A Reverse Listening Device, and other Variations on Normal, From Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox has a vivid imagination, and a sketchbook chock full of ideas to prove it. Like some nutty professor, he conjures up devices to make the world a better, more interesting place… never mind how impractical, bizarre or utterly crazy they may be. In his recent window display for London’s famous Selfridges department store and their Festival of Imagination, he’s taken 14 pages from his sketchbook and brought them to life – the results are stopping foot traffic and entertaining minds.

Man Builds Giant Kinetic Art Piece Using 100,000 K’Nex

I’m sure you’ve seen some form of kinetic ball machine before. Small balls are lifted to the top of long rollercoaster-like tracks and dropped through a series of fascinating paths until they reach the bottom – only to be scooped up again for another ride. Austin Granger is no stranger to these machines, but uniquely, he’s been building them for the last few years out of the K’Nex construction toy system. Now, he’s topped all his other efforts, creating a massive 23.5 foot tall, 40 foot long machine using over 100,000 pieces!

Things That Make You Say Mmmmm: Food Art by Dan Cretu

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On a day dedicated to food, like Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to share with you this amazing collection of creative food art. Based in Romania, Dan Cretu transforms food into everyday objects like bicycles, cameras, boom boxes, and cassette players- ok once everyday objects- some now a little more obsolete. He photographs them within 4 hours of piecing them together, since his medium is not everlasting. Maybe it will inspire you to sculpt your mounds of stuffing and mashed potatoes into something clever.

Toys Aren’t Just For Kids: Parents Bewilder Their Children With Dinosaur Shenanigans

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It’s hard to tell who is having more fun with this creative game: the parents or the kids. Parents Susan and Refe Tuma of Kansas City, MO came up with this “Dinovember” project to let their kids experience a little wonder and mystery, which is becoming increasingly less common in today’s technological world. The kids respond with shock, bewilderment, and laughter as they wake up to find their toy dinos in hilarious situations. In early November the mischievous reptiles were caught spray-painting cartoons on the wall in the living room and the Tuma’s 6-year-old said that they might need to have a garage sale to sell the plastic dinosaurs.

Everything is Cooler With Lasers: Magnificent Pumpkin Carved With a Laser-Cutter

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It’s that time again! Pumpkin-flavored everything means only one thing- Halloween is just around the corner. Aside from adding the delicious artificial aroma to coffee, oatmeal, desserts, and fragrances, real pumpkins are in season and ready to test your finest carving skills. DesignSponge held a contest to see what clever creations its readers could come up with this season and we are loving this one by Brooklyn-based artist Dan Funderburgh! Rather than using a knife, he deconstructed his pumpkin so that he could carve it by laser! He began by cutting 2 discs off the front of a medium smallish pumpkin with a flat face. For his pattern, he chose to layer a chose to layer a Mexican punched tin design against a Mashrabiya style geometric lattice. underburgh explains that he chose this design “partly for aesthetic and partially for architectural reasons. [He] wanted to something that would be hard to to do by hand, but would not collapse right away.” The result was pretty flippin’ awesome!

House on Wheels: Architecture Student Converts Old School Bus Into Modular Living Space

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A house on wheels can be an adventure vehicle, a home with a view, or a moveable apartment unit.  A recent University of Minnesota architecture graduate took on a unique thesis project when he converted an old school bus into a living space. Hank Butitta’s goal was to push the design process beyond theory and beyond drawings. The school bus project was a three-dimensional space, and it came with the corresponding challenges and benefits. The challenge was to take the limited square footage and develop a flexible multi-use space. The benefit: after the project is completed, you have a tiny home on wheels not a PowerPoint presentation.

12 Amazing Treehouses Around the Planet

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Did you ever have the childhood fantasy of building a great treehouse towering high above? If you did, and actually brought the fantasy into reality, your building may have been limited to just a few pieces of lumber and the house itself only lasted a few seasons. While it was good fun, it never became anything extremely elaborate. Today, for some creative people, their childhood fantasies never left and they have continued to design and build some very impressive homes in the trees.

Counting Sheep In Technicolor

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Why do the most creative ideas come at night? Much of the psychology on the topic explains that parts of your brain responsible for processing new information will relax, allowing the more mysterious parts of your brain to run wild. 

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