Sunday, 28 August 2016

Poemotion

These optical illusions are in a video, so you will need to click the link - but it is worth it. Amazing how a simple interaction can produce such results. Inventive creations by Takahiro Kurashima. First seen here.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

America 2016

If you know the TV show Futurama, you'll probably agree that this is stunningly accurate. Then again, why not Zoidberg? First seen here.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Team GB returns from Rio

One of the funniest story of the (aftermath of) the Olympics: when Team GB landed in Heathrow and the athletes wanted to get their luggage.... giving all of them the same red suitcase before the games was not the most clever idea. First seen here.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Album cover stamps

Special designs of a different kind: some years ago the UK Royal Mail launched its first set of ten 1st class stamps designed by Studio Dempsey that celebrate classic British album covers - in a unique shape like a vinyl disc poking out of each record sleeve. The ten winners are Pink Floyd (The Division Bell), Coldplay (A Rush Of Blood To The Head), The Clash (London Calling), Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells), Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed), David Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), Led Zeppelin (IV), Primal Scream (Screamadelica), Blur (Parklife) and New Order (Power, Corruption and Lies). Can't say I agree with most of these choices, but the end results are intriguing. First seen here.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hello Dali!

Well, I found it both stunning and hilarious! First seen here.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Puffer fish

Some of the most striking origami creations I have ever seen are shown in this link - created by Sipho Mabona. I like this puffer fish (fugu anyone?) best of all. First seen here.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Arrival

When the poster for the movie Arrival was released (left image), it was quickly pointed out that the intended Hong Kong skyline had been surprisingly enriched with Shanghai's Pearl Tower. The corrected version (right image) for some reason switched to a Shanghai skyline altogether. First seen here.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Parallel universe

This is one of those illusions where you will be holding a ruler or something against your screen before you believe it. Yes, all these red lines are straight and moreover parallel. An oldie, but recently found here.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Water tables

Water tables is a creative line of furniture designed by Derek Pearce: coffee tables that resemble animals partially emerging from water. More examples in the link. First seen here.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Handicraft

A suggestion sent to me years ago by Jenny Downing. The hand painting works by Mario Mariotti are not of the same artistic quality as those by Guido Daniele (featured here in my Art for Art's sake blog), but they are fun to look at and hence very suited for the Potpourri blog. First seen here.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Quetzal chair

French designer Marc Venot, is the creator of the armchair named Quetzal, inspired by the bird of the same name. A beauty. First seen here.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Chain mail cappuccino

What a funny image. A costumed reveler enjoyed a cappuccino at a shop next to Saint Mark’s Square during the Venetian Carnival Sunday. First seen here.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Face swaps gone wild

This is just one of many face swaps gone wild on the linked site. Be prepared for some stunners... First seen here.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Photoshopped Olympic divers

The participants in the Olympic Diving competitions are not the most photogenic when they are caught in the middle of their act - but when they are photoshopped as if they were on the toilet, the result is amazing. I laughed harder than I should have. First seen here.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

The 10 weirdest olympic sports ever

The linked Oddee post lists the 10 weirdest sports that have featured in the modern Olympic games, from the unexpected (rope climbing), to the unusual (La canne), to the downright cruel (live pigeons shooting). First seen here.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Trump and the Olympics

As scary as the guy is, it is fun to make fun of him. Love this one. First seen here.

Friday, 12 August 2016

What's in a name?

Very clever indeed, this design by Eric Ku: the components spell out what it becomes once you put it together. Thanks to Jenny Downing for pointing this one out to me a few years ago. The original link is no longer valid though.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Under the surface

Under the surface is an art project by UK artist Beccy Ridsdel. She creates plates that look like part of the ceramic top layer has been peeled off. Stunning, for sure. First seen here.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Profits

It is difficult to explain why such a simple situation and joke works so well, at least for me. I think it is the unexpectedness of the last window - you are expecting a different outcome, even though of course this is the logical conclusion. First seen here.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Monday, 8 August 2016

Vintage record coasters

The covers of old 33rpm albums make great decorations, but now someone also has found an application for the records themselves - at least, for the centre parts. They have been cut out, plastified and made into great coasters. First seen here.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Trump this!

It would be an elegant way out of the mess that America has got itself in.... First seen here.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Hard hat fail

Or..... "Personal Protective Equipment - you're doing it wrong". A gem for safety courses. First seen here.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Art on a stick

Artisanal confectionery shop LIQ NYC creates beautiful lollipops, including a range of art images. First seen here.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mushrooms

Australian photographer Steve Axford takes some of the best macro photographs of mushrooms that I've seen. Do click the link for more examples - it is worth it! First seen here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Peek-a-boo....

One of those weird coincidences in life. The left part of this shot is an actual photograph I took in Shanghai years ago. When I opened that on my laptop for editing after my return, there was an astonishing interaction with my wallpaper, an earlier shot of my wife (on the right hand side). So I just had to take a screenshot and create this new image. First seen here.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Multilayered Paper Silhouettes

Taking the crafts of silhouette making one step further: London-based photographer Dan Tobin Smith, together with designer and art director Rachel Thomas, captures female silhouetted profiles in multicolored layers, to stunning results. First seen here.

Monday, 1 August 2016

In Florence

Flipped shots are not uncommon, but this one has a nice twist to it. It was shot by Christiaan Triebert. First seen here.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Barbie jewelry

Creativity running rampant - how on earth does someone get the idea to use barbie parts to design jewels? Well, Margaux Lange did. And the result is stunningly appealing as well. First seen here.

Saturday, 30 July 2016