Category Archives: awesomeness

touch wood

i am not normally a fan of television commercials.  a team has to be extremely punchy, witty and artistic to move me in any way.  so you will understand my admiration for the precision, dedication and utter genius of this japanese smartphone commerical. the team engineered a massive xylophone to run down the slope of a forest hill. a wooden ball, rolling down the length of said instrument plays Bach’s jesu, joy of man’s desiring! amazing – yes.

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the phone isn’t hard on the eyes either *wink*

Some pigeons are more equal than others

german artist julius von bismark teamed up with swiss photographer julian charrière in this controversial live art installation: a “pigeon-apparatus” was created for the Venice Architecture Biennial on a city rooftop. When the birds flew into it, they were trapped and airbrushed various colors in non-toxic paint before being released back over the city.”

famous robots

how amazing is this “famous robots” poster by illustrator, daniel nyari?

musical chairs…no…musical swings!

this is the reason we need more public installations that celebrate “play” in our lives.  well done to daily tous le jours for creating this amazing musical swing installation in montreal…watch the video at the bottom!

fabulous llama is fabulous!

because everyone’s monday would be improved by…a fabulous llama!

if i could escape monday…

this is where I would go

awesome river cottage, perfectly poised in the middle of a river in Serbia.

brightening monday gloom

seems everyone is on the pinterest bandwagon these days.  so i thought i would share some of my “makes me smile” collection…some winsome images that brighten my day.

{all image via pinterest}

ninjas can’t catch you if…

i just love the “ninjas can’t catch you if…” meme that has done the internet rounds.  this is a small collection of my favourite ones:

a walk in the trees

how incredibly beautiful is this: a path in the forest by architect tetsuo kondo was a temporary installation in the kadriorg park near tallinn, estonia.

{via the cool hunter}

snow in the south…

we don’t get too much snow in south africa, at least not many areas outside of the highest mountains ranges.  but the past two days has seen unprecedented snowfall in places that haven’t seen snow in 30 years!  i am hoping to go snow-hunting tomorrow…

this bewildered chap was photographed at the johannesburg zoo yesterday, showing an expression shared by most everyone as flakes began to fall…

moustaches make a difference

an amazing movember ad campaign by TBWA\singapore…mario is my best!

creepy-crawly-heebie-jeebies

may i present the mind-blowing entymological photography of igor siwanowicz… say no more!

the world according to toast…

this little animation by laura jane favela introduces you to “toast” – one of the most wickedly quirky and absurdly pertinent speakers!  i not-so-secretly agree with many of toast’s rantings…

Oooooklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains…

amazing animated wind maps of the daily air pressure patterns across the united states.

a witching moon

the perigree moon has risen full and spectacular over cape town these past two evenings.  i was lucky enough to be there to bask in the witchery of it…

{images via here}

let him down easy…

every now and then i come across a moment of witty brilliance…this here is one of them.  i salute you, chris l. jensen, well done, sir!

{via stumble upon}

uber-aerial photography

i love aerial photography, can’t stop staring wide-eyed out of plane windows as i am whisked across the country.  so imagine my delight at these aerial photographs taken from a space station!!

amazon river, brazil

wintery landscape of canada

london at night

the sahara dessert

the alps

spaces between the notes

this print campaign for the berlin philharmonic orchestra uses macro photographs taken inside the cramped spaces of instruments making the inner workings of a violin, cello, flute, and pipe organ appear vast and spacious, almost as if you could walk around inside them.

{via colossal}

handmade

this typographical experiment by tien min liao brings new meaning to “handmade.  click on the images if they dont animate on their own…

{via colossal}

the golden snitch of rings!

these fantastic kinetic rings are the creations of kansas-based metalsmith, dukno yoon.  his da vinci-esque designs mimic the flight of birds when worn and flexed on a finger…

pillow-fight in the woods

i treasure new music discoveries and recently my sister introduced me to australian band: the paper kites.  their song “featherstone” has a simplistically wonderful music video.  thanks for the introduction, squeak!

little sparks of magic

i have a soft spot for fireflies (but then who doesn’t?) and these amazing images, taken in the chugoku region of japan, have simply fueled my desire to track some down and unleash my imagination & camera on them…

made me chuckle…

{via 9gag}

52 rayguns

i am tickled by this series of 52 rayguns created over a 52 week period by 52 different designers and illustrators…

non-stationary stationery

wonderful stop-frame animation, using stationery!  a good song too…against the grain by hudson, an emerging indie-artist from melbourne