PSFK’s Top Design Stories Of 2012

A roundup of our 20 most popular design articles from the past year.

As the year draws to a close, PSFK is rounding up the most interesting, compelling, and popular posts of the past year.

Check out our top 20 most popular design stories from 2012 below:

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Abandoned Walmart Transformed Into A Functioning Library

The International Interior Design Association recently selected the McAllen Public Library as the winner of their 2012 Library Interior Design Competition. The city inherited the former Wal-Mart after the retailer closed the store and abandoned it.

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IKEA Debuts Completely Furnished Pre-Fab, Modern Homes

Swedish furniture company IKEA, has collaborated with Oregon architectural firmIdeabox, to launch its first line of prefabricated houses in the U.S., named the “Aktiv.” The IKEA-themed dwelling is a one-bedroom home centered around space-saving furniture and products.

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Transparent Pods let You Sleep In Style Under The Stars [Pics]

Attrap Rêves, a bubble hotel in the countryside east of Marseille, France invites guests to stay in transparent pods set in nature. The bubbles were conceived by French designer Pierre Stéphane, who wanted to give campers an eco-friendly space so they could explore without leaving a negative impact.

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A Peek At Steve Jobs’ Unfinished Luxury Yacht [Pics]

Renowned French designer Philippe Starck recently confirmed that he was working on a “revolutionary” project with the late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple. The private project was to build a grand high-tech yacht that was “sleek and minimalist.”

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Clock Knits Scarf Over The Course Of A Year

Designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen has created “365,” an interesting clock concept that tells time in a different manner; instead of just displaying the minutes and the hours, it knits round the clock for 365 days.

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What Would We Look Like With Perfectly Symmetrical Face? [Pics]

It’s often said that the more symmetrical a face someone has, the more beautiful they are; however, no one has a completely symmetrical face, so we try to emphasize our ‘good side’ when we get our picture taken.

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Steve Jobs’ Yacht ‘Venus’ Finally Revealed [Video]

Steve Jobs’ yacht has been launched at a shipyard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, where it was christened ‘Venus’ after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Jobs worked on the “sleek and minimalist” high-tech yacht with renowned French designer Philippe Starck.

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Converted Bicycle Unravels Old Sweaters To Knit Something New

The National Center for Craft and Design has selected the un-knitting machine as one of the best student design projects of 2012. This highly unusual bicycle, designed to help recycle unwanted woolen clothes, unravels any clothing item back into its pre-knitted form.

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Trampoline Sidewalk In Russia Makes Commuting Fun

‘Fast Track’ was built by Estonian firm Salto Architects for the Archstoyanie Festival in Russia. Inhabitat reports that it was used for play and to give attendees a different way to travel between locations.

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Italian Coffee Brand Introduces Edible Coffee Cup

Here’s your simple, fun and creative idea for the day: An edible cup made out of pastry. It’s like an ice cream cone for your coffee! And it saves water (no ceramic to wash).

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200-Year-Old Mansion Turned Into A McDonalds [Pics]

You don’t normally associate a McDonald’s restaurant as being architecturally beautiful and grand, or refer to it as a landmark. Unless of course, you happen to visit the fast food restaurant in Long Island, just southeast of the state of New York.

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Typeface Timeline Shows Us The History Of Fonts [Infographic]

A History of Western Typefaces looks at fonts from 1440 when Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type with the printing press, up to 2011 when Matthew Carter (designer of  the Verdana and Georgia fonts) won the National Design Award for lifetime achievement.

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New York City Street Signs Get A Typographic Update

In the interest of legibility and turning a fresh face, about 250,000 of New York City’s street signs will soon be getting an interesting “typeface lift:” the all-caps Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) series font, casually known as Highway Gothic, will soon be replaced with upper case and lower case street signs using Clearview, a typeface created by designers Donald Meeker and James Montalbano.

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Moleskine Introduces New Collection With Black Pages

Moleskine’s ‘Black Collection’ is the latest series from the designer notebook brand. The pages in the book are black and meant to be written on with fluorescent gel pens.

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3D Printer Can Print Chocolate Cupcakes In Minutes [CES 2012]

The Imagine 3D Printer offers a different way to print in three dimensions because of the syringes it employs. Essential Dynamics, the makers of the additive design technology, believes that their system is unique to the market and is more versatile than other competitors.

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Starbucks World’s First Coffee ‘Laboratory’ Opens In Amsterdam

If you thought the photos of the new Starbucks location in Fukuoka, Japan we shared were stunning, here’s a first look at the Starbucks Laboratory Concept Store in Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam.

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IKEA Launches Mini DIY Greenhouses For Urban Dwellers

Swedish retailer IKEA has branched out into yet another product offering, with it’s SOCKER Greenhouse.

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Giant 3D Printer Creates A Home in 20 Hours [Video]

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California, has come up with a concept that allows houses to be built faster and with lower labor costs.

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Wine Bottle Design Lets You And Three Friends Share A Glass

California-based company Stacked Wines offers a change from the traditional wine bottle, with four individually-sealed containers stacked on top of each other.

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Send Postcards Thats Smell Like Favorite Foods

Ever wanted to sniff your foodie friends’ photos? Well one student in China has a concept to capture the aroma of food on a postcard.

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