21 posts tagged Clever
21 posts tagged Clever
Further proof that birds are awesome: Canadian photographer Grant Hughes captured this astonishing footage of swallows operating the automatic doors for the Campus Bike Centre at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC. The birds were already nesting inside the parkade when the school installed automatic motion-sensing doors that enable cyclists to enter and exist without dismounting from their bikes. The birds quickly learned how to trigger the motion sensors themselves, so now they can open the doors in order to come and go as they please.
We love this beautifully clever piece of street art recently created by Spanish artist Pejac. He found a section of wall that had been damaged by a car accident, which exposed some of the brick wall behind the facade, and altered it to appear as though a paper plane was miraculously bursting through the bricks and flying off into the darkness behind them.
The classified ad section of a newspaper is one of the last places you’d expect to find an astonishing optical illusion, which is part of what makes this one so amazing. This entire newspaper page is a Corona Kitchen advertisement created by Colombia-based creative director Felipe Salazar. By cleverly manipulating text size and spacing, Salazar made it appear as though a tiny 3D kitchen has been embedded in the columns of text. Look carefully and you’ll see countertop, cabinets, a stove and a range hood.
[via Design Taxi]
Fast food is already pretty unhealthy, so why not substitute that cheeseburger, milkshake and fries with a perfect (and perfectly edible) replica made of cookies?
This awesome cookie meal was made by the older sister of Japanese Twitter user あかり who added that her sister, “Can make anything out of cookies.” We don’t doubt it for a second and hope we get to see more of her tantalizingly tricksy cookie creations.
If there monsters lurking under your bed or hiding in your closet, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Enough people suffer from bedroom monsters (granted, most of them are pretty little) that Jeff and Josslyn Dodds, a father-daughter team of pharmacists working at Barrett Pharmacy in Watford City, North Dakota created an awesome solution to banish those fearsome nighttime pests. It’s called Monster Spray and it’s a blue potion that comes in an official-looking medicinal spray bottle.
The instructions on the label are simple: ‘Spray around the room at night before bed, repeat if necessary.’ Each bottle is good for 120 spray and comes with one refill. The best part is that Monster Spray really seems to work.
Barrett has used it to cure a handful of children with monster-fears. “It’s 100 percent safe and it works amazingly,” said Josslyn. “It really seems to get rid of the monsters.” According to the parents who have used it, it’s the realistic prescription bottle that convinces their children.
“I had to put it in a prescription bottle,” said Austin Johnson, a pharmacy technician at Barrett. The idea for Monster Spray came about when Johnson’s friend had trouble getting her kid to sleep because of the monsters. “She wouldn’t have believed it if it hadn’t come from the pharmacy with the label.” The friend’s 6-year-old daughter sprayed the medicine for three nights before believing that her room was truly monster-free.
So watch out sneaky monsters. Your
days nights of are numbered.
[via Oddity Central]
We’re always delighted by street art that makes use of its location. This piece is all about perspective. Created by an artist named Tabby, this example is particularly impressive for its cleverness, geekiness and the size of the actual art compared to the scale of the accomplishment.
Tabby carefully positioned a sticker of one the chompy piranha plants from Nintendo’s Super Mario series on the glass side of a bus stop so that it lines up perfectly to appear to be both absolutely gigantic and emerging from a nearby Flak Tower. Brilliant.
Visit Tabby’s website to check out more of their street art.
[via Twisted Sifter]
Royce Hutain aka Visual Burrito, a photographer and videographer based in Huntington Beach, California, made an awesome Halloween costume for his 22-month-old daughter. Using strips of LED lights, he created a stick figure suit for his toddler. It sounds fairly simple, but as you can see in this video, the clever effect is delightfully awesome.
This isn’t the first time that Royce has created stick figure costumes. Click here to watch a video of snowboarders wearing grown-up size stickmen suits.
Ecuador-based illustrator and art director Javier Pérez mixes everyday object with simple line drawings to create a whimsical and clever series of photo illustrations like the pieces seen here. The binder rings of a notebook become the jaws of dinosaur, a handful of nails are the spiny coat on an adorable hedgehog, a bunch of grapes are balloons lifting a child off his feet. It’s delightful and you can see lots more over on Javier’s Instagram account.
"Step right up!","Test your strength!"
We love it when street artists get playful with their surroundings and incorporate the existing features of an area into their work. This simple, yet clever stencil, which turns a fire alarm into a high striker game, was created by Banksy somewhere in New York’s Upper West Side.
The UK-based artist is on the 20th day of his self-proclaimed Better Out than In month-long residency in New York. That he looked at a fire alarm, something most of us would walk past without giving a first, let alone second thought, and saw a carnival game just makes us smile.