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Finland Releases A Set of Very Finnish Emojis

Finland emojis
KALSARIKÄNNIT – The feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear – with no intention of going out.

Finland has released a set of country themed emojis, becoming the first country to do so. They’ve also included explanations for each emoji, should you need more context. The set includes several uniquely Finnish settings and memes as well, including Meanwhile in Finland, Bus Stop, Sauna and Perkele. You can download the images at this link, or at the AppStore or PlayStore.

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Design

Adorable Banana Milk Packaging

South Korean designer Dongwook Yoon gave banana milk packaging a twist by making the packaging match bananas. ‘The Real Banana Milk’ puts the milk bottle in a package designed to mimic the looks of bananas. As an added bonus, you have to peel off the packaging.

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Automobiles Design

Porsche Tries to Pull a Tesla with the All-Electric Mission E Concept

Tesla is pretty much the king in the world of all-electric cars that offer a killer performance. It’s only natural that the reigning monarch be challenged, and Porsche apparently intends to do that with the Mission E Concept.

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Cool Design

In a Brave New World, Fistbumps Activate Crosswalks in Los Angeles

Crosswalk buttons (when they work) are something like honorary bros – you press the button and it clears the road for you to walk through. It only makes sense that this button be treated like the bro that it is, and rather than a cold push, the interaction with it can be a much warmer fistbump.

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Design

Flyte electric bulb is a yogi without any worldly attachments

In another life, Flyte would have been a mystical yogi who has unraveled the secrets of meditation. Staying disconnected from the rest of the world, this bulb floats above its base, probably to show off its detachment from worldly affairs.

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Art Cool Design

Improbability: Well thought, but utterly useless objects

Images and art by Italian photographer Giuseppe Colarusso are quite tantalizing, sometimes creating a surreal world, and often playing with the idea of something that’s possible, but really improbable. Starting off on the path of creativity and off the usual, Giuseppe got his first photograph by creating a pinhole camera out of a shoebox. He used a photographic paper at the bottom of the box and a hole at the center of the lid to get the camera into action.

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Design Environment

Student designs a faucet that saves water by swirling it in elegant patterns

Water is precious, and every drop saved is a big deal. And when we get to save it in such elegant forms, well that’s just the icing on the cake. Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu has designed a faucet that saves water by swirling it into elegant patterns.

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Design Gadgets

Customize these beautiful e-Ink shoes to match your style

We love the idea and thought that went into creating these e-Ink shoes. The Volvorii Timeless shoes show quite an interesting idea and design. The exterior of the shoes is an e-ink display that works with a Bluetooth module to connect with your smartphone, and to allow customization of the design/patterns on the body.

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Design

Stay cozy in the Giant Birdsnest

The giant Birdsnest does not leave much to be desired by way of looks, or the allusions of comfort. Birds would probably have little use for a nest like this, but humans, we’re sure, would enjoy its comforts and novelty. We can’t say we’re in love with the jagged wooden edges, but overall, the design from OGE CreativeGroup is quite lovely.

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Cool Design

Powerlace sneakers auto-lace without the pesky batteries and motors

It’s about time the prophecy of Back to the Future came true. Well, it’s 2015, and the hoverboard seems far away, but thankfully, we do have those sweet auto-lace shoes from Nike. As much as Nike’s idea does look like that in the movie, it’s more desirable to do that auto-lacing thing better. That’s exactly what the Powerlace sneakers intend to do. It looks like a regular shoe, and has a solid auto-lace mechanism that does not depend on motors, batteries, and springs.