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Pavilion Made of Beverage Cartons Breathes Life into Waste as Construction Material

A Swiss team from ETH Zurich proves that a strong structure can be made out of old paperboard that can be repeatedly re-compressed and re-configured

Collecting: A Connection between Playing and Learning

You don’t hear much about collecting in school now-a-days. But a century ago psychologists and educators took the collecting habit in children seriously – and pondered how to use it to advantage in the classroom.

Sparks of Genius Challenge #1: Visual Observing

Welcome to the Sparks of Genius Challenge. One tool at a time, we’re building imaginative muscle, exploring and expanding creative capacities. This month we focus on observing—an imaginative thinking skill good for all ages.

The Sparks of Genius Challenge

To exercise imaginative muscle you have to take on imaginative challenge. To nurture professional creativity you have to build on personal creativity. To prepare tomorrow’s thought leaders you have to encourage today’s inspired amateurs. We’ve said as much here in past years. Now we’d like to trade talk for action. Welcome to the Sparks of Genius Challenge!

A Dress That Sheds Its Leaves

The Fall dress is an interactive garment that reacts to its environment and loses leaves like a tree in autumn

The City of the Future, As Designed by Google’s Sidewalk Labs

The venture, led by former CEO of Bloomberg LP alongside Google CEO Larry Page, will build new technology platforms to transform and improve city life

Designing the Hijab of the Future

High-tech textiles that sport water and warmth repelling properties are finding their way to the Islamic hijab through Veil startup

Biomass Stove for the Developing World and Other Designs for the Greater Good

PSFK chooses its favorites pieces with a cause from the 2015 Core77 Design Awards

Grip, Pop and Drink with This Revamped Paper Cup

Kiss your coffee sleeves goodbye thanks to intuitive Grip Cup

Drink Java from Cups Made of Coffee Beans

Berlin artist Julian Lechner has turned used coffee beans into usable "coffee-ware"

These Abused Emojis Help Kids Talk About the Tough Stuff

Swedish nonprofit BRIS creates an emoji keyboard to help youngsters talk about abuse

Lemonade Stand Prevents Thirsty Days, Unsociable Nights and Suicide

Architect Aurélie Monet Kasisi designed a mobile unit for a suicide prevention organization that looks like a cheery, tropical food stand

Apple Watch Charging Stations Crafted From LEGOs

Toy designers make cheap and quirky stands for the Apple wrist accessory

Urban Re-Packaging Design Can Inspire Instagrammable Moments

Packaging specialists ImagoBOX elevate design principles to achieve playful ways of re-looking at the world

Smart Insoles Save Lives and Give Runners Performance Feedback

FeetMe real-time foot pressure maps can help diabetics and runners alike

Sound-Based Meals Let Guests Taste with Their Ears

Bompas & Parr's science-to-table dinner used acoustic technology and music to enhance food's flavor profile

WWF Japan’s Panda Font Raises Awareness for Dying Breed

The Panda Font Project incorporates the much-loved animal into a typeface to highlight its plight

Obama-Inspired Font Lets You Write Like POTUS

Obama Hand Lettering allows designers to emulate Barack Obama's handwriting

Capture Colors as Raw Color Values

Swatchmate Cube lets you see your whole world as blocks of design inspiration

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