Fun Arts Made By Everyday Objects and Foods

Reality can be a bore sometimes, which is why most of us are grateful for the creative sparks generated by artists like Victor Nunes. Nunes stretches his imagination, and yours, turning everyday objects like pen caps, biscuits and rubber bands into caricatures of life – well, part of it, at least.

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(Image Source: Victor Nunes Faces)

As an expert on creativity, Victor Nunes has been mashing 2D drawings on paper, together with common, everyday objects to give it a twist. Here we’ve selected 12 of them to show you what we mean, and how fun things can be when imagination comes to the surface.

Rubber Band. The is a perfect first example to showcase the artist’s capability – he can bend the rubber bands and his creative nerves to make all sorts of playful art (except for the noose, of course).

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Bottle Cap. To have fun with everyday objects, you just need to imagine all of the potential functions of it, like how a simple red bottle cap can be turned into an ON button.

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Cork Plug. What can make with a cork plug? Apparently, a lot of wine-related creative mash-ups.

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Pen Cap. Next time you are bored in class, maybe try to make have some fun with your pen caps. Here are a few ideas.

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Razor. Isn’t it impressive how the artist can come up with both a cool racer and a snail using the same razor?

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Clothespin. Turn a regular clothespin into a duck bill or a crocodile, or more.

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Popcorn. Think popcorn is too random to be turned into art? Who would have thought popcorn can be turned into faces. Check these out.

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Dried Apricot. Never expected to see so many drawings made with dried apricots in my life. Talk about boundless imagination!

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Walnut. A personal favorite, as they fit the artworks almost perfectly. Particularly the BBQ chicken. Yummy!

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Breadstick. Now you see the artist’s trick – think of the breadstick as part of bigger entity.

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Biscuit. Proof that you can play with your food (that’s right, mom) and there’s nothing wrong with it.

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Chips. You cannot unsee chips for what they can be now. Is that a face on the potato chip?

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Awesome Examples of Typography

This time we’re gonna show you some truly inspiring works with text, also referred to as typography. This can be used many places; in magazines, advertisements, websites, logos and more. These great pieces will show you that there are no boundaries and that you can make almost anything with text if you have a good portion of creativity and talent.

Typography can in todays terms be so much more than what you find in a book or magazine. It’s turned into a very inspiring form of art, and there are many great pieces out there. Many times they can be mixed with either other graphical elements or some sort of poem or saying. Here we’ve picked the ones that can inspire you and maybe give you some new ideas. Enjoy!

Burdened by ~dylanroscover

 Gun by ~mou5e

En Masse by ~clockblock

your type by ~O-nay

I Speak Alone by ~Gordorca

Beauty by *mrgraphicsguy

Typography Plate 002 by ~Postpwned

I am not myself by ~OrigamiSuicida

What Lies Within by ~um0p3pisdn

Got a Light by ~DesertViper

Typography by ~e-emoo

John Lennon in Type by ~Dencii

Come Back To Me_1600×1050 by ~Dmaghar

Lying by =RenzGFX

Steven Paul Jobs by ~dylanroscover

The Raven by ~swordfishll

Lion by ~rickystuffedpie

The Garamond Fox by ~StolenStars

Martin Luther King Jr. in Type by ~Dencii

Lemons by ~Beautelle

Big Yellow taxi by ~TonyFbaby

Milking by ~buioaloha

The Fall of Sin – Extended by =Anton101

Bang. by ~Q8Toba

Conceptual Art by ~AagaardDS

99 Percent by *jeffrey

Highway of Endless Dreams by ~Axytrix

Addiction by ~tokarnia

Typography by ~AilesdeMort

The Dark Knight by *Prain

love’ by ~drinadesign

One chance by ~Papa-figo

creativity is my thing by *razangraphics

 

social networking by ~IigouthamiI

Typo by ~KalvinK

We hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from these great examples that show the diversity that can be found within typography. Remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, maybe you’ve liked some and disliked others. We would also love to hear your opinions. Which is your favorite?

Thank you for reading!

Via

Minimalist Illustrations to Easily Learn Chinese Characters

“Chineasy”is a project by London author ShaoLan Hsueh and graphic artist Noma Bar designed to provide a simple way to learn Chinese by combining the characters themselves with illustrations. Chineasy represents a return for ShaoLan to her artistic upbringing and is many ways also an arts project. This project is the culmination of her life’s journey through the East and West.

ShaoLan is now writing her second Chineasy book, to be published in autumn 2014.

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Free eBooks For Designers

Whether you’re just starting out in design, or you’re a seasoned pro, the web has some interesting reading for you today.

We’ve done some extensive research and found these brilliant free ebooks for you to download and read – but let us know in the comments if you’ve come across a good book we’ve missed!

There has always been a healthy market for commercial books written by experts, and this isn’t likely to change any time soon: sometimes there’s just no substitute for splashing your cash and getting high quality content in return. That said, there’s a growing movement towards free and freemium content on the web, and the quality of the content is often on a par with the books you’d part cash for.

What’s on offer

Obviously nobody can afford to print and distribute free books (with the exception of the excellent World Book Night movement), but in this age of tablets, smartphones and laptops the electronic book offers a fantastic, and very cheap, way to spread this content.

01. Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook

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The Pixel Perfect Precision e-book has had an important update

The Pixel Perfect Precision (PPP) Handbook from leading digital design agency ustwo has come a long way since it was first released four years ago. What started as 108-page simple guide to best practise with pixels and Photoshop, has grown intoPPP3 – a whopping 214-page designer bible.

02. The Creative Aid Handbook

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The Creative Aid book aims to be a mini resource for your creative projects

Created by Kooroo Kooroo, The Creative Aid is a free book jam packed full of inspiration and available to download today.

Co-founders Nicole Smith and Richard Tapp explain the concept: “It’s a mini resource for your creative projects and food for your creative thoughts. We’ve included our own valuable references and resources we know and trust as a means to help you get your projects done. We want to give you the creative push from a direction you may not have thought of, be it informative, inspirational, or simply entertaining.”

03. One Thing I Know

free ebooks for designers
Creatives pass down their expertise to the next creative generation

‘One Thing I Know’ compiles hard-earned insights from creative entrepreneurs from across the UK. The series of articles is aimed at passing their experience down to the next generation. This is first-hand advice from those who have experienced it – and overcome it – themselves.

04. Type Classification eBook

This excellent 27-page ebook details the 10 key classifications for typography, providing the basic understanding you’ll need to gain a grasp of the fundamentals of type selection. The book covers a brief history for each of the classifications, as well as the core characteristics of the style.

05. Creative Suite Printing Guide

This handy book from Adobe provides all the information you’ll need to get the best-quality results possible when printing from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat.

Over the course of 149 pages the different tools and options within each package are broken down, illustrating how to produce files for print that will provide accurate colour reproduction, pixel-perfect transparency matting and sharp lines.

06. How to be Creative

More of a manifesto than a traditional book, ‘How to be Creative’ offers a useful set of headline approaches to maximising your creativity, with the author Hugh MacLeod offering some insight into his own personal experience of why each is a useful and/or important technique or lesson to spur you on.

07. Breaking the Time Barrier

This ebook tells a parable, using a semi-fictional scenario to illustrate the importance of pricing your work at the right level. The book itself will take an hour or two to read, and really focuses only one core message, but it’s a valuable lesson for designers starting out in business for themselves.

08. Graphic Design for Non-profit Organisations

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Graphic Design for Non-profit Organisations

The book focuses mainly on design and best prac­tices for non-profit orga­ni­za­tions, but the con­tent is a great resource in gen­eral and the teach­ings can be applied pretty much any­where.

09. Typo Tips

This handy free ebook from Font Shop provides a series of tips and techniques to improve your typography, ranging from basic best-practice such as avoiding the use of ALL CAPS, to which type of dash should be used in which scenario. A worthwhile download for anyone interested in type and typography.

10. The Design Funnel

Another manifesto from the ChangeThis.com website, this offering from author Stephen Hay – one of the speakers at our Generate conference – provides a methodology for converting client input (which may often be extremely vague!) into a meaningful design approach. As with Hugh MacLeod’s book, this free PDF offers a personal insight into the process, demonstrating its value.

11. Butterick’s Practical Typography

Matthew Butterick is a designer who’s also a lawyer (or perhaps a lawyer who’s also a designer), and his free typography volume (if you find it useful he offers a few suggestions on ways to pay him) is a suitably thorough collection of all the things you always wanted to know about typography but were afraid to ask. The ‘Typography in ten minutes’ opening chapter is as good a typographical primer as you’ll find anywhere, and from there it goes on to cover pretty much everything with the right mix of detail and clear language.

WordsSam Hampton-Smith

 

Exceptionally Beautiful Product Packagings That Will Steal Your Heart

These product packagings are so innovative and creative that you won’t believe your eyes. So gear up for a treat because these products are winners!

1. Gnome Bread Packaging

1. Gnome Bread Packaging

2. Note

2. Note

Choosing plastic wrap for non-perishable is often a choice that is unjustifiable for the real needs of the product. To address this problem, Corinne Pant looked at the real needs of electronic parts packaging. In a poetic and very functional gesture, it shows us once again that “less is more”.

3. Caffeinated Energy Drink

3. Caffeinated Energy Drink

4. Anti-Theft Lunch Bags

4. Anti-Theft Lunch Bags

An effective way to ward off lunch snatchers! A molded bread designed anti-theft lunch boxes.

5. Royal Tea Bags

5. Royal Tea Bags

Design: Donkey Products

A completely different and funny aspect of tea bags you’d ever never imagined!

6. Kleenex

6. Kleenex

Designer: Hiroko Sanders

A professional designer appreciates something that is attractive, surprising, new, simple and devoid of useless information. The Kleenex “slice of summer” boast all of this at once. This packaging shows great maturity, because the consumer is not bombarded with information that he neither really needs nor wants.

7. Blush Matches

7. Blush Matches

Advertising Agency: BBDO Berlin

Matches with a striking strip right on the panty. It just feels great to “light your fire”.

8. Butter! Better!

8. Butter! Better!

Designer: Yeongkeun

Whenever we eat bread, at the picnic, in the cafe or airplane, we usually use disposable butter. I replaced its ordinary container lid with a wooden, knife shaped one. This way butter can be easily and quickly spread. Butter has 4 flavors which allow the user to make a choice, just as he would chose his favorite ice-cream. This container is not only easy and fast to use but also it makes daily routine of spreading butter more fun and exciting.”

9. Nike Stadium Shoe Box

9. Nike Stadium Shoe Box

Advertising Agency: Publicis, Singapore

Who knew throwing a shoe box would become so difficult after Nike came up with this awesome football stadium themed shoe box design.

10. Porkinson

10. Porkinson

Designer: Jones Knowles Ritchie

The flamboyant bowtie design embodies Parkinson’s quintessentially English personality while providing great standout and navigation on shelf. ‘The bowtie leapt out as a strong symbol of English exuberance and class. It also offered a vast array of colour and pattern to enjoy.

11. Creative Japanese Pastry Packaging

11. Creative Japanese Pastry Packaging

Creative product packaging idea from Japan. According to one Internet commenter “the packaging says “Black melon bread.” More like a pastry snack out of a vending machine than just a cookie.”

12. Waterproof Watches Sold in Bags of Water

12. Waterproof Watches Sold in Bags of Water

Advertising Agency: Scholz & Friends

“We believe in what we can see: the maximum transparency of the packaging design shows the absolute confidence we have in our product. That’s why we submit the Festina Profunda to quality control directly at the point of sale: the watch is presented in a transparent bag filled with distilled water. In subjecting it to this visible test of endurance we can convince the customers of the watch’s outstanding quality.” – Scholz & Friends

13. Honey Packaging for Klein Constantia Farm

13. Honey Packaging for Klein Constantia Farm

Designer: Terence Kitching at At Pace design and Communication

The small white box resembles a bee have box with embossed ridges to denote planks of wood & nails. The famous Klein Constantia crest is gold foiled on the front of the box below the diecut slit that has one bee on its way into the box inviting you to open the packaging. The box opens to reveal a, bee covered, honey comb pattern as well as small diecut bees packaged inside each box.

14. Ford Ranger Extreme: Matchbox

14. Ford Ranger Extreme: Matchbox

Advertising Agency: JWT, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A matchbox with an edge : New Ranger Extreme with extendable cargo bed. Innovative Indeed!

15. Smirnoff Caipiroska

15. Smirnoff Caipiroska

Designer: JWT

To launch the new formula of the flavors of Smirnoff Caipiroska, the Brazilian drink that is popular worldwide, design agency JWT created bottles with the texture of the fruit for the flavors lemon, passion fruit and berries and a diagonal perforation, so that consumers could feel the unique experience of peeling a drink made of fruit.

16. Anti-Smoking Pack

16. Anti-Smoking Pack

Designed by R.J. Reynolds

Designed to create fear among smokers – a pack of cigarettes in a coffin shaped box coz you know where you’re headed to when you smoke!

17. Cole & Weber United: Holiday Log

17. Cole & Weber United: Holiday Log

Advertising Agency: Cole & Weber United, Seattle, USA

“What better holiday moment than settling in with a bottle of wine and a warm ?re in those cold, long months? We took logs of fresh pine and milled them to hold a wine bottle and a box of customized matches. Inside the log was a cheerful greeting and instructions on how to properly enjoy the gifts. Not only did we create a great shipping container for the wine, but that container was the backdrop for a great holiday experience that could last beyond its opening.” – Cole & Weber United, Seattle, USA

18. Guggle Bum

18. Guggle Bum

Designer: jjaaakk design

Packaging design for a fun and twisted bubble gum brand. Beneath the cutesy exterior lies an unexpected twist: removing the outer box reveals the skeleton of each “bum”.

19. Medicom Pharma: Target Heavy Food

19. Medicom Pharma: Target Heavy Food

Advertising Agency: BBDO, Germany

The aim was to show the affected people that (plant-based) Nobilin has the power to aid digestion.

20. Six Feet Under DVD Box

20. Six Feet Under DVD Box

A very creative way to sell DVD boxes..Cool and green!

21. Parmesan Pencils

21. Parmesan Pencils

Advertising Agency : Kolle Rebbe / KOREFE, Hamburg, Germany

“Take the Parmesan Pencil, sharpen it using the enclosed sharpener, and you have delicious, fresh Parmesan cheese on your meal. There couldn’t be an easier way to decorate your pasta & co. And the packaging also plays a central role: Using a scale on the pens and on the back of the packaging, it’s not only easy to tell how much grated Parmesan Pencil you need for each dish, you can even see how many calories each serving contains. So kitchen craftsmen have everything perfectly under control.” – Kolle Rebbe / KOREFE, Hamburg, Germany

22. Saliami Postmodern CD

22. Saliami Postmodern CD

Designer: Mother Eleganza

This is the CD package design of Lithuanian musician SHIDLAS, album named “Saliami Postmodern”. The CD is vacuumed like real salami and the sticker with contents is like it would be from meat shop.

23. Heresod T-Shirts

23. Heresod T-Shirts

Designer: Prompt Design

Heresod created a new line of t-shirts that are sold in simple & distinctive packaging that resemble the packaging of food found in gourmet supermarkets. For example, a ‘pork’ t-shirt is sold in the Styrofoam deli packaging used in the butcher’s section of a supermarket. All the t-shirts in the product line are uniquely packaged to make their products more eye-catching and to create a fun & novel shopping experiences for consumers.The unique packaging created instant brand recognition amongst consumers which generated large volumes of word-of-mouth advertising.

24. Gloji Juice

24. Gloji Juice

The unusual light bulb shaped bottle is a nice reference to the energy-giving properties of the drink.

25. NYC Spaghetti

25. NYC Spaghetti

Designer: Alex Creamer

“I created this spaghetti packaging for a university project last year. The brief was to package one of 5 difficult items i.e. eggs, a rose, custard powder, spaghetti or marbles. I chose spaghetti.” – Alex Creamer

26. Expiry Date Milk Cartons

26. Expiry Date Milk Cartons

Designed by: Ko Yang

You never have to experience sour milk again!

27. Coca-Cola Cups

27. Coca-Cola Cups

28. Flower Pills

28. Flower Pills

Designed by Moon Sun-Hee

What better to make eating pills less sad and more appealing to the eyes than these flower pills.

29. “City Harvest” – Empty Stomach Bag

29. “City Harvest” – Empty Stomach Bag

Designer: Andy Winner and One Show Merit

“The benefit of City Harvest is demonstrated as the empty stomach bags are filled with food. The bags are supplied to supermarkets, grocery stores, etc.” – Andy Winner and One Show Merit

30. Break Fast

30. Break Fast

Designer: Niklas Hessman

A kind of taste pack for oatmeal. This package contains the right amount of oatmeal with added sugar and salt. You break your BREAK FAST pack over a bowl, add water and cook in the microwave. Then you can tentatively serve with cold milk. The idea is to target a new audience that otherwise would not eat oatmeal, but also to those who are usually in a hurry in the morning and tend to skip today’s most important meal, breakfast. Break it fast and have a BREAK FAST!

31. Gortz 17 Shoelace Box

31. Gortz 17 Shoelace Box

Advertising Agency: Kempertrautmann

To boost the sales of a stylish shoe that’s already a cult product, Kempertrautmann agency created new packaging that made the brand even more desirable in terms of look and functionality.

32. CD Bakery

32. CD Bakery

Designed by York/Sheridan

It may seem like a loaf of bread, but stacking your CD’s was never this different and stylish.

33. Kirei Towel

33. Kirei Towel

Designer Hannah Jor

“Towel’s purpose is to clean. To expand its strength, the towel is packaged in a pencil, acting as the “eraser” as part of the pencil. They can be sold as individuals or as a pack of colourful pencil crayons! Let’s erase the blemishes on your face!” – Hannah Jor

34. The Tulip

34. The Tulip

 
Designer: Wire Innovations

Wine Innovations developed this ingenious concept of a single serving wine glasses called The Tulip. Just like a container of yogurt it has a peal-off foil lid. The wine is sealed using patented technology to maintain wine quality and to give a shelf life of over 1 year. The wine glass are filled with red, white or rose wine and is made from plastic so there are no worries of broken glass.

35. Mount Fuji Tissue Holder

35. Mount Fuji Tissue Holder

Designer: Tomohiro Ikegaya

A cool and refreshing look given to tissue boxes can change the very perception and emotion associated with using the product. Thus Tomohiro came out with this exotic idea!

36. Fruit Juice Packaging

36. Fruit Juice Packaging

Designed by Naoto Fukasawa

What can better define a fresh juice than its innovative packaging. This one’s brilliant don’t you agree?

37. Milk Carton

37. Milk Carton

Designed by Julien De Repentigny & Gabriel Lefebvre

38. Coconut Water

38. Coconut Water

Describes how natural and fresh the product is by packing it into its own source!

39. Clearasil: Squeeze

39. Clearasil: Squeeze

Advertising School: Hambre, Leo Burnett Lisbon School

“Clearasil is a pharmaceutical gel designed to fight Acne, widely used by teenagers on puberty. Its image is very strong near this target but not so strong among general practitioners.” – Hambre, Leo Burnett Lisbon School

40. Fruit-Shaped Jam Bottles

40. Fruit-Shaped Jam Bottles

Advertising Agency: tapsa

“Fruit-Shaped jam bottle advertising manipulations for La Vieja Fabrica.” – tapsa

41. Tea Hangers

41. Tea Hangers

Designed by Soon Mo Kang

So that you’re tea bags never float away or slip away in your hot tea ever!