To help boost the weak sales of Japanese nori manufacturer that was affected by the 2011 tsunami, I&S BBDO, a Japanese ad agency, developed a series of intricately laser-cut seaweed. Each sheet from “design nori” series – Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), Mizutama (Water Drops), Asanoha (Hemp), Kikkou (Turtle Seashell), and Kumikkou (Tortoise Shell) – is based on Japanese history or symbology and represents happiness, good fortune, and longevity.
Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski cleverly uses satire to portray today’s social, political and cultural reality. At first sight his illustrations might seem funny, but when you look closer, they actually show some serious problems of today’s world.
UK-based photographer Sharon Johnstone uses her macro lens like a key to open the fascinating world of little things. She comes back with a beautiful collection of macro photographs showing tiny drops of dew on dandelions. “I think I am at my happiest when I am crawling around on my hands and knees exploring a small patch of moss dripping with sparkling dew in the early morning sun,” says Sharon.
Inspired by Cracked.com’s article “If You Could Photoshop the Real World”, the most depressive humor site on the net “Sad and Useless” made their own version of this idea. And what about you? What would you do if you could use Photoshop in real life?
The Radisson Blu Hotel In Berlin, Germany may look like just another luxury hotel, however once you enter it, you will be blown away by the enormous 82-feet high aquarium in the heart of the hotel’s lobby atrium. The AquaDom is the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium with one million liters of saltwater, and it is a stunning habitat for many species of tropical fish.
Inspired by the colors of popular social media websites, Venezuelan graphic designer Lumen Bigott created a unique line of Social Media shoes. The collection includes Facebook, Twitter, flickr, Google, dribbble and Wikipedia sneakers. Unfortunately, these shoes are in concept stage, but Lumen says they may see the light of day.
Guadalajara-based studio Hernandez Silva Arquitectos has recently designed the new interior of a penthouse situated on top of a 70′s Mexican colonial building in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Its glass floor bathroom set atop an unused 15 story lift shaft has become an internet sensation. Some commenters said that ‘this bathroom will literally scare the sh*t out of you.”
If you happen to be building a house, and it’s going to be higher than one floor, you’ll probably need a staircase. What do you imagine when you hear the word “staircase”? Let me guess.. You see this very basic staircase shape that a 5 year old would draw, right? But why not go beyond that?
The introduction of the Facebook Timeline has created a lot of controversy, but it also resulted in lots of creative timeline covers. I’ll admit, I wasn’t happy about the change at first – not only our Facebook page became ugly without the cover picture, it also meant that we have to create one for ourselves. Luckily, our website header almost fitted the requirements of Facebook cover photo. However, if you aren’t so lucky you probably need some inspiration first. That’s why we want to share 30 incredible examples of Facebook Cover photos!
Spanish installation artist Alicia Martin transforms thousands of old books into giant waterfalls which pour out the windows straight into the streets. Her massive installations have been installed in various places across Europe, however Martin’s most recent series, known as Biografies, are based in her hometown, Madrid. These gravity-defying book sculptures from her Biografies series were installed in the three of Madrid’s historic buildings, each installation consisting of approximately 5,000 books.
I have been following Ben Heine on flickr ever since I first saw his amazing Pencil Vs Camera series back in 2010. He is an outstanding photographer, and we are more than happy to share some of his new works along with the ones we’ve missed earlier. Belgian painter Ben Heine has been taking photos and drawing almost since he was 10 years old. This “Pencil Vs Camera” series is nothing but the result of several years of graphic exploration and a logic consequence of his artistic evolution, says Ben.
Do you remember Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg who creatively used animated GIFs to create so-called cinemagraphs? Seattle-based illustrator Dain Fagerholm also adopted animated GIF technology to make his hand drawn monsters come to life. However, this time GIFs were used to create a cool 3-D effect. Technique is one thing, but what really catches my attention is the cuteness of Dain’s illustrations. It seems that childhood book illustrations have suddenly come to life.