Art and Design

10 Ads That Will Make You Totally Queasy

Humans are organic machines.  Instead of oil, we have blood.  Instead of engines we have organs.  And internal organs are just... well, nasty.  They're all floppy and gelatinous and squirt out all matter of fluids.  So leave it up to the marketing guys of the world to utilize internal organs for a (mostly) positive effect. Take the ad to the right. If that's not positive, I don't know what is...

RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.

Survival Straps: Paracord Fashion For The Paranoid Survivalist

Everywhere we go, my husband always feels that he should have at least 6 feet of rope on hand "just in case". What that just in case is, I can never be sure, but I roll my eyes and tell him not to be ridiculous because rope just isn't something that's convenient to pack and carry with us. Someone has been listening in, because now a line of jewelry, called Survival Straps make sure that you always have a sufficient amount of paracord to handle any survival situation and they're awfully fashionable!


Is KissPhone Destined To Become New Cybersex Toy?

A freelance inventor, Georges Koussouros, has come up with one of the first cyberdildonic gadgets -- the KissPhone, capable of sending the real thing by phone from his mouth to yours with all the sensory connections of a real life kiss.

High Tech Bathroom! SmartFaucet Uses Facial Recognition To Set Water Temperature

The smartest faucet in the world is about to be turned on in the market place: the iHouse SmartFaucet.  It uses face recognition to get to your perfect water temperature right away; not only that, but it can... are you ready?  It can check your calendar, give you the outside temperature, and... check your email!

Headlines From Around the World on Newseum.org

If you're a news junkie like the rest of us, you'd better take a look at Newseum's new addition to their website.  They've got headlines from around the world on a graphic interface that is both easy to navigate and comprehensive to the entire globe.

Garbage Bag Fashions Suited For The High Fashion Runways: Editorial Looks On A Budget!

Yesterday I wrote about a costly and luxurious dress made entirely of male peacock feathers and precious gemstones for the bride who really wants to stand out on her wedding day. So today, I thought I'd shift the focus to a series of garments that fall on the other side of the spectrum. Michelle Jank's garbage bag fashions which were designed for an Editorial Series with photographer Paul Scala are an example of a high fashion look for less.

Most Expensive and Luxurious Wedding Dress Will Attract Your Mate!

Every bride wants to feel spectacular on her wedding day, but the most expensive wedding dress spotted this year is typically more about attracting a mate than making a commitment. Of course, the unique Peacock Feather Wedding Dress is a spectacular fashion item that isn't meant to follow the principles of nature from which the materials derived, but it sure makes a bold fashion statement.


Flashiest Vending Machine Of 2009: U’Tique Upscale Beauty Vending Launches In California

I've shown you a wide variety of vending machines in the past, and they're always a big hit as one of the top businesses of convenience; here's a new one for you that might just be the flashiest vending machine of 2009. U'Tique, the most upscale vending machine seen to date is about to launch its first vending location at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, California, and it manages to combine convenience and class through dispensing top of the line beauty products.


Alpoy Makes It Easy to Make Custom Avatars

If you're a frequent visitor to forums, then surely you know the importance of having a cool avatar.  The net nerds of the world will never take you seriously unless they like whatever crazy picture you use to mark your forum territory first.  There's plenty of different ways to make custom avatars using offline programs like Photoshop, but now there's Alpoy, a site dedicated soley to avatar collections.

Cat Meets Alligator In Cardboard Design's Ecological Cat Scratchers

Cardboard scratchers have saved my furniture from my cat. I honestly can't thank them enough. But since they started becoming popular, they've gotten more and more substantial... thicker and definitely more stylish. Just look at these cute cardboard animal sculptures created by Cardboard Designs.

Design The Mobile Phone Of The Future!

LG Mobile Phones, Autodesk®, and crowdSPRING are partnering to sponsor the Design The Future competition searching for the mobile phone of the future.  And, guess what?  They welcome submissions from novices and even give you the tools you need to win.

Zipper Earphones Keep Cords From Tangling on the Fly

Tired of sorting out tangled earphone or headphone cords every time you want to take your MP3 player or iPod out for a musical walk? The innovative Y.I concept earphones employ a built-in zipper that keeps cords in order while adding some zip to your coolness quotient.

Maker Faire Africa: A Celebration of African Ingenuity and Innovation

Maker Faire Africa (MFA) will take place at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Ghana's capital, Accra, on August 13-15, 2009. Its sole purpose is to identify, spur and support local innovation. Read all about this important and glorious event and find out how you can be a part of it.

Brazen Brassiere: Unexpected Undergarment Puts A Hilarious Twist On The Nursing Bra

After yesterday's rather serious article about crafty Polygamists, today we'll up the humor ante with a totally hilarious, scandalous fashion craft, The Nursing Bra. While its name may not be anything unique - been there done that, right? It's not what you think; but don't discard what you're thinking entirely, because naturally an article about bras does have everything to do with breasts.