Creative Dad Invents A Tool That Can Fill 100 Water Balloons A Minute

July 24th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Just as gunpowder and the atomic bomb revolutionized human warfare as we know it, this clever invention by Josh Malone, a Texas-based father of eight, will change summer water balloon warfare forever. His Bunch O Balloons hose fixture is capable of filling 37 water balloons in 20 seconds (or, Malone claims, 100 in a minute).

The fixture works by splitting a water hose’s stream into 37 separate hoses, each of which fills a small water balloon. These water balloons each have their own small black elastic band, which means that they close themselves when the user gently shakes them off of the hose.

More info: Kickstarter | Facebook | Twitter

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Josh Malone, the inventor dad, gets a taste of his own medicine

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Creative Dad Invents A Tool That Can Fill 100 Water Balloons A Minute originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 24, 2014.

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30 Melancholic Cats Waiting For Their Humans To Return

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

Many people say that cats aren’t as affectionate with their owners as dogs, but these cats definitely look like exceptions to this rule. We collected this list of cats waiting by windows for their owners to return to show you that cats can also show us love and affection in their own way.

Various scientific studies have shown that cats are probably less attached to us than we are to them – one study showed that a cat briefly separated from and then reunited with its owner will not run to them the same way that a toddler or a dog will. However, most cat owners (including myself) have plenty of anecdotal evidence that their cats love them – from purring morning headbutts and paw massages to gruesome gifts of mice and birds.

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Image credits: Justyna Zdu?czyk

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Image credits: Francesco Nardi

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Image credits: Igor Pereira

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Image credits: Laura Ascaso

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Image credits: Lyndsay Jobe

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Image credits: Woosra Kim

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30 Melancholic Cats Waiting For Their Humans To Return originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 23, 2014.

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The Faceless People In Chris McKenney’s Photos Will Give you Nightmares

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

Art doesn’t just have to be beautiful rainbows, sunshine and kittens – there is true art and beauty in horror as well. Chsristopher McKenney, a U.S.-based conceptual photographer, understands this perfectly. His dark and twisted surreal photography creates scenes that exist on the boundary between terror and beauty.

The figures in McKenney’s photography seem to be trapped between worlds – some are bisected by floating portals, while others exist only covered by ghostly shrouds. And each is a small but poignant piece of art filled with symbolism and meaning that each of us can interpret for ourselves.

More info: christophermckenney.com | Flickr

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The Faceless People In Chris McKenney’s Photos Will Give you Nightmares originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 23, 2014.

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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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Image credits: Irene

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Image credits: Erin Vey

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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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Image credits: haikocornelissen.com

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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Designed by Good!

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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Image credits: cepolina.com

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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Designed by greenwork.se

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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Image credits: Wei-Feng Xue

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Image credits: Horst Kiechle

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Image credits: Calvin Lee

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Image credits: Pietro Bevilacqua

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Image credits: Brad Grove

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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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Image credits: Mamiko Irie

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Image credits: Makoto Yoneda

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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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    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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