Showing posts with label design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label design. Show all posts

Protopiper: A Modified Tape Gun That Lets You Sketch 3D Objects Using Tubes of Tape

Developed by a group of students at Germany's Hasso-Plattner Institute, the Protopiper is a hand-held fabrication device that that allows users to sketch 3D objects by rolling packing tape into sturdy, hollow tubes. The device itself is an assembly line: the tape is drawn from the roll, shaped into a tube, sealed together, and cut off complete with wings on each end, making it easy to connect. Each tube can be programmed for a specific length, ready to assemble into prototypes of tables, cabinets, and even folding umbrellas.

Designer Etienne Reijnders Transforms Discarded Shopping Carts into Stylish Furniture

Designer Etienne Reijnders creates these amazing furniture pieces by using discarded shopping carts rescued from German company Wanzl—the largest manufacturer of shopping carts in the world. Sawn, cut, folded, forged and welded, the end result is extremely strong and surprisingly comfortable. “I’m a headstrong Designer, who especially loves to walk the road of sidetracks and loves challenges.” Reijnders says, “I believe in simple work. The design and material must fit in with the thought process, so don’t make it prettier or uglier than it needs to be. I work very crisp, and pure.”

Clever Ad Campaign Uses Everyday Objects to Create Playful New Versions of Footwear

Swiss/Danish duo PUTPUT (previously), recently teamed up with Danish footwear brand Bianco to create a sries of images for their Spring/Summer 2015 campaign. The "Everything has a Sole" concept focuses on new versions of shoes, combining everyday objects such as ballons, sausages, fruit and bricks with recognizable elements from shoes such as heels and soles to create playful new versions of footwear.

ArtFund Raises Money for Museums with Edible Masterpieces Created by the Public

For the second year, the Art Fund has asked people to create edible copies of masterpieces as part of a fundraising initiative for British museums and galleries. The competition challenged the public to create edible versions of their favourite works of art. First place went to a satsuma recreation of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel fresco painting, submitted by Priley Riley, 21, who is in the final year of her Fine Art degree at Loughborough University. The judges praised the winning masterpiece's inspiring use of ingredients saying, "What distinguished this entry was imagination – it stood out straight away".

Harry Smith's Wonderfully Weird Collection of Paper Planes Found on the Streets of New York

Harry Smith was an artist whose activities and interests put him at the center of the mid twentieth-century American avant-garde. He was also a collector of oddball items and groups of objects, including over 250 paper airplanes which he donated to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It is not clear what drove Smith to collect paper airplanes, but he would pick up these lost paper objects and tag each one with the time and location of their finding. One friend recalls: “He would run out in front of the cabs to get them, you know, before they got run over. I remember one time we saw one in the air and he was just running everywhere trying to figure out where it was going to be. He was just, like, out of his mind, completely."

Photo Series Raises Awareness About Environmental Problems with Costumes Made from Garbage

A collaboration between photographer Fabrice Monteiro, Senegalese fashion and costume designer Doulsy (Jah Gal) and the Ecofund organization, “The Prophecy” is a project focused on the environmental devastation of Senegal. The surreal series of images feature models dressed in costumes made from the trash found at ten representative polluted locations where Monteiro shot the photos. Together, the ten images deliver a powerful plea for a change of our behaviour towards nature and a call for concrete action.

Matt Kaliner Creates Spontaneous Sand Sculptures Using Water Sand and Driftwood

Using the basic drip castle method we all loved as children, Harvard University lecturer Matthew Kaliner creates otherwordly sandcastles on the beaches of Boston's north shore. Motivated entirely by the sheer joy of playing on the beach, and making something out of what is readily available, Kaliner builds incredible structures that twist, jut, climb, and at times appear suspended in midair. “Although I enjoy watching the castles get swept away, I aim to make make my castles more resilient to waves by using sticks, anchored by elaborate braces I dig underground," he explained. "Watching the castle rising above the waves is a real treat—and that's always when they look best.”

Pantone Smoothies: A Delicious Color Experiment that Matches Smoothies to Pantone Swatches

Created by art director Hedvig A Kushner, "Pantone Smoothies" is a website that features recipes to help you create delicious smoothies in exact Pantone shade. The idea behind it is very simple, Kushner buys colored paper from a local art store, matches it to a Pantone swatch, and makes a smoothie to match whatever color the swatch is. The smoothie recipes are then photographed with the help of Michael Kushner, using the colored paper as a backdrop. "I make a lot of smoothies and noticed it kinda works like mixing paint." Kushner says, "Add a strawberry, get a hot pink hue, add some spinach and get a subtle green. Pantone Smoothies is an artsy little project seeking an answer to the question: is it possible to create tasty smoothies in any Pantone color?"

Meet the Thai Teenager Who Creates Incredible Outfits Fashioned from Everyday Materials

This 15 year old teenager from Thailand has recently become an internet sensation after posting photos of himself modeling incredible outfits fashioned from everyday materials on Instagram. The teen, who refers to himself as “ThaiBan Fashionist” (Thai fashionista), has made outfits out of everything from clothes hangers to plant cuttings and woven baskets taking them from ordinary to high fashion with his fabulous confidence and eccentric style. According to Buzzfeed, the teen’s real name is Madaew and the beautiful backgrounds of his photos are his home in the Khon Kaen province of northeastern Thailand.

The Bic Cristal Structure: A Suspended Canopy Made from Thousands of Recycled Bic Pens

Constructed by AAU Anastas, for the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) symposium in Amsterdam, "The Bic Cristal Structure" is a suspended chandelier-like canopy built from 10,000 recycled BIC Cristal pens. The idea behind the project was to create a structurally innovative pavilion from elements that were not conceived for structural purposes. The designers explain: "On social, industrial and commercial basis, the BIC Cristal pen represents a symbol of contemporary modernism. It is definitely not a structural element, yet an object anyone can recognize and probably has used. Employing modern aspects of the design process such as computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing allowed us to change the function of the BIC pen in a unique way creating a structural paradigm that reflects our culture of recycling, reusing and transforming.

Studio Nituniyo Creates a Large Elephant Sculpture Made of Recycled Cardboard Tubes

Designed by Spanish studio Nituniyo, a collective comprised of Carlos, Eva, Jesus and Empar, for the annual Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain, this large size public sculpture was assembled from 6,000 recycled cardboard tubes, which are stacked to form a cell pattern in the shape of an elephant. The sculpture which was created to be interactive allowed passersby to write wishes and dreams on pieces of colored paper and insert them into the hollow cardboard tubes. Just before the climax of the festival, on the night of march 19th, the sculpture was burned in a special ceremony.

Employees at George Fox University Create a Human Hamster Wheel Using Empty iMac Boxes

Employees at the George Fox University IT department recently created a giant human hamster wheel using 36 empty iMac boxes that were stored in the back of an engineering classroom. When the dean of the engineering school asked systems administrator Mike Campadore why he didn’t recycle them and clear up the space, he replied that he was saving them for a project. When more computers arrived in July for a new computer lab, Campadore finally had the boxes he needed to make his “iWheel.” He had estimated it would take 38 boxes to create the perfect wheel, but when he taped together the two sides, he discovered the number was 36.

Marketing Agency Creates Tiny Road Signs to Help Protect Animals in Urban Areas

“Tiny Road Sign” is a small project created by Lithuania marketing agency Clinic212, to help protect small animals living in urban areas. Project manager Martynas Karpovicius installed tiny road signs in four different locations in the town of Vilnius, Lithuania, to protect birds, hedgehogs, ducks and homeless cats. The idea came to Karpovicius while he was riding home in a cab at night.
“I saw a hedgehog passing through the street and it was so dark that the taxi driver barely saw hedgie,” he told The Huffington Post. “ So I decided to make a road sign in Vingis Park, [a famous] park in Vilnius.”

Designers in Mumbai Show Off their Work Using the Inside of City Cabs as Their Canvas

Taxis in India, particularly in Mumbai, are not only the most convenient form of transport but have also become an iconic piece of culture. Although much attention is given to each taxi by its driver, very little thought is given to the fabric used on the seats. The designs that cover the taxi seats are often functional and forgettable and with the outstanding design talent Mumbai has to offer, this shouldn’t be the case. Designer Sanket Avlani, put two and two together and created "Taxi Fabric", a project that connects designers with taxi drivers and the public, by upholstering the interiors of the city's taxis with their designs. Avlani has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise money so she can continue to help emerging designers in Mumbai to showcase their work.

Hilarious Poster Campaign Helps Beloved Brooklyn Deli Fight Skyrocketing Rent

Jesse’s Deli has been a fixture of Brooklyn’s Boreum Hill neighborhood since 1984. Recently the store’s landlord decided that he would raise the rent from $4000 to $10,000 per month forcing owner Mohamad Itayim to close the family business. Designer Tommy Noonan decided to do something about the problem and together with Doug Cameron, creative director and founder of the small ad agency, DCX, they created a series of hilarious mock advertisements to plaster across Itayim’s storefront. “We wanted to make a statement, but also get people talking,” says designer Tommy Noonan. “We decided to take the graphic language of old supermarkets—the big starbursts, the hot colors—and marry that with artisanal copy.”

Designer Creates Natural Fake Eyelashes Using Foliage Found in a Local Forest

As part of her Design course at London's Kingston University, UK-based designer Mary Graham created a series of fake eyelashes using only organic materials found in a local forest. Everything she used was created by nature. Eggs and snow formed the glue to attach the eyelashes to the eyelid. Scavenged foliage like pine needles, grass and evergreen tree leaves, was used to create the lashes. Speaking about the project Graham says: "The topical debate as to what constitutes as natural beauty caught my attention. Could cosmetics ever be made convincingly enough to be sold on the market as a truly natural product? My aim was to give myself tough restrictions in an attempt to craft a truly natural product."

Clever Ad Campaign Features Sculptures of Children Made Entirely from Books

Working with the YCBE(Yokohama City Board of Education), a Dentsu Tokyo creative team led by creative director Miharu Matsunaga, has come up with a fantastic ad campaign designed to bring librarians back into libraries. To represent the notion that books shape who we are, Matsunaga and his team created sculptures of children made entirely from books. The sculptures were then photographed in various classrooms and libraries accompanied by short inspirational phrases like “We are made of our childhood books”

Viktor & Rolf Transform Framed Paintings into Beautiful Haute-Couture Gowns

For Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2015, Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf, presented a collection of wearable art made out of framed paintings. In front of the audience, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren took the broken picture frames filled with images inspired by Dutch golden age painter Jan Asselijn off a wall and draped them over models. Via the press release: "Art comes to life in a gallery of surreal proportions. A dress transforms into an artwork, back into a dress and into an artwork again. Poetry becomes reality, morphing back into fantasy."

Artist Launches a Solar-Powered Balloon Made from Recycled Plastic Bags

Pushing the conventions of sculpture and installation art, Argentine artist Tom├ís Saraceno, creates artworks that explore humanity’s environmental impact on the planet. One of his most recent projects, titled "Becoming Aerosolar", is a continuation of his experiments with found materials. Saraceno created an aerial sculpture made from thousands of reused plastic bags, which float upwards like a hot-air balloon when heated by the sun. As he has noted, the hot-air and hydrogen balloon “came about as a means of escape and protection in the late 18th century, during the time of the French Revolution. It is significant that during these times of uncertainty, people looked to the sky to escape the reality on earth.” Becoming Aerosolar” is currently on view at the 21er Haus art museum in Vienna through August 30th.

Dirt Pattern Material: A Camouflage Shirt Made from Everyday Stains Such as Blood, Grass and Wine

The brainchild of Stockholm-based multidisciplinary creative studio Mair / Wennel, "Dirt Pattern Material" is a camouflage pattern made from a selection of the most common stains from everyday life, such as blood, grass, red wine and bike oil. The disruptive coloration allows for new stains to be incorporated, continuing the design process and evolving the pattern over time. "Looking at stains, normally considered ugly or bad, we found something beautiful. Instead of hiding the stains, we added more." Mair / Wenner told Shopikon, "It's like a detergent commercial played backwards, the pattern conceals your past while celebrating the wear and tear."