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Font Fizz

Typography
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Freudian Font

Sometimes a font is just a font, except when it is based on the handwriting of Sigmund Freud. Harald Geisler turned his fascination with the famed psychoanalyst's century-old letters into an elegant typeface. "It made me smile to imagine a person writing his or her shrink a letter set in Freud’s handwriting," says the typopgrapher, who studied original documents in the archives of Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna and Freud Museum London to develop four alphabets that are interchanged at random. Don't be surprised if the elegant letters show up in your dreams.

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Book Brew

New and upcoming books
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Kolor

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in black-and-white anymore! There's a beguiling Technicolor quality to Kolor (teNeues), a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of images by Elliott Erwitt. The photographer sifted through his archive of nearly half a million 35mm slides to select the images in this book, all published here for the first time. "I appreciate simplicity -- true beauty that lasts over time," Erwitt has said, "and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun."

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Mixed Drinks

Must-see places or events
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Nifty, Gifty

Load up on creative holiday gifts without leaving your actual home by shopping MyHabit, Amazon's take on the flash-sale craze. You know the drill: hefty discounts on brand-name merch for a limited time. The Amazon innovations include a fuss-free interface, integration with your existing Amazon account and free shipping, at lightning speed. Launched with an impressive assortment of fashion brands, the site continues to build up its home and design section. Recent sales have ranged from cult brands (Lexon, MIU France) to oddball treasures (a robot lamp made from industrial pipes, an iPhone cover printed with axes).

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Magic Potion

Cool ideas & design solutions
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Pixelist

Your Instagram masterworks deserve to break free of their pixellated prisons, spread their wings and start a new life as... photorealist oil paintings! That's the transformative promise of Pixelist. The startup offers handmade oil paintings of any image you can capture or create, with "commissions" starting at $150. How? A bunch of willing and able Chinese painters sourced by founder Will Freeman, an Emory grad now based in Hong Kong. Notes Freeman, "We’re using the very thing that nearly killed realistic painting centuries ago -- the photograph -- to bring it back."

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House Blend

Interesting products
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Kitchen Pencil

Whether you aspire to write a novel while whipping up some macaroni, find yourself brimming with design ideas and the need to stir soup, or just take pride in multitasking, you'll want to add the Kitchen Pencil to your arsenal of writing utensils. Created by London-based Sebastian Bergne for ENO (Editor of New Objects), the solid beech wood object is half spoon, half pencil and all part of Bergne's goal to design things that elicit grins. "I like to think that different projects make different people smile for different reasons," said the designer. "The beauty is that there is no smiliest project. If there was, we would all be the same." Just take care while sharpening your dual-function kitchen tool, lest your dish receive an accidental pinch of pencil shavings.

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Magic Potion

Cool ideas & design solutions
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Logo Party

"It's not what you know that counts, it's what you do!" While that's not a sentiment we can rightfully endorse, it sums up the loopy logic of Logo Party, a brandtastic board game that tests your logo knowledge. Get your teammates to guess brands by giving them clues based upon the four ways to play: draw it, describe it, do it and reveal it. The first team to reach the "Logo Party Space" wins!

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Book Brew

New and upcoming books
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Cabinet of Curiosities

Last year in downtown Manhattan, the former headquarters of the New York Mercantile Exchange were temporarily transformed into "Le Cabinet de Curiosités," an exhibition that combined contemporary art with 18th- and 19th-century antiquities in a setting that blurred time and categorization. Now the show, conceived and curated by Thierry Despont with Marlborough and Steinitz galleries, returns in the pages of a sumptuous new book from Assouline. From an astronomer’s cabinet to trompe l’oeil crumpled paper paintings by the late Claudio Bravo, the exotic interior is both seductive and disorienting.

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House Blend

Interesting products
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Husque

For those times when you feel like a nut, stock up on Husque products. Handmade in Australia, these colorful bowls, vases and platters are not only inspired by the smooth curves of macadamia nuts, they're also made from waste shells of the locally farmed crop. Queensland-based designer Marc Harrison developed the novel composite material, which is then colored and hand polished (with macadamia nut oil) to a lustrous gleam. The resulting objects, with their thick, faceted edges and brightly colored linings, look good enough to eat -- or at least eat off of.

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Book Brew

New and upcoming books
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It's Modern

Whether you're looking to add to your own library or get a head start on holiday shopping for creative friends, you can't go wrong with Charles Churchward's It's Modern. (Rizzoli), a beautifully produced volume devoted to the late, great Alexander Liberman. The influential editorial director was also an accomplished photographer, artist and graphic designer. This book brings together his professional and personal oeuvres alongside works by the likes of Matisse, Beaton, Picasso, Avedon and Penn.

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Magic Potion

Cool ideas & design solutions
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Turnover

Calling all art lovers in small spaces with imaginative minds: meet Turnover, illustrated and photographic panels that can be stacked on top of one another in a frame to create custom wall art. "In an era of customization, where everyone wants something unique to their personality, we have decided to reconsider the way we think about art," say founders Katie MacLachlan, Sisi Recht and Robyn Faith Donnelly. The New York-based company is now in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign, and backers will get first dibs on infinitely swappable, mix-and-match packs.

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