Before the advent of electronic communication, business cards - simple black text on white stock - might have included telex details. Now, many professionals are opting for "out of the box" designs, such as the lock pick cards you see above. They might cost quite a bit more than traditional paper cards, but people tend to hold onto them longer, and may even post them online for everyone to see. Continue reading for more.
Many already know that LSD is a psychedelic drug known for its psychological effects, which can include: altered thinking processes, closed- and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time, and spiritual experiences. A person who goes by "whatafinethrowaway," inspired by the US government conducted "Nine Drawings" series from the 1950's, asked her artist friend to take 200ug of LSD and draw self-portraits over 9-plus hours. Continue reading to see some of the bizarre drawings that ensued
Tokyo-based jewelry designer Shinji Nakaba has been fine tuning his skills since 1974, and everything he creates is wearable, including these tiny skulls carved from real pearls. "I just want to bring brand new life to something that has no value. I use not only precious metals and stones, but also everyday things, such as aluminum beer cans, plastic bottle, or even garbage," said Nakaba. Continue reading to see more examples of how he used these skulls to create wearable jewelry.
Created by Russian designer Natalia Rumyantseva, the Cosmos Bed was designed to give you the ultimate sleeping experience, all while recreating the starry night sky above. It's shaped like a giant pod, and has been equipped with a high-tech LED lighting system , audio system, and even aromatic dispensers. Those who have tried the bed said it takes just minutes to fall asleep, thanks to the combination of light, sound and smells. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a magical frosting machine that can decorate a cake in seconds.
Forget tiny cubicles, Clive Wilkinson Architecture has come up with the ultimate 175-person desk, called "Superdesk." Built for the Barbarian Group in NYC, this desk spans their entire 4,400-square-foot creative office, complete with twists and turns throughout. There are also areas where the table extends upwards, and these seating areas (for up to 50 people) are used to help promote collaborations within the space. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Australia-based artist Jane Long has revealed the latest additions to her "Dancing with Costica" series, in which she digitally restores, colors, and manipulates black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. This series all began after discovering the Flickr archive of Costica Acsinte, a Romanian war photographer who documented WWI and passed away in 1984. "I wanted to bring them to life. But more than that, I wanted to give them a story. I wanted people to see these figures as real people, more than just an old photograph. Adding color completely changes our perception of images. I wanted to change the context of the images. Photographic practices at the time meant people rarely smiled in photos, but that doesn't mean they didn't laugh and love. I wanted to introduce that to the images," said Long. Continue reading for more images.
Ever wonder what Disneyland would look like after the zombie apocalypse (or in the Walking Dead), look no further than Banksy's latest installation: Dismaland. Constructed as a dysotopian interpretation of the happiest place on earth, and located in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, the "bemusement park," is touted as "an art show for the 99 percent." Featuring attractions and sights like Grim Reaper bumper cars, paparazzi snapping shots of a deceased Cinderella after a pumpkin-carriage crash, and even a butcher making lasagna out of carousel horses. Continue reading for another video tour and more pictures.
Despite all the technology out there, some people still use pencils on a daily basis. Why waste a perfectly good pencil stub, when you could stick it in the "Pencil Printer" and use whatever is left of the graphite as ink? There is a supposed erase function that lets you reuse old sheets of paper, but anyone who's tried erasing even small mistakes know that things usually don't clean up properly. Continue reading for more ingenious products that would probably make your life easier.
At first glance, this may appear to be a plastic drink stirrer of sorts, but it's actually a metal sword made from two nails. That's right, if you have some simple tools, such as a mini anvil and hand drill, it will only take you an hour or so to make your own. First, a small hole is drilled into a fairly large nail, and then the bottom is then filed using the drill as a mini-lathe. Next, the small nail is then bent and beaten into a clever cross guard. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an alien-like creature spotted underwater.
Artist Jae-Hyo Lee from South Korea repurposes discarded tree turnks like you've never seen before. Basically, he assembles various chunks of wood, slightly burns them and then applies polish for the shiny smooth surface. "I want to express the wood's natural characteristics without adding my intentions. I like to make the most out of the material's inherent feeling. Little things add up to transmit a stronger power, greater energy. That is why I have quite a lot of large pieces," said Lee. Continue reading for more pictures.