214 posts tagged Creativity
214 posts tagged Creativity
One sign of genius is taking something that already seems perfect and making it even better. Milk and cookies are a match made in heaven, but Dominique Ansel, New York City-based pastry chef and creator of the legendary cronut, elevated the classic pairing to mouthwatering awesomeness when he created these Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shots.
They’re shots of cold milk served in freshly baked chocolate chip cookie glasses and we can’t stop staring at them. If you’re going to be at SXSW 2014, you’ll have the opportunity to try them on Sunday, March 9th during an Allison+Partners-sponsored event.
Considering the epic lines that still form in New York for cronuts, let’s hope Cookie Monster isn’t attending SXSW. If he’s there, no one else stands a chance of getting any Milk and Cookie Shots for themselves.
Swiss artist Mathias Schmied uses a razor blade, careful hands and keen eyes to transform comic books into even more dynamic works of art. Superheroes and explosions alike breach the boundaries of their respective pages. He creates pieces using single pages and entire issues, the latter producing multi-layered scenes with a cinematic sense of perspective. Sometimes Mathias completely removes the characters, leaving their negative space to convey the drama taking place within each panel.
Visit Mathias Schmied’s website to check out more of his amazing altered comic book art.
[via Design Taxi]
This awesome Gif-fiti mural is the work of Cheko, a street artist based in Granada, Spain. Follow him here on Tumblr to check out more of his beautiful artwork, created both on the street and indoors.
All of these fantastic photos were taken in the same 11.8 x 13.5 x 7.8 ft space and without the use of any photo manipulation. As though recreating worlds that only exist inside her dreams, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee painstakingly transforms her small studio, sometimes over the course of weeks and months, into surreal and vibrant worlds. Within those handmade worlds Lee then photographs herself. The amount of time and effort she devotes to creating and setting up the props and then lighting the scene - all to capture a single photo - is extraordinary.
Each elaborate scene has its own backstory, some are inspired by Lee’s own life while others have roots in old Korean fables. Sometimes it takes a moment to locate her, but she’s always there.
Visit the Opiom Gallery website for more photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
io9 assembled an amazing collection of truly awesome playgrounds from around the world. The top five images show a public park that’s located in Kristineberg, Stockholm, Sweden. It was designed by a Danish playground design company called MONSTRUM.
The bottom five photos show the metal animal wonderland that is the Kmelnytskyi City playground in Ukraine. Photos via Izismile.
Head over to io9 to see more phenomenal playground.
UK-based artist Kayleigh O’Connor (previously featured here) first started using false nails simply to conceal the grisly consequences of her nail biting habit, but it didn’t take long for those false nails to evolve into an awesome, ever-changing art project. She changes up her nails a few times a week and draws inspiration from a wealth of pop culture sources, particularly TV shows and movies. She’s got a whole set of Dr. Who-inspired manicures and we love that one of her Futurama-inspired treatments included a Brain slug.
Taking something inconceivably large and making it look like something extraordinarily small is an awesome feat. After viewing a bunch of tilt-shift photography, Italian artist Haari Tesla was inspired to experiment with applying the same photo manipulation technique to publicly distributed photos of celestial objects. Her efforts produced a captivating series entitled Illuminated Code From Space, in which stunning photos of galaxies, nebulae and supernovae look like beautiful microorganisms. Instead of looking out into space we’re peering down into a microscope.
"The initial idea for the series came from the Greek Neo-Platonic schema of macrocosm and microcosm. Essentially, this is the recognition that the same traits appear in entities of many different sizes. Plato wrote about how we see these patterns reproduced in all levels, from the largest scale (macrocosm, or the universe) all the way down to a microscopic level (also know as microcosm)."
Visit Haari Tesla’s Behance page to check out more of her artwork.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Artists Jamie Ghio Sanches and Mike Braunewell of the Gibraltar-based company Sworddesign transform electric guitars into one-of-a-kind custom art pieces that still function as playable musical instruments.
"The process starts with evaluating the design idea, as the instrument above all has to be playable by the musician. During this the pair decides who does what, Jamie is in charge of any carving and the electronic setup of the instrument, while Mike oversees the final paint job execution, including airbrushing – both take part in the 3D sculpting if it is needed."
The duo also modify motorcycles, cars, helmets, and even phones. They’re up for just about any challenge:
"Anything goes and your imagination is the only limit to the possibilities to stand out from the crowd and make a personal statement. From "Wild" to "Mild" we will try and make your dreams come true."
Visit the Sworddesign website to check out lots more of their fantastically altered instruments, vehicles and objects.
Behold the awesomeness that is the Corona-Matic keyboard waffle iron! It was created by New York-based designed Chris Dimino using a 1960s Smith Corona typewriter and a waffle iron from the same period. We love the jams jars and powdered sugar shaker in place of ink dispensers. Unfortunately this stylish marriage of vintage writing machine and kitchen utensil isn’t a functional model.
But never fear, Chris is currently hard at work on designing a functioning keyboard waffle iron. He plans to have a limited edition available for purchase by winter 2014. Keep an eye on his Keyboard Waffle Iron website for production status updates. With any luck we’ll soon be able to make delicious keyboard-shaped waffles to our hearts’ (and stomachs’) content.
[via Lost at E Minor]
Cake is awesome. No matter where you are, what day it is, time it is, what you’re wearing or what the weather is like, it’s always a good time for cake. And besides just eating it ourselves, giving cake to someone else is also awesome. You can use it to wish them a happy birthday, congratulate them, cheer them up or simply say, “I think you’re swell.” But giving someone cake isn’t always that simple. Perhaps they’re far away. Cake doesn’t generally make it through the mail unharmed.
But wait, Sandra Denneler of SheKnows.com has come up with an amazing way to send a mouthwatering slice of cake to anyone anywhere - or at least anywhere the mail goes. And thanks to her DIY
recipe tutorial, you can do it too. Sanda calls these creations Cake Postcards. They look just like the real thing, but they’ll never get crushed or spoil:
"Imagine how happy and excited you’d be, if you went to your mailbox one day and pulled out a slice of cake. Now you can surprise friends and family (and probably even your mail carrier), with this three-dimensional, mailable postcard, cleverly disguised as cake. With only five ingredients in this crafty recipe — a large sponge, spray paint, caulk, spray adhesive and heavy paper — it’s a piece of cake. Literally. Postage is around $3 per slice, but the reaction from the recipient will be priceless."
[via Design Taxi]