Product Design Teams Switch Roles For Yamaha’s AH A MAY Project

For many people, work can be boring, but by the sounds of it, that’s not the case at Yamaha. Recently, they had a clever idea for a fun experiment. As you may know, Yamaha creates both motorcycles and musical instruments and each of those categories are normally handled by their designated design department. For a project called AH A MAY (“Yamaha backwards”) the bike design team was asked to make musical instruments, while the musical instrument design team tried their hands at motorcycle design. Teams competed to see who could do a better job outside of their areas of expertise. The bike department came up with this amazing spherical drum set that would be the perfect compliment to Lady Gaga’s keyboardist’s circular rig.

Somebody Labeled Our Hallway Art…

When we headed to Visual News HQ this morning, we noticed something…a little different. Our new office is housed in a corporate business park, and the shared hallways have been getting a little more “personality” in the form of hallway art. But we noticed today that some corporate Banksy among us has added his/her/their own brilliant museum labels to the pieces.

Exhibit A: 

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Eat Dots at the Taj Mahal: Google Maps Becomes a PAC-MAN Maze for April Fools’ Day

This might be the best Google hack yet. For April Fools’ Day you should be logging into Google Maps where you’ll find that the streets can be transformed into a playable PAC-MAN maze. The whole game’s there, from Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde the ghosts, to cherries and strawberries, and all the classic digital sound effects. Good luck being productive with the rest of your day.

It’s All How You Look At It: Fixed Perspective Fun With White Paper and Black Marker

Is there anything cooler than anamorphic art? Whether simple or complex, seeing 2D art jump from a page is pretty flipping awesome. Copenhagen based artist Husmitnavn is having loads of fun in his latest series. He folds, crumples, and tears paper to make simple, unique drawings that appear to come alive when viewed from the right angle.

Men and Cats: A Photographers Journey to Show That Men Love Cats Too

Men love cats too. Yes it’s true, even though cat owners are often stereotyped as “crazy cat ladies”, couples and single women, there are a good amount of single men who enjoy being cat owners. Photographer David Williams of Brooklyn, NY sought to bring attention to these cat loving men. He told the Daily Mail, “I found the way society genderizes animal ownership very compelling.”

Humans Transform Into Dr. Seuss Characters For A Hair Freezing Contest

Every February at Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada, visitors get the option to participate in a Hair Freezing Competition. This tourist destination features cozy pools that are as hot as perfect bath water and when the temperature drops below 30 degrees Celsius, you can use creative styling to turn your head into an ice sculpture. Aside from head hair, people make themselves look like cartoon characters with snowy lashes and eyebrows, and some men can even pull off chest hair icicles. Participants post their photos to Takhini’s Facebook wall and the business offers a $150 reward for the fan favorite. This year the winning prize went to the folks in the picture above.

Red Ink Meets Pencil As Teacher Adds More Than Just Marks To Student’s Tests

While many teachers look down upon doodling on tests and quizzes, this eighth and ninth grade science teacher in Bangkok fully encourages it. Aside from grading his student’s test answers, he also added on to their illustrations, often taking them in a completely different direction. This brought the class doodling up to an all time high as it was a great way to connect with their teacher and test his creativity!

Illustrator Adds Funny Cartoons to Stranger’s Instagram Photos

London-based, Brazilian-born illustrator Lucas Levitan has a humorous ongoing project. He’s been grabbing stranger’s images off Instagram and adding his own characters with funny and awkward results. His additions often transform rather benign photographs into something altogether ridiculous and unexpected – like beachgoers being vacuumed up by a gigantic woman, or a man playing harp with the cables on a bridge.

This Cat is the Most Beautiful We’ve Seen… But It’s Just Been Named “Most Awful Sleeping Face” in Japan

With gigantic blue eyes and a snow-white coat, this Japanese cat named Setsu-Chan might be the most beautiful feline we’ve ever seen… that is, until she takes a cat nap.

After gaining a substantial following on Twitter, she has recently been dubbed “Most Awful Sleeping Face” by a number of Japanese publications, and it’s not hard to see why. This looks like the most relaxed cat in history. As soon as she nods off, her tongue pops out, her eyes roll back (but don’t quite close). If we didn’t see the before and after shots, we’d think she wasn’t gonna make it.

Beard Grooming Acrobatics by ‘Incredibeard’

Isaiah Webb is the owner of an incredible beard. Sometimes it’s stylish, and others times it’s crazy… but it’s always incredible. From wrapping it up into a fab bow tie, to coiling it into a bowl for some hot ramen noodles, his beard is nearly as dexterous as his imagination.

Webb got his start beard sculpting in September 2012 when he posted a photo on Instagram featuring his facial hair splayed out into a fuzzy ‘Lorax beard.’ The photo went viral, and so did his newly groomed persona ‘Incredibeard.’