Went with Street Fighter II for this globe design because the characters look good wrapped around the stand, however this idea could be applied to any geeky property that has its own world map: The Hobbit, World of WarCraft, The Last Airbender, Elder Scrolls, A Song Of Ice And Fire, and so on.
Apologies for the sparse map, I used the one from the very first version of Street Fighter II because it was easier to apply to a globe. Given more time I would incorporate a few more countries, including obscure ones like Canada.
Used to own one of these red Swingline staplers, it looked cool on the desk but I never used it so I donated it to a thrift store when I moved a few years ago. Now if it had the everyday functionality of a lamp, I probably would’ve kept it.
Really simple design, it unfolds from a stapler to become a lamp. There’s no way it can retain stapler functionality due to the internal electrical wiring, but perhaps a solution could be found by people smarter than me (Edit: a “staperless” staple could be added, a suggestion from a reader).
Continue reading ➞ Office Space Desk Lamp
A wireless signal is as crucial as water or air for most geeks, so it seems fitting that this wireless router design styles itself as The Fifth Element, savior of high bandwidth speeds. If you’ve seen the film, this gadget should be pretty self-explanatory, if you haven’t seen the film you should remedy that immediately.
Basically a 4-antennae wireless router with LED lights perched atop each antennae. The antennae do swivel at the base, if needed. Seeing as most routers are on 24/7, the antennae lights should be turned on by-demand for a brief light show; or perhaps they only illuminate when you’re downloading or uploading data.
Please forgive the bare-bones look of this design (more on that later), I just wanted to express an idea for a living/mechanical book display, one that operates without using electrical power. There’s a fair bit going on here so I didn’t want to clutter it up. See it in action after the jump.
Continue reading ➞ Hogwarts Express Book Display
This is one of those “I’m surprised this doesn’t exist yet” posts, because Final Fantasy Tactics was inspired by chess, so why isn’t there a tie-in chess board?
My thoughts turned to FFT when I saw this neat Super Mario chess set. I managed to resist buying the Mario set, only because I wanted something a little more sophisticated to match my maturity level (hey stop laughing), hence my need for a Tactics-based set.
Like the Mario set, I hope a FFT board would include figurines for all the playing pieces. Each figurine would need a base that identifies their position (Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, etc.), something I think the Mario set definitely lacks.
Note: sorry I didn’t include all 32 pieces in the image, that would’ve taken a few days to illustrate.
An office desk that looks like Homer Simpson’s control panel which looks like a partially-eaten donut. Not quite an Inception level of deep, but close enough for me. With this desk, you’d be able to “work” like Homer, which is essentially leaning back and putting your feet up to relax on the job.
The panels, which are adorned with numerous gauges and buttons (not unlike a flight cockpit), slide out of the way to reveal a flat desk surface:
All of the electronic lights and displays could function, but that would be a wiring nightmare. I’d settle for a few functional knobs for things like a volume control or PC power switch. Not shown: embedded speakers, a few drawers and cubby holes for storing junk, and grommets for wiring.
You can grab a high-res poster here.
I haven’t done a new poster in a long time, so I thought I’d tackle the Steak House print seen in Ron Swanson’s office. I’m not the first to make this poster, but I wanted to create a larger and more show-accurate version.
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