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Rorshöck Treatment

I say Rorschach, you say Rorshöck. Rather than call the whole thing off, let's explore what that means with the help of a psychodiagnostic card game. Rorshöck In Color offers self-serve therapy through 20 original color ink blot cards, made much more fun than the real thing through the wacky photography and suggested responses printed on the reverse. An irrational diagnosis booklet is included to aid in analyzing. And the game's spiffy packaging, the work of San Jose-based Rotodesign, gives a new meaning to "shrink wrap."

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Mission: Impossible

Imagine if there was a way that you could communicate what you need and, lo and behold, somebody might turn up and actually do that. That's the concept that inspired model, actress, and social entrepreneur Lily Cole to create Impossible.com, a riff on "I'm possible." The new website and app, backed by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, encourages people to do things for others for free. People can post wishes of things that they want or need help with; offer what they can give, whether things or skills; and then create posts of thanks once their wish is granted.

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Plotly

Loyal to line graphs? Have a penchant for pie charts? Whether you stick to scatter plots or have been passing the winter by living vicariously heatmaps, you'll adore Plotly. Conceived as a way to share the fun of graphical data analysis, the still-in-beta platform is the place to import and wrangle data in any form, and then analyze, simulate, and graph your heart out.

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Arts for Transit

Did you know that the New York City public transit system is filled with permanent artwork? The city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) teamed with the ace navigators at Meridian to put the hundreds of works of contemporary art found throughout the NYC Subway, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and MTA bridges and tunnels in your pocket, provided that said pocket contains a smartphone loaded with this app. The entire collection of MTA-commissioned artwork is organized by subway (or railroad line) and by artist, from Alice Adams to Joe Zucker.

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Get Swiss

Love asymmetric layouts, Helvetica, and anything devised by "Lindt Master Chocolatiers"? Display your discerning taste with the Swiss Poster Generator. The online tool, created by brothers Ben and Clark DuVall, makes creating bold, clean-lined posters a breeze. Enter your text, choose your settings (color scheme, style, size), click 'Generate!', and then admire your beautiful Swiss-style poster. Click on it for a higher-resolution, print-quality image to drop into your favorite image editing program.

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Graze

How's that new year's resolution to eat better and/or less coming along? Stoke your willpower and satisfy your easily bored tastebuds with Graze, a delicious take on the by-subscription craze. The company has whipped up 90 (and counting) healthy snacks--think nuts, seeds, dried fruits, crackers, dips, and some sweet treats--ready to deliver to your mailbox in boxes that will set you back $6 a month. Lest you be unpleasantly surprised by a handful of "Mississippi BBQ pistachios" or "Wasapeas," you can specify which snacks you "love," "like," or would prefer to "trash," so you can graze away.

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Off the Wall

Art lovers short on wall space should check out s[edition], a London-based venture trying to create a market for limited-edition downloads of works by artists including Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, and Tracey Emin. The online gallery offers digital images and videos that can be purchased for display on mobile phones, tablets and computers, or simply hoarded in one's virtual art "vault." Prices range from $8 for a Wim Wenders photograph to $800 for ownership of one of 2,000 digital editions of Hirst's "For Heaven Sake," a platinum cast of a baby's skull that is covered in diamonds.

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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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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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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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