31 July 2013

Death-Defying Photographs Showcase People Suspended In Motion

Prague-based English teacher Brad Hammonds’ photographs are all about how humanity experiences their most precious moments.

Called “Falling Through Space”, Hammonds’ photographs have him suspended just before he’s about to hit the floor, analogous to the idea that we never truly feel what we are experiencing until the moment has passed.

With such transience immortalized, the photographer urges us to think about how we perceive our experiences, perhaps suggesting that we should treasure them.

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[via My Modern Met]

The ‘World’s First Flying Ostrich’: Half Bird, Half Helicopter

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Remember ‘Orvillecopter’, the ‘innovative’ and one-of-a-kind ‘cat-copter’? Well, its creator Dutch artist Bart Jensen is back with another kooky invention called the ‘OstrichCopter’.

Dubbed by Jensen as the ‘world’s first flying ostrich’, it was built using the carcass of an ostrich that had died of a disease.

From the looks of it, the components of the ‘OstrichCopter’ look similar to ‘Orvillecopter’—with rotors attached to the body of the bird. It can also be controlled via remote control.

We wonder what Jensen will built next—maybe a ‘flying pig’?

Check out the videos below to see the ‘OstrichCopter’ in action:

[via Bart Jensen]

Infographic: Does Your Facebook Page Need An Operation?

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Presented by the creatives from Short Stack, this creative infographic likens the anatomy of a Facebook business page to a game of “Operation”.

With social media being so pervasive, this infographic gives you some tips and tricks to help your engage your audience and get them interested in your brand.

From crafting a social media style guide to engaging users through comments and messages, this infographic shows that the most minor of “operations” on one’s Facebook page may just help you get to your ideal audience.

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[via Infographic Journal]

A House Decorated With 50,000 Beer Cans

Born and raised during The Great Depression, John Milkovisch had amassed a collection of beer cans, though that changed in 1968 as he finally used them to decorate his home in Houston, Texas.

He did so for the next 18 years before dying in the ’80s, with his wife, Mary contributing to the house’s look.

It is estimated that 50,000 cans were used to decorate this house, with each component of the beer can being put to creative use.

After Milkovisch’s wife died, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art took over the house, preserving the house in all its glory.

It is now an attraction to both locals and tourists alike.

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[via LA Times, Ithralld]

This Discreet, Cone-Shaped Vibrator Need Not Be Hidden Away In A Drawer

Unlike most vibrators that are predictably phallic-shaped, “The Cone” is unique and looks stylish because “it’s not based on a man’s bits”.

This uni-sex, hands-free design is not only discreet enough to leave around in the open at home—even when grandma is visiting—but also promises to deliver with 16 modes of pulsation that vary in speed and intensity, including one named “Orgasm” for those in a hurry.

To help you along with this unconventional sex toy, the creator of The Cone has even made a series of nifty diagrams to teach you how to use it.

This will make for a great “naughty but nice” gift for a special someone—pick one up here.

Who says that sex toys have to be kept out of sight because they look embarrassing?

[via Simply Sxy]

Give Us Your Best Caption: The 'Fashionably Injustice League'

Today’s ‘Image of the Day’ belongs to Ashlea Wessel. Congratulations!

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To help you get off on the right foot every morning, DesignTAXI will be featuring an image everyday from its social network for creatives, The Creative Finder, to keep you inspired.

In this segment ‘Image of the Day’, you—our very lovely readers—are invited to submit captions to describe the selected image above: just simply tweet it with the page's URL and hashtag #tellapictale, or leave a comment at the bottom.

Winning captions would be featured the following day.

Yesterday's winning caption goes to Randall Head: "We'll wake you up when we get there."

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Don’t Rely On Your Job To Fulfill All Of Your Creativity Needs

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In the beginning of your creative career, the goal is to find that job in your industry where you can apply your skills and creative abilities. Landing that job is like finding the final piece to the puzzle.

Much of our training and education grooms us for that opportunity. However, what we don’t learn is what happens if we rely on our job to be the only avenue of creative expression. Over time if our job becomes more about producing versus creating, we can eventually end up feeling creatively stagnant.

In this current economy, companies are expecting more from the creative professional. An article titled “Is Your Job Killing Your Creativity?” published in the Business News Daily reveals what was discovered from a survey sponsored by Adobe, a software developer. Ned Smith writes that, “three out of four respondents said they are under growing pressure to be productive rather than creative, despite the fact that they are increasingly expected to think creatively on the job.”

Many of my clients who after working in their industry for several years, eventually found themselves burnt out, uninspired by their work and no longer felt they were utilizing their creative potential.

There are several reasons for this, one of them being that they relied entirely on their job to express themselves creatively. Even in the most creative working environment, your creative needs can be fulfilled only up to a certain point.

In order to maintain this balance, it’s important to immerse yourself in other forms of creative expression outside of your primary work. Not doing so can make you susceptible to burn out or job dissatisfaction.

The key to maintaining passion and motivation for your creative work is to find avenues in which you can regularly replenish your creative well in new and inspiring ways.

Top image from Imgembed.

This is a cross-post from The Art of Mind.

Lisa A Riley, MA, LMFT is a Creativity Coach and has spent more than nine years working with creative individuals such as artists, actors, designers, musicians, writers, and actors. She “helps to empower clients to take steps towards enhancing their creativity and move closer to becoming the artist they envisioned themselves to be”. See her multiple ‘Products for Your Creative Success’ on her site The Art of Mind.

Hands-Free Kit Lets You Listen To Music From Your Phone On Your Car’s Radio

For those who dislike listening to the radio, the crew at Bazaared has created a wireless device that lets you play music from your iPod, iPhone or other device remotely.

The ‘Universal Hands Free Car Kit’ is a transmitter that has a 3.5mm audio socket, which you can simply plug into your mobile device.

To listen to music from your device, just tune your car radio frequency to what’s reflected on the transmitter.

Spotify and Pandora users would love this transmitter too, as as long as the music you want to play is through your device, it can play through your car’s radio.

In addition to listening to non-radio music, the Universal Hands Free Car Kit lets you take calls hands-free by using the microphone on your phone.

[via The Universal Hands Free Car Kit]

Dubai Skyscraper Proposal Has Independently Rotating Floors

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Designed by architect David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture, the Dynamic Tower is a proposed skyscraper in Dubai that will feature floors that are independently rotatable.

The 80-story building will be able to rotate 360 degrees in 90 minutes. Residents will also be able control the speed and direction of rotation through voice commands, giving the building an ever changing shape.

The project is currently on hold, although the developer has announced plans for a similar tower to be built in London.

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[via Laughing Squid, images via Dynamic Archictecture]

Mirrored Botanic Gardens Visitor Center Blends Into Natural Surroundings

To help the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Center blend into its natural surroundings, the firm < a href="http://www.wrightarchitects.com.au/">Charles Wright Architects designed an elegant mirrored façade.

Ironically, the architects drew inspiration from the alien hunter suit of the Predator movie, creating a series of panels which function as the building’s facets.

These two buildings have a dividing promenade peppered with lush greenery from the Australian and Southeast Asian rainforests.

Comprising of two buildings and a dividing promenade, the visitor centre was designed as a gateway to the gardens, which contain a selection of tropical plants from northern Australian rainforests as well as from across Southeast Asia.

Inspired by nature, the shape of the buildings meander like tree roots and integrate themselves into the landscape.

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[via Dezeen Magazine]