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Creativity

Breathtaking satellite images showcase ways humans have transformed Earth

People have transformed the face of Planet Earth in various ways. This has never been more evident than through an ambitious project on Instagram. Launched in December 2013, an Instagram account called Daily Overview began collecting aerial photographs showcasing ways in which people have shaped the Earth. Benjamin Grant is the mastermind behind the project and uses images taken from DigitalGlobe. Grant has amassed nearly half a million followers and has collated 288 of the best photographs into a hardcover book called Overview, available on Amazon now! Check out some of the images below and follow Grant on Instagram for more! ...
Art

Creepy haunting face paints

Krysti Ellen is a licensed cosmetologist with a great imagination who became a self-taught face/body painter, the common denominator in all her paint, and what makes her stand out even more from the rest, is the way she uses her hand. She camouflages it with the paint on her face, turning them into one, unified canvas. Sometimes her creations become multilayered, and the hand turns into a mask, complementing the effect with lenses and framing it with a wig, she turns into a completely different character each time. Check her Facebook or Instagram to see more of her creative and unique face paints.   ...
Creativity

Raise a toast with your furry family members

Whenever there is a special event in the family or at work, it is not uncommon to celebrate the occasion with a toast. Now you can include your furry family members in the celebration! Apollo peak has created this all organic, non-alcoholic beverage that is both cat and dog-friendly. Your beloved, four-legged buddies will no longer feel left out as you say "cheers" together, with no fear of  a hangover the next day - at least for your pets! Check their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram  for more information. ...
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Dried leaves as natural medium for art

Omid Asadi is an Iranian artist who wishes to give a second life to leaves. He collects beautiful leaves, dries them, and turns the into art pieces cutting beautiful designs on them. This exquisite handmade leaf cutting art is achieved with an exacto knife and a lot of patience, since a slight slip of the hand can destroy hours of work. Enjoy more of this handmade leaf cut art on his  website, Facebook, or Tumblr. ...
Street art

Sophisticated floor murals to distract you from cracked sidewalks

Javier De Riba is not in the business of creating flashy wall murals and graffiti tags; instead, he is leaving his mark on the floor. Using overlapped stencils, Riba creates intriguing tile floor patterns as distractions from cracked sidewalks or the floors of abandoned sites. The resulting geometry combined with Riba’s brilliant sense of color prove just how stunning and complex patterns can be. Check out the video below to see Riba in action, and follow him Facebook and on Behance for more! ...
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Put some beloved characters on your walls

One Red Shoe is a mural company based on Cheshire, NorthWest England, UK. It was founded by Fiona and Neil Osborne, a very dedicated couple of artists. They will consult your particular wishes and research in order to design a board showing the realistic impression of the mural In situ. That way you’ll know how it will look before hand. It seems there is nothing they can’t do. To see more of their work, check their website gallery, Facebook, or YouTube channel to admire the hypnotizing time lapses. ...
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Artist creates stunning map of the entire known universe

To imagine the limit of the cosmos is to try to accomplish the impossible. Thankfully, we have artists like Pablo Carlos Budassi to give it a shot. Using logarithmic maps produced by astronomers at Princeton, hundreds of satellite images snapped by NASA's rovers, Budassi renders a visually stunning image of what the known universe may look like. From our solar system and the Milky Way Galaxy to belts of cosmic radiation left over by the big bang, Budassi’s rendition does not lack for detail. Check out Budassi’s map of the universe below, and click here for the full version. ...
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Folded worlds on a tabletop

Yuri and Katrina Shumakov are a couple who love origami. They love it so much that they have built their own paper world, developing original and custom designs. They mix and match different parts of them to create variety, and bring life to incredible diminutive worlds, the Oriland Kingdoms. And they are more than willing to share, and teach whatever they know. Visit their website to try your hand with the Oriland designs. ...
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Mouse magic in your hair: Disney-inspired hair bows

We are used to seeing Disney princesses everywhere. Now, with a little bit of help from Ashley K, you can wear them in your hair. And it’s not only princesses, there are many other characters from movies and TV: sidekicks, companions, enemies, frenemies, animals, toys, plush-toys, and robots! Check out her Etsy store or Facebook page to enjoy more of her imaginative and adorable creations. ...
Photography

Flea market photographs used to make beautiful custom frames

Artist j.frede (pronounced J. Fred) has been using photographs found in flea markets to create some great custom frames. The project is called Fiction Landscapes, in which each of the Los Angeles-based photographer's custom frames shows a calm and serene visual narrative. Composed horizontally across the wall with one frame bleeding into another, the anonymous landscapes speak of fictionalized pasts. Citing the inspiration behind the project, Frede says, “How many people have pulled over at that rest stop and taken nearly the same photo of the plain hillside? All locking their own associations into the view, first road trip with a new love; last road trip to see grandma; one of many road trips alone.” Check out some of Frede's spectacular frames below, and visit his website for more. ...
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Disney Research develops 3D augmented reality coloring book

We have come to expect nothing but originality fused with creativity from Disney. Here’s a look at their new 3D coloring book. As part of their first foray into the world of Augmented Reality, designers over Disney Research have developed an augmented reality coloring book. While there already are 3D coloring apps like Quiver, Disney’s iteration lets you see your work develop in real-time. The app can also generate simulated textures for the back of the objects by applying pixels onto a lookup map and then roughly guessing the texture at the back and “relaxing” it using a virtual spring. Check out the video below to see it in action! ...
Photography

The male ballet dancers of Paris

Like Degas and many artists before him, Matthew Brookes looked to dancers for his subject. The resulting photography series, called Les Danseures, is a collection of crisp black and white photos that look at the stunning movements of Parisian male dancers. In the series, his goal was to present the dancer’s emotion and power. He explains that, “Dance is one of the most difficult things to capture because it’s all about motion.” ...
Industrial design

Return of the Polaroid

Polaroid’s newly released Snap Instant Digital Camera is similar to a blockbuster sequel — will it flop or will it soar? With new cellphones having amazing cameras included, it’s unclear if there’s room in the market (or in people’s pockets and purses) for another gadget. Yet, Polaroid remains committed to the concept of on-the-spot photo printing. The new product produces prints that are 2x3 inches, with camera capabilities that shoot at 10 megapixel resolution and hold a Micro SD card up to 32 gigs. Do you like the retro-mod design and four color choices? It was developed by San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition. The designers were challenged to make the device as small as possible, re-engineering the interior of the device to accommodate the printer. ...
Design

IQ Alarm Clock makes it hard to snooze

Designer Oliver Sha knows how hard mornings can be. It’s a love-hate relationship really — the desire to get up early while simultaneously want to sleeping late. Sha’s product design for the iQ Alarm Clock makes it harder to oversleep by making you work for the snooze. When it’s time to wake, the alarm will ask you a set of 1 to 3 questions, and it will keep sounding until you answer those questions correctly. Its underlying theory is that a responsive brain is the first step to getting out of a warm and cozy bed. The product concept takes it one step further to inhibit even the most creative of snoozers. The power button needs to be pressed for 30 seconds to turn the clock off, and the battery is tedious to remove. ...
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Iconic movie posters made with emojis

It’s really starting to seem like there’s nothing out there that cannot be recreated using emojis. Sasha Zabelina has mastered the art emoji-fying everything in pop culture. Her latest is a series of movie posters on Instagram that have been recreated using emojis. You’ll find iconic posters from movies the like so E.T. The Extraterrestrial, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and of course, Titanic. When doing the makeovers, Zabelina tries not to copy existing poster designs, instead she opts for recreating the posters from the ground up to “capture the essence of the film”. Check out some of the posters below, follow her on Instagram for the complete series, and visit her Tumblr blog for regular updates. ...
Sculpture

Hyperrealistic ceramics mimic decaying wood

Sculpting hyper-realistic models with ceramics is challenging enough, but mimicking other materials with it is beyond complicated. For ceramicist Christopher David White, it’s been one heck of a ride contorting ceramic to give it the appearance of decaying wood. His latest series of sculptures utilize trompe l’oeil techniques which, very effectively, use hyperrealism to create optical illusions. The details in the human-like limbs, and faces are remarkable to say the least. Citing the motivation behind his work, White explains, “I seek to expose the beauty that often results from decay while, at the same time, making my viewer question their own perception of the world around them.” Check out some of the deceivingly realistic models below and visit his website to learn more! ...
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Pipelines bursting with vegetation weave through Paris museum

Artist/designer Alexis Tricoire has installed a massive new piece in Paris that is a man-made tubular dragon bursting with vegetation. The sculpture begins in the atrium of the Cité de la mode et du design rising upwards then diverting into other pathways above visitors' heads. 'The two-headed dragon’ combines industrial materials like giant plastic pipelines with plant life by providing a system and environment for growth. Visitors to the space can see the weaving botanic sculpture dripping with plants and flowers through September 20, 2015. ...
Photography

Adorable deceptive photos of a father and newborn daughter

Photographer parents Ania Waluda and Michal Zawer have taken a series of adorable photos incorporating their newborn daughter, Emilia. "The main idea behind this photo shoot was our daughter's safety," they told The Huffington Post. "We didn't want to use any extraordinary props.... We wanted to inspire other people to take creative newborn pictures rather than using awkward props or scenography." By laying Emilia down on a mattress next to her father, Waluda placed a number of different props around them and captured the photos from above. While the resulting images have a whimsical view to them, no photoshop or photo editing was used. For more of Waluda and Zawer's work, visit their website. ...
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Amazing new species of long-necked dinosaur discovered in China

A new dinosaur with an incredibly long neck has been discovered in China at a construction site. It was originally found in 2006 by workers, and has finally been assembled into what China is calling the ‘Dragon of Qijiang.’ The new dinosaur called Qijianglong is a type of mamenchisaurids, known for their long necks, but this variety has proportionately one of the longest necks ever recorded. The 15-meter-long dinosaur's neck extends half its total body length. It is thought that other varieties of long-neck dinosaurs evolved from the Qijianglong, which appears to have never left China. Qijianglong lived 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period. "China is home to the ancient myths of dragons," says Univerity of Alberta doctoral student Tetsuto Miyashita, "I wonder if the ancient Chinese stumbled upon a skeleton of a long-necked dinosaur like Qijianglong and pictured that mythical creature." ...
Art

Textile taxidermist? Experience the sweet melancholy of sewn animal sculptures

The self-taught artist known as Mister Finch has a visual language that is equal parts lovely and disturbing. These soft sculptures are sewn from sentimental and grandmotherly fabrics, but the forms are of dead birds and rabbit heads. The contrast is wonderfully interesting! Finch explains that he sources his materials second-hand; this is partly for its ethics, but also to reference the object's past lives. "A story sewn in, woven in-- velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts.” Finch said that his creations are “storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten.” It is this mood of melancholy longing that makes his work so alluring. ...
Creativity

11 MRI scans reveal the tasty innards of fruits and veggies. Cool!

'Inside Insides' resulted from combining artistry with high-tech equipment. These MRI scans of fruits and vegetables give us a new way of seeing produce. The fascinating animated GIFs show a series of captured cross-sections. It’s as though you took really thin slices of each piece of produce and then sequenced each slice into an animation. However, when flatly looking at the animations without mentally connecting them to the three-dimensional object, the GIFs are a purely visual delight. As the images move, they flicker and dazzle. The project’s creator, Andy Ellison, works as an MRI technologist doing research at Boston University Medical School. Tomato Broccoli Beet Orange Eggplant Strawberries Banana Pomegranate Artichoke (Saggital view) Artichoke (Axial view) Pineapple ...
Creativity

Some shoes aren’t meant to be worn. Seriously, you can’t wear these…

Japanese artist Masaya Kushino could be labeled a shoe designer, but I’d say he fits more aptly into the category of mad shoe scientist or footwear foreword thinker. His shoes, most of which can’t be worn due to structural and other reasons, walk off the traditional path of footwear and onto the road of artwork. His new collection inspired by the artworks of Jakuchu Ito is entitled 'Bird Witched.' The collection features heels made to look like birds feet and, of course, tons of feathers. Kushino has several other collections that span the genres of nature to steam punk, but his current collection will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum for the next year. ...
Art

3 FIFA superstars painted using soccer balls

Malaysian architect and artist Hong Yi has used soccer balls and paint to create portraits of three soccer megastars – Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo. To create the large painting, Hong dips a soccer ball in paint and dribbles it across the large canvas. She used eight colors to outline the soccer stars physical features but also for their national team jerseys. She then fills in the details of the faces and jerseys with additional paint. Check out the video below for a fun look at Hong painting the portraits.  ...
Art

Guess how this Star Wars mosaic was made… Seeing it up close will surprise you!

Chances are you’ve seen a mosaic in the last week. A beautifully colorful piece of wall art made of seashells, an intricate portrait cut together with stone, even your kitchen tiles are an example of the art form. This one is a bit different though. Homeboy Vader up there is made of over ten thousand multi-colored staples. I’m guessing this took more than a Saturday. Award winning painter and print maker James Haggerty has never shied away from a new medium, and his latest art project 'The Side' shows us just that. So far, he’s completed mosaics of Darth Vader, C-3PO and Greedo in a meticulous process that has him stapling each tiny metallic brad by hand. Each mosaic is about 40in. x 32in. in size and formed on black painted boards. Art made with everyday items... This puts those duck tape dresses to shame! ...
Art

These are real-life preserved animals. How they are made is ridiculously cool!

Iori Tomita is breathing colorful new life into animal specimens through a careful process of preservation. Working as a fisherman in the small city of Yokohama, Japan, Iori began experimenting with the process of staining animal cadavers using psychedelic colors. The results transformed the same fish he would often catch into charismatic creatures not even the depths of the ocean could hide. His process starts with a delicate dose of chemical breakdown. Using a perfected concoction of blue stain, ethyl alcohol, glacial acetic acid and the enzyme trypsin, Tomita strips all scales, skin, and proteins from the animal - rendering it translucent. From there, he stains the remaining bones with different dyes producing the neon-looking animals he’s come to be known for. Since he started experimenting with fish in 2005, Iori Tomita has made over 5,000 specimens even though some can take over a month to create! ...
Creativity

A sushi bazooka, for chefs with a flair for adventure

The fine craft of making sushi has met its automated weapon counterpart. The Sushi Bazooka claims to help anyone create sushi like a professional. It is helpful for novices because it takes the guesswork out of the process; measuring, combining and forming are no longer free-form as with a traditional sushi rolling mat. The product description humorously disclaims, “Please note, bazooka doesn't actually fire sushi” while explaining, “Simply load the rice into this deadly-accurate culinary cannon, lay in your other chosen ingredients and seal it up.” ...
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