design

Manga, anime and video game artists draw each other’s pictures with surprising results

Japanese artists reveal their imaginative flair by drawing each other’s pictures from memory.

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Ten common characteristics of Japanese graphic design

Ever wonder what makes Japanese design so…Japanese? Here are ten techniques observed by the graphic design world that typify Japanese style.

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Travel back in time with these tourism posters from early 1900s Japan 【Pics】

The 20th century’s version of “Cool Japan” seems a lot cooler than the 21st century’s.

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Russian artist creates mind-blowing collection of eerily lifelike dolls

With such uncannily lifelike flesh and features, it’s hard to believe these dolls aren’t real.

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Japanese vending machine trash cans come to life in cute Tokyo photo collection

Japanese vending machines always get lavished with attention but now it’s time for their trash cans to step into the spotlight.

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New glassware from Japan uses condensation to create sakura cherry blossom imprints on your table

Because you might be too old to play with your food, but you’re not too old to play with your glasses.

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What a powerpoint presentation by the Tokugawa Shogunate would look like in Edo period Japan

In an era of executions and forced suicides, this is one presentation you wouldn’t want to doze off in.

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Sugakiya ramen chain’s inventive spork design is hip enough to be sold at NYC’s MoMA Store

The ultimate ramen-eating utensil from Aichi Prefecture has found a home in the one of the world’s premier modern art museum gift shops.

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Paper cup manga: artist creates stunning 3-D moving images from the world of Doraemon【Video】

Three paper cups is all you need to create your very own moving manga.

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New Tokyo Olympic stadium architect responds to accusations of plagiarism

It seems controversy over the new National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics isn’t over yet.

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PlayStation 4 gets limited edition ‘Yakuza Kiwami’ model

Model will ship alongside Yakuza Kiwami game on January 21.

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Japanese architect turns eight one-room apartments into quirky Cubism-inspired family home【Video】

Built with wooden frames and light materials, the majority of Japanese homes are torn down and rebuilt from scratch once they begin to age. But one architect in Chiba had a slightly different idea…

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Beautiful vases sway when flowers reach for the sun or as they lose their petals

A Japanese designer has created a vase that moves with your flower arrangement.

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Japanese interior micro-houses and study spaces: Great for work-at-home professionals, kids too

Who needs a home away from home when you can have a second house inside your living space?

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Final Fantasy’s last heroine is Louis Vuitton’s next model 【Photos】

Like a star athlete who just won a championship, video game heroine Lightning has followed up on saving the world of Final Fantasy XIII by landing an endorsement deal.

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Wearable waves: Russian designer creates garments inspired by Hokusai woodblock prints

Wear a wave to your next party with designs inspired by one of Japan’s most famous ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

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The Damborghini: A Lamborghini made entirely from cardboard

What do you do when you want a Lamborghini but can’t afford one? You make one out of cardboard!

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What Hayao Miyazaki’s Mei would look like if Studio Ghibli released My Neighbor Totoro in 3-D

Mei, the strong-willed four-year-old star of Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed anime film My Neighbor Totoro expresses 15 different emotions in brilliant 3-D renderings.

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Halo artist unveils a more mature take on The Legend of Zelda’s Link

A 343 Industries render artist shows us what Link might have looked like if The Legend of Zelda had been in a western developer’s hands.

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The 21st century Game Boy we wish Nintendo were working on【Pics】

We’re sure Nintendo is busy creating something new and exciting to release into the world, but we kind of wish this is what they were working on…

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