Perhaps it is because we read too many Garfield comics when we were young, but the truth is, it’s pretty difficult to beat a good lasagna when you’re craving something warm and delicious for dinner. Now, can you imagine combining lovely lasagna with lovely design? Fear not for we have found a great new invention to help you merge the two: an innovative cookbook from Korefe made out of fresh pasta dough! The pasta book can be read, opened, filled with delicious ingredients (as per the instructions of course), cooked and then eaten! We love the idea and the fun we can imagine ourselves having with this!
Australian artist CJ Hendry is a magician with a black UniPin pen. Armed with only paper and pen, she creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. The artwork is mesmerising in its own right but it is even more astonishing when you realise that it is all hand drawn with just pen and ink. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects that she finds interesting. CJ Hendry selects an object, then photographs in in different positions and lighting. She looks for a strong contrast with negative space and then selects the image that evokes a sense of simplicity and balance, showing off the object at its best. She can then sprnd over 200 hours painstakingly creating the final piece using only black UniPin pens. We think her patience and skill are remarkable, take a look at some of her work below:
Source: The Cool Hunter
GIFs have been taking over the internet for quite some time now and it’s easy to see why; they showcase illustrations, artworks and photography in a quick, animated succession are quite fun. Let’s be honest though, most GIFs are not really very inspirational. The same cannot be said for the mesmerising animated GIFs from Carl Burton. His works are simple, serene and absolutely stunning. Inspired by everything from news stories to his surroundings, the colours and intricate animations make these GIFs stand out from the crowd.
Source: Creative Bloq
Chinese illustrator Rlon Wang has created a series of incredibly detailed, Japanese-inspired animal illustrations. The colour, composition and level of detail in his works is impressive. Can you imagine how long these might have taken to complete? If you’ve got time, check out some of his other work too; it’s amazing!
Typography is a big deal in the design world and there is one typeface, Comic Sans, that has become the subject of much discussion. In short, most designers actively dislike it! It was with this in mind that Cancer Research UK launched “Comic Sans for Cancer”, an exhibition of posters inspired by the 20th anniversary of the font we all love to hate. Over 500 designers and artists from 38 countries created posters showing what Comic Sans means to them. The results are diverse and intriguing and really challenge the way we look at this divisive typeface. It’s all quite fun but the best part is that all proceeds from the event would go to the charity, helping it on its mission to eradicate cancer.
Source: Comic Sans for Cancer and Creative Review
Leading up to a Nike women’s 10km run, design studio Variable made “FuelBand Fibres”, an artistic interpretation of a week of activity from seven participating individuals. To celebrate effort of preparing for the run Nike has chosen 7 influential runners equipped with FuelBands. Up to the minute Nike Fuel data was then collected 24/7 and delivered to Variable to transform into beautiful artworks. So, the “Fibres” project was born creating 7 digital fibres that grew when the person worked out. Each fibre represents a day, each essentially a timeline from bottom to top. Thickness represents activity, and colours represent times when a person led in the FuelBand community. The results are beautiful and organic. We would definitely be inspired to work out more just to see how the visual results changed! Check out Variable’s “making of” video below: