You thought doodling on paper was hard? Try the curved surface of a paper coffee cup. Illustrator Miguel Cardona, a professor of design, creates beautifully detailed drawings on coffee cups of pop culture references that range from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Breaking Bad. What’s cooler about Miguel’s project is that it’s up for sale online and all proceeds go to a children’s charity called Project Night Night. The Bay Area based charity provides help by donating blankets, books and stuffed animals to homeless shelters for kids.
As a way to point out the modern addiction to electronic appliances, illustrator Kevin LCK created these meticulously crafted cardboard dioramas. His usual pen on paper black and white style comes through even in these three-dimensional works. The series is called Ordinary Behavior, and it places familiar living spaces into related vintage versions of the popular devices that you spend so much time on. Kevin’s objective is to detach viewers from their second nature interactions with technology and be more aware of their behaviour.
It’s still early in the year, so you’re probably still looking for a calendar. How about you make your own? Mumbai based SkyGoodies made available on their Etsy store, a printable DIY mini typewriter shaped mini calendar. The pack comes with 5 PDF files of differing designs, and all you need is a printer with ink, some scissors and glue, and A4 paper to print on.
Combining both her passions for visual arts and dance, Heather Hansen captures her beautiful choreographed gestures on paper by holding charcoal pencils in both hands in her series of works called Emptied Gestures. The New Orleans-based performance artist twists and turns on the giant paper canvas, each time creating a uniquely different piece.
Great movies pay as much attention to their set design as they do with their dialogue. The best pull it off so well it becomes as iconic as the characters themselves. Architecture enthusiast and illustrator, Federico Babina decided to create a series of posters that celebrate his list of most memorable buildings and homes from movies called Archicine.
While most wouldn’t have been too cheerful with the freezing temperatures that hit Northwestern Ontario early December 2013, Chris Marchand decided to have some fun and make the best of the situation by building a colourful ice fort.
The Floyd Leg is a Kickstarter project by designers Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell who plan to make it easier for people to create their own tables out of almost anything. It’s a simple concept that probably has you kicking yourself for not having thought of it first. The Floyd Leg is a set of four table legs with F clamps attached at the top to secure any flat surfaced objects you have lying around (like a door, or a broken cupboard) and lays it up flat and suspended just like any table.
From pop-up books to graphic novels, books have always had a potential for providing visual stimulation beyond just text. Pushing those boundaries of how books can visually tell a story is Japanese artist and architect Yusuke Oono with her series of 360 degree books. Each page is individually designed and laser cut to depict scenes from story books like The Jungle Book and Snow White. The books are made up of 40 pages that have been bound together in away that allows it to be spread open and touch cover to cover, creating a visually rich landscape of classic stories.
When you mention Excel spreadsheets, it’s often met with tired sighs from people bored of crunching numbers all day. But not when you’re talking about 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi’s use of the program.
Despite having changed it quite a while back, Snoop Lion’s new name still hasn’t stuck with most of us. But his new music video for the song Get Away featuring Angela Hunte and produced by Major Lazer just might help.
Reminiscent of old school Nintendo games, Snoop gets the 8-bit treatment, walking around in a town instantly recognisable as a reference to Pokemon’s Palet Town where he meets Major Lazer. The two battle their monsters as a way for Snoop to prove his worth. He obviously wins… I mean c’mon, we’re talking about the D-O-double G, here (or L-I-O-N… don’t know how that applies anymore). And off they go on a side scroll journey to defeat a giant floating boombox.