Dion Briggs does not want you to run through his site willy-nilly, looking through hundreds of possible T-shirt designs to fit your frame. Instead, he presents each new design (seven in all) on its own website, so you can ooh and ahh without distraction. He first got attention with the iSteamPhone shirt that featured a DaVinci-like drawing of a dissected iPhone by Kevin Tong.
He’s now following this up with four new designs that include another DaVinci/Tong piece. This time it’s Super Mario curled up in the fetal position within a plant, surrounded by sketches of stars and piranha plants. There’s also a dissected Atari 2600 for those gamers for whom the Nintendo isn’t quite retro enough, dismembered Star Wars action figures sketched by Cloxboy, and Gary Gao’s image of the ghosts of old Macs.
Magnetic poetry became passe long ago (sorry to burst your bubble Mr. Fridge Poet). Motifo is selling packs of magnetic pixels to turn your refrigerator into a work of art. Their cool black, white, and gray pack, or the warmer red, orange, and brown pack, each feature 1296 little squares to decorate your fridge using a design tempalte (Mona Lisa, The Shining, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). Or you can just create your own. No guarantee the pieces won’t get lost or eaten by your cat.
We have to give serious props to the guy behind the I Heart Chaos site for creating this. Not only is it an entertaining way to see if your friends really are as knowledgeable about games as they claim, but since it’s based on the Periodic Table of Elements, it totally makes our geek heart melt. In fact, we might purchase a print of it at Redbubble.
In place of elements like Aluminum and Boron are a mix of classic characters like Mario, Pac-Man, and Little Nemo, and popular new ones from Hitman and Gears of War. While some people are getting all worked up about Master Chief being left off — and some elements being in the wrong places — we can look past these goofs. Can you name them all the games referenced in the table? We can.
We love sheep. They’re soft, they’re adorable, and they provide those of us who are knitters with wool. But we especially love sheep when dozens of them are covered with LED lights at night and herded so that they appear to be playing Pong, recreating the Mona Lisa, and exploding into fireworks. The whole thing took place in Wales, and though it’s kind of lame the whole thing is just an excuse for Samsung to show off their LED technology, we aren’t ashamed to admit we found it entertaining. The only livestock meme we like better? Fainting goats.
Costa Rican illustrator Jonathan Rodriguez has been futzing around with typography, hellbent on giving characters character through his site Pixel Cannibal. In the case of his Salomon Octopus snowboard, he makes optopus words. This year, in one of his editorial illustrations, he had the word “pollute” trail a female figure so that it appeared as if it were her dirty feet that had made the letters in the snow behind her. And in his Eat Me piece, Rodriguez created a sweet, Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired typeface surrounded with flowers that he juxtaposed with the image of a human skull. Totally inspiring stuff.
All chairs are not created equal. Especially not if you’re short. So we give props to Alice Wang. The brilliant mind that thought of a friend-calling alarm clock brings us her ingenious line of conceptual chairs for the dysfunctional.
Beyond her Equality Seeker (pictured), a chair with adjustable legs that allows everyone to sit an an equal height of 140cm, there’s also a seat for fidgeters that will record the calories they burn as they just…can’t…sit…still. But, our favorite? The Silent Farter. For those who like to stink up the room and get away with it, this tattletale chair amplifies your gaseous problems to the rest of your dinner company so you can’t blame the dog. Which is really quite unfair to the canine.
Unless you’re out there chasing tornados, braving hurricanes, or watching your garage get pelted with golfball sized pieces of hail, weather is pretty boring. Pin Up Weather is trying to change that for iPhone users. They’ve got the concept down — the $2 application teases users with videos of an attractive woman and then delivers the forecast. But if they want to us to consider their photos pinup, they have to work harder. We recommend checking out Olivia and Vargas for direction.
This is going to sound like a sin, but I think Photoshop is cheating. Yes, yes, I’ve heard the business about what professional photographers used to do back in the darkroom, but I’m still not convinced. Then I stumbled onto Clark Little‘s work, and rumor has it he doesn’t use Photoshop. This surfer turned photographer captures the devestating power of the ocean through shots of waves crashing into the shore. Inspired by his wife’s request to have a photograph in their home, Little creates these portraits by sitting in the water and holding his fisheye lens until the time is right. Then, with his camera set at nine framers per second, he snaps his shot. The waves hover just before their moment of impact and what you get are remarkable images of water that resembles colored glass set against the eye-popping background of Hawaii.
We like our usual scale just fine. It tells us our body fat percentage, so we know when it goes near 25, it’s time to cool it with the brie. For those of you who dread what the LED reads, industrial designer Jim Ruck’s conceptual scale might seem like your worst nightmare. Though it looks intimidating– being composed of hundreds of pins and all — the device would allow your body weight to be distributed evenly. Look at the bright side: at least he didn’t put the pins in the other way.
Sometimes conceptual artists make pieces you would never consider actually using in your home. In fact, we’ve featured a couple of those on this site. But we could see ourselves finding a place for nearly each of product designer John Caswell‘s items in our own abode because they aren’t terribly intrusive. In fact, they would probably make mundane tasks easier, or at least more pleasant. For instance, his “taps” transform common water faucets into new, useful products like bottle openers and corkscrews. The “60 bpm” clock combines the great taste of laser-etched vintage records and telling time. A handful of his pieces are in production, but for other items such as the ceramic, ghostlike speakers, the English artist is still actively seeking out manufacturers. We can’t imagine he’ll be waiting long.