Letters Leap Off The Page In 3D Calligraphy By Tolga Girgin

July 23rd, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Although calligraphy is an ancient art form, it will probably remain relevant for as long as humans continue to communicate with written language. This 3D calligraphy art by Tolga Girgin, an electrical engineer and graphic designer in Turkey, is an excellent example of how this ancient art continues to evolve even today.

Girgin’s graceful letters seem to peel or tear off of the page owing to his skillful and clever shading. Their flowing forms and bright coloration serve to make them even more eye-catching.

More info: Behance | Instagram (h/t: colossal)

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Letters Leap Off The Page In 3D Calligraphy By Tolga Girgin originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 23, 2014.

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Giant Life-Like Moths And Butterflies Made Of Embroidered Fabric by Yumi Okita

July 23rd, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Yumi Okita, a talented North Carolina-based artist, creates beautiful embroidered art depicting large moths, the less popular but no less beautiful cousin of the ubiquitous butterfly.

Okita’s creations, replete with fur, eyes, legs, antennae, and finely-embroidered wing patterns, strike a fine balance between artistry and realism. There’s a wonderful tension between the beauty of her work and the unsettling creepy-crawly furriness of a giant bug – her creations can reach up to almost a foot in width.

To check out more of Okita’s moths and other insect creations (like a cuddly cicada), check out her Etsy!

More info: Etsy (h/t: colossal)

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Giant Life-Like Moths And Butterflies Made Of Embroidered Fabric by Yumi Okita originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 23, 2014.

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22 Little Kids And Their Big Dogs

July 22nd, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

Despite their sometimes fearsome appearance, larger or even giant dog breeds can make especially good family friends, loving and protecting your children as their own. And, as this list illustrates, they look absolutely adorable together!

Not all big dogs are good for families – guard dogs or herders can be anxious or over-protective around kids. But some small breeds are also unsuitable around children because of their tendency towards nipping and aggression.

The benefits of raising children with a pet are numerous – they teach responsibility, compassion and confidence, and they will protect your kids and keep them active.

(h/t: huffpost)

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22 Little Kids And Their Big Dogs originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 22, 2014.

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24 Green Design Ideas Inspired By Nature

July 22nd, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Living in an urban environment certainly has its many advantages, but most of us city folk still pine for the great outdoors. And if weekend or vacation outings just aren’t enough, there are plenty of designers out there who have created ingenious green designs that bring tiny little pieces of nature into our homes and urban settings.

Some of these are simply creative home products designed to mimic nature in clever ways, but some of them are the real deal. After all, the feel of a plastic plant can’t compare to that of a real, living and breathing one. Whether it’s moss or grass planted onto a moist and nutrient-rich sponge or a clever arrangement of soil and grass, these products and design elements are sure to help sate your hankering for nature until your next vacation or weekend trip into the great outdoors.

Picnyc Table

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Ivy Bike Lock

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Designed by Sono Mocci

A Wearable Planter

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Designed by Colleen Jordan

Living Moss Bath Mat

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Designed by Nguyen La Chanh

Pooleaf Pen

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Cat Grass Table

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Designed by Emily Wettstein

LED Mushroom Lamps

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Designed by Yukio Takano

Grass Flip-Flops

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Designed by Kusa

Leaf T-Shirts

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Designed by Dave Rittinger

Interactive Cloud Lamp

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Designed by Richard Clarkson

Leaf-It Sticky Notes

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Designed by Appree

Flower Pots

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Green Umbrella Stand

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Designed by Simon Enever

Waterdrop Magnets

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Designed by Appree

Dilston Grove

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Designed by Ackroyd & Harvey

Greenhouse Lamp

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Designed by Kristyna Pojerova

Green Bed

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Growing Jewelry

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Designed by  Hafsteinn Juliusson

Bloomin’ Designer’s Business Card

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Designed by Jamie Wieck

Leaf Tie

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Designed by Tsunho Wang

Living Desk

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Grassy Page Markers

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Designed by yuruliku

One Pot, Two Lives

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Designed by Sheng-Zhe Feng and Ling-Yuan Chou

Living Wall

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Designed by Jean Nouvel | Image credits: Lauren Manning

24 Green Design Ideas Inspired By Nature originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 22, 2014.

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Happy Birthday, Snooty! The World’s Oldest Known Manatee Turns 66

July 22nd, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Just yesterday (July 21), Snooty the lovable old manatee turned the ripe old age of 66. As the oldest manatee in captivity, and potentially the oldest one ever, he makes a strong case for manatee conservation. Few manatees in the wild live past 30, and most don’t make it past 10 – due to both natural and man-made dangers.

Despite their sweet dispositions and harmless dispositions, and despite the love that visitors to the South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium have for Snooty, manatees are nonetheless endangered. In fact, they suffer mutilations from boats on a regular basis because of insufficient protections safeguarding them from razor-sharp propellers.

More info: southfloridamuseum.org | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: huffpost)

Happy birthday, Snooty!

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Snooty was born in 1948 – when Harry S. Truman was President in the U.S.

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Because he was born and raised in captivity, Snooty cannot be released into the wild.

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“Snooty eats 70-80lbs of lettuce, carrots, kale, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli and other assorted vegetables daily. With a diet like that, there’s no wonder why he’s the world’s oldest manatee!” - South Florida Museum

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Research performed with Snooty has helped expand researchers’ understanding of manatees. What once seemed to many like a dumb species (in part because of their tiny brains in proportion to their body mass) is now known to have intelligence comparable to that of dolphins, though with far less grace and agility.

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Happy Birthday, Snooty! The World’s Oldest Known Manatee Turns 66 originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 22, 2014.

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10 Tree Roots Winning Their Battle Against Concrete

July 21st, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Mankind’s relationship with nature is a difficult one – we must use it, live in harmony with it, protect it and protect ourselves from it. These visually striking images that we collected of tree roots colliding with concrete are beautiful symbolic representations of this complicated relationship.

It’s hard to say what it is exactly about tree roots that capture our imagination, but they have done so for thousands of years. They snake through many world cultures’ folk-tales and legends and take root in our symbolic vocabulary. The slow but sure force with which they crush and overcome concrete (and sometimes even steel) inspires visions of a natural reclamation of the civilized world, and their serpentine forms inspire visions of rivers and lightning.

Whatever these photos make you think of, we hope you love them as much as we do!

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10 Tree Roots Winning Their Battle Against Concrete originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 21, 2014.

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This 144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan Looks Like A Pink Sky

July 21st, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

These stunning photographs, which look like a glorious late evening sky with dashes of pink and purple, are actually pictures of Japan’s largest wisteria (or wistaria, depending on whom you ask) plant.

This plant, located in Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, is certainly not the largest in the world, but it still comes in at an impressive 1,990 square meters (or half an acre) and dates back to around 1870 (the largest, at about 4,000 square meters, is the wisteria vine in Sierra Madre, California). Although wisterias can look like trees, they’re actually vines. Because its vines have the potential to get very heavy, this plant’s entire structure is held up on steel supports, allowing visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms.

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This 144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan Looks Like A Pink Sky originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 21, 2014.

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One Fast Cat: A Hamster Exercise Wheel For Cats

July 21st, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

It turns out that an exercise treadmill wheel is a great exercise device not only for hamsters, but also for cats! Inventor Sean Farley and his team in California came up with a giant replica of the hamster wheel designed to entertain bored cats. The device lets our little feline friends spend their days exercising instead of just lying around the house.

Called One Fast Cat, the wheel helps the house cats use up their pent-up energy, which would normally be spent hunting. Exercising instead of lying around keeps the cat more lively and energetic all day long. The creators explain on their website that: “in field testing our cat wheel has proven to not only enhance the physical well-being of our cat but altered her disposition to be more relaxed and calm.”

Hamsters, rats, cats – they all use wheel treadmills to fight boredom and to exercise. Maybe we should too?

More info: onefastcat.com | Kickstarter (h/t: laughingsquid)

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One Fast Cat: A Hamster Exercise Wheel For Cats originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 21, 2014.

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Watch This Dog’s Adorable Apology After He Steals A Baby Girl’s Toy

July 21st, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

“Oh s**t” moments are not just human – they are common to the entire animal kingdom. When Charlie the adorable beagle took his owner’s daughter’s toys away, she immediately protested, and he sprang into action to apologize!

The way Charlie decided to fix his mistake was hilarious. He began piling toys into Laura’s baby chair, returning the toy he took with considerable interest. The little girl is eventually covered in toys, but she also stops crying!

Charlie’s owner explains that “When Charlie takes any of Laura’s toys he always gives it back. We keep her toys in the basket, but he loves to open it and bring it to her (WITHOUT ASKING).” He responded to criticism that the video is staged by posting a video to Facebook showing Charlie retrieving toys without commands.

More info: Facebook | Youtube

Little Laura started crying after Charlie the beagle stole her toy

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Charlie pulled out Laura’s toy box in an attempt to make things right

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Under his owner’s admonishing eye, Charlie began to bring Laura gifts and toys…

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…and even more toys and gifts…

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Eventually, the little girl was covered in toys!

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P.S.: Charlie’s owner responded to critics who said that it had all been staged by posting this video on Facebook, explaining that Charlie loves to bring Laura toys from her toy box

Watch This Dog’s Adorable Apology After He Steals A Baby Girl’s Toy originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 21, 2014.

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Incredible Body Paintings By Gesine Marwedel Transform People Into Animals And Organs

July 18th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Gesine Marwedel is a brilliant body painting artist based in Germany who creates both beautiful and terrifying pieces of art right on the models who serve as her living canvases.

Marwedel is a master of painting on and with the human form – she can either emphasize it to work with her painting, or eliminate it to let her painting shine through. In both cases, she creates beautiful art that melds together with the people it’s painted on.

These aren’t just pretty pictures – Marwedel also believes in the therapeutic qualities of art. She has even published a book exploring how body painting can be used as therapy.

More info: gesine-marwedel.de | Facebook

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Incredible Body Paintings By Gesine Marwedel Transform People Into Animals And Organs originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 18, 2014.

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  • About us

    It was in the back corner of McDonalds with a couple of hours to wait for a train home to Norwich, that theDot first came together. Freshly inspired by a weekend at the 4designers conference in London and having traipsed around museums and exhibitions all day, three minds came together over chicken burgers and chips.

    The three are currently studying Graphic Communication at Norwich University College of the Arts, where they delve into advertising, corporate branding, design for publishing, photography, illustration and so on. All confident in their skills, but continuing on their learning journey.

    We are a new design group hoping to achieve great things

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