Double Takes: Free Encouragement

Booooooom and Design for Mankind have launched an awesome new project. Free Encouragement is asking you to submit encouraging words to a friend or stranger. Keep it short, sweet and most importantly upbeat. They’re going to create a gallery of encouragement with none other than your words! How incredibly awesome is that? Uh, here’s a hint: totally awesome! Read more about the inspiration behind the project on their website and be sure to submit your words before the December 5th deadline.

Double Takes: Who Done It Shelf: Jim Rosenau

Jim Rosenau of This Into That is a functional artist who creates products out of old books. While Rosenau cites the Nicholson Baker essay Books as Furniture as his inspiration for the project, growing up in a house with more than 5,000 books may have something to do with it as well.

Many of his projects contain themes based on the book titles used, such as the Who Done It Shelf pictured above, featuring the titles “Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?” as well as “All the King’s Men” and “Anatomy of a Murder.” Check out his online gallery for all his themed selves and more.

(Found via TrendHunter Magazine)


Double Takes: CAPTCHA Inspired Paintings

Artistic inspiration can come from literally anywhere and the work of Etsy user Bekathwia is proof of that. She creates hand painted acrylic pictures of CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) images that we are all familiar with having to enter when verifying blogger posts and internet transactions.

(Found via I Like Totally Love It)

double takes: Dutch Coiffure Award

The 2008 Dutch Coiffure Award for hair design recipients were recently posted in a gallery on their website. Most interesting are those in the avant-garde section. I rarely do anything with my hair, it’s long and straight, but the winning designs are certainly inspirational. While the gallery does feature male designs, for a less female themed hair post see The World Beard and Moustache Championship from last December.

(Found via Neatorama)

Double Takes: The Pikasso Guitar: Linda Manzer

There’s no question where the inspiration for The Pikasso came from. Designer Linda Manzer created this double sound-hole, quadruple neck, and 42 string instrument back in 1984 afterCritically acclaimed jazz musician Pat Metheny asked her to design a guitar with “as many strings as possible.” She re-did the design in 1992 creating the Pikasso II, which has been on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Visit Nanzer’s website for video and sound samples of The Pikasso.

(Found via TrendHunter)

Double Takes: 10 Most Creative Business Cards

I look forward to the day I have to get personal business cards. For whatever reason, it’s part of my

Adult-life fantasy. There’s just something so legitimate about it. Oddee compiled a list of what they consider to be the 10 Most Creative Business Cards. I’ll be sure to keep them in mind for future inspiration.

(Found via Oddee)

Double Takes: Happy Weekend

Hopefully the weather is nice enough, wherever you find yourself, to ride one of these this weekend. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this photo. For more cycle inspiration, check out the rest of Kyle’s (KJten22) Bikes! series on Flickr. Otherwise, have a wonderful weekend!

(Found via FFFFound)

Double Takes: Inspiration Across the Nation

The Library of Congress is running a new campaign called Inspiration Across the Nation, which encourages you to “inspire others to reach their creative potential.” Its concept is simple, send them your poems, essays, films, photographs, or any other creative art form you can transfer to an electronic file. With your submission, include a description of what inspired the work.. Equally as interesting as the campaign itself, are their advertisements. They’re simply images of inspirational iconic figures made out of finger prints. Check out Library of Congress’ website to view the gallery of submitted work or submit your own.

(Found via Pret a Voyage)