Touching Self-portraits Document the Psychological Journey of Grieving Death

After losing her fiancé in a helicopter crash in 2012, Sarah Treanor quit her job as a graphic designer to pursue a deeply emotional exploration of grief through photography. The creative endeavor is symbolic of her psychological experience in process and in imagery, and captures the essence of the dark, peaceful, and disorienting journey of mourning. The heart-wrenching feeling the images evoke is universally familiar and carefully dissects the most difficult aspect of the human experience – death.

14 Startling Pet X-Rays Reveal the Weird Things Animals Eat

In what might be the most entertaining competition in existence, the “They Ate WHAT?” x-ray contest awards cash prizes to the most impressive images of hungry animals’ innards. These pets all have unique tastes ranging from rocks and socks, to a shish kabob skewer and 104 pennies. Below you will find the 14 gut-wrenching winners of this year’s contest.

Quirky comics of secret feelings. Don’t lie… You know you’ve thought this before!

Have you ever been irrationally afraid of a murderer hiding in your backseat as you get into your car at night? Has someone annoyingly suggested that you “think positive” at a time when that is obviously not what you’re going to do? These universal situations that we don’t often talk about, but that everyone knows, are the basis for Molly Bishop’s comical one-liner illustrations. Go ahead, find the ones that you’ve thought about… no one will know.

A Modernist iPhone Amplifier Crafted From Hand Blown Glass

We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and  they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it!

Oddly Familiar Art Objects That Make You Feel Weird Inside. Do I Know You?

It’s an unsettling feeling when you find yourself relating to weird-looking inanimate objects with human characteristics. When a sculpture becomes a self-portrait narrative you begin to feel like the artist feels, and experience what the artist experiences. Simply by looking at one of Zimra Beiner‘s large scale ceramic sculptures you can feel confidence, laziness, hopelessness and organization. The objects take on a strange role in each viewer, becoming familiar manifestations of intangible feelings. 

Faceless “Watch” Vibrates Every 5 Minutes… All Day Long

Have you ever noticed that when you’re bored time seems to move more slowly and when you’re having fun it flies by? Durr is a new ‘watch’ device created to give you an enhanced perception of the rate at which time passes. This wristwatch-looking accessory gently vibrates every 5 minutes causing a perpetual hyperawareness of the speed of time.

‘Dumb Starbucks’ Parody Store Gets Shut Down in L.A.

“Dumb Starbucks” is the newest coffee spot in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. It has replicated the famous Starbucks brand by using everything they could, including their logo, atmosphere, and even retail CD’s. The only apparent difference between the original and the fraud is the word “Dumb” before… pretty much everything. The shop features a menu with ‘Dumb Frappuccinos,’ ‘Dumb Espressos,’ and everyone’s favorite CD, ‘Dumb Jazz Standards.’ A particularly curious aspect of this new shop is that all of the coffee is free.

Bird Flights Mapped into Time-lapse Sky Performances

I constantly feel like birds are mocking the human race. They have the ability to do what we have been striving for since the beginning of civilization and they make it so effortless that it’s insulting – spacial freedom. Am I the only one addicted to my remote control helicopter? I mean, all I do is go up and down and back and forth… but the spacial liberation is intoxicating! In these mesmerizing videos by artist Dennis Hlynsky you see that birds in flight contain much more information than meets the eye. The time-lapse video performances show birds creating beautiful patterns as they roam the open air and even display some seemingly intentional creativity.

Tangled Graffiti Paintings Depict Erotica and War

What is the relationship between sex and war? Chicago painter CJ Hungerman explores this question using erotic imagery as vehicles for destruction. As ‘silly’ as these complex narratives visually appear the artist intelligently offers an approachable context, sex and humor, from which to dissect important contemporary issues like technology, politics, and freedom.

Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise.