Whether it's a suitcase, a lamp, or a pair of flip flops, the best designers can seamlessly blend form and function to make their products truly unique.

These folks balance creative, conceptual, freeform thinking with the practical, industrial constraints of actually getting things made, and when they succeed, people notice it as much as when they fail. Especially the members of this particular subreddit.

Sharing pictures of the best concepts they can find, this online community has shown time and time again that while money can't buy you happiness, it can get you a lot of cool stuff.

#1

This Business Card

This Business Card

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ZAPanda
Community Member
7 months ago

i like this because it educates people as well. many companies do not understand the importance of consistent domains.

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#2

Simple And Well Executed

Simple And Well Executed

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

I would buy this if only for the design.

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We regular users who get to experience a product only after it's finished often don't even realize how much effort people put into producing it.

Preparing an older design piece, we contacted Nicole Phillips, a creative working in the industry since 2005 with a background in fine arts and advertising. Phillips specializes in logo design, branding, and package design for food & beverage, beauty, health, and interior design clients, and she said that design is a process that requires research, experimentation, and even a bit of psychology.

"When I feel frustrated with the process, I remind myself to take a step back, have fun, and play," Phillips told Bored Panda back then. "It's those moments of play and experimentation that usually create the best results, but it's those hours of research that help build the foundation for the final result."

"My clients are not paying me for my time, they are paying me for my many years of experience, so if I am able to complete the design process in 5 hours rather than 5 weeks, this is a sign of my years of experience and knowledge, this is valuable," she added.

#3

This Plug That Doesn’t Bother Other Plugs

This Plug That Doesn’t Bother Other Plugs

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

Even the socket is surprised Hahaha

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#4

Soy Sauce Dishes That “Reveal” A Painting Once You Fill Them Up

Soy Sauce Dishes That “Reveal” A Painting Once You Fill Them Up

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Loty
Community Member
7 months ago

Converted brightness into depth. Genius.

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#5

This Notebook Has Hexagonal Paper For Taking Notes In Organic Chemistry Class

This Notebook Has Hexagonal Paper For Taking Notes In Organic Chemistry Class

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Misstaken138
Community Member
7 months ago

That is some excellent penmanship

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When people are trying to figure out if a particular design is any good, they often turn to Dieter Rams and his '10 commandments.' According to Rams, good design is innovative, makes a product useful, is aesthetic, makes a product understandable, is unobtrusive, is honest, is long-lasting, is thorough down to the last detail, is environmentally friendly, and involves as little design as possible.

Nicole Phillips agrees with the German design legend.

"Good design includes a good balance of function, form, and fun," Phillips said. "The user shouldn't have to try too hard to get what they need from the design. Good design isn't just aesthetics, it should communicate well and push boundaries a bit. Good design solves problems."

#6

Cracked Log Lamp

Cracked Log Lamp

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

I like these, gives off an enchanted fairy forest feel

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#7

Partially Submerged Hippo Table

Partially Submerged Hippo Table

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Not-very-graceful
Community Member
7 months ago

That's so creative

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#8

This Customizable Table Lamp

This Customizable Table Lamp

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Omg that's the cutest lamp I've ever seen!

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#9

Motivational Gym Shirt

Motivational Gym Shirt

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Sum Guy
Community Member
7 months ago

What if you are the type that sweats too much and too early... you know, premature excretion

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#10

An Air Less Tire

An Air Less Tire

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

Your tire couldn't air less ;)

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#11

Dog Cards

Dog Cards

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John Ford
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that the only suit? Lol

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#12

Incredibly Accurate Death Star Firepit

Incredibly Accurate Death Star Firepit

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Not-very-graceful
Community Member
7 months ago

That's awesome

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#13

L'orange Perfume Bottle Set. Parfums De Marcy, 1925

L'orange Perfume Bottle Set. Parfums De Marcy, 1925

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Ram
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm impressed it's made in 1925. Lovely

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#14

To The User With The Dancing Cat, I Raise To You My Own Dancing Cat!

To The User With The Dancing Cat, I Raise To You My Own Dancing Cat!

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Ember
Community Member
7 months ago

Adorable!

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#15

These Measuring Cups Are Designed To Visually Represent Fractions For Intuitive Use!

These Measuring Cups Are Designed To Visually Represent Fractions For Intuitive Use!

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Guy MacGregor
Community Member
7 months ago

Or just use the international system, like everyone else ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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#16

Grandfather Clock

Grandfather Clock

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william mcgloin
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a clock? No, it's knot... 😬

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#17

A Highlighter Which Doesn't Block Your Vision

A Highlighter Which Doesn't Block Your Vision

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Mia D
Community Member
7 months ago

Where have you been all my life?

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#18

It's A Mug That Stops Coffee From Running All Of The Way Down

It's A Mug That Stops Coffee From Running All Of The Way Down

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crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
7 months ago

this one needs to go way way higher. the struggle is real!

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#19

Pop Out Outlet

Pop Out Outlet

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More Thinking Needed
Community Member
7 months ago

The future is now.

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#20

This Corner Light Makes It Looks Like Your Wall Is Peeling Away And Revealing Something Behind It

This Corner Light Makes It Looks Like Your Wall Is Peeling Away And Revealing Something Behind It

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ToGo
Community Member
7 months ago

That's very cool and clever, but I'd keep wanting to roll the 'paper' back up haha.

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#21

Typewriter For Music

Typewriter For Music

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
7 months ago

Imagine just randomly type any notes....

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#22

This Banana Peel Safety Cone

This Banana Peel Safety Cone

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Not-very-graceful
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh, the irony...

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#23

Suitcase That Displays Its Own Weight

Suitcase That Displays Its Own Weight

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

That is so handy. What's the brand?

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#24

This Light Up Stick Figure Costume

This Light Up Stick Figure Costume

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Simply adorable.

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#25

A Built-In Watering Hole For Your Pets

A Built-In Watering Hole For Your Pets

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Jihana
Community Member
7 months ago

Ahhhh, so that's that one design failure from that recent post. Where someone said that dogs quickly learn how to turn on the water, but never turn it off.

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#26

Groot Pot

Groot Pot

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Mpkfighter Plays
Community Member
7 months ago

I am grOOOOOt! :)

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#27

Thor's Hammer Toolbox

Thor's Hammer Toolbox

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btaglln
Community Member
7 months ago

I want it even if it looks like very bad quality product

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#28

The Omoshiro Block: A Memo Pad That Reveals Objects As It Gets Used

The Omoshiro Block: A Memo Pad That Reveals Objects As It Gets Used

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Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
7 months ago

Want!

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#29

This Carpet

This Carpet

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Kristof De Smet
Community Member
7 months ago

seems a tiny bit dangerous

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#30

Norwegian Shoe Drying Machine. For Those Who Live In Wet Or Snowy Environments, Must Be A Trouble Saver

Norwegian Shoe Drying Machine. For Those Who Live In Wet Or Snowy Environments, Must Be A Trouble Saver

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btaglln
Community Member
7 months ago

I can smell it from here

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#31

This Ceramic Coffee Mug That Looks Like It's Made Of Cardboard

This Ceramic Coffee Mug That Looks Like It's Made Of Cardboard

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
7 months ago

This makes me uncomfortable

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#32

This Crab Multi Tool

This Crab Multi Tool

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Not-very-graceful
Community Member
7 months ago

*runs away*

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#33

This Viking Longboat Conference Table

This Viking Longboat Conference Table

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
7 months ago

"We will conquer new markets!!!"

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#34

Come On Little Buddy

Come On Little Buddy

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Helen Haley
Community Member
7 months ago

Dang that looks cozy. I want a giant snuggle pod to be carried around in now.

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#35

A Lounge Chair Built Into The Dock

A Lounge Chair Built Into The Dock

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Josine Vrouwe
Community Member
7 months ago

If only I had this deck that would do.

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#36

This Hanging Lounger Swing

This Hanging Lounger Swing

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Shut up and take my money.

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#37

Beautifully Stacked Bowls

Beautifully Stacked Bowls

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
7 months ago

I love stacking stuff due to lack of space we have, alright for me, but hubby calls it “the jinga house “

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#38

The Best Maternity Shirt Ever

The Best Maternity Shirt Ever

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
7 months ago

is that supposed to be a one-eyed frog or its just me?

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#39

Pretty Sure All Horror Novels Should Come With Covers Like This

Pretty Sure All Horror Novels Should Come With Covers Like This

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ZAPanda
Community Member
7 months ago

"just stroke the spine o'course!!"

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#40

Minimal Playing Cards

Minimal Playing Cards

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Kristof De Smet
Community Member
7 months ago

wow! Love it!

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#41

Absolute Unit Of A Couch

Absolute Unit Of A Couch

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
7 months ago

that's huge living room

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#42

Fold-Out BBQ For Space Saving

Fold-Out BBQ For Space Saving

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September Meadows
Community Member
7 months ago

More points if it looked like the computer from SG1 that caught Jack O'Neill's head

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#43

Bulbasaur Pot

Bulbasaur Pot

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Robert T
Community Member
7 months ago

Sainsbury's have started selling dinosaur pots - we have a brontosaurus. :D

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#44

This Jar Is Shaped To Look Like A Ziplock Bag

This Jar Is Shaped To Look Like A Ziplock Bag

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AccioQueenFans
Community Member
7 months ago

Just wait until someone tries to close it.

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#45

Lamp From IKEA

Lamp From IKEA

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Fred the rat king
Community Member
7 months ago

This is at my local IKEA I’d get one but £30 quid for a light shade I think I’ll stick with my recycled wire bin thanks

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#46

Inverse Of An Hourglass

Inverse Of An Hourglass

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Julieandthephatones
Community Member
7 months ago

what!!!! how!

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#47

A Resin Orb I Made

A Resin Orb I Made

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Ooh, pretty. Love the colours.

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#48

This Guy Lurking In The Living Room

This Guy Lurking In The Living Room

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Helen Haley
Community Member
7 months ago

That's a cool trip hazard.

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#49

Color Changing Mat Which Turns Red When Wet

Color Changing Mat Which Turns Red When Wet

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September Meadows
Community Member
7 months ago

There's a matching shower curtain and towel set to this. You can make your bathroom look like bloody murder

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#50

Someone Made Trump Tweet Flipflops

Someone Made Trump Tweet Flipflops

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Truth Monster
Community Member
7 months ago

This would be a fun thing for more than just Trump.

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