Dresses Made from Crayola Crayons for Bloomingdales NYC

Crayons might be used for sketching dress ideas, but they’ve probably never been used to actually make dresses. Bloomingdale’s recently worked with six popular fashion designers who had created pieces for the 100% Bloomingdale’s Spring campaign. For this project however, they were given lots of Crayola crayons to create a fashionable statement for the window display at the iconic Bloomingdale’s store on 59th Street in Manhattan. In total, the designers used about 18,000 crayons to complete the work. Color us impressed!

Let the Light Shine Through: Ramon Todo Creates Stone with Glass Inserted in the Middle

Artist Ramon Todo makes strange sculptures which combine the strikingly different textures of stone and glass. His work, looking much like man-made geodes, uses materials from river rock, to volcanic stone, to graffiti covered pieces of the Berlin wall. His glass additions perfectly match the shape of his found stones, creating a surprising luminous transition where the light is able to shine through.

Weed is Super Safe, and This Chart Proves It.

Washington D.C. voted to legalize marijuana last November by a landslide, with that Initiative taking effect today. While the nation’s capital won’t be the next Amsterdam, it does raise questions in the continuing debate about marijuana safety. Just how safe is smoking weed?

Ask any recreational or medical marijuana user and they’ll quickly tell you that the drug is safe (and a LOT of scientific research backs that up), but recent research is suggesting it might be even safer than we’ve thought. In findings published in the journal Scientific Reports (a research publication from Nature), researchers worked to quantify the risk of death associated with commonly used drugs when used in typical fashion.

A Magical Look Inside Utah’s Ice Castle, Captured by Photographer Sam Scholes

Like a mythical yeti’s cave or a home fit for the ice queen, this Ice Castle in Utah is something beautiful and mysterious to behold. Photographer Sam Scholes visited the hand built ice structure to capture it as the sun went down and the lights came on. Simply incredible.

Magnificent Bookstore with a 19th Century Interior Opens in Romania

If you are a book lover, than this beautiful bookstore is the place to fall in love. Cărtureşti Carusel (“The Carousel of Light”) is a new store opening in the center of Bucharest. Built inside the cavernous interior of a 19th century building, the entire space features ornately detailed columns, stairways and balconies. With everything painted a brilliant white, its name is perfectly fitting.

James Dyson’s ‘Impossible’ Uphill Fountain

You probably know the name James Dyson because of his unusual cyclone vacuum cleaners or his seemingly impossible bladeless fans, but you probably didn’t know the famed industrial designer also built a fountain. For the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show way back in 2003, he created an M.C. Escher inspired fountain that looks like it convinced water to flow impossibly uphill. The reason we write about it here is because its trick is decidedly clever. How did he do it?

Your Favorite Car Brand Histories, Illustrated With Just the Front Grill

If you’re anything like most car aficionados, you can name a car’s year and make just from a tail light or bumper. Chicago-based architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO is playing off that wheeled obsession with a series of 4 screen printed posters featuring only the front grill, bumper and headlights of iconic cars from the beginning of automotive history up to the modern day.

More Mind-Bending Photo Manipulations from Erik Johansson

The world is not as it seems in Erik Johansson’s mind-bending photograph manipulations (featured previously). Here is a world where mirrored ‘M.C. Escher stairways’ really exist, where land flows like water, and where small towns float on the sea in glass bottles. Each illustration is a detailed masterpiece to behold.

Charting the Downs and Ups of US Income Inequality

NPR recently released an interactive chart which clearly demonstrates the growing US income inequality over the last 100 years. But what it shows best is the two major trends the century has followed.

The scatter plot charts average income for the bottom 90% of earners on one axis, and the average income for the top 1% on the other. (For comparison purposes all figures are inflation adjusted to 2012 dollars)

Architectural Typography Animated with Miniature People

For design lovers, it doesn’t get better than this. German creative firm Deepblue Networks just worked with illustrator and graphic designer Florian Schommer on a promotional campaign which hits just about all the right spots. They’ve combined bizarre architecture, animated GIFs, typography and even logo design into just one project. Here are 8 animated illustrations, each realized as a towering building in the form of one letter in the name ‘DEEPBLUE’.