This set of soaps by Daniel Ting Chong, shaped like a cleaver, a paintbrush and an ice cream cone are so quirky and fun. The paintbrush has a lemon scent, the cleaver is peppermint and the ice cream is a combination of the two. They don’t look very practical but they sure are great.

I’m in love with these “carpets” made from plastic clothes pins by We Make Carpets. These so-called Peg Carpets were commissioned by the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, The Netherlands. The bold geometric patterns are really striking in their own right, but when you realize they’re made entirely from clothes pins they become even more impressive.

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I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for pixel art (In fact, I was making some pixel-y Perler bead creations over the weekend). And I really love seeing pixelated objects in places you wouldn’t normally see them (remember ‘Video Games vs. Real Life’?)

Italian graphic designer Viola Moroni has created a great series of pixelated organs superimposed on X-rays that warms my little pixel-y heart. I just hope there’s a geeky X-ray technician out there reading this post who enjoys these even more than I do…

If you’re into X-ray art, be sure to check out a previous I wrote about Matthew Cox’s Embroidered X-Rays.

It’s that time of the week again: Time to share some of the cool things I saw on Etsy in the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

Vintage Bowling League Patches from Chris Ferebee – $5

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Bow and Arrow Necklace by Kaye Blegvad – $68

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Reclaimed Wood Chair by TheWoodCaboodle – $102

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Ceramic Architecture Set by Laurie Poast – €200

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C-Clamp Coat Rack by G.B. Berry – $87

This Canned Air from Paris, created by Kirill Rudenko, cracks me up. My favorite part is the contents list (see the 3rd image)! Pick up your own can of Parisian air at Kirill’s Etsy shop.

I’m so mesmerized by this animated GIF color wheel by Pasquale D’Silva. I don’t even want to admit how long I watched it…

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I have some really exciting news to share with everyone! Wired.com has launched a design blog, Wired Design, and I have been asked to write for it! Needless to say, I’m pretty excited. And there are some big fish in that pond (Caterina Fake, Christopher Jobson, Chris Anderson, etc.) that make this little fish proud to be writing alongside them.

So head on over to Wired Design and start reading!

Seeing as it’s an election year, we’re all probably getting a little tired of all the campaigning. Well I’m going to show you a little different, more refreshing political campaign that will give you a new appreciation for “grass roots democracy”.

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StoryMineMedia, which was co-founded by my good friend Elena Rue and Catherine Orr, created The Council, three mini webisodes that chronicle the ups and downs of an 8th grade student council election. Specifically, the webisodes follow 3 students: Cara, Leah and Ryan, who all desperately want to get elected so they can change their school for the better. This candid peek inside a middle school is funny, poignant and touching. It was hard for me not to root for Ryan…he reminds me a bit of myself at that age.