Terry Border started out making wire sculptures out of wire and objects lying around, in 2006. The blog, Bent Objects, evolved into creating clever little scenarios, with the objects being more of the main focus than the wire. He tends to stick to pictures that tell an elaborate, twisted story. What started out as a side project ended up with publishing two books. Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things (2009), and Bent Object of My Affection (2011). Click the photos to get a closer look!
Boxsal has the read-it-two-ways tagline “pretty. fun. picnic.” Their picnic boxes include a Color By Number set for a fun, creative date, a faux-briefcase set for a refreshing office lunch, and an old school boombox design for an urban outdoor meal. They’re $25 for the box, 8 recycled napkins and compostable dining ware (8 bowls, 4 utensil sets, 4 cups, a tray, and a trash bag). It’s a little pricey, but cute and proof that you can market a simple idea. Check out their website here.
So you take a bar. Compact it into one small counter. Keep the stools there. But add wheels. Have the bartender in the center. Put pedals for the drinkers. Voila!
PedalPubs, were born in - well, obviously - Amsterdam. However, now they’ve reached the US through the power of the Internet. A friend emailed a photo of this PedalPub to a couple of American home brewers with day jobs. When Eric Olson and Al Boyce tracked down and contacted the creators, Henk and Zwier van Laar, they were sold a PedalPub of their own for $40,000 in 2007. Expecting it to be a funny but small side-business, they emailed friends and family, which induced a huge response. Now there are six PedalPubs in the Twin Cities, one in Houston, and licensees in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, and Milwaukee. They’ve also sold one to Amstel Light.
One PedalPub seats 10 drinking (drunk?) pedalers, a bartender, and a special designated driver. People rent them for birthdays, corporate events, bachelor(ette) parties, or just for kicks, for $160 to $190 per hour, BYOB. More than half of the clientele - 68% - are women.
Jealous you didn’t think of this first? Facebook’s constant profile changes tend to get annoying, but this one could get a little fun. Until it’s overdone and gets annoying as well, but probably by then Zuckerberg and friends will get bored, yawn, and change the layout again.
If you want to make your own, I’ve gone through several comments to put together a little How-To. Get creative - and send me what you came up with as a photo reply.
Large photo: 180 x 532 pixels
Small photos: 97 x 68 pixels
Top of the large photo should be around 80 pixels above top of small photos.
The difference in terms of breadth between the tall photo and the 1st small photo (the white area) = around 22 pixels.
The white area between small photos = 2 pixels. OR, just make sure the photos overlap a bit, as Facebook will crop them in the thumbnails. Cutting up one large photos into five pieces won’t work.
If you have your birthday, hometown, (etc) info up, you’ll have to adjust these sizes. And don’t forget to tag yourself in all the small photos so they show up in that row!