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A Game That Teaches Kids to Be Young Designers

Want your kid to think like a designer? Khandu, a new card game raising money on Kickstarter, aims to foster creative thinking in children ages 6 to 12 by making them do just that.

Created by Seven Thinkers, a Madrid-based design agency, Khandu's goal is to teach kids design thinking, a way of approaching problems and coming up with creative solutions by doing. One version of the process, for instance, has six steps: understand, observe, define, ideate (brainstorm), prototype, and test.

Each Khandu kit contains four decks of cards with prompts to help kids learn how design works, from coming up with an idea to creating a prototype. The four decks include 15 challenges for kids to complete, 35 tools that teach kids how to come up with ideas and create scale models of their designs, 10 "Khandus" (the characters who become the “users” that kids are designing their products or buildings or clothes for), and 10 action cards with suggestions that encourage kids to do things like “get visual” to complete their task.

The Seven Thinkers team worked with Scholas Occurentes, an educational organization launched by Pope Francis, to make sure the game was suitable for children. Eventually, they want to make a digital edition, too. 

Khandu is selling on Kickstarter for $44 right now. 

All images by Seven Thinkers. 

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Treat Yourself to This 22-Karat Gold Unicorn Mug
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What's better than a unicorn mug? A unicorn mug with a horn made of gold.

This magical creation is accented in 22-karat gold, and it's so dazzling that it's been blowing up on Etsy: It recently got 88,000 likes on the retailer's Facebook page. Each ceramic vessel is thrown on the wheel and hand-painted. They hold 12 to 14 ounces and sell for $135 apiece.

Etsy shop ModernMud has plenty more unicorn gear. If you're enamored with the popular mug but want to spend a little less dough, consider the teacup version for $108. Want something to keep your rings on? Nab a unicorn stand or a mug with a horn on the inside. You can even get a unicorn to wear around your neck.

See pictures of the wares below. Still want more unicorns? Check out these mystical gifts for unicorn lovers.

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Graphic Design Series Shows Which Fonts Your Favorite Logos Use

Unless you’re a dedicated design geek, you probably can’t recognize the fonts used in the logos of some of the most recognizable companies in the world—even if you see them every day. Enter graphic designer Emanuele Abrate, whose latest project, Logofonts, illuminates the favorite fonts of the brands you see every day.

As we spotted on Adweek, Logofonts takes a logo—like, for instance, Spotify’s—and replaces the company’s name with the font in which it's written. Some fonts, like Spotify’s Gotham, might be familiar, while others you may never have heard of. Nike’s and Red Bull’s Futura is so commonplace in signage in logos that it’s the subject of an entire book called Never Use Futura. (Other companies that use it include Absolut Vodka and Domino’s Pizza, and many more.) But you most likely aren’t familiar with Twitter’s Pico or Netflix’s Bebas Neue.

Abrate is a managing partner at grafigata, an Italian blog and online academy focused on graphic design. In his work as a freelance designer, he focuses on logo design and brand identities, so it wasn’t hard for him to track down exactly which fonts each brand uses.

“When I see a logo, I wonder how it was conceived, how it was designed, what kind of character was used and why,” Abrate tells Mental Floss. The Logofonts project came from “trying to understand which fonts they use or which fonts have been modified (or redesigned) to get to the final result.”

The Nike logo reads 'Futura.'

The Twitter logo reads 'Pico.'

The Red Bull Logo reads 'Futura BQ.'

The Netflix logo reads 'Bebas Neue.'

You can check out the rest of the Logofonts project and Abrate’s other work on his Behance or Facebook pages, and on his Instagram.

[h/t Adweek]

All images courtesy Emanuele Abrate

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