Dustin Summers and Jason Kernevich, the creative minds behind Heads Of State Design Studio, have brought us a new collection of t-shirts that celebrate the Golden Age of Travel, paying homage to airports around the world. The brand Pilot & Captain specialises in t-shirts emblazoned the with the three letter airport codes, from TYO to SAN via MXP. They even stock a pure white shirt for the absent commercial airports of Antarctica.
Now that you know, all you need to do is pick your favourite airport, buy the t-shirt and wear it with pride.
I’ve blogged about Kseniya Simonova’s awe-inspiring sand art animation before (the very touching one she did about the Ukraine war in Ukraine’s Got Talent).
Artist Joe Mangrum takes on sand in a very different manner. He has created over 650 public sand paintings on the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and other big cities since 2009. These bright and colourful sand paintings usually take him six to eight hours of back breaking work, only to have the temporary works disappear later on.
His paintings mimic the geometry and beauty of underwater creatures and carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses. With a pop art feel to them, it’s no wonder that peple passing by can’t help but stop and stare at the entrancing works. Of course, this is all part of Mangrum’s maniacal plot to capture the imagination of his audience and make them a ‘vibrant catalyst in social interactions’.
Banksy is a pseudonymous U.K-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine social commentary with dark humor and can be seen on streets, walls and bridges throughout the world.
Paying tribute to Banksy’s creations, photographer Jeff Friesen has created a LEGO interpretation of Banksy’s series of works and named his collection Bricksy. As Friesen said, ‘There is something compelling about gritty street scenes rendered in clean, modernist LEO bricks’.
Inspired by Banksy’s various art pieces (seen in a small box within the different pieces featured here), Firesen not only infused his LEGO pieces with a humorous twist, but expands Banksy’s works in his own way. Along the way, they arouse the viewer into a ‘What if?’ or ‘If only’ contemplative state of mind.
London has Oyster Card, New York has MetroCard, Melbourne has Myki, and the folks using the Sanriku Railway network have KitKat. That’s right, Starting from June this year train travellers in northern Japan can use KitKat as train tickets.
The idea behind this promotion is to revitalise tourism in a part of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami three years ago. The brand has been supporting the region since 2011 when Nestle discovered that the reconstruction team working on the railway had received KitKat products as a form of encouragement.
KitKat then started working with the railway company, donating 20 yen per bar to the rebuilding project. KitKat also decorated two trains and two train stations with paintings of cherry blossoms. In Japanese culture this symbolises hope. KitKat train tickets will be available until May 2015.
A short, moving film about a father-son relationship.
This is to all the fathers in the world who support their families in strong, silent, unwavering ways.
For everyone else, to remember to love and appreciate your parents before it is too late.
“The Promise” has been nominated for three categories in the 2014 World Film Awards: Golden Award nomination for Best International Film and Best Story, and an Award of Merit nomination for Best Director.
Luxury watch maker Van Cleef & Arpels might have just compacted the vastness of outer space on your wrist with ‘The Midnight Planetarium’. This watch is gorgeous! It’s encased in 18ct gold and sports double sapphire crystals, but the real beauty lies within its face.
Each planet has a corresponding stone that represents it. Aventurine, serpentine, chloromelanite, turquoise, red jasper, blue agate, and sugilte all revolve around the watch, masquerading as planets and stars.
Earth and Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all move according to its orbit. For Saturn, it will take 29 years to make a complete revolution of the dial, Jupiter will take 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days, and Mercury 88 days. Just in case you’re wondering, they didn’t include Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto because their orbits are too long. There’s no point in having dials that you’ll never see rotate. And to tell the time, you just need to look at the shooting star. Cute, huh?
New York-based typographer Brian Gartside teamed up with scientists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Virginia to design the Drinkable Book for Water is Life. The manual not only dispenses safe water tips, but also purifies water.
Each of its pages is coated with silver nano particles that destroy deadly diseases like cholera and typhoid, and every book is packed with enough germ-elimination power to filter up to 5,000 liters of water. It’s a marvelous piece of work.