Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Guanxi

One of the most beautiful landscapes in China, captured in a stunning panorama shot by Trey Ratcliff. It looks like something out of a fantasy movie. First seen here.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Book tent

One of many, many fun designs for tents, available on-line from the FieldCandy company. This one was designed by Jack Maxwell. First seen here.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

A book? About me?

Another perfectly timed photograph that I had not seen before. More examples in the link. First seen here.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Tina in Mosaic

Wonderful mosaic portrait of the pretty and funny Tina Fey - love the colours! Unfortunately, no indication of the artist (edit: a reverse google image search shows this to be the work of Jason Mecier). First seen here.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Dulcolax

Look, I'm all for creativity in advertising (I made it a separate topic for my main blog), but this goes too far. There must be better ways to try to sell constipation medicine. First seen here.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bart graffiti

There is something about Simpsons graffiti that really appeals to me. I think the strong yellow colour against a drab wall is a large part of the effect. First seen here.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

I have to catch a plane

Here's a fun "forced perspective" photograph that I had not seen before. It was made by Flickr user mackee_lee. First seen here.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Space - the final frontier

This is such a clever project - and coming very close to fine art as well. In the end I dropped it in Potpourri rather than Art for Art's sake. Christopher Jonassen is responsible for a series of these photographs - which remind us of be pictures of alien planets. Actually though, we are looking at the bottom of worn out frying pans photographed against a black backdrop. Worth looking at the others in the link as well! First seen here.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Pollen away!

It looks like something out of Star Trek, but in fact it is a microscopy photograph that shows pollen grains being released from a flower. First seen here.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The 20 worst Life covers

What makes this list of 20 worst Life Magazine covers of all time so special is that the magazine editors compiled it themselves. This gem is from December 1967, and in their own words "Mix one part LSD with one part liberal guilt, drop a black-and-white photo on top of a multi-colored illustration, and you get . . . . this." Highly recommended to click through them all. First seen here.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Yoga drinking straw

What a fun way to promote a Yoga center (in this case Y+ Yoga Center in Shanghai, China). These straws were designed by Leo Burnett and were handed out at fruit juice bars. First seen here.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Film strip

Another one of those imaginative and funny bent wire constructions by Terry Border - this one his version of a strip show, suitably subtitled "I think this could develop into something". First seen here.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Pairing

Another beautiful Plastic People shot by Audrey Heller, who has featured in this blog before (link). Perhaps less inventive in its setting, it more than makes up for that in the quality of the photograph itself. First seen here.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Royal Wedding

Of all the memorabilia for the 2011 British royal wedding that one could find at the internet, this one really stood out. A commemorative stamp issued by the tiny Pacific island of Niue. The obvious controversy is the perforation smack inbetween the happy couple, but also the detail that the male stamp is worth more than the female is not very 21st century. First seen here.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Impressionist photography

St. Petersburg-based photographer Eduard Gordeev shoots local cityscapes through rain covered window panes to get a startling impressionist effect. More in the link. First seen here.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Nothing sucks like an electrolux

In yesterday's post, I referred to an old Electrolux advertisement, shown above. When the Swedish company took its catchy rhyming phrase “nothing sucks like an Electrolux” and brought it to America from English-speaking markets overseas in the 70s, they failed to take into consideration the fact that “sucks” had become a derogatory word in the States..... Recently seen here.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Apple iVac

This fake ad made me smile. Of course, it was inspired by an old Electrolux ad (see tomorrow's entry). First seen here.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Face on plates

So simple, and yet so effective. These plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski are decorated with a schematic face outline, allowing you to complete the picture with whatever food you intend to serve on them. A great conversation piece during dinner! First seen here.

Friday, 13 March 2015

RIP Terry Pratchett

I was wondering about the best way to honour the great late Terry Pratchett, who passed away yesterday, in this blog. Then I came across this, a perfect example of his wit. First seen here.

Niemann's Sunday sketches

I simply love these creations by Christoph Niemann. He takes everyday objects, sketches around them to transform them into something surprisingly different. More examples in the link, such as a roll of toilet paper becoming a tank, an ink pot becoming a camera, and as shown above, a comb becoming a Rolls Royce. First seen here.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Paper planes

A fun article at the acidcow blog, with detailed instructions for folding 12 different paper aeroplanes. Guess what I will be doing on the next rainy Sunday? First seen here.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Dogue

I don't like people who dress up their dogs, but this parody on Vogue brought a smile to my face. First seen here.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Snow flakes

We all know that snow flakes have a beautiful symmetry when studied up close, but the linked set of shots really shows this to be true. First seen here.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Crossing the river

Taken from a new batch of plastic people shots by UK-based street artist Slinkachu, who has featured before in this blog. The link is worth clicking, as it includes wider shots of the created scenes as well. First seen here.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Toast(er)

Amazing, creative, impressive, but ultimately a waste of time and food: creating a mosaic of a toaster with 3053 pieces of toast.... First seen here.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

The worst book covers

These are just two of the book covers compiled in the linked Gallery of the Worst Book Covers You Can Find on Amazon. First seen here.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Fragile

Guess what this is? If you said a toilet brush, I'd be amazed. But it is. Great special design by Gardoni. First seen here.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Abandoned hubcaps art

Yet another artist who uses unusual materials, but what great results! British artist Ptolemy Elrington has been turning discarded hubcaps into fabulous animal sculptures. First seen here.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Greek Euro

No further comment required. What a mess we have got ourselves in in the Euro zone - and even though the original post dates back a few years, things are not improving. First seen here.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Slug and snail earphones

Can I state a heartfelt ewwwwwww? You have to admire the courage of designer Klara Pernicova to try something different, but still.... First seen here.

Monday, 2 March 2015

How the States of the USA got their name

An excellent site, giving the derivation of the names of all states of the USA. Some are easy to guess, others are not even exactly known. In all cases though, I found it an interesting read. As an example, Oregon turns out to be derived from the French word for hurricane. First seen here.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mitten ice tongs

These ice tongs brought an instant smile on my face, but there is method behind the madness: the mittens protect the steel tongs form being damaged by the ice cubes. First seen here.