Jonathan Safran Foer was sitting at a Chipotle one day, when he realized that he had nothing to do while noshing on his burrito. He had neglected to bring a book or magazine, and he didn’t yet own a smartphone. “I really just wanted to die with frustration,” Foer told VF Daily. Suddenly, the Eating Animals author (and vegetarian) had an idea: What if there were something truly good to read on his Chipotle cup? Or the bag? (read more) [via gawker/vanity fair]
To see more photos of both Sam’s normal-sized and minuscule work, follow @samlarson on Instagram.
"I gather my inspiration from the American West," says Sam Larson (@samlarson), a 25-year-old Wisconsin native now working as a freelance artist in Carlsbad, California. “I like to get out into the mountains and desert whenever possible.” On Instagram, Sam shares his western-themed creations, which often take the form of tiny, penny-sized drawings.
Sam attributes his rekindled interest in illustration to Instagram. In 2013, after a five-year hiatus from art, “I started doing one drawing a night to post on Instagram. It was an exercise that held me accountable, and the encouragement helped keep me going.”
Here’s a pretty cool project from Mullen for a client we won’t immediately reveal, lest we spoil the surprise. The Boston agency posted this job listing online for a “director of operations” position at a company called Rehtom Inc. The requirements sounded nothing short of brutal:
• Standing up almost all the time • Constantly exerting yourself • Working from 135 to unlimited hours per week • Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary • No vacations • The work load goes up on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays • No time to sleep • Salary = $0
The job ad got 2.7 million impressions from paid ad placements. Only 24 people inquired. They interviewed via webcam, and their real-time reactions were captured on video.
MONUMENT VALLEY The hype surrounding the new iOS game Monument Valley by ustwo has been almost impossible to ignore the last few days. This is simply unlike any game that has come before it. Heavily influenced by the drawings of M.C. Escher the game is so aesthetically beautiful the developers include an in-game camera that lets you take pictures you can share as you play. But this game isn’t just about pretty architectural landscapes, the gameplay is as entertaining as it is brilliant—instantaneous changes of perspective and gravity propel the game forward in unexpected ways. You can download it here. (thanks hugh!) [via this is colossal]
miniMonday presents mini museum. Mini Museum is a new project currently taking Kickstarter by storm. Each mini museum is a handcrafted, individually numbered limited edition, portable collection of authentic and iconic curiosities carefully encased in resin, such as a piece of Lunar rock, T-Rex tooth, dinosaur egg, a piece of a palm tree from Antarctica, a piece of a meteorite, mammoth hair, a mount Everest rock, a piece of coal from the Titanic wreck, even a piece of dinosaur dung! Each mini museum is individually numbered and available in three sizes, small(11 specimens) medium(22 specimens) and large (33 specimens). watch the video [via svpply // blessthisstuff.com]
Desks have limited space and therefore prime real-estate can be incredibly valuable as things like computers, books and paper pads all fight for coveted spots. But design duo Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto – together they make up the design unit YOY – have come up with a clever way to extend your desk while also rendering a neat optical illusion. The aptly titled “Extend” bookend can be secured to just about any table or desk with a clamp. The minimal, barely visible design makes it look like books have been pushed off the desk and are floating in mid-air. [via Design Made in Japan]
Beach Thingy Designed byLarry Laske, this bottomless chair is outfitted with prongs to jab into your favorite sandy spot. Lightweight and portable (great for traveling), Thingy’s got your back during all your oceanfront activities. Thanks, Thingy! We love you, Thingy! [via Fab.com]