We may not know its original purpose, but thanks to the IKEA-alike HËNJ instructions, we at least know how it was put together.
Surprisingly enough, not with giant allen wrenches. Though I like the connections that can be made here. "Where the lingonberries live, and they do jam well?"
Keep reading, though. The best stuff's at the end.
It's been said that some of the best songs are those that sound like you've heard them a thousand times upon first listen. Reliable, fresh, yet totally familiar and I-wish-I-thought-of-that invoking.
Belgian artist Ben Heine's series "Pencil Vs. Camera" is sorta the visual equivalent. We've all played with subsituting objects in photos, but it's never been done like this, or this well.
When the What? is an outstanding collection of hand drawn timelines created by Jim Darlington. My fave? The Time-Traveling Fictional Bar Crawl:
Canadian graphic designer and artist Emma Butler created her Movie Parts poster series as a response to reductive representation of pop culture pieces craze. She says, "This poster series was inspired as an alternative to the ever-popular "minimalist movie poster" trend currently floating about on the web. On the opposite end of the spectrum, these posters are made up of all the memorable parts, pieces & props that feature in some of my favourite movies."
Austin Kleon is a seriously creative guy, and offers his version of a "things I wish someone told me in college" talk, "How to Steal like an Artist." The Austin, TX-based writer and artist created an illustrated version of ten things essential to the creative lifestyle, and the process that goes into making something you love.
Dude, remember when you first discovered Word Art in the 90s? Suddenly, words weren't just letters in some typeface. They could bend, have shadows, and look like they were made out of dark green countertop formica! They could really say something, like "I was made with an MS Word template!"
Thankfully, designers and artists have been playing with type and letterforms for years, creatively arranging and adapting the shapes of words to convey more than just a string of characters. The Print magazine blog, Imprint, explores the subject, seeks a definition, and provides some amazing examples.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
A Reddit user asked, "I like big butts and I cannot lie, but is there some evolutionary reason as to why?" The responses are pure genius.
The Fifty and Fifty Project seeks "construct a handsome new way of looking at our country. Fifty designers, one per state, will illustrate their state motto, creating something steeped in history but completely modern and unique: a kind of designer's atlas."
So, pop quiz time! Can you name your state's motto?! No Googling...
Each week, Jessica Wright offers some well-designed advice from some of hip hop's greatest MCs. Motivation til the break-a, break-a dawn!
"In between all of the cussing, Cristal drinking and ass bouncing, in some rap songs, there lies inspirational words of advice to help you get through the day...Get ready, cuz you day's bout to get a whole lot betta. You feel me?"
It's March, and that means folks all over who know little about sports and are never otherwise into "gaming" are filling out their college basketball brackets, slowly eeking one team down the stairsteps to victory.
Illustrator Grant Snider created his take on a seasonal bracket, "Beard Madness", in which the final sixteen all-time facial hair masters battle it out for best beard. This year, there's the absurdist children's entertainer roundup of Raffi vs. Shell Silverstein, the wizardry of Dumbledore vs. Gandolf, Marx v. Darwin, and, my favorite, Fidel Castro vs. the winner of Osama bin Laden against a goat.
Acid Cow has located a series of twenty-three illustrations from 1910 that imagine what the world would look like in the year 2000.
The designs are full of automated machines and personal flying machines and of course, the requisite automatic learning machine and motorcycles with built-in rifles and bullet deflectors!