Puzzle-Like Blocks Make Learning Korean Fun

New York-based designer Si-Yeon Min has developed an engaging way for kids (and adults alike) to learn the Korean language. The very first hands-on Korean language game of its kind, Korable Block is made up of four wooden blocks that are hand-printed with the Korean alphabet characters. Combine the blocks to create over 120 single-syllable words including numbers, days of the week, food, body parts and more.

Min, a Korean native, developed Korable Block for his son. With a background in design and architecture, he wanted to find a new and interesting way his son could learn his native language. Interestingly, however, Korable Block has received a great response from non-Korean speakers, as well. As Min tells us, “People perceive it as a creative and imaginative toy that makes learning fun.”

What’s been the best compliment he’s received so far? Min says it was this: "Among the toys and games designed by architects, a few stand out–Rubik’s cube, Sudoku, and the Korable Block."

Korable Block website

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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