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Starbucks White Cup Contest 

“The cups are such a great canvas because you can try an abstract design and just keep adding to it,” said Briar Waterman, creative director for Starbucks digital team. “The design variations can be infinite.”

Waterman said he’s inspired by the creativity he sees throughout the Starbucks social community with cup art that’s been posted on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. People are already experimenting with different mediums, and he suggests they should “turn up the volume” on their creativity with this contest.

“The iconic white cup is our billboard,” Hanna [Starbucks director of environmental impact] said “and the reusable cup is an important component of our overall waste reduction strategy.”

Starbucks $1 reusable cup, designed to look like the company’s paper cups, debuted in January of 2013. The plastic cup is sturdier than paper, but thinner than a typical tumbler with a lifespan of about 30 uses. The cups have interior lines to denote a "tall" or "grande" size. Customers receive a dime discount for each refill in the cup, so it pays for itself after 10 uses. And, baristas will clean the reusable cups for customers with a boiling-water rinse before each refill.

Here's a look at some of the nearly 4,000 entries. See the Pinterest page for more. 

On June 23 they announced the winner of the contest. Brita Lynn Thompson, a 20-year-old community college student in Pittsburgh is getting noticed for her doodling as the winner of the Starbucks White Cup Contest. Brita’s winning design will be available this fall on a limited edition Starbucks reusable plastic cup. Here's her design. 



Scribble: Any Color Anytime From One Pen 

The Scribble Pen is the world's first color picking pen. Developed by Scribble, this innovative pen can hold over 100,000 unique colors in its internal memory and can reproduce over 16 million unique colors. It's like a point and draw box of a million colored pens with a 16bit color sensor. Genius! 


A Scribble Stylus will also be released which connects with Scribble+ mobile app bringing all the captured colors via blue tooth to the users cell phone or tablet. 

And it's pretty affordable! The Scribble Ink is $149.95 and the Scribble Stylus is $79.95. They are about to launch a Kickstarter  and offer 20% off to early orders. Great gift for designers and doodlers.

H/T: Tuvie  


Parade: Dancing Shadow Sculptures (video)

Parade is an interactive art installation conceived by ceramacist Laurent Craste and digital agency Dpt. for theChromatic festival in Montreal.

It seems as simple as moving the light and suddenly the sculptures are animated to life. However, Dpt. explains further that the animated “shadows” are coming from a hidden projector which tracks the movements of the faux light source. 

Parade - Dancing Shadow Sculptures from Dpt. on Vimeo.

Ceramist by trade, Laurent Craste is an internationally renown visual artist. Dpt is a creative digital agency specializing in the design and production of immersive experiences.

H/T Colossal 


Chromosonic: Color Changing Fabric Responds to Sound (video)

Budapest based textile designer, Judit Eszter Karpati decided to try an experiment that would bring digital technology to textile design. She says, "My main interest in textile design is the dynamically changing surfaces, structures, integrating interactive technologies into textiles. In my works I’m looking for new ways of interaction between human and textile." Her creations can change the fashion world forever! 

Chromosonic is a fabric that can change its color based on its surroundings by using the Arduino open-source platform. The textile is first covered in silkscreen, then a special dye is applied that changes with temperature. Wires have been woven into the fabric and they heated up by sound- causing the fabric to change color. 


Gastrotypographicalassemblage (video)

What is Gastrotypographicalassemblage? It is literally a 35 foot-long, 3D typographic mural that spells out food related words. 

From 1966 to 1989, Gastrotypographicalassemblage was on display in the staff dining room at CBS Network headquarters in the legendary Black Rock building in Manhattan. But, for the last 25 years one of the world's largest modern typographic artworks has been hidden away in a basement on Long Island. Thanks to a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees at The Culinary Institute of America it has a second life now. It is now on display for the first time in a quarter of a century at the CIA. "Gastrotypographicalassemblage" is a focal point of The Culinary Institute of America's new Marriott Pavilion and Conference Center in Hyde Park, NY. 



Swarm The World, A Global Art Collaboration

New York based artist, Tasha Lewis, hopes to Swarm The World with butterflies. She has created 4,000 magnetic butterflies that will be sent to 10 groups of people (400 per pack) around the world to help her swarm the world. The project is supported by social media, a dedicated website and the people willing to take part in a global art project. The migration will begin October 2014.

The set will remain with the first 10 groups of people for a month before they are packed up and sent on to the next group of people around the world - with hopes that this migration will go on at least 10 times. Each pack contains 400 butterflies, a notebook, a how-to guide, and a medical kit for butterfly repair.

Participants are asked to document their installations with digital photographs, tweets, Facebook posts etc. and also through a shared paper journal. There's still a chance to participate in the swarm.

Swarm The World 


Typographical Mural Done By Hand (video)

Sometimes creative work is best done the traditional way, by hand. See how designer and illustrator Ben Johnston created this beautiful type based mural which features a quote by none other than gen-x icon, Ferris Bueller — it reads, “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look once in a while, you could miss it”. It took Johnston 15 hours in a single day to complete with just pen, paint and marker. 

This should be an inspiration to all of us! 



Pantone Swatch Pixel Art

‘PANTONE As Pixel’ is a new series by Spanish artist Txaber, in which he uses PANTONE swatches to create pixelated posters. It's amazing that he tells you the number of colors and pieces of swatches it took to create each one.