There’s nothing like a good design that has you thinking to yourself, “yeah, that’s cool”. Think of it – imagine a world without the genius designs we all take for granted, like staircases and bridges and printers. They might not be the most exciting designs in the world to us right now, but they were the most impressive things around when they were first invented.

Yes, we’ve seen some of the best designs in history already, but that doesn’t mean the occasional creative genius isn’t still working away to produce something to impress us consumers. Whether it’s architecture or product design, there are still ways to improve and simplify the things that surround us today.

From self-balancing pool tables to fun stackable cans and clever ATM machine screens, we’ve rounded up some of the most creative ideas that show just how useful and effective design can be.