Friday, December 19

Amazingly Detailed Negative Space Illustrations That Are Carved Out Of Knives





Artist Li Hongbo, who created these astounding “slinky” paper sculptures, is back with another compelling collection of artworks—this time around, she has carved wonderfully intricate scenes out of knives.



Part of her solo exhibition in Hong Kong, this series consists of beautifully illustrated scenes that make use of negative spaces to tell their stories—each piece has been carefully cut out of a knife’s sharp metal blade.



These scenes feature animals, such as deers and a cheetah, and motifs of death like an eerie skeleton—according to the artist, these artworks are meant as a warning about how human beings would “eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals”.



Head over here to view more of the artist’s fascinating work.























[via This Is Colossal]

Artistic Photos Of Plus-Size Women Showing Off Their Beautiful Curves (NSFW)





Based in New York City and Los Angeles, photographer Victoria Janashvili has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for an art photography book titled Curves that aims to showcase the “beauty of woman of all shapes and sizes”.



Having already produced several successful “body image awareness” campaigns, Janashvili’s latest project is a continuation of her previous efforts and would feature both existing and new photographs.



The images in the book include artistically shot nude portraits of the subjects—they aim to celebrate female health and beauty, and are meant to make women feel better and more confident about their unique bodies.



Head over here to view more sample photographs from the book, and to pledge for it if you wish.



Do you think that these photographs are effective in fighting against a stereotypical idea of beauty?















[via Kickstarter, images by Victoria Janashvili]

Thursday, December 18

For Last Minute Christmas Shopping: Amazon Now Delivers In One Hour

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If you are still without a gift for that holiday party that is happening tonight, Amazon may be able to come to your rescue.



The online retail giant has just launched Amazon Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service that would cost Amazon Prime members just US$7.99—a two-hours delivery between 6am and 12am is free.



After customers have selected the items that they would like to purchase on the service’s app, the order would be processed and delivered by a courier within an hour.



Currently, Amazon Prime Now is only available in select areas of Manhattan in New York City—however, the company has plans to extend it to other cities in 2015.



Watch the video below to learn more about how Amazone Prime Now works—would you make an order with it?



















[via Laughing Squid]

This Christmas, Make Your Own Peppermint Shot Glasses With Striped Candies

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After teaching us how to whip up these awesome toasted marshmallow shot glasses and cute jelly shot mini pies, food blogger Cheri Alberts of The Watering Mouth is back with another one of her great DIY food hacks that make eating and drinking more fun.



This time around, she has come up with a tutorial that shows you how to make your own peppermint shot glasses from red-and-white striped candies.



These festive edible shot glasses are actually pretty simple to make. Simply arrange the round candies to form the shape of a flower before baking them in the oven—the melted candies would form a moldable sheet that you can then shape by wrapping it around a proper shot glass.



If you need more visual instructions, watch the video below—would you try making these for you guests this Christmas?















[via The Watering Mouth]

An Instant Camera That Prints Affordable Photographs On Cheap Receipt Paper

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Many people enjoy instant photography, but the high price point of instant film makes it difficult for one to shoot freely without having to fork out quite a bit of money.



Seattle-based electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo has a solution for that—the “PrintSnap” camera, an instant camera that prints the pictures it has captured on cheap thermal paper, which is used for printing receipts at retail stores.



Unlike other instant cameras, taking photos with the PrintSnap and printing them out immediately is not an expensive hobby—Ciuffo has estimated that each PrintSnap photo would cost its user just US$0.003 to produce.



While the quality of these images are far from great, it is a quirky way to capture fun moments at parties and other events—analog photography lovers may even like the romantic grainy effect.



A Kickstarter campaign for the camera is set to launch soon, so keep a look out for more information on its creator’s website if you are interested in funding it.



Watch the video below to learn more about PrintSnap.



























[via PetaPixel]

Samsung Ads Show Famous Artists Taking Selfies To Create Iconic Self-Portraits





To promote its compact mirrorless camera NX Mini, Samsung has launched a creative ad campaign that features some of history’s most famous painters—they are namely Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Albrecht Dürer.



In a clever and humorous way, the South Korean company portrayed each of these well-known artists in the act of taking a selfie with the NX Mini—presenting the back views of the artists, the images also show the subjects’ iconic self-portrait paintings on the flip-up display screens of the camera.



With a tagline that reads, “For self-portraits. Not selfies.”, these ads are trying to illustrate how the device’s “interchangeable wide-aperture lens” would allow users to take high quality photographic “masterpieces”, even when it is placed just an arm-length from their faces.



View the rest of the ads from the series below—what do you think of them?











[via Ads of the World]

South Korean Illustrator Gives Western Fairytales A Refreshing Makeover



The Little Mermaid



Your mental images of the various characters from fairytales such as Snow White, The Little Mermaid and The Frog Prince would most probably be shaped by the famous Disney animated films that are based on them.



South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu, who is known as Obsidian on Twitter, has given these beloved characters unexpected but refreshing makeovers by drawing them in the Korean “manhwa” style.



The results are delightful blends of the East and the West—not only are the characters illustrated to look Korean, but they also don traditional Korean costumes and hairstyles.



So far, the illustrator has reimagined several popular tales, including Beauty and the Beast and Alice in Wonderland—she has also depicted Elsa of Frozen in a Korean “hanbok”.



View more of her creative visual reinterpretations of Western fairytales here, or follow her on Twitter to keep up with her work.





Snow White





Alice in Wonderland





Beauty and the Beast





The Little Red Riding Hood





The Frog Prince



[via Rocket News 24]

Create Holiday Buzz and Boost Profits for Your Clients with Print Pieces


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As the holidays creep up on us, Santa themed designs, reindeers and snowflakes seem to become the go-to patterns and brushes for the season: avatars and sites get updated, Facebook covers get changed and little e-cards and emails get ordered.


With so many small businesses already reaching out to their online customers with special offers like free shipping and other sales promotions, small businesses need to come up with ways to capitalize their more personal business-to-consumer approach -if they want to survive the winter.


One way to earn a few extra bucks is to get them more business by selling them on a print marketing campaign. Propose to use print greeting cards as a way to drum up extra business.


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Do this and have a blast designing them and get cheap, but high quality, custom printing services from an online source. Charge for the printing in your design budget and even make a little overhead.


Now print and digital marketing are a given this season; the majority of consumers wait until the very last minute to check off all the items on their list and businesses need to stay relevant to be the place where that list gets checked off.


With the National Retail Federation predicting an overall 4.1 percent sales boost this holiday season, as stated in Bloomberg Businessweek, it’s safe to say businesses have a bright season to look forward to.


This year, try something different with those greeting cards and make unique designs pop with cool finishes using custom printing – the goal is to use the greeting card as a sales gate.


Talk to your client and ask them what would they like to push this year? The greeting card will help them bring brand awareness, add a personal touch (will look cool in your portfolio) and above all present an opportunity to provide a) a gift, b) push or introduce a product/service or c) do both!


Simply add copy like “Don’t forget to try X this holiday season!’ or ‘Say thanks with personalized [insert your client’s product or service here] – free with purchase!’


It’s a subtle but effective way to do a little innovative marketing. Everyone wins! FYI – You can print your postcards here for $20 to $100 average, depending on the finish.


Now think of your clients audience and prepare for a pitch.


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Tips for the traditional shopper


For customers that love to visit stores not only because of the merchandise, but also because of the ambiance and warm customer service, send a holiday greeting with a gift of 10 or 25 percent off on select items that can only be redeemed in the store. It’s a great way to assure traffic to brick and mortar establishments.


Remember to use vibrant seasonal colors and images that complement the products and services offered. Make the message on that greeting seem heartfelt and make sure that you also express your thanks for your client’s continued support.


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Always add the business slogan and logo in the greeting card for brand awareness, but in a light way that wonít overpower the design (maybe also give it a Santa hat!).


Tips for the online shopper


Online shopping is not only convenient, it gives people the opportunity to shop from the warmth of their comfy couch and escape the winter chill and parking lot drama.


To entice loyal customers to online stores, send them the holiday greetings announcing an exclusive sale for purchases through the website. Many retailers also like to offer free shipping to edge out the competition, make the suggestion.


Say it with a postcard


Nowadays, a large number of businesses are using postcards to market special promotions and exclusive events. These postcards can be designed with sophisticated holiday artwork for upscale stores or more whimsical and colorful artwork for stores catering to children and families. The best piece of advice is to stay true to your storeís philosophy and personality.


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Another terrific add-on for postcards (and greeting cards for that matter) is the QR code. Customers can scan the barcode to reveal special offers, free promo gifts for loyal patrons or an invitation to a secret in-store sales event with complimentary appetizers and cocktails. A hot cocoa and gingerbread cookie party is great for childrenís boutiques.


Whether it’s a sale, holiday product promotion or early bird shopping event, holiday greetings cards designed with unique artwork and a personal holiday message are a heartfelt way to say thanks to patrons for supporting local businesses throughout the year. After all, no matter how digital our lives may be, everyone still loves the anticipation of a greeting card in the mail


What do you think? A strategy worth implementing this year? Sound off in the comments



South Korean Illustrator Gives Western Fairytales A Refreshing Oriental Makeover



The Little Mermaid



Your mental images of the various characters from fairytales such as Snow White, The Little Mermaid and The Frog Prince would most probably be shaped by the famous Disney animated films that are based on them.



South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu, who is known as Obsidian on Twitter, has given these beloved characters unexpected but refreshing makeovers by drawing them in the Korean “manhwa” style.



The results are delightful blends of the East and the West—not only are the characters illustrated to look Korean, but they also don traditional Korean costumes and hairstyles.



So far, the illustrator has reimagined several popular tales, including Beauty and the Beast and Alice in Wonderland—she has also depicted Elsa of Frozen in a Korean “hanbok”.



View more of her creative visual reinterpretations of Western fairytales here, or follow her on Twitter to keep up with her work.





Snow White





Alice in Wonderland





Beauty and the Beast





The Little Red Riding Hood





The Frog Prince



[via Rocket News 24]

For The Artsy Paper Lover: Mondrian-Inspired Sticky Notes





If you are still looking for a good stocking stuffer for an artsy, paper-loving friend, Paris-based design studio PA Design may have just the thing for you.



Inspired by the signature style of Piet Mondrian, they have created the Monde Riant, a set of sticky note pads that are arranged to look just like one of the master painter’s colorful artworks.



Not only would this add a tasteful piece of functional art to your work desk, the sticky notes are also made in various convenient sizes to meet your note-taking needs.



You can purchase the Monde Riant for €13,70 here.















[via Design Milk]