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40 Genius Design Examples That Will Leave You Amazed

It takes skill and ingenuity to create a design that not only works flawlessly but also looks aesthetically pleasing. It’s designs like these that give us that satisfying feeling similar to looking at a beautiful painting, photograph, or other piece of art. Some Reddit users have even created a whole community dedicated to examples of satisfying design, and I’m pretty sure that the ingenuity of some of these talented designers will leave you in awe.

From newspaper ads, billboards, and even coins – check out some excellent examples of genius design in the gallery below! And if you want something from the opposite end of the design spectrum, check out our earlier post here!

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#1 Each Picture Is Made Of As Many Pixels As That Of The Endangered Species Population- Designed By Yoshiyuki Mikami

Image source: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

#2 “Safety Glasses” That I Made For My Wife’s Optometry Office

Image source: alanbrendan

#3 This Ad

Image source: Evershine_1564

#4 This Condom Ad

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#5 A Bench In The Library Of Alexandria

Image source: squid50s

#6 Highlight The Remarkable

Image source: Spanholz

#7 Found In Twitter

Image source: IIphilipII

#8 Very Direct Ads From The City Of Toronto Against Littering

Image source:  Live Green Toronto

#9 Poster For Better Shark Culling Laws

Image source: Shark Culling Laws

#10 Really Great Minimalist Billboard Ad

Image source: ibmwatsonson

#11 I Really Like The Privacy

Image source: FourAM-Throwaway

#12 A Satisfying Use Of Space

Image source: imgur.com

#13 If You Put All The Mexican Coins Together They Turn Into The Aztec Calendar

Image source: Roxxo5500

#14 Saw This On Facebook, By Invisible York

Image source: juddzilla69

#15 All The Hooks And Shelves You Need!

Image source: 5_Frog_Margin

#16 A Clever Way To Show What Ancient Ruins Looked Like

Image source: terchon

#17 Eraser That Turns Into A Tiny Mount Fuji After Some Time Of Use

Image source: MarshallTan

#18 The New National Geographic Cover

Image source: Crazylyric

#19 This “Seatbelts Save Lives” Campaign

Image source: harschil

#20 Elevator Kick Buttons

Image source: rastroboy

#21 The Spines Of These History Books

Image source: DIA13OLICAL

#22 I Thought This Volkswagen Ad Belongs To Here

Image source: bringeroftherain

#23 Ignoring The Politics, This Anti-Gun Pro-Adoption Poster Design

Image source: Bless-You

#24 Studio Ghibli Designed This Dvd Case So It Looks Like The Characters Are Checking Their Reflection In The Water

Image source: FrostedCrow_FC

#25 Vietnam’s Daring Golden Bridge

Image source: conorthearchitect

#26 Time Magazine Covers From 2017, Early 2018, And This Week

Image source: moby323

#27 Surfrider Foundation Sushi Ad

Image source: Palaceboy100

#28 This Shop Has A Option To Shop Alone Or With Assistance

Image source: TheMinimob

#29 Daring Add By A Company That Sells Hats

Image source: fake_guccii

#30 Floor Tiles At The Us Postal Museum

Image source: ligbag4

#31 I Found This Bird Table Quite Charming

Image source: ViddyDoodah

#32 A Campaign Ad For Universal Design In Hong Kong

Image source: DubeDuba

#33 This Japanese Restaurant Logo Is Simultaneously A Japanese Crane And A Hand Holding Chopsticks

Image source: all-night

#34 Perfect

Image source: ajlion_10

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

Image source: blaizzze

#36 Literally The Logo Of The Year

Image source: imgur.com

#37 This Alzheimers Awareness Ad

Image source: hiimcoleman

#38 Space Exploration Monument In Moscow. 100m Tall

Image source: bakedmarx

#39 Milk Box Design Of Vera Zvereva

Image source: peguipa

#40 This Durex Add

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The kitchen and bath industry is growing—just delve into the NATIONAL KITCHEN + BATH ASSOCIATION (NKBA)’s 2017-2018 market research. The report on trends and sales spans some eight kitchen product categories and 11 bathroom product categories, such as cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, and countertops, assessing value for each segment in new construction and remodeling. It also estimates the value of the market at $147.3 billion, with a growth of 10 percent in sales of products. Suzie Williford, NKBA executive vice president and chief strategy officer, deciphers the findings for us.


Suzie Williford; courtesy NKBA

Suzie Williford; courtesy NKBA


The report cites a 10 percent uptick in sales of products devoted to residential kitchen and bath remodeling and new construction.
What’s responsible for that jump?

The healthy economy has certainly contributed to the robust growth in our industry. Sales of residential kitchen and bath products grew 10 percent from 2015 to 2016 in response to new home construction and a vibrant remodel/replacement market. NKBA research indicates that the kitchen and bath industry will grow at similar rates for the next two years, bringing the industry to $178 billion in 2018.

Home sales, both new and existing, are a key indicator of the health of our business as well. In 2017, sales of new homes rose 8 percent, to 608,000 units, which was the best performance in a decade. Sales of existing homes, while more or less flat for the year at 5.45 million, still registered their highest level since 2006, when 6.48 million homes were sold, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Selling and buying homes are key drivers of the remodeling industry. Homeowners frequently seek to remodel kitchens and baths, whether they are sprucing up to sell their house or buying a home and renovating. NKBA research shows that 64 percent of kitchen remodels are prompted because the room needs updating.

What should designers know about the state of the kitchen and bath industry, particularly within the residential sector? 

Designers should prepare to integrate more home technology into their designs, as well as principles of universal living. Outdoor kitchens are also growing enormously in popularity and add value to the home.

Many homeowners are considering the principles of universal design in their remodels. From now through 2036, 10,000 people will celebrate their 65th birthday every day, and for the millions who have no plans to sell their homes, they will be renovating with living-in-place elements in mind: wider doorways and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers, lever handles, voice-controlled systems. And this type of design isn’t just for the aging population, it’s for anyone, regardless of physical ability, whether their situation is temporary or permanent. So, it’s increasingly important for homeowners to enlist SKILLED PROFESSIONALS who are expert in translating these needs to beautiful, functional and safe spaces.

NKBA Design Competition Winner Raul Saldivar of  Aedificium LLC; courtesy Patricia Guerra of Aedificium LLC

NKBA Design Competition winner Raul Saldivar of Aedificium; courtesy Patricia Guerra of Aedificium LLC

What were some of the most surprising findings in the study? 

For the rapid rate at which we are seeing smart home technology coming into the marketplace, consumers still haven’t embraced it as quickly as we might have expected.

The availability of smart home technology is growing at exponential rates—we saw quite a bit of this at our comprehensive trade expo, KBIS 2018, in January, especially in appliances. Many appliances are being built with connectivity options to home assistants, like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home. These devices can also control lighting, heating, security and other home systems by voice command or smartphone app. Designing for the smart home requires a little more advance planning—for instance, ensuring the necessary wiring is in the walls to allow for certain smart connections, docking or charging stations, and routing.

Many consumers are excited by the prospect of home technology, but they may not understand all its value-added potential. As the technology develops and consumers better understand what they need to make their lives better, the pace of integrating smart home technology will soar.


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Universal design makes homes accessible and pleasing

In our 40s, we’ve accepted the aches and pains that remind us we’re no longer 25. That said, the last thing we want to think about is how our health might look in our 60s and 70s, much less what living accommodations we might need to handle our changing physical abilities.
In 2011, an AARP national survey found two-thirds of those 45 and older wanted to remain in their current home as long as possible. The older the survey participants were, the more entrenched the idea of aging in place was, eventually boosting the percentage up to 90 percent.

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