Digitally Inspired Design: The 8-Bit Look

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The inner nerd inside of me never tires of novelty items inspired by digital and technology. Everyday objects applied with a bit of geeky design are great conversation starters and appreciated by others in the industry. Here are a few of my favorite digitally-inspired designs. 


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8-Bit Sunglasses: A good friend of mine owns a pair of these and they are much appreciated among fellow geeks when we’re out while it’s sunny. If Mario had to wear sunglasses, these would be it. Like most sunglasses, the lenses are made of polycarbonate and offer 100% UV protection – but these give you more geek cred. 

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Wireframe T: This one is for the UX designers out there. “Hierarchy, flow, function, space. This is how ideas take shape.” This T-shirt comes in both men’s and women’s sizes and is made in the U.S. with a custom Ugmonk tag. 

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Pixel Clutch: Big Big Pixel has some great accessories and my favorite has always been their pixel clutch. Pairing it with a stylish outfit adds a really fun contrast and the cartoon-look of the clutch intrigues me. 

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Pixel Backpack: The Uanyi backpack comes with silicone pixels so that you can decorate the backpack based on your mood. I was always a huge fan of Legos growing up and this backpack brings the same kind of fun into adulthood with a backpack that has compartments built for a laptop and mobile devices. 

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Icon Watch: I’m not usually a watch-wearer but I’ll buy the occasional watch if it becomes a part of my outfit. This Icon Watch adds a lot of modern nostalgic fun to an outfit and has the same appeal as the 8-bit sunglasses. 


(Images: 1. Big Big Pixel, Pixel Clutch, all other images as credited above)