Month: October 2013

An Ostrich Pillow That Doesn’t Make You Look Like A Dork

Kawamura-Ganjavian, the Madrid-based company responsible for the original Ostrich Pillow and its recent Junior offshoot, have dreamt up yet another napping device. The Ostrich Pillow Light is made from the same stuff of its showier cousins–“silicon coated micro-beads”–but calls for less of a commitment to sleepiness (and dorkiness) than the full Ostriches.

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Found on: FastCoDesign

The World’s Most Vandalized Landmarks

Jim Morrison’s Grave – Paris, France

Jim Morrison's grave Paris

One of the founding member’s of rock music’s “27 club“, Jim Morrison of The Doors was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris after his untimely death due to a drug overdose on July 3rd, 1971.

Jim Morrison's grave graffiti Paris

Jim Morrison's grave Paris

The bust was stolen in 1988.

The Seattle Gum Wall – Seattle, WA, USA

Seattle Gum Wall

This is just gross.

Fremont Troll – Seattle, WA, USA

Fremont Troll graffiti vandalism

Paris Catacombs – under Paris, France

Paris Catacombs graffiti

HOLLYWOOD Sign – California, USA

HOLLYWOOD sign vandalism

Cadillac Ranch – near Amarillo, TX, USA

Cadillac Ranch Texas graffiti

The Little Mermaid – Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid vandalism

Fish Rocks – Trona, CA, USA

Fish Rocks Trona

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Animated Illustrations by Robin Davey

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 Robin Davey, a freelance illustrator, designer, director, and animator has brought some of his recent commissioned illustrations for Wired Italia to life on his Tumblr page. The lead image is for an article about the possibility of an interstellar ark. Davey explains, “I think I was influenced here by a couple of weird sci-fi films that I probably saw at too young and impressionable an age, Silent Running and Saturn 3. No I don’t know why they’re naked.” Although a lot of his fine details were compromised in creating a file size that Tumblr could handle, Davey will be releasing the print version with all the details soon. Follow him on Tumblr so you don’t miss it, then check out his Vimeo channel and follow him on Twitter while you’re at it! Enjoy this small collection of some of our favorite Robin Davey GIFs below.

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Found on: Visual News

Pavement of Stars! Sprayable Glow in the Dark Coating

The coating is applied in three layers, with a middle aggregate stage that absorbs UV energy during the day, which is then released as a blue glow when it’s dark. It’s kind of like a high-tech version of those glow in the dark stickers you put on the walls of your room when you were a kid.

Manufacturer Pro-Teq Surfacing sees Starpath as a way for municipalities to save money, by replacing costly electric pathway lighting with the low-maintenance coating. Installing the surface takes only a few hours, leaving a durable coating that’s slip and rain resistant.

Found on: Geekologie

The Water Bike, Revolutionising Biking One Bay at a Time

Co-founder of the Aiko Agency (focused aptly on innovation and design), this tinkerer built his own bike from a kit, then hacked it to work on the water. He has since founded BayCycle in an effort to make such mods widely available, particularly given the shortcomings of regional bike lanes.

Found on: WebUrbanist

 

Powerful UN Ad Campaign to Highlight Women Abuse

The United Nations have released a powerful series of advertisements advocating for women’s rights around the world.

The premise is simple – renowned advertising agency Ogilvy & Mathers took four women’s portraits and covered their mouths with some of the auto-complete search terms offered by Google’s search engine. These suggested search terms are based on searches done by other users, so they represent convictions held by many who use the search engine. The search terms are perfect examples of many of the beliefs held in male-dominated societies that prevent women from gaining social, cultural and economic equality.

The ads were ordered by UN Women, the UN’s agency responsible for furthering women’s rights issues around the world. They attempt to address problems like political empowerment, equal opportunity, safety, health issues and others.

The UN’s press release for the ad series says, “the searches confirm the urgent need to continue making the case for women’s rights, empowerment and equality, a cause the organization is pursuing around the world. UN Women is heartened by the initial strong reaction to the ads and hopes they will spark constructive dialogue globally.”

Found on: Bored Panda