Your Instagram masterworks deserve to break free of their pixellated prisons, spread their wings and start a new life as... photorealist oil paintings! That's the transformative promise of Pixelist. The startup offers handmade oil paintings of any image you can capture or create, with "commissions" starting at $150. How? A bunch of willing and able Chinese painters sourced by founder Will Freeman, an Emory grad now based in Hong Kong. Notes Freeman, "We’re using the very thing that nearly killed realistic painting centuries ago -- the photograph -- to bring it back."
"It's not what you know that counts, it's what you do!" While that's not a sentiment we can rightfully endorse, it sums up the loopy logic of Logo Party, a brandtastic board game that tests your logo knowledge. Get your teammates to guess brands by giving them clues based upon the four ways to play: draw it, describe it, do it and reveal it. The first team to reach the "Logo Party Space" wins!
Calling all art lovers in small spaces with imaginative minds: meet Turnover, illustrated and photographic panels that can be stacked on top of one another in a frame to create custom wall art. "In an era of customization, where everyone wants something unique to their personality, we have decided to reconsider the way we think about art," say founders Katie MacLachlan, Sisi Recht and Robyn Faith Donnelly. The New York-based company is now in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign, and backers will get first dibs on infinitely swappable, mix-and-match packs.
What if a logo revealed the true nature of a company, as opposed to the image it aspires to present to the world? Such is the parallel universe imagined by Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz, who has created a series of "honest logos" for megabrands ranging from Apple (the text below the silvery fruit becomes "Appearance Costs") to YouTube ("CatVideos"). Some may have a future as guerrilla public health campaigns, aimed at too-frequent customers of McDonald's ("McDiabetes"), Camel ("Cancer") or Marlboro ("Moneywaster"). Hertz enjoys tweaking international commercial icons, but he's also modest about the results. "Some are cheap, some might be a bit funny, some will maybe be brilliant," he says. "I don't know."
Celebrate creative magazine covers and their inspiring designers with Coverjunkie, an ever-growing online stockpile of magazine covers that inspire and amaze. Dutch graphic designer Jaap Biemans created the site in part to feed his own magazine addiction, which began when he first picked up an issue of the rock monthly Ray Gun. "It shocked my world," says Biemans. "Covers are able to do that in many ways -- they're always evolving and reflect our visual culture." Check in frequently to see newly added greatest hits along with fresh-off-the-presses fare, and send in your favorites. Advises Biemans, "When a cover smacks you in the face, refreshes your brain, or you wanna lick it... that's a cover qualified for Coverjunkie."
An eco-friendly umbrella? Put down that stick and tarp and grab a Brelli, the world’s first biodegradable umbrella. Designed by Pam Zonsius, the Brelli covers a bamboo parasol frame with a sleek canopy of transparent biofilm. The result is a sturdy reimagining of a delicate design classic that also happens to be 100 percent green. Available in a growing range of sizes and colors, each Brelli comes tucked inside an organic cotton carrying case and can be decorated with permanent paint markers (non-toxic, of course). Finally, a way to protect oneself from the environment without contributing to its destruction.