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This Artist Spent a Month Creating a Digital Sundial. He Says “Don’t Throw Out Your Watch”

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Appearing to be only a solid block of metal with a series of holes punched through it, Toronto-based artist Daniel Voshart’s Sun Cube prototype is actually a study in precise celestial geometry. Inside the cube are hundreds of channels cut to match the exact angle of the sun and cast dot-matrix style numbers underneath for each daylight hour. [Read more...]

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Why So Serious? Clownify Stickers Take Over the Ads in NYC

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a New Yorker, you may have noticed that some of the ads around town have gotten a little funnier. But it’s not the cold weather that’s turning everyone’s noses red, graphic designer Ji Lee is the one to blame, or maybe thank instead. Clownify Stickers is an ad hijacking project that has been making seductive ads a lot more ridiculous and funny ads a bit more hilarious. Ji Lee looks for the perfect noses to cover up with his bright red Clownify stickers, then decorates the ads in bus stops and subway stations all over the city. Unless you’re one of those people with clown phobias, this project is sure to brighten your daily commute. [Read more...]

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These Gender-Swapped Disney & Dreamworks Characters Will Make You Rethink the Films

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing that makes a Disney cartoon, it’s the Princes and Princesses. But, what if their genders were suddenly swapped? Would the films we’ve grown up with be completely flipped on their heads? Would Cinderella be looking for her glass boot? Italian artist Maby-Chan has been imagining such scenarios giving “Fem” and “Male” treatments to everyone from Captain Hook to Rapunzel. [Read more...]

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Don’t Spill the Milk! Oddly Melting Pottery by Livia Marin

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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Livia Marin makes cups that runneth over – literally. In her Nomad Patterns series, the artist sculpts broken china teacups, pitchers, and vases whose edges ooze into glossy, perfectly-patterned puddles.  [Read more...]

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Around the World: National & Continental Maps Created From Common Foods Arranged Perfectly

Saturday 03.15.2014 , Posted by
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One of the things people love most about travel is experiencing the foods from other countries. Henry Hargreaves, an artist in New Zealand, worked with Caitlin Levin, a stylist in NY, to combine these passions in a series that will make cartographers, travelers, foodies, and typography geeks swoon. Choosing a food type appropriate for each country, they cleverly arranged the varieties in distinct ways to separate different regions. For example, they chose corn to represent the USA, but each state featured a different form of corn, meticulously arranged. They used citrus fruits for South America, bananas and plantains for Africa, shrimp for Australia, noodles for China, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, seaweed for Japan, kiwis for New Zealand, and biscuits for the U.K. Then graphic designer Sarit Melmed created stunning typography to give each map a classy finishing touch. [Read more...]

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Large Scale Life-Sized Elephant Created From a Single 50 x 50 Ft Piece of Paper

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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At age 5, Sipho Mabona created his very first paper airplane. By the time he was 20, when he had run out of designs for paper airplanes, he looked to origami to help him visualize more original designs. Now, based in Luzern, Switzerland, Mabona creates beautiful origami designs that have won him many awards and much praise. With the help of a team of 10 people financed by an Indiegogo campaign for $26,000, he was able to turn a single 50 x 50 ft piece of paper into a life-size origami elephant. [Read more...]

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Look What the Sea Washed In: Wild Animals Made from Ocean Trash

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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Corsican artist Gilles Cenazandotti is a beachcomber, sifting through the sands in search of plastic garbage washed ashore. He is using his under appreciated treasure to build a life-sized bestiary in a fascinating commentary on overconsumption and its effects on the animal world. [Read more...]

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Doodles Come To Life on Transparencies

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a gigantic polar bear attacking San Francisco?! Fear not citizens, it’s merely a happy bear looking for a back rub… and using the Transamerica Pyramid for help.

Hombre McSteez (aka Marty Cooper) is dreaming up bizarrely fantastic scenarios and bringing them to the real world using just transparencies, white-out, a good old Sharpie and forced perspective. After doodling his work on the clear sheet, he holds it up and photographs it interacting with the scene behind. Each piece is made on the spot, perfectly matching situation – be it a monstrous day on the putting green or an afternoon grabbing tasty sushi (that seems to keep running away). [Read more...]

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It’s Alive: Creepily Endearing Human Typography by Jean-Charles Debroize

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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This may be the creepiest, yet most amazing typography to date. Art director and digital retouching artist for Creative Agency Kerozen, Jean-Charles Debroize transformed members of his campaign team into letter people. Not the cute cuddly kind from Sesame Street, but rather deformed little creatures that might haunt your dreams, but there is something endearing about these weird little letters with skin, eyes, and hair. [Read more...]

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This Preschooler is Doing Impressive Yoga with Her Mom

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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There’s plenty of hype about ‘couples yoga’ but what if your partner was your pre-school aged child? That’s the team we see here – yogo instructor Laura Kasperzak busting out some impressive moves with her very young daughter. Some of their poses are beautiful, some are cute, and others are jaw dropping… and with over 700,000 followers on Instagram, we’re not the only ones impressed. [Read more...]

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