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KFC is throwing chicken-themed weddings in Australia

If you’ve ever dreamt of marrying the one you love at a fast-food restaurant, here’s your chance. KFC Australia is offering a wedding package to couples to legally tie the knot Kentucky Fried Chicken style. The fast-food chain is organizing and paying for six chicken-themed weddings for couples…

Natural pigments created from fruit and vegetable waste

Nicole Stjernswärd has created a colour-making system that transforms plant waste into natural pigments.

The best of the 2019 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Discover the beauty of our universe with the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Photoshop unveils new content-aware options for precise removals

This new upgrade works with the help of Adobe Sensei to be more accurate and seamless than ever.

BK misses the deadline, so they ask fans to complete it

BK recently published an unfinished ad, calling upon fans to make improvements on it.

Yahoo reminds us they still exist by redesigning their logo

The redesign signals a strategic change for the company as it prepares to introduce other products and services.

The macro beauty of nature seen through water droplets

This photographer's macro adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how everything works.

Descriptive vs non-descriptive logos: Which works best?

Abstract logos like McDonalds or descriptive ones like Burger King each have pros and cons to designing.

Facebook considers hiding Like counts

Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts.

PANTONE’s 2020 colour forecast includes natural blues & greens

Expect various shades of greens to dominate the 2020 colour forecast, as well as oceanic and mineral blues.

Doritos campaign removes logo to appeal to Gen Z

Doritos has made the unprecedented decision of dropping its name, logo and tagline to appeal to Gen Z.

Yelp 101: A guide to Yelp for small business

The meteoric rise of Yelp has given nearly every customer a way to share their experiences with the world.

A limited-edition bicycle made from 300 recycled Nespresso coffee pods

These limited-edition bicycles use the aluminum garnered from used Nespresso coffee pods.

This colour-reflecting survival jacket is made of 2 billion glass spheres

Mimicking the adaptive skin of a squid, this jacket can reflect colours when exposed to light.

Amazon criticized for new non-recyclable packaging

Environmentally conscious shoppers have started complaining about Amazon’s use of plastic packaging.

The creative winners of the 2019 A’ Design Awards

Winning submissions include industrial design, architecture, product design, and more.

Instagram hack supposedly fools the algorithm to boost engagement

if you’re not happy with the reach your photos receive on Instagram, try this rumoured hack.

UK regulator banned Volkswagen ad for being ‘sexist’

Commercials from Volkswagen and Philadelphia Cream Cheese have been banned by new UK regulations.

Keep cool on the go with Sony’s wearable air conditioner

About the size of a small wallet, this portable device will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Adieu Smalls: The world’s first cat-inspired font

Adieu Smalls is a cat-inspired font created as part of a campaign for natural cat food subscription service Smalls.

Digital megaliths rise from ruins of a Japanese bathhouse

Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins is comprised of column-like structures that appear to burst out of the floor.

New Zealand City Council defends $98K smiley face rebrand

The Porirua City logo is described by the Taxpayers' Union as a "limp and childlike smiley face."

These Converse shoes start changing colours in sunlight

The UV-activated sneakers have the same classic Chuck Taylor All-Star design you'll recognize.

12 fun pet side hustles for pet-preneurs

Did you know that you can make a surprisingly decent amount of supplementary income working with pets?

Handcrafted beach jewellery made from sand and resin

Using real beach sand and blue resin, each piece looks like a tiny, wearable beach that wearers can take with them.

How to find clients and get noticed

Here are five tips to help you find clients, with some help from industry pros thrown in for good measure.

Famous creatives lesser-known hobbies & side gigs

Many famous creatives have side gigs or hobbies to help them relax and be more creative.

Washington’s Metro launches ad about manspreading

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority asks manspreaders to think about the comfort of other passengers.

Surreal plant sculptures look like a garden of death

Life-like sculptures created with a combination of faux greenery and real natural elements.

Instagram influencers are upset after Likes display is disabled

Instagram's hiding of Likes will allow users to focus on quality as well as what they really want to post.

Reusable mesh produce bags are a sustainable shopping alternative

Reusable mesh produce bags are a sustainable alternative to plastic produce bags.

Burger King’s 50/50 menu has you guessing if it’s meat or not

Is it meat or not? BK is playing roulette with your taste buds by giving you a 50/50 chance at eating meat or plant.

Graffiti artist transforms buildings into surreal 3D art

Using a variety of shading, gradients and shadows, static buildings become visually-striking optical illusions.

KFC Russia introduces a fried chicken bucket hat

If you ever wished you could wear a KFC bucket on your head, now you can with KFC Russia's bucket hat.

Amazing sculptures made out of driftwood by Jeffro Uitto

Jeffro Uitto is able to bend wood to his imagination in such a cool way that it doesn't begin to compare to others.

Instagram model’s bottled bathwater sells out

NSFW cosplayer decides to make money by selling her fans her own bathwater.

Adobe’s new AI can detect Photoshopped faces and reveal the original

Adobe is outing its own software with a new AI that can detect Photoshopped faces in photographs.

Handy skills you might need to future-proof your career

By 2030, about 800 million jobs around the world will be replaced by bots. Is your job secure?

Revisit the 80s with Nike’s Stranger Things collection

Nike has looked back into its archives to create a collection of clothing and sneakers based on Stranger Things.

Artist turns dried leaves into delicate crochet artworks

These delicate crochet artworks pay tribute to the enduring beauty of nature.

IKEA wants to send you to Denmark for free to experience Hygge culture

IKEA wants to send someone to live in Copenhagen for two weeks to explore what makes its residents so happy.

Get close to wildlife in treehouses at this eco-friendly forest resort

The biophilic design of the resort integrates its infrastructure with the natural surroundings of the park.

Inventor creates taller glasses to help shorter people see above crowds

The One Foot Taller glasses work like a periscope so that the wearer can see beyond the crowd no matter their height.

KFC’s new vegan Imposter Burger tastes like chicken

The Imposter Burger is made from meat substitute Quorn and is coated in the Colonel's Original Recipe.

Detailed balloon sculptures by Masayoshi Matsumoto

This artist blows and twists balloons into a wide range of intricately formed balloon sculptures.

Instagram page shares amazing creations from designers

Topdezigners is an Instagram page that reposts gorgeous sleek, modern, and innovative designs.

Burnout is now a recognized medical condition by the WHO

Creative burnout can happen to all of us, even those who don't consider themselves naturally creative people.

Intricate, 3D lace-patterned sculptures of animals

These multilayered animal portraits look amazing in photographs, but are even more impressive in Facebook's 3D photos.

Coca-Cola transforms logo to point to recycling bins

Coke uses its logo to point people to the nearest recycling bin to place their bottles and cans.