• With all this tech about, is the big idea 'no idea'? Aussie CDs discuss. *May contain irony.

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    Are we thinking stuff through too much? What if we just chucked a load of tech together and let the public pick the bones out of it. And besides, there's just no room for an idea in amongst the live-streaming 3D-printed QR codes being delivered by a quad-copter.

    Starring a galaxy of creative stars from Down Under, this is of course a spoof that sets the stage for the Creative Fuel event in Sydnay at the end of July.

    The point is valid though. Increasingly tech can come first and the idea a distant second - if at all. It's a watchout for everyone: yes, technology can augment an idea but not replace it. Ideally it's invisible, working bits magic behind the scenes, letting the big thought land without interference or hoop-jumping.

    Find out more about the Creative Fuel event >

  • Amazing student chalkboard art is genius but anonymous. #dangerdust

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    At the Columbus College of Art and Design, two college students have gone rogue - but publicly at least, no one's letting on which two. The anonymous duo, who go by the name Dangerdust, sneak into a classroom each Sunday or Monday and create a masterpiece out of nothing but chalk. All we could manage at school was a speed knob.

    The pair are both seniors in Advertising & Graphic Design, but somehow they manage to spare the brainpower and time to create these chalkboard works of art - some taking 11 hours to complete.

    You just have to marvel at the technique, the breadth of styles, the thinking that's gone into it and the commitment and planning.

    “When you’re working on long extended projects for graphic design classes it’s easy to… lose motivation,” they said. “I think we’re tired of the computer, and [chalking] gives us motivation.”

    “I remember the first couple we did, I didn’t think anything was going to happen, [but] people were like, ‘Yeah, I’ve seen that on Instagram!’” they remembered. “We get so giddy over 10 likes on Instagram.”

    Dangerdust on a day outDangerdust on a day out


  • Amazing Street Hack gives unsuspecting public control over LA.

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    This one looks like it's going to be cheesy as hell but builds into an intriguing, multi-layered stunt on an impressive scale. No spoilers here so check it out for yourself before we ruin it for you.

    "An amazing smartphone app turns common people into powerful hackers and hidden cameras record their reaction as they unwillingly hack a street of Los Angeles. You won't believe what they do when the police show up!"

    You can experience the power of hacking a city - if only vicariously - when Watch Dogs is released on May 27, 2014.

  • Hidden secrets in Pixar Movies

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    There's no doubt that Pixar is one fascinating studio, and with so much extraordinary talent, theres bound to be a few easter eggs. Unless you're incredibly attentive, you probably haven't noticed the repeating occurrences of the code "A113" throughout several Pixar films. As revealed on Reddit, the code refers to a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts for first year graphic design and character animation students. It's a sort of animator's salute to their roots (even John Lasseter himself was at one point a student in that classroom).

    There are over 23 instances in the gallery below, and surely more unfound references pixar's films.

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  • Existential ice lollies reveal twisted punchlines when, you know, they melt.

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    Why did the circus close? A long list, chilling list of animal rights violations.Why did the circus close? A long list, chilling list of animal rights violations.

    Described as “strawberry, blueberry and lemon-flavored joy derived from the suffering of others”, these conflicted popsicles are wrong on a number of levels and yet somehow right.

    Created by Matt Moore and Jason Kreher, a creative team at W&K in Portland Oregon,our favourite joke changes with each new one we see.

    In an interview with Adweek, the pair explained they wanted to “visualize the awful things we think are funny”, and that “it’s fun to take something innocent and make it profane.”

    You can see the lot at schadenfreezers.com


  • Local Work: Ida Red

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    If you've been in Tulsa for any amount of time, you're sure to realize that one of the staples here is Ida Red Boutique. They're enthusiastically Oklahoma, and one of those places that's always receiving awards and accolades. We're pretty passionate about Oklahoma, so this ad (below) gets us all hot and bothered with local pride. It was done as a magazine campaign by the small Tulsa design and print studio, Ambition Co.

  • Honey Maid makes love

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    Gay marriage and gay equality is quite the hot topic right now, even in Oklahoma. With CEO's getting pushed out and graham cracker ads going viral, the haters are sure to come out.

    Nabisco, the maker of Honey Maid, released the ad below a few weeks ago that centered centered around the theme "this is wholesome" showing couples and loving families of all combinations, and boy did it bring out the worst in YouTube comments. Honey Maid's response is so beautiful, it almost makes you wonder if they intentionally tried to piss off a bunch of people so it would work so well. Whether you're boycotting Firefox or more inclined to go generic when shopping for smores, you can certainly appreciate Honey Maid's response to all that negativity.

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  • Tulsa, 75 years ago

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    The folks at Enlighten had a passion for history, and the chops to deal with the Google Maps API. After a good bit of hard work and thousands of user-contributed uploads, What was There was born. It's a time-killing site that allows users to discover and visualize the photographic past of a whole bunch of locations by leveraging the power of community sourced uploads and Google Maps.

    The tulsa area has some quite fascinating historical shots. From Brookside in the 1940's to Greenwood in the 30's, there're over 50 shots of T-town from back in the day. You can read more about the website on enlighten's blog or in This Land's article.

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