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Delicate animal portraits created from flowers

This artists animal portraits are inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement— Ikebana.

Quarantined travel photographer creates miniature outdoor scenes with everyday objects

Each miniature scene is planned out and shot with clever lighting so that it looks just like the real outdoors.

3D street art that interacts with its surroundings

Cosimo makes boring spaces pop out, more colourful and fun by using his 3D street art technique.

UN releases free COVID-19 awareness images donated by artists

The UN sent out an open brief for creatives. Within two weeks, tens of thousands of entries emerged.

Illusion cake creations will make you look twice

This pastry artist creates stunningly realistic cakes that look like other food or objects.

Artist creates mind-blowing 3D paintings with illusive depth

The dazzling portfolio of portrait artist Stefan Pabst looks so realistic it’s hard to believe our eyes.

How to turn one colour into hundreds of interesting palettes

Watch this video to see that you don’t have to be an expert in colour theory to create a myriad of colour palettes.

Artists create elaborate baroque-inspired wigs made of paper

This talented duo works with paper to create eccentric headpieces, masks, and other wearable sculptures.

Have an idea for an unconventional living space? Airbnb could give you US$100K to build it

If you’ve ever dreamed up an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind home, now’s your chance to bring it to life.

National winners of the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

The National Awards are a way for the contest to showcase talent from all countries that submitted work.

Kids can show their art to billions with ‘Doodle for Google’

Each year, young US-based artists in grades K-12 are invited to submit their Google Doodle ideas.

Scrap metal becomes life-size animal sculptures

Artist takes these screws, nuts, and bolts and assembles them into human and animal forms.

Artist transforms rocks into highly realistic animals

Where others might see a simple stone, Akie Nakata sees an animal waiting to be revealed by paint.

Oil paintings that pay homage to prehistoric animals

While this artist's work is diverse, her favourite subjects are actually extinct and prehistoric animals.

Artist uses her thigh as an ink drawing canvas

Artist Randa Haddadin creates amazing ink drawings on a reusable canvas — her thigh.

Pixelated wooden faces reveal complexities of the human spirit

This artist uses vibrantly painted wooden sticks that, when combined, turn into pixelated wooden faces.

Ortal Sachs designs a surprisingly comfortable stone chair

This young industrial designer has developed and designed what appears to be a chair made of stone.

Artist quits day job to draw hyper-realistic ocean waves

Bethany quit her day job to become a full-time artist, quickly gaining attention from art enthusiasts & collectors.

Shutterstock’s 2020 colour trend report

As we look to 2020, there's a shift from the neons of 2019 to more bold and saturated colours.

Beautifully designed staircases that are a step above

Whether grand or compact, staircases showcase the endless design possibilities that exist.

Giant Japanese dragon sculpture made from wood & leaves

This tremendous dragon sculpture features braided vines and dried palm leaves, as well as wooden teeth.

Words that matter in holiday marketing

Is your marketing calendar stuffed full of holiday-ready content ideas?

Illustrated toilet paper kids can colour with their poo

A Japanese company has created illustrated toilet paper that kids can “colour” with their poo.

View the awe-inspiring 2019 SIPA contest winners

Photographers from 161 countries have submitted their most daring, breathtaking photos.

435 bird illustrations by John James Audubon available for free

You have an opportunity to download 435 free high-resolution images of bird illustrations for free.

Thought-provoking fragmented sculptures pop up across Venice

These sculptures resemble incomplete human forms that blend into their locations.

FOX rebrand features a chunky new abstract logo

FOX has rebranded with an abstract logo reflecting the changing landscape of the entertainment industry.

French company releases Star Wars-themed cookware line

Le Creuset is a cookware favourite among chefs and foodies alike. Their latest line, however, caters to Star Wars fans.

Top design trends expected to take 2020 by storm

By knowing what is trending in the design industry, you can meld current trends with your personal style.

Elegant zero-waste bottles made from soap

Since only 1 in 5 people consistently recycle items from their bathroom, these bottles are a sustainable solution.

10 impressive back tattoos that are utter masterpieces

The back is one of the favourite canvases of tattoo artists. If you're thinking of getting one, here's some inspiration.

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.

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.

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.

The creative winners of the 2019 A’ Design Awards

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

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."

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.

Surreal plant sculptures look like a garden of death

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

Graffiti artist transforms buildings into surreal 3D art

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

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.

Artist turns dried leaves into delicate crochet artworks

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

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.

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.

Artist uses graffiti to bring fine art paintings to the streets

Julio Anaya Cabanding takes well-known masterpieces and recreates them in urban environments.