 7/07/12 9:00am 7/07/12 9:00am

We Have So Many Questions About This Self-Cooking Egg Grenade

The Russian design agency Kian has come up with a curious new design concept that's part egg carton, part cooking innovation. The "Gogol Mogol"—named after a Russian egg dish with many variations, the most common being egg yolks whipped stiff with sugar—is a self-cooking individual egg carton made from recycled… » 5/21/12 10:40pm 5/21/12 10:40pm