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A Photo Series Featuring an Oversized Dachshund and Her Owner Exploring Brooklyn 

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Writer, photographer, illustrator, and director Mitch Boyer got the idea to Photoshop his tiny dachshund Vivian to an enormous scale after wanting to see her portrayed the same size of her mammoth personality. The idea was so entertaining he decided to turn the series of digitally manipulated images into a children’s book titled “Vivian the Dog Moves to Brooklyn” which depicts the pair’s own move to the city just a couple of years prior.

Knowing that each year over 5.5 million kids between the ages of one and nine move to a new home in the United States, Boyer decided to format the book as a tool to help children feel more comfortable during periods of relocation and transition. The 32-page book will feature Vivian as a six-foot-tall version of herself, adjusting to life in Brooklyn alongside Boyer and meeting some furry friends along the way.

The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. You can follow Boyer and Vivian’s real day-to-day adventures on Instagram and Facebook. (via Designboom)

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Illustrator ‘Yoyo the Ricecorpse’ Animates Quirky Hand-Drawn Characters With Her Original Photography 

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Blending her original photography with hand-drawn illustrations in Photoshop, animator Yoyo the Ricecorpse creates quirky ghost-like characters that live in a world where anime meets Roger Rabbit. Each animation is limited to a single animated GIF that sees her doughy characters living in teapots or lounging around urban backdrops in photos taken from Yoyo’s travels to Tokyo. The illustrator says she’s inspired by animator Hayao Miyazaki, manga artist Eiichiro Oda, and writer Roald Dahl, something apparent in her attention to detail and her ability to suggest a larger narrative with just a few frames of animation.

Recently out of school, Yoyo now works full-time as an illustrator and animator in London and has transformed many of her characters into an assortment of shirts, pins, buttons and other objects available in her Etsy shop (we’re particularly fond of the Sausage Bunny). She also tells Colossal that she’s working on an animated music video that should be out soon. You can follow more of her work on Instagram and Behance.

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Artist Bill Domonkos Remixes Archival Footage and Photos into Surreal Animations 

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Photo by Fitz W. Guerin from The Library of Congress. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

Working with photographs, film clips, and illustrations lost to time, San Francisco-based filmmaker and stereoscopist Bill Domonkos creates darkly humorous animated GIFs. The resurrected photos merged with modern animation are almost completely nonsensical in subject matter and yet perfect in their execution, the more random the better. From his artist statement:

I experiment by combining, altering, editing and reassembling using digital technology, special effects and animation to create a new kind of experience. I am interested in the poetics of time and space—to renew and transform materials, experiences and ideas. The extraordinary thing about cinema is its ability to suggest the ineffable—it is this elusive, dreamlike quality that informs my work.

These brief animations capture the filmmakers wit and aesthetic, but he uses many of the same techniques for much longer films, many of which have been shown in galleris and festivals around the world. You can explore more of Domonkos’ work on Tumblr and on Ello.

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Archive film footage from the Internet Archive’s 35mm stock footage collection. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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Photo: Costică Acsinte. Stock footage from Videvo. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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Archive Film Footage from the Prelinger Archives. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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(Image: Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora) (Circular Wave Anim by SoylentGreen)

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Image from page 96 of Our domestic animals, their habits, intelligence and usefulness (1907). Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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Photo: c1909. Animation by Bill Domonkos.

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A Rocking Chair That Knits You a Hat as You Read the Paper 

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All images via Gessato

Two longtime porch activities are now combined into one simple contraption thanks to designers Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex, creators of the Rocking Knit. The wooden rocking chair is rigged to knit as you sway back and forth, producing a cap from minimal energy output. The invention was produced as a part of Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne‘s Low-Tech Factory, a workshop that encourages students from the industrial design program to invent simple machines that at once create an experience and a material good. Ludi and Peillex premiered their contraption at Designer’s Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland and produced a video that demonstrates their invention below. (via My Modern Met)

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A Playable Version of Pong Set Inside a Piet Mondrian Painting 

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Over at digital arts community B3ta, a user challenged others to create images of fake video games based off of famous artworks. The results are pretty phenomenal, but one user who goes by HappyToast envisioned a version of Pong set inside a Piet Mondrian painting. After seeing the GIF, designer Kristiana Hansen instantly set out to program the real thing. So here you have it: 2 player MondriPong 1.2. (via BoingBoing)

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New Conceptual Photographs Exhibit Brock Davis’ Perfect Sense of Visual Humor 

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We’ve long been fans of photographer Brock Davis‘ wonderful sense of humor exemplified by his Instagram feed chalk full of original internet memes like Rice Krispy Henge or the Gummi Bear Skin Rug. Since we last mentioned him here his photography caught the eye of Banksy who included numerous new works by Davis in his Dismaland exhibition last summer. When he’s not making art or delighting his legion of Instagram followers, he’s also the creative director at Minneapolis-based space150. After taking a bit of a creative break since the end of 2015 Davis recently started publishing new images, some of which are included here.

You can see more of his work on on his website, or hear him discuss how brands can best utilize Instagram in an episode of Facebook’s Pub in Pub series.

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Toothpicks and soda cracker

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