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Jan 12, 2012

Inflated/Deflated: Balloons Speak Out

I've always loved this trick: inflate a balloon, pinch it shut, then doodle with a black marker and deflate. The lines left are incredibly thick and yet detailed, impossible to pull off if drawing at scale.

Three Chicago-based creatives have taken the approach, and depicted the art from the perspective of the not-currently filled balloon. Great stuff.

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Nov 21, 2011

Christmas Stocking-Shaped Blood Donation Bags

Check out this brilliant idea that Martin shared on CMYBacon - stocking-shaped blood donation bags.

As he remarks, 'tis the season for giving!

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Aug 08, 2011

"Selected" Replaces Figures in Famous Paintings with Marching Ants

Michael Guppy, a recent design school graduate, has created "Selected," a series of reinterpretations of famous paintings.

 

   

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Jul 14, 2011

34 Incredibly Awesome Business Cards

Back in the heyday of business card exchangin' and rolodexes, classic was the game: Cillian Braille on bone, eggshell with Romalian type, or raised Pale Nimbus on white.

But, in the days where everything's online and most people can just folks they meet to "Google me," all bets are off, and folks are producing some seriously creative business cards.

Interactive cards, edible ones, foldable, cutable, those with games and those with free favors, it'll make you think differently about letterpress altogether.

   

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Jul 06, 2011

Light Painting with a Roomba

Long exposure light painting photography will never cease to be amazing. From Picasso's early experiments with a flashlight to current artists making hand drawn animations with LEDs, combining actual spaces with impossible images is simply captivating.

And it doesn't just have to be hand drawn, either. There's an entire Flickr group dedicated to creating light paintings with Roomba vacuum cleaners.  

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Jun 02, 2011

How To: Make Pizza without Dough

It comes as no surprise that we're huge fans of pizza on ManMade, particular homemade pies that beat the pants off delivery chains and rival the best independent pizza artisans. (Check out our ManMade guide to unbelievable pizza from scratch and at home.)

But, you can't just decide you wanna have pizza tonight, and have a steaming, cheesy pie in front of you in an hour. You gotta make the dough, let it rise, knead it like crazy, let it rest, preheat the oven or grill to crazy hot temperatures, etc, making it an all-day, or even a two-day, affair.

So, Luxirare got creative, and came up with an alternative solution,

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May 24, 2011

Pencil vs. Camera

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.

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Feb 16, 2011

10 Creative Uses of the New Facebook Profile

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A few months ago,  Facebook got a makeover, allowing more and bigger photos to appear on the Facebook page (you know, so you can see how badly your high school friends have aged immediately, instead of having to click though).

Of course, some clever souls decided to take advantage of these new features, and turned their profiles into custom pieces of art.

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Nov 04, 2010

LEGO Frog Dissection

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You know what beats the smell of formaldehyde?

Well, everything, but you know what else? This LEGO frog dissection, that's what.

Built for the MOC Olympics category Lego Anatomy on www.mocpages.com, it'll take you back to 8th grade, and then remind you how happy you are that you're not in 8th grade anymore. For all the reasons.

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Oct 27, 2010

Drink-It-Yourself Xylophone Made from Beer Bottles

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Fresh off the heels of Tuned Pale Ale, designer Sam Gensburg created this brilliant packaging for Southern Bells Brewery. "Closed, the packaging is a traditional 6 pack, but opened, and laying flat .. a glass xylophone. Buy two for a full octave."

It seems as if the bottles are corked, and two of the toppers include wooden mallets with which to play your drinking anthems.

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Oct 26, 2010

Carstache!

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There has been a particular trend lurking about the last few years. We refuse to say it out loud, but it has to do with automobiles, namely pickup trucks, and male body parts. Not the armpit hair convertible cover; no, not the y-chromosome scented air fresheners. The other one. You know what we mean.

We, and everyone who doesn't partake in such assaults to common sense, would like to see that trend change. So, as a replacement, might we suggest the Carstache, the global leader in automotive facial hair?

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Oct 25, 2010

Build Anything: Clever Short that Puts LEGOs Everywhere!

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Build Anything is a super short film/advertisement that replaces real objects with tiny LEGO versions.

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Jul 30, 2010

The Dualbrella

The DualbrellaFor the type of folks who buy matching camping gear or tandem bikes, introducing the Dualbrella. There's no longer a need to figure out who has to hold the umbrella, or where each of you should stand to get maximum coverage...

Unless, of course, there's three of you.

"Dualbrella is traditional umbrella which serves enough to cover two and can be held with one hand.  The best thing about Dualbrella does not require to jockey for position under the canopy. This measure of six feet (1.83m) wide and three feet (0.91m) deep. Despite its size, only one hand is necessary to hold it, so its oversized canopy can also cover one person taking an armful of packages.  

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Jul 16, 2010

Spudnik: A Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

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Sarah received a challenge at her local design/craft swap - "old toy" as a material, and "steampunk" as a theme. So, she snagged a used, old-school Mr. Potato Head and created Spudnik using found materials from around her house. Wanted Poster by saritamarianyc.

Then, Sarah created an attached 'telescope' to house a series of clever, original documents that tell the story of Comrade Spudnik.  

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Jun 25, 2010

Fresh Stone-Age Meat: Juicy and Tender Dinosaur Legs, Sabertooth Filets, and Mammoth Steaks

The new Bosch VitaFresh refrigerators work so well, they've kept prehistoric meat fresh for the last 65 million years. At least, I think that's what's going on in this write-up at Ypsilon2 (sorry, my Portuguese ain't so hot).

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Apr 23, 2010

Sharky Tea Infuser

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Some things are just plain fun.

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"Sharky is a floating tea-infuser that looks like a shark fin marauding through the dangerous waters of your tea mug that simultaneously releases streamers of steeped tea that look suspiciously like the detritus after a nasty shark attack."

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Apr 07, 2010

A Bit of Inspiration: Couch Surfing

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Sometimes, there are those works that just capture everything you love, and for me, "Couch Surfing" by Tim MacPherson gets it right. Its playfulness is supported by its mundane surrounding, its cleverness is a strong as any, and it (presumably) existed just long enough to get the perfect shot. And I don't care if I sound mushy and nostalgic - on a warm spring day, its just right.

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Mar 16, 2010

Fifteen Clever, Witty, and Well Done Illustrations.

Nothing tickles my funny bone like some well-concieved and tongue-in-cheek line art. Malaysian illustrator Chow Hon Lam is t-shirt legend, creating clever and unique images that show off his drawing and brains.

""I believe that everything should have a story behind it, no matter if they are an object, an animal or food. I always try to create a story for them. I guess they must have something to say, but they just can't speak. Trust me, I try to communicate with them!"

"Actually all the ideas don't come easy, I hope people can enjoy them and appreciate them. All criticisms are welcome. Thanks from deep in my heart."

  

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Jan 05, 2010

How To: Magnetic Coffee Sleeve.

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There aren't too many things I simply won't put in my mouth...but room temperature coffee is on that short list. So, I'm a big fan of reusable coffee sleeves that keep your hands safe and your drink warm.

And I'm a particular fan of handmade reusuable sleeves - knitted ones, felt ones, and corduroy ones with photos inside! The only thing better would be a way to stick it to light poles and fire hydrants and the side of my Vespa.

Alexandra Pulver has done just that - and I think it's brilliant. " [At first] I came up with this magnetic cup-holder. It is made out of polypropylene and folds flat for easy portability.

After I made this I

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