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Ever wondered what the universe sounds like?

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By Rajeev Basu in New Music on Friday 13 September 2013

Luke Twyman is an designer and sound artist. His project, Solar Beat, creates music based on the the orbital frequencies of planets in the universe. Ever wondered what the universe sounds like? Have a listen here and below.

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Colourful illustrations by Steven Harrington

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By Rajeev Basu in New Illustration on Wednesday 11 September 2013

I’m a big fan of Steven Harrington’s work. But my favourite is the bright, colourful pieces he created for an exhibition at Known Gallery in LA. He describes this piece as ‘taking the inner, intuitive workings of an artist and drawing them out, sharing the experience with the world’.

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RRRGGGBBB.com: waste one minute of your life at this site

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By Rajeev Basu in Tech on Wednesday 11 September 2013

This site by advertising creative Ewoudt Boonstra needs no introduction. R, G, B … a mouse and some sound. It’s one of those things that doesn’t really have any reason to exist, but you’re glad that it does. Have some fun and play with it.

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The New Speed of Light: an innovative ad starring Lionel Messi

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By Rajeev Basu in Video on Tuesday 6 August 2013

In this brilliant new ad from Adidas, Argentinian footballer Lionel “Leo” Messi wears a suit made of lights which beautifully illustrates his moves in the dark – all done in slow motion. It’s the kind of ad which leaves you wishing there was a behind-the-scenes video, too.

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David O’Reilly creates a short film using an iPad app

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By Rajeev Basu in Video on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Director David O’Reilly (The External World) creates a new short using an iPad app called McLaren’s Workshop. A beautifully simple story of being on fire, it features O’Reilly’s typical dry humour and stripped down aesthetic.

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Dubstep is the ultimate Dubstep/Gif combo

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By Rajeev Basu in Cool Websites on Tuesday 23 April 2013

Gifs never seen to get old, and this fun web toy needs no introduction. Start by visiting this one and this one. Then refresh the page to see a fresh dubstep gif combo every time. Prepare to spend a good half hour on this. Great fun.

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Student makes an ad campaign for visiting planet Earth

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By Rajeev Basu in New Design on Tuesday 23 April 2013

The portfolios of students entering the ad industry are stronger than ever. One great example is Bri Hand. For one piece she created an ad campaign advertising planet Earth. It’s really imaginative, and one of the best things I’ve seen in a book in ages. There are some well crafted print ads, and a great […]

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David Neevel’s award show necklace

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By Rajeev Basu in New Fashion on Monday 22 April 2013

What’s better than winning a prestigious advertising award? Slicing off the ends. Drilling holes in it. Adding screws. Attaching a chain. And wearing the award around your neck like a boss. The fantastic work of David Neevel.

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Dream: new music video by French duo Cauboyz for the band Husband

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By Rajeev Basu in Video on Monday 22 April 2013

This is a great music video where the magic comes from the fact they did it for real, when it could so easily have been made in CG. Lightboxes bearing beautiful typography light up in time and sequence to the lyrics of the song. It’s a lovely, simple idea, executed to perfection. A pleasure to […]

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Vote Tumbly at Webby Awards

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By Rajeev Basu in Cool Websites on Saturday 20 April 2013

This year, my webtoy Tumbly is nominated for a Webby award (the Oscars of the Internet). Tumbly is an app that lets you hijack any site with silly animated gifs. One site suitably described it as ‘completely useless but still fantastic’. So if you enjoy such exemplary stupidity, please support it by voting.

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Keep Calm and Tear it Down poster by Rajeev Basu

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By Rajeev Basu in New Design on Wednesday 1 August 2012

Almost every office round the world has the iconic British poster, Keep Calm and Carry On, somewhere on their walls. It’s become a cliche. There are hundreds of versions and thousands of parodies. Thing is, people and attitudes have changed a lot since 1939 when the poster was first made. The world is a very different […]

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Beautiful mosaic art by Leah Reeves

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By Rajeev Basu in New Art on Wednesday 28 March 2012

Juan is Dead is a line of tile-based artwork by my friend, Leah Reeves. She is a former ad agency creative from London, and now makes these pieces fulltime. Each one is totally unique and made by hand. Most works feature her character, Juan, and friends from his world from the afterlife. It’s a curiously dark but colourful world. You’ll never look at tiles in the same way again.

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Snarky greeting cards by Rajeev Basu

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By Rajeev Basu in New Products on Thursday 8 March 2012

I’m an artist and writer from London, currently living in Boulder, Colorado, and this is my latest project: Greeting Cards, as rejected by every major retailer. The cards are made using clip-art and some of my favourite fonts, including Giddyup and Lucida Calligraphy. I love funny stuff, and it’s a big part of everything I make.

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You Passed The Test! A comedy sketch by Peter Serafinowicz

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By Rajeev Basu in Video on Thursday 8 March 2012

Peter Serafinowicz is one of the finest British comedy writers of this generation. His work is typically dry, intelligent and absurd. This particular sketch is reminiscent of Monty Python, and is one of my favourite sketches of all time.

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Total Ghost: a totally fictional German rock group

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By Rajeev Basu in New Music on Wednesday 7 March 2012

Total Ghost is one of the greatest musical acts you’ve never seen. Created by Denver-based filmmakers Nixbros, the band is a fictional German rock group featuring rock gods Chön and Biktor. It started life as a joke. But they now have a range of award-wining music videos, and they have performed all over America, with […]

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