Articles by Umar Ansari

Umar is an Industrial Design student hailing from Toronto, Canada. He has taken his passion for design and writing to the web to connect with and inform other creative minds. He has also written this bio in third person.
Creativity

Humorous road art in Montreal urges drivers to get out of their cars

Roadsworth took to the road to create some hilarious artworks aimed at drivers and pedestrians. The Montreal-based artist and activist, aka Peter Gibson, has been busy creating tongue-in-cheek works that poke fun at drivers. Drawing inspiration from lines and signs already present on asphalt, Gibson does such things as turning parking stripes into dandelions. His portfolio is incredibly vast with a variety of medium to large scale installations. Check out some of his road-works below and find more on his website. And make you follow Roadsworth on Instagram for regular doses of artistic humor.  ...
Creativity

Amazingly detailed stamp-inspired sculptures featuring adorable birds

Diana Beltran Herrera is out with a crafty little series combining adorable birds and stamps! The Colombia-based artist has long held a fascination of birds and that has culminated into a creative collection of stamp-inspired sculptures fashioned out of paper. The details in the birds are incredible, to say the least! Just look at the feathers! Herrera says, "I always felt inspired by postage stamps as they are little windows of the world, specifically those that contain birds which are often traveling around the word." Check out some of the works below and find more on her Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

Colored objects carefully organized in cohesive patterns and gradients

Sometimes you just need a dose of color. And when you do, Adam Hillman's Instagram feed is your best friend. The New Jersey-based visual artist finds all kinds of colorful objects and rounds them up to create cohesive patterns, towers, and gradients. The objects range from lollipops, and colored paper to pencil crayons and M&Ms. The meticulously organized objects represent just how well some color work together to create sensible patterns. A few really good ones can be seen below and if you fancy some more, head on over to Instagram and Tumblr for regular updates. ...
Art

Freaky, strobe-animated sculptures by John Edmark

John Edmark has created a series of animated sculptures that you won't believe are real, physical objects! Each complex sculpture is 3D-printed and is part of Blooms 2, a collection of strobe-animated sculptures. After being programmed in Python, the pieces are printed and then set in motion upon a table. Edmark describes the project, "Blooms are based on the same geometry nature uses in many plant forms, including artichokes, sunflowers, and pinecones, all of which share the same underlying mathematical pattern." The film, created by Charlie Nordstrom, uses freeze framing techniques and a short shutter speed to provide the fantastic motion seen below. Check it out! ...
Art

African mask-inspired chrome paintings by Brooklyn-based artist

Drawing inspiration from historical African sculptures, Kip Omolade's latest series of oil paintings is all about chrome and solid backgrounds. Titled, "Diovadiova Chrome," the Brooklyn-based artist's new works discuss contemporary identity, luxury, and immortality. Each piece features a mold taken from a model which is then produced in resin. Then, layers of chrome-y goodness are applied coupled with artificial eyelashes. The process ends with tall, hyperrealistic oil renderings that serve "as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world," writes Omolade. Check out some of the works below and find more on Instagram. ...
Inspiration

Rare disc of ice forms and spins in small river outside of Seattle

Naturally-occurring ice formations? 'Tis the season. Right outside of Seattle, word began to spread on Facebook about a massive circular sheet of ice in a small river. Photographer Kaylyn Messer was on scene to capture it. The disc of ice looks majestic spinning at the mercy of the current in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Messer comments, "You can hear the sound of the river flowing continuously. Sounds from the ice periodically interjected with very small sharp cracks and groans. Overall, it was a quiet experience to stand along the river watching the ice circle rotate." Check it out below and find more photos and videos on her blog. ...
Art

Artist ships glass with FedEx for exhibition featuring shattered boxes

Making sure fragile items don't get destroyed while on their way to destinations is tough. Walead Beshty captures the experience in shattered glass boxes. The LA-based artist packed up a number of glass boxes and shipped them to various exhibitions and galleries across the country. The works, created to fit said boxes as proportionately as possible, were expected to endure a few bumps while on their way. The almost-shattered pieces were then carefully removed by gallery curators and then titled using the shipping date, tracking number, and box size. Beshty writes, "I considered this volume as my starting point; the perversity of a corporation owning a shape—not just the design of the object—and also the fact that the volume is actually separate from the box." Check out some images of the works below and watching the video profiling the project below. ...
Architecture

Mesmerizing helicopter views of Los Angeles by Dylan Schwartz

Taken from high above the city, Dylan Schwartz's aerial photography is mesmerizing. The creative Director and photographer based out of Los Angeles frequently takes helicopter rides at dawn and dusk, capturing breathtaking views of towering skyscrapers, bridges, and sports complexes. The cinematic shots often feature LA landmarks such as the Hollywood sign and familiar locations like Chinatown. It's almost like the viewer is part of the experience of cruising above the horizon and taking in the sights. Check out some of the glorious shots below and find more on his Instagram and website. ...
Art

250 mirrors reflect changes in California’s Laguna Beach

Reflecting the beautiful sunset on California’s Laguna Beach coast is Phillip K Smith III's latest installation - and it is absolutely stunning. Dubbed "1/4 Mile Arc," the series of 250 mirrored posts measuring 10-feet each, stood reflecting four days of subtle changes in the Pacific Ocean in November 2016. The Los Angeles-based artist was commissioned by the Laguna Art Museum for the fourth annual Art & Nature program. Check out some images of the installation below and watch the video profiling the work by photographer Lance Gerber. Find more wonderful installations over at the artist's website.  ...
Design

The Nomad Key is an incredibly-designed minimalist charging cable

Nomad Goods has got a very impressive portfolio of top-notch smartphone accessories featuring everything from leather wallets to iPhone cases. And their philosophy of "owning fewer things, being resourceful and working hard together," really shines through with the Nomad Key for iPhone & Android. Crafted out of ultra-rugged polycarbonate and rubber, this space-saving little thing replaces that tangle-prone charging cable you've got lugging around. Thread in your keys into the provided keychain and you're good! Now, I was skeptical about the Key's durability at first - considering some awful past experiences - but this has held up surprisingly well in the last month. The rubberized USB to smartphone connection lets the Key bend at 180-degrees without issue and thanks to some clever design choices, the smartphone end points away from the keys. This is my go-to charging cable now! In the future, I'd like Nomad to create an extendable...
Animation

New York-based designer creates new letters and numbers series for over a month

A month of interactive graphic design? Jesseca Dollano was up for the challenge. The designer was born and raised in Hong Kong but now lives and works out of New York City as a digital designer for DesignIt. She took part in an online project called "36 Days of Type" where creatives were tasked to design letters and numbers every day for over a month. Dollano's submissions feature a fantastic blend of retro and contemporary aesthetics with some being animated. Dollano has worked for prestigious clients the likes of Microsoft and Samsung and continues to deliver top-notch projects. Find more of her amazing works on her website. ...
Art

Floral beards and crowns liven up statues in Brussels

Flower crowns make everything come alive - even otherwise lifeless busts and statues. Florist Geoffroy Mottart has created a variety of elaborate arrangements of flowers in forms of crowns and beards. The pieces can be found installed on public monuments throughout Brussels. The artist interventions, called "Fleurissements," are eventually removed after a couple of days with photos surfacing on Instagram. Some busts keep bringing Mottart back for new designs, such as the one depicting Leopold II of Belgium. Check out some of the floral beards below! ...
Art

These terrifying doglike creatures are pure nightmare fuel

Kiss all your favorite dog art goodbye because it's about to be replaced by these terrifying illustrations by Holly Lucero. The 20-year-old art student from Riverside City College, California, has rendered a series of wild dog-like creatures featuring abnormal foliage growths. The series is called Gross Dog Art and it's living up to its name. Some of the creatures have entire forests growing on their bodies whereas, in other pieces, nature acts as a villainous parasite, consuming the otherworldly dogs alive. Check out some of her illustrations below and if you're interested in prints, head on over to INPRNT. ...
Art

Photography series known as #Combophotos feature hilarious mashups of things, animals, and places

Stephen McMennamy has been at the photography game for a while and there seems to be no end in sight for his hilarious digital manipulations. The Atlanta-based photographer and art director has released a series of split-image juxtapositions that he likes to call "#combophotos." McMennamy uses his own photographs and sifts through them to find ones that'd make for funny mashups. Creating humorous scenes by overlapping objects, animals and more, McMennamy delivers some unexpected compositions such as the guitar bridge one seen below. Check out some of the mashups below and find more on his Instagram. ...
Art

Paintings perfectly capture the gloom of rainy days in big cities

These paintings by Mike Barr are good enough to beat any filter-infused Instagram photos. The Australian painter is a master of creating rainy cityscapes, depicting gray atmospheres and moods of gloom. With the neon hues of nearby street lamps and shop signs powering through thick layers of haze, it becomes challenging to try to figure out which city is being depicted (it's Melbourne). Coupled with a sense of familiarity that we've all experienced similar gloomy days in big cities, Barr's paintings prey on nostalgia. Check out some of his paintings below and find more on his Facebook and website. ...
Creativity

DIY beetle-sculpting kits by Netherlands designer Joop Bource

DIY creativity kits are heating up in terms of...well...creativity. Like this DIY beetle-making kit for instance. Designer Joop Bource of Netherlands-based Assembli has created a series of funky-looking hand-sized beetle models that come flat-packed. There are three kits to choose from like the Stag, Hercules, and Atlas. Each of the variants come in different metallic colors. The beetles look stunning when assembly is complete! Check out some of the kits below and if you'd like to purchase a kit, head on over to Etsy. ...
Creativity

Photographer captures various bird species around her Michigan home in stunning photos

Birds in Michigan are way different from Lisa M. Ca's homeland of Germany. This noticeable difference gave birth to an entire photography series. The amateur photographer began capturing the various species of birds with her DSLR. Soon after, she invested in a Bird Photo Booth 2.0, a device that uses motion detection technology and an attached camera to snap photos of birds at a rapid speed of 10 images per second. Lisa then touched up her favorite snaps in Photoshop before uploading them to her backyard photography series on Tumblr. Check it out! ...
Art

Camouflauged lotus murals take over streets of Goa, India

There's always room for flowers wherever you are and the city of Goa, India got its fair share of them this past year. South African street artist Faith47 is a firm believer in the strength represented by the Lotus flower. Its birth is marred by harsh climates, and layers of mud that it must fight through to survive. This inspired the artist's latest series murals titled "Le Petit Mort" in Goa, India, where she went around creating unique Lotus wall murals that incredibly blend into the surface they're painted on. Check out some of her murals below and find more on her website and Facebook. ...
Art

Massive otherworldly portraits comprised in the classic impasto style

Globs of oil paint can do the trick sometimes in portraiture and Salman Khoshroo's paintings showcase just that. The Tehran-based painter creates massive portraits that can be several feet tall at times. Each painting depicts a human form performing different gestures. With a palette knife, Khoshroo goes about spreads globs of thick oil paint, defining the shape of each form in the impasto style. The paintings below were created for a 2015 show at Azad Gallery. Check out some of the mysterious portraits below and find more on Facebook and Instagram. ...
Art

Cacti-inspired sculptures made from stained glass and tiles

At once plantlike and architectural, these glass sculptures by Lesley Green are fantastic. The elements of the artist's latest series of glass sculptures is inspired by architecture and illustration while taking a hint from modern design. Stained glass and tiles were used throughout with each piece featuring organic shapes that reflect the aesthetics found in cacti and agave plants. In an interview with Etsy, Green said, "I want to push the technical boundaries of stained glass, and love the challenge of figuring out how to solve problems, such as creating open spaces in a pattern." Check out some of her sculptures below and find more on her Instagram and Etsy shop. ...
Art

Biological simulations add chaos artist’s electrifying music video

Digital art is slowly making its way into mainstream music and this artsy music video might be why. London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest track, "Order from Chaos," from his album Emergence, combines his interests in science, music, and visual arts. Combining the talent of French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret, the video features biological simulations depicting molecular forms colliding, merging, and morphing into colored, brain-like structures. Cooper writes, "Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form. His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life." Check out the music video below and listen to the full album here.    ...
Creativity

Sky Villages imagines the possibility of humans dwelling in the sky

The SPARK Brooklyn Children’s Museum is home to some creative installations for children. The latest addition to the Museum is an interactive one, called Sky Villages, designed by James Paulius. The play center is comprised of stackable house-like units. The thoughtfully-designed and colorful installation set amongst plumes of white clouds is meant to educate children about the planet’s evolving population. Paulius writes, "Sky Villages presents the possibility to dwell in the sky in modular architecture that can be added or removed as populations increase or decrease." The concept underlying this wood-fabricated piece is quite imaginative! Check it out below and find more on his portfolio site and Instagram. ...
Furniture

Designer sculpts trees into chair-like objects without chopping them down

The fascinating thing about nature is that there's no stopping its growth. Gavin Munro is taking advantage of that with his unique furniture. The Derbyshire-based furniture designer fashions trees into chairs through some strategic sculpting. Yes, it's possible and Munro has years of testing in his mother's garden to prove it. Full Grown is the art of sculpting wood, as it grows, into furniture-like shapes without the need for chopping 'em down. The process can take anywhere between four to eight years as Munro describes, "In essence, it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made firmer. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows into one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil, and sunshine as its source materials." Check out some of the furniture below and learn more on their website. There's also...
Digital

The saddest places in the world as shown on Google Maps

Yes, there are some truly sad places around the world and some of them have been identified thanks to Google Maps. Australian artist Damien Rudd’s Instagram is filled with screenshots taken from Google Maps. Doing quite the opposite of showing striking travel photos, Rudd highlights the most depressing places. The hilarious series has brought to light some great (and morbid) examples such as "Nasty Pond" and "Devastation Island." His 64,000 followers can't seem to get enough of Rudd's quirky finds. They make you wonder how exactly these places were named. Check out some of the LOL-worthy locations below and find more on Instagram. ...
Art

Lui Ferreyra’s colorful portraits defined by striking geometry

Putting a whole new shine on the art of portraiture, Lui Ferreyra uses polygonal and circular shapes to add depth to colorful works. Hands and faces are glamorously captured by Ferreyra in a series of portraits that aims to explore the connection between seeing and speaking. Every inch of the portraits is defined geometric edges and shapes that clearly differentiate the various parts of the subject. The artists writes, "The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself," and poetically adds, "Surface and window, at and through, like language which points both at the world and back at itself." Check out some of Ferreyra's works below and find more on Instagram and Facebook. ...
Animation

iLovecraft lets you experience true horror with immersive, interactive tales

H.P. Lovecraft remains a horror fiction icon to this day thanks to classics like The Call of Cthulhu. Developer iClassics Collection has turned these macabre tales into brilliant mobile experiences. iLovecraft is one of many interactive adaptations by the studio and is a perfect example of mobile storytelling done right. This collection has an unsettling aura about it, thanks to its well-composed ambient music, creepy animated elements that you can touch to activate, and an art style that makes you wonder if these aren't official, illustrated versions of the stories overseen by Lovecraft himself. The artwork is provided by David G. Forés with original music by Miquel Tejada. iLovecraft was an absolute joy to experience and I recommend it to everyone looking for some holiday chills! Check it out on iOS, Android and Amazon today and have a look at some enticing artwork below. ...
Nature

Stunning photos show dinosaur tail preserved in apricot-sized piece of amber

Time for a DesignFaves Palaeontology lesson. Just recently, the first dinosaur tail was uncovered by paleontologist Lida Xing in Myanmar. Preserved perfectly in amber, the tail, which dates back to the mid-Cretaceous Period (approx. 99 million years ago), measures about 1.4-inch with an appendage of 8. It's also covered in what appear to be feathers and presumably comes from a juvenile coelurosaur. National Geographic says, "While individual dinosaur-era feathers have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions, this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers." Check out some images of the amber-infused tail below and read more on National Geographic. ...
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