30 January 2014

Mesmerizing Soap Bubbles Demonstrate Movement Of Vortexes In Storms

It sounds incredible, but the vortexes inside of megastorms move in much the same way as a swirl on the surface of a soap bubble.

To learn more about the underlying physics of vortexes so as to better deal with catastrophic weather, physicist Hamid Kellay from the University of Bordeaux has captured high speed images of soap bubbles.

According to Fast Co. Design, these photographs has enabled them to “track the movements inside a vortex with incredible fidelity”.

Watch the mesmerizing video clips of the vortexes on soap bubbles below—isn’t it amazing how the same phenomenon can occur on such a tiny and gigantic scale?

[via Fast Co. Design]

Sinister Illustrations Reveal The Dark Secrets Of Politicians

Istanbul-based ad agency Alaaddin Adworks has created a series of sinister illustrations for broadcast distributor Global Agency that expose the dark secrets of politicians.

Illustrated by Cömert Doğru and Şahin Karakoç, the print ads imagine the skeletons of world leaders revealed in shocking exposé style news headlines.

In one illustration, US President Barack Obama is depicted applying makeup during his morning routine to add color to his face. Another image shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel using a men’s urinal, while a third illustration shows former French President Nicolas Sarkozy putting on stilts to appear taller. The ads are emblazoned with the slogan “Even the breaking news can’t beat our ratings.”

Check out the rest of the ads below.

[via Dailybri and Advertolog, images via Advertolog]

Artist Brings Stories Of Classic Novels To Life With Playful Book Sculptures

Artist Terry Border has a playful series of book sculptures titled ‘Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs’ in which he imbues books with distinct personalities by giving them limbs in the form of bent wires.

Each book is cleverly posed in a way that reflects its story–Gulliver’s Travels has tiny people clasped in its hands, while 1984 pays homage to its vision of a totalitarian regime by holding a film recorder that captures everything in sight.

Border initially started his project as a means of sending tokens of gratitude to the distributors of his upcoming children’s book, but started getting more involved as he created the sculptures.

He was also attracted to the old, weathered covers of classic novels, saying “A local used bookstore has a rack of old, mostly classic paperbacks that they sell for $2, and the covers are so great, and the used ones have so much personality, they begged to be made into something. There are always some people who find doing anything to a book besides reading it morally wrong (ha!), but the way I see it, I’m showcasing these books and their covers like they never would have been otherwise.”

Scroll down to view more of his delightful book sculptures and view more at his site.

[via My Modern Met, images via Terry Border]

A Brilliant Sink-Inspired Ramen Bowl Let You Get Every Single Noodle

Have you ever been frustrated by how difficult it is to pick up the last few noodles from a bowl of instant ramen?

To help you rescue these remaining shreds of your dinner from the broth, designer Sherwood Forlee has created the “Sink Bowl”, which consists of two bowls and a plug.

As you finish up your ramen, simply pull up the plug and the broth would drain into the bottom bowl, leaving just the noodles in the top bowl for your consumption.

According to the designer, this brilliant bowl would also work to produce “perfectly moistened yet crispy cereal”.

[via Design Milk]

Adorable Miniature Japanese Screen Doors That Hide Power Outlets

Shoji screens, made of wood and washi paper, are used in traditional Japanese homes as space-saving room dividers—shoji screen designer Tori Sugimura has found a way to incorporate them into more modern homes as well.

He has created a collection of miniature shoji screen doors that serve as a pretty way to cover up electrical power outlets—he has come up with several models and are now selling them on his website.

The designer also offers custom-made shoji screen outlet covers that are based on customers’ specifications.

Would you see these adorable miniature Japanese doors in your home? You can purchase them here.

[via Spoon & Tamago]

10 Illustrators To Follow This Week

From magazines and posters to greeting cards and t-shirts, great illustrations can be found everywhere, but their goal is the same: to convey ideas and messages that words simply cannot describe.

To commend these wonderful visuals, we present to you ‘Illustrators of the Week’, a weekly post where we feature 10 illustrators from The Creative Finder.

The Creative Finder is a professional portfolio network where businesses meet and hire creatives. Sign up and stand a chance to be featured on our ‘Illustrators of the Week’.

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Photographer Satirizes The American Dream In Mannequin Family Portrait Series

[Click here to view the video in this article]

Denver-based photographer and self-described ‘spinster’ Suzanne Heintz has a subversive photo series titled ‘Life Once Removed’ where she poses with a family of mannequins in a satirization of the American Dream.

Frustrated with constantly being asked when she was going to get married and being made to feel inadequate by her lack of a husband, Heintz took to photographing the unusual family portraits to critique society’s antiquated views of marriage and domestic bliss.

In an interview with Feature Shoot, she laments the intense pressure women face to conform to society’s expectations and the perceived view of female singlehood as an abnormality and personal flaw.

“The term ‘perfect’ is no longer used to describe what we’re all striving to be. Now it is called ‘fulfilled.’ But for women, the path to fulfilment is not through one thing, it’s all things–education, career, home, family, accomplishment, enlightenment. If any one of those things is left out, it’s often perceived that there’s something wrong with your life. We are somehow never enough just as we are. We are constantly set up by our expectations to feel as though we are missing something.”

Heintz also takes a dig at traditional family holiday photos, saying that with the increasing trend of documenting every experience for the world to see, the meaning and emotion of those experiences is lost, and the act of taking family photos has become about projecting an idealized image instead.

Ultimately, Heintz hopes her photos will broaden people’s minds and help them overcome outdated notions that there is only one image of a successful life, and to embrace themselves and others for who they are.

Trailer for Playing House, an upcoming short documentary on the ‘Life Once Removed’ project

[via Feature Shoot, images via Suzanne Heintz]

Artist Creates Gory Scenes Around Violent Subway Advertisements

Artist Jon Burgerman found himself becoming more paranoid and vigilant with each reoccurring shooting in the U.S.A—this led him to embark on a project that highlights the very visible violence that is present in subway advertising.

The idea behind the photo series is a simple one—Burgerman stages dramatically gory scenes in front of selected subway movie ads with particularly graphic imagery, in order to complete the picture and show what would logically happen down the plotline.

Using fake blood, he creates the illusion that he has become a victim of the fictional violence emanating from the ads, making these stories come to life in an unexpected manner.

The artist intends to continue with his “Head Shots” project—you can keep up with this intriguing photo series on his website.

[via Coolhunting]