Tag Archives: Beautiful

Speaking to the past

I follow Douglas Coupland on Twitter and this morning I checked in to find he has shared a project of his online. He has designed 30 Penguin book covers, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Penguin, but also speaking to those in the past about the world now. The covers made me nostalgic, I remember the orange covers from my childhood, They were a design classic. Coupland’s designs, however, made me both amazed at where we’ve come in those years and sad about where we’ve got to.

Anyway, check his work here and you’ll see what I’m waffling about!

Another epic snowman!

So, I share a link to my friend’s snowman at work and my mate Laura says, ‘We had a good one in our road too’. Today, she emails me the pics. Check them out!

Epic snowman

Epic snowman 2

Just loving the detail…and the dog!!If anyone else has epic snowman pics, please share them!

Barrie

Happy Birthday, Elvis.

Elvis

Best snowman ever. Fact.

One of my matesĀ  has posted these pics on his facebook profile – an epic snowman that he built today after we had a foot of snow. Just heroic!

Strain.

Cheeky

Popping Truffles

Almost there

Cheers Thom – good work!

Barrie

Inflatable Bag Monsters!

Check this video out! A street artist, Joshua Allen Harris, has created these wonderful monsters and bears using rubbish bags and the underground subway ventilation system.

A simple idea executed brilliantly, I think!

Barrie

The world would be a much nicer place….

If everyone thought of small ways of using what they have, like the business pictured below, to help those who need a helping hand, we’d be doing alright. What they are offering is what they do anyway, it’s a no-brainer, and it doesn’t cost them too much. What it does mean is that someone who may have the odds stacked against them in an interview has a chance to play on a (slightly more) level field.

I remember once that my wife and I were driving into town one Sunday when we saw a couple in their fifties running to catch a bus. The bus drove away without them and they stopped and turned on each other looking really upset. My wife asked whether we should offer them a lift, knowing that the next bus wouldn’t be for at least an hour. The couple accepted our offer and looked surprised that someone would actually stop and give them a lift.

As we chatted during the drive into town, they told us that they were celebrating their wedding anniversary by having a dinner in town. If we hadn’t offered a lift, they wouldn’t have made it into town in time. It seemed to me that our little gesture was going to go some way towards making the day a happy memory! It cost us nothing, we were going in anyway, but meant a big deal to them.

Stumbling upon this pic, (which you can find here), reminded me that I used to actively look for little ways to help, bless or cheer someone. A massive ‘Uh-huh’ to these guys for being so great and for inspiring me to look again at little differences I can make.

Barrie

Cool Clocks

What with the focus on the passing of time around New Year, I thought I’d show you two cool clocks that I have found on the web. Unfortunately, I found them both while Stumbling and one says not to post a link as the link will stop working shortly, the other I have lost the link for – it’s kinda poor form to post stuff without linking to give credit but I’m gonna go with it for this one.

I would love to own this clock. I think it looks brilliant and although the chain would have to move incredibly slowly, I think I could sit and watch it for ages. What I most like about it is the vagueness of what the time actually is. You’d have to look at it and think, ‘It must be about half-five…’. I have a friend who lives in Spain and he says that is how he lives his entire life, not watching minutes and being dominated by time. He doesn’t say he’ll meet you at 5pm, he’ll meet you around 5pm. That’s infuriating if you are watching the minutes but if you have the same outlook in life, then it’s cool. Life just goes at a more relaxed and slower pace. I often wish my life was more like that.

If, however, you can’t live like that or wouldn’t want to, then this clock may appeal to you! Start each day by writing your appointments and plans on the clock face, then as your day passes and you achieve your goals for the day, the clock arm wipes them off! I love the sense of achievement this would make me feel as I see my to-do list being wiped by the clock – the flip-side would be that you have to get things done by the time you said or they are gone anyway!

Anyway, these clocks get an ‘Uh-huh’ from me!

Barrie

Ah, Bless!

Found via stumbleupon

Bringing people together.

This artist, Luke Jerram, is placing pianos on city streets and spaces around the world.

As it says on his website, which you should visit btw:

“Located in skate parks, industrial estates, laundrettes, precincts, bus shelters and train stations, outside pubs and football grounds, the pianos are for any member of the public to enjoy and claim ownership of. Who plays them and how long they remain is up to each community. The pianos act as sculptural, musical, blank canvas’s that become a reflection of the communities they are embedded into. Many pianos are personalised and decorated.

Questioning the ownership and rules of public space ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.”

I happen to think that there’s more this, in that I expect that some people will be surprised at finding out another person’s hidden talents. I also think that if you look at the photos, people are coming together and possibly singing along whilst someone plays. I love the way things like this bring communities and people together; it just demonstrates that people do want to have community and that life gets in the way sometimes. Such a simple and original idea.

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This guy has too much time on his hands!

I found this via stumbleupon. This artist, Eric Testroete, decided to make a

“costume for Halloween 2009. It was kind of inspired by big-head mode seen in videogames. I really wanted to get the faceted geosphere look with wireframe.”

As you can see, he did a really great job.

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model4

model5

me

me2

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What do you think?! This guy gets a huge ‘Uh-huh’ from me – what a legend! Check out his website here.

Barrie