Celebrities become part of classic masterpieces when magazines are perfectly lined up

Sep 16, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

Eisen Bernardo, a Philippines-based graphic designer and illustrator, is carefully superimposing iconic magazine covers onto pieces of classical artwork. He says of his project, Mag + Art

This ongoing project…is my way of giving homage to the magazines – as a venue of human artistic expression and vehicle of popular culture.

The result is a beautifully curated collection of new icons that are equal parts amusing and intriguing…

The Birth of Angelina

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The Ryan of Man; Rihanna’s Mood

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Woman renews vows with mannequin husband after 14 years [Exclusive pics & interview]

Jul 23, 2014 By Jake Johnson 0

In February, we featured a series of photos by Suzanne Heintz with her mannequin “family,” (“Single Woman Spends 14 Years with Mannequin Family to Make a Point“). In the spirited comments section, the photos were called “creepy,” “brilliant,” and everything in between.

Since then, Suzanne and I have kept in contact, and a couple months ago I got the skinny on her planned “chapter two” of her project, officially called “The Playing House Project,” in which she and her stoic mannequin husband renew their wedding vows.

I took the opportunity to send Suzanne a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her project. She graciously took the time to thoughtfully answer them, and to give us an exclusive scoop on the renewal ceremony photos.

You’re the first to see these, so enjoy!

Artist buys imitation family to satirize conformity

Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I came across your work in mid-February this year and was delighted by it. Since then, on our site alone, it’s been shared 150,000 times on Facebook. And I know you’ve had a lot of press elsewhere too. But you’ve been committed to this project for a long time. How does it feel to see something into which you’ve invested so much time and energy garner the exposure it has recently?

It’s just like jumping into a hot spring. Shocking at first, and wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve said before that I’m pleased as punch to be born at the time I was. Not only because as a woman, I’ve got more choices in life than any generation before, but I’m also amazed at how much opportunity, and exposure, living in the information age provides.

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If you can spot what changed in Google’s new logo, you have an amazing eye for detail

May 28, 2014 By Abraham 4

Google updated their logo over the weekend. Did you notice?

Here’s the updated version…

Google Logo - After

And for reference, here’s the previous one…

Google Logo - Before

Can you tell what they changed?

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Check out the fun invention that turns any set of stairs into a slide [6 pictures]

May 21, 2014 By Joey White 0

If you’ve always wanted a slide in your house, inventor Trisha Cleveland is here to help.

She has developed a set of folding mats that convert any set of stairs into a slide

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The Minnesota native still has work to do to get her product to production, but given the positive attention she’s receiving, it seems inevitable that you’ll be able to buy your own version soon…

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Does every book about Africa have the same cover?

May 13, 2014 By Abraham 0

Doctoral candidate in international history Simon Stevens was reading Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun when he realized it looked kind of familiar. He did some looking around on Good Reads and discovered something intriguing about books related to Africa…

An inordinate number get “the acacia tree sunset treatment”…

Book designs and Africa

The site Africa Is a Country, whose ironic flair you can guess from their name, summarizes their analysis of this cover collection…

In short, the covers of most novels “about Africa” seem to have been designed by someone whose principal idea of the continent comes from The Lion King.

Read more at Quartz.

Inventive table is both a human workspace and a kitten’s playland [7 pictures]

Apr 26, 2014 By Joey White 1

Created by designer Ruan Hao, this curious table allows space for both the office worker and their cats…

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Cat Table 1

Hao’s desk, which he’s named CATable, has garnered attention thanks to its exhibition at Milan Design Week this year. Labeling it a “paradise for cats,” Hao is uniquely bridging the gap between human work and kitty play, though for most of us, rudimentary cardboard boxes will continue to suffice…

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Ad agency spoofs competitor’s huge, continuous “superdesk,” brags they have a continuous floor

Apr 10, 2014 By Joey White 0

A few months ago, advertising company Barbarian Group rolled out their shiny New York office in a video that showcased the centerpiece of the space — a continuous 4,400-square-foot “Superdesk” with a “surfboard top material” that seats up to 175 people. The workspace is impressive…

Of course, Barbarian Group’s office is wildly different from those that most of us work in, so rival advertising agency Barton F. Graf 9000 created their own video showcasing their ordinary office space. The highlight of their office, presented in deadpan style, is their continuous floor…

(via Design Taxi)