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Magic Potion

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MakerBot PrintShop

The 3D-printing revolution is coming for you. Succumb painlessly with MakerBot PrintShop, a new (and free) app that allows you to harness the mind-boggling power of one of the company's newest desktop 3D printers with little more than an iPad and a dream. Ideally, that dream would be of a sign, letter, nameplate, piece of jewelry, or other customizable object that is not bigger than a breadbox—unless you favor petite loaves. Notes MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis of the new app, "We have removed the obstacle of not knowing 3D design to be able to 3D print."

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Magic Potion

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Calm Clock

Alarm clocks don't have to be alarming. Start your day a calmer way, with simple, minimalist design (think lowercase, ultra-lightweight Helvetica Neue deployed in a gentle gray-and-orange color scheme) and unique sounds designed for a gentle awakening. "The first thing you feel should be calm," says Rob Bridgett, the serene creator of Calm Clock. The new app, designed for the iPhone and iPad, will rouse or alert you with your choice of seven ambient sounds such as "rain," "droplet" and "temple," and a clean white slate of an interface.

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Mixed Drinks

Must-see places or events
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Type Camp

Ever dreamed of debating the finer points of kerning while scarfing s’mores? Meet Type Camp, the immersive design workshops founded by typographer, designer and educator Shelley Gruendler. This year's sessions kick off tomorrow with a hand-lettering session in Vancouver, to be followed by an August "creative residential retreat" in the Pacific Northwest getaway of Galiano Island, British Columbia. Come September, the band of nomadic type junkies will cross the pond for a week in Dublin and Derry/Londonderry filled with all things Irish typography.

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Font Fizz

Typography
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Cooper Hewitt

The New York City-based Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is set to reopen to the public on December 12 after a major, multi-year renovation. In the meantime, you can admire the museum's bold new logo, designed by Eddie Opara of Pentagram, and signature typeface. Created by Chester Jenkins of Village and unveiled this week, the Cooper Hewitt font is a bold sans serif that can be downloaded free of charge as installable fonts, Web font files and open-source code.

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House Blend

Interesting products
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AHAlife

Mother's Day? Check. Father's Day? Done. Summer is prime time to bestow gifts on yourself. Check out the spot-on selection at AHAlife, a "discovery shopping destination" that offers an ever-changing range of life-enhancing goods. Amazon this is not, so don't bother hitting up the site in search of bargains or staples. Instead, design-minded buyers will find a treasure trove of perfect presents, from the functional (Rich Brilliant Willing's Channel desk lamp, inkless pens) to the wonderfully ridiculous (a platinum iPhone, the $300 chocolate skull).

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Hot Shots

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Magnum Stories

Polish up your photography skills in time for summer vacation snaps with Magnum Stories, new from Phaidon. A visual journey through the past six decades, the book features the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Eugene Richards, Martin Parr, Inge Morath and 55 other Magnum photographers. Each is represented by a fully illustrated photo story of their choice and a text that takes readers behind the lens.

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House Blend

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Smencils

Our childhood was scented and colored by one Mr. Sketch, he of the jaunty beret and wonderfully smelly markers (we were partial to the bracing spearmint/green). The latest additions to our arsenal of fragrant writing utensils are Smencils, "gourmet-scented" pencils made of recycled newspaper. Flavors include Juicy Melon, Kinda Cola and Razzleberry. To ensure fresh-smelling sketching, each Smencil comes tucked in its own tube made of corn-based, biodegradable plastic.

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Book Brew

New and upcoming books
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Doodle Revolution

Just as the longest journey begins with a single step, the most ambitious project can start with a single doodle. Learn more in the pages of Sunni Brown's The Doodle Revolution (Portfolio), which decodes the five types of "doodler DNA," considers the doodling habits of great thinkers and leaders, and makes a case for the utility of a habit that only seems mindless. “No longer will the Doodle live in a house of ill repute," notes Brown in her Doodle Revolutionary’s Manifesto. "Forevermore, we acknowledge the Doodle as a tool for immersive learning and we wield its power deliberately and without restriction, in any learning environment we see fit.”

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Wayne White

Fans of Pee-wee's Playhouse -- that is, everyone -- will recognize the distinctive creations of Wayne White, one of the creative minds (and voices) behind the show's puppets and insane charm. The designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor and musician gets his well-deserved close-up in Beauty is Embarassing. The documentary, now available on platforms such as Vimeo and Netflix, not only examines White's deliciously madcap creative process, but also retraces his steps from childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to parenthood in Los Angeles. "I hope audiences get that sense of joy that Wayne has about what he does everyday," says director Neil Berkeley. "That's the lesson I learned from him... spend every day doing work that makes you happy."

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Font Fizz

Typography
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Type on Screen

The extraordinary Ellen Lupton follows up her smash-hit primer Thinking with Type with a guide to the flickering, ephemeral world of type on screen. Published this month by Princeton Architectural Press, Type on Screen "surveys new design principles born of screen-based communication while drawing on traditions of form and function that have evolved over hundreds of years," writes Lupton in the book's preface. Pick up a copy to brush up on the finer points of web fonts, logotypes and animation alongside inspiring case studies.

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