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Break Out Your Vintage Rotary Phone With This 1950s Manual

It’s hard to remember a time when telephones didn’t exist, but this hilarious etiquette booklet from 1951 reminds us that there was a time when they needed an instruction manual. Published by Bell Telephone System, <i>The Telephone and How We Use It</i> was intended as a beginner’s guide on all things …

Design

Blooming Sketchbooks Overflow with Gorgeous Color Block Collages

Like many creative thinkers, multi-media artist Eva Magill-Oliver is constantly filling sketchbooks with her inspired ideas and artistic visions. What sets her drawing pads apart from others, however, is that hers are not filled with simple sketches or jotted notes. Instead, hers burst with color …

Art

Realistic Plant Pillows Bring the Perfectly Imperfect Beauty of Nature Indoors

With its nature-inspired collection of cozy cotton pillows, Etsy shop Plantillo makes cuddling up to a spiky succulent or a prickly pinecone seem appealing. The realistic plant pillows are the perfect way to spruce up your home, freshen up a space, and “bring the outdoors in.”<p>Each unique pillow …

Gardening

Creative Dad Chronicles His Daughter’s Lives Through Fantastical Photos

Throughout the years, John Wilhelm has been prolific in chronicling the lives of his three girls. For a parent, that fact comes as no surprise. Where Wilhelm deviates from the norm, however, is how he does it. For over six years, the photographer and self-taught digital manipulator has put his kids …

Photography

Modern and Minimalist Timepiece Tells Time with a Levitating Sphere

In 2015, Flyte, an innovative and inventive company comprised of creatives, engineers, designers, and artists, wowed the world with their levitating lightbulb. Following the success of the light-as-air lamp, the team has come up with a new gravity-defying goodie: <i>Story</i>, a floating clock.<p>Simply …

Watches

Detailed Freehand Architectural Sketches Showcase Incredible Skill

In this digital age, it’s refreshing to see that some people are continuing to learn their craft by taking pencil to paper. Architecture student Adelina Gareeva showcases her detailed freehand architectural sketches via her Instagram, allowing followers to see her progress as a student.<p>Gareeva, who …

Painting

Playful “Exploded Chair” Illusion Looks Like a Seat That’s Falling Apart Right Under You

Student Joyce Lin is a designer in her final year obtaining a dual degree at RISD and Brown. Majoring in furniture design and biology, her unique mix of talents is clear in her piece, titled <i>Exploded Chair</i>.<p>Made from maple and acrylic, Lin’s design plays on the illusion of a deconstructed chair. By …

Design

Floating ‘Trash Wheels’ Clean Up 1 Million Pounds of Debris in Baltimore’s Harbor

Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel sounds like cute cartoon characters, but they are actually garbage fighting machines that are helping clean up Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. These solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors have effectively been combatting water pollution since 2014.<p>The …

Water

Former Couple Get Together for an Emotional Breakup Photo Shoot

When you’re going through a breakup, it can be painful to even think about the person—but to see them again? For some, that’s out of the question. And to do an emotionally intimate photo shoot with them after the fact? That’d be impossible! But for one former couple, Harrison Bach and Jacqueline …

Relationships

Artist Uses Kintsugi to Mend Cracked Streets with Gold

Contemporary artist Rachel Sussman is mending cracks in our urban environment with her series <i>Sidewalk Kintsukuroi</i>. Inspired by kintsugi—also known as kintsukuroi—the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Sussman brings this philosophy to city pavements.<p>Sussman was already attracted to …

Art

Adorable Rescue Puppy is Born with a Selfie on Her Ear

Lots of dogs have interesting markings, but rescue puppy Lucy was born with something extra special on her ear. Lucy, who was born to a stray dog at Rochester, New York’s Lollypop Farm last year, is already adorable, but the markings on her ear are extraordinary.<p>It was an observant visitor to the …

Cute

14 Companion Plants That Should Always Be Planted Next to Each Other

You may think that sunlight, soil, and water are all that a garden needs to flourish, but did you know that plants also thrive on companionship? While you won’t find your flowers socializing, sowing certain types of seeds in pairs has been scientifically proven to culminate in healthier and happier …

Gardening

15+ Times Artists Fixed Broken Objects and Made Them Better Than Before

Typically, when we stumble upon a broken object, we feel one of two inclinations: to attempt to restore the piece to its former self, or to simply discard it. Both options possess potential problems, however, as seamlessly repairing damaged items requires great skill and throwing an object away can …

Sculpture

Elegant Installation Visualizes Music as Pastel Pink Bubbles

In his fanciful photographic series <i>Filling Spaces</i>, graphic designer and practiced pianist Federico Picci imagines music materialized as delicate, blush-colored bubbles. Much like a melodic tune, the dreamy orbs whimsically waft through the air, occupying any empty space with their ethereal presence.<p>…

Art

World’s First Braille Smartwatch has Tactile Dots for Users to Feel Messages on Screen

There’s a new smartwatch called Dot hitting the shelves that’s designed specifically for people who are blind. It’s a sleek-looking device that represents a different direction for assistive smartwatches. Many of these timepieces have previously relied on audio prompts, but instead, the Dot …

Wearable Tech

Discarded Scraps Transformed into Functional Wood and Resin Stools

South Korean design studio Hattern has come up with a clever upcycled furniture idea that ensures no waste is left behind. <i>Zero Per Stool</i> is a gorgeous piece of resin and wood furniture that answers the question of how furniture can be fabricated without waste.<p>The stool consists of white oak legs …

Furniture

Black Cosplayer Breaks Boundaries with Diverse Array of Creative Costumes

There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month, and some cosplayers are doing so with #28DaysofBlackCosplay. The hashtag was originally created in 2015 by fellow cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch with the goal of promoting inclusion and breaking down racism in the cosplay community. She explained …

Cosplay

Kindhearted Kenyan Man Drives Hours Each Day to Bring Water to Thirsty Animals

Earlier this month, Kenya declared its ongoing drought a national disaster. The years-long dry spell has affected million of people and animals, and has resulted in a barren and bleak landscape. Though there is no quick fix to the problem, 41-year-old Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua, a kindhearted Kenyan …

Wildlife

NASA Discovers 7 Earth-Sized Planets, Some of Which May Be Inhabitable

Does alien life exist? It’s a question asked by everyone from David Bowie to <i>The X-Files</i>, but an exciting discovery by researchers may bring us one step closer to knowing the truth. In a study published in <i>Nature</i>, scientists revealed the discovery of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.<p>The …

Astronomy

Amusing Mashups Imagine the Alternate Lives of Superhero Action Figures

What do superheroes do when we’re not looking? Japanese Instagramer @hotkenobi gives us an idea with his amusing series of action figure photography. The playful scenes feature characters from the Marvel, DC, and <i>Star Wars</i> universes engaging in some hilarious pranks and epic battle scenes… with …

Comics

10 Must-See Sites of Iran’s Historical Architecture

Bursting with rich history, Iran’s architecture helps weave a tale of the country’s long, Persian culture. Decorative tile work and ingenious feats of engineering are hallmarks of Persian architecture throughout the centuries.<p>And with twenty UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there is no shortage of …

Iran

Ingenious Jacket Keeps Cyclists Safe and Stylish with Reflective Map Fabric

The new <i>Atlas Jacket</i> by outdoor clothing company Showers Pass not only keeps you safe while on the road, but is the coolest reflective jacket we’ve seen in awhile. The special MapREflect fabric incorporates the streets of 11 bike-friendly cities into its unique design.<p>Let the streets of Portland, …

Clothing

DIY Wood and Resin Bowl Captures the Beauty of a Shimmering Ocean Shore

Artisan Peter Brown is a self-proclaimed “geek with a full set of power tools” who takes advantage of his knowledge and skills to create gorgeous DIY projects. With an incredible attention to detail and skillful hand, he’s recently produced a wooden bowl that glistens with blue resin dancing around …

Woodworking

Traveler’s Photos Capture the Beautiful Diversity of Remote Cultures Around the World

Eight years ago, photographer Alexander Khimushin set off on an adventure around the globe—and he’s been a permanent nomad ever since. This lifestyle has allowed him to see incredible sights while also teaching him a valuable lesson: people are the most amazing part of his travels. “Especially in …

Photography

IKEA Releases DIY Instructions to Create Your Own Globe-Shaped Greenhouse

Last year, we shared our excitement over the Growroom, a spherical and sustainable solution to urban farming designed by Space10 (a “future-living lab” launched by IKEA in 2015). It was merely a highly anticipated prototype at the time; however, IKEA has made it a reality. The innovative furniture …

IKEA

Photographer Captures the Enchanting Spirit of a Photogenic Fox in the Woods

A fox’s persona always seems to have an air of mystery about it, so it’s no wonder we’re continually fascinated by these creatures. Iza Łysoń captures their alluring spirit with her stunning fox photography. The 19-year-old creative, who’s currently a student of neurobiology, has been honing her …

Photography

Space-Themed Birthday Cake Reveals an Entire Universe When Sliced

Want to make sure someone’s birthday out of this world? This spectacular dessert will do the trick! Naushee (aka Pedagiggle) created this multi-layered space birthday cake for her 4-year-old son, Ilyas, that’s as (inter)stellar inside as it on the outside. The exterior of the tall treat features …

Dessert

Breathtaking Architectural Concept for a Cliffside Retreat in Iceland

By day, designer Alex Hogrefe brings to life the work of architects through illustration. But in his spare time, he creates incredible architectural visualizations of fantastical architecture concepts. Set on the fictional cliffs of Iceland, his new, breathtaking cliff retreat takes his work to …

Architecture

Loving Dads Join Their Daughters in Ballet Class for Heartwarming Dance Lessons

The Philadelphia Dance Center put a sweet spin on its popular ballet class for Valentine’s Day this year by inviting the dancers’ fathers to join in on the fun. On the evening of February 14, the dancing dads joined the young ballerinas for a special daughter and dad ballet class.<p>Led by their …

Parenting

Clever Tea Packaging Comes in Book-Shaped Tins Inspired by Classic Novels

We all know that you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but what about loose leaf tea? Inspired by the decorative jackets of iconic novels, pun-loving tea shop NovelTeas has brewed a collection of book-shaped tea tins that cleverly reference well-known literature and “reflect and arouse …

Tea