Amazing One-take Projection-Mapping Music Video with Irma’s “Save Me”

15 Aug

Amazing One-take Projection-Mapping Music Video with Irma’s “Save Me”. I am blown away how simple and yet well made this music video is. It also helps that the song is really catchy :-)

I have before on The Danish Designer blog written about 3D projections and so forth – I thought this music video with Irma and her song “save me” i right up there with the other videos I have shared.
Let me know or share in the comments if you also have some amazing links to videos like this…

See the video with the Cameroonian singer-songwriter Irma and her “Save me” song here on Vimeo. Directed by Xavier Maingon and designed by french designers at SuperBien:
http://vimeo.com/95946394

Previous posts with Projection-Mapping:
Wonderful commercial: Hyundai Accent 3D projection mapping

3D on Christiansborg building.

Virtual reality on your smartphone – Do it yourself (DIY) Guide!

27 Jun

Screenshot 2014-06-27 18.15.40 Virtual reality on your smartphone - Do it yourself (DIY) Guide!

Virtual reality on your smartphone – Do it yourself (DIY) Guide! Google developers made this awesome DIY kit!I thought this was awesome and a great idea.

Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.

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The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.

By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.

Download the do it yourself-Virtual reality toolkit here

Google Material design principles video – only for design nerds!

27 Jun

Google had an event and a talk about “Material design principles”. Though very nerdy I thought it was very interesting thus it’s also what I do in my ComputerArts.dk company – I love working with design and arguing about why we choose to use the design we chose is a very interesting debate.

This is basically mostly interesting for other designers working with usability and UX design and passionated people who work with the analysis and psychology of design and functionality.

About the video Material design principles:

Matias Duarte, Nicholas Jitkoff, Jonathan Lee, Christian Robertson, Jon Wiley all talked about Material design in this video.

Design is the art of considered creation. As designers, our goal is to satisfy the diverse spectrum of human needs. As those needs evolve, so too must our designs, practices, and philosophies.

We challenged ourselves to create a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. The result is material design: a cross-platform design system grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink, yet open to imagination and magic.

In this session, design leads across Google discuss the key principles of material design, and set the stage for the later sessions focusing on interaction, motion and visual design.

Other interesting Google design videos and Google talks

Designing for wearables
Emmet Connolly, Alex Faaborg, Hayes Raffle, Bob Ryskamp

Going responsive with the Google Play Apps Suite
Kirill Grouchnikov, Marco Paglia

Material design: Structure and components
Dave Chiu, Bethany Fong, Rich Fulcher, Zachary Gibson

Material design in Google Play
Will Kiefer, Nathan Streu, Taddeo Zacchini

 

Why your web budget is important before starting a project

25 Jun

Why your web budget is important before starting a website og graphic design project ComputerArts Mark Barner

Why your budget is important before starting a project? As a designer and programmer I have often seen totally different budgets though the end product looks very much alike. “How come a product looks a like when the budget is different?” You might ask. Don’t judge a website by it’s layout… Well let’s say you have a budget for a website for 3-5.000 Dkk and you want a template website that is mobile friendly/responsive. Most programmers and designers would not include in the budget that you could get a much better product with more features and design that would make your business earn more money or more popularity. Often the following things are not included in a 3-5.000 dkk budget. But when I design and program websites from 18.000 dkk and up then some of the following things will often be included and for good reasons as it’s very important for a serious and professional business to have most of these things and features:

Great features and plugins for your next online success when building a website and brand:

  • Logodesign so that your company would stand out from the crowd and not look like every other competitor in your line of business.
  • Favicon (icon in front of the website which looks professional)
  • Photoshopped photos – your photos will look dull and make your product and website look bad and you will look as an amateur.
  • Fast servers – if you choose a slow hosting server for your website it could be fatal for your visitors and google would not like your website and therefore your website would only be found on page 7438748 on Google!! Server load speed is important for “SEO” (Search engine optimization).
  • SEO Plugins – Most important when you want to be found on Google and no it does not make your website a success tomorrow but maybe it will in weeks or months. But not paying for SEO is like opening a store in the dessert – no one will know about your products or services. With great SEO work you could actually have the best webshop and get rich even if your store is located in no mans land!
  • Sitemap plugins – this is important for your SEO
  • Language packs – multiple languages on your website could make you sell more or get more hits and popularity on Google and other search engines.
  • Google Analytics – a plugin that will give you information about who your visitors are and what they click on and a lot of statistics.
  • Backup solutions – this will save you loads of time a solve many of your problems when you accidentally deletes something or if your website gets hacked
  • Security solutions like anti-hacker plugins – will make it almost impossible for hackers or virus to ruin your beautiful and successful website.
  • Well written text and great communication – yes often clients will send their own texts for their website but often the text is not “Web ready” which means it might be too long or to hard to understand or maybe not formatted correctly to be read on a website. Studies has shown that visitors on a website reads content and text differently than if they had a magazine or a book. That’s why we often help bettering the text and content when delivering successful websites.
  • Social media plugins – In todays world when you need promotion or want to be famous for something the most important thing is to have fans and “followers”. Thats where we help you integrate your website on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ (Very important for SEO), Pinterest and Instagram. We often setup autoposting features so when you update your website all your fans and followers will get notified of your new products or news and links will lead them to your website or webshop where they can buy your products.
  • Newsletter plugins – even more successful than social media is still e-mail marketing. We help you make sure that your clients can signup for your newsletter so you can tell them all about your company and bestselling products or whatever you think might interest them. A must have for active and successful business.
  • Webshop solution plugin – where you can easily sell your products online even when you are sleeping. Doesn’t that sound convenient to earn money while you sleep?
  • Contact forms – an easy way for your customers to reach you by mail without having to be on their own personal computer with e-mail setup. This way any potential client can always contact you without any hassle.
  • Customized themes and designs – Without this your website would look like any other website and often in low budget websites you can only choose to change a color of a menubar. But what if you want to change the menubar or the font-type entirely? Then you need to be able to customize your theme or design of your website to make it fit your brand and visual identity.
  • Mobilefriendly / Responsive website – this is a MUST HAVE when building a website because if you don’t then you could loose most of your potential customers because when they surf your website from a phone they will not be able to see an information or product very well if you don’t have a Responsive website. With a mobile-friendly website your content on your website will automatically be formatted to fit your customers smartphones so they can purchase or read about your products. Business who do not have this feature can loose most of their online sales and clients. I have seen it happen – unfortunately. Don’t make the same mistake.

I could mention many other great features but as projects and clients are different and have different wishes and expectations I will let it be up to you to find out what features you want on your next website.

Why does a pre-defined budget make all the difference?

There is no doubt that you can always built features in or on top of your website later and then just start with the basics – but this can be costly in the long run and also cause unforeseen troubles on your site. You get what you pay for and this is why it can be hard for a client with no knowhow about a website production. I hope this will help you with your next website project. Always reveal a budget – this will help you get more in the end. And also always trust the designer and programmer to not rip you off – most of us a honest freelancers and businesses who love what we do with goals of making great projects and having longterm happy clients.

Are small agencies are better than big agencies?

Do you want to know why smaller companies often are more passionate and service minded than bigger companies? Because we care! We always feel guilty when asking for more money than our products are worth. Actually our biggest mistakes is often that we don’t charge enough because we often feel that we will scare the customers away. We feel responsible for the impact the designs makes on your target group, we a passionate about your brand, we strive to make you happy even when it sometimes takes more time that we anticipated. We love when clients are happy and we often have a harder time selling our own products thus we always think the price is what matters. All these things are great reasons to work with smaller creative agencies and freelancers – we just care more and we don’t send out of best seller, to just raise your budget. No we actually always try to fit more content into your budget. Actually I have seen many bigger agencies and web companies rip off their clients for thousands of $$$$ and often they hire small and cheap freelancers to do their dirty work and then sell it to their own clients for 10 times as much as they have paid. I guess it’s a fair enough way to do business to outsource but if you ask around you will find freelancers that are cheaper and who provide much more service as big agency businesses. I have also seen websites that clients have paid 500.000 dkk (half a million) for and that I could have made for maybe 300.000 dkk. Thats a discount of 200.000 dkk that agencies rip you off for. I’m sure that there are fair agencies and big graphic design companies out there who actually are fair with pricing and service but there are less out there that you would think! Hire small graphic design businesses instead and you will get much more value for your money.

What you should be aware of

But be aware of small freelancers that don’t care to send out a contract before they start the project – this could be the cause of total failure as it often leads to disagreements. Make sure you have everything in writing and always care to ask “does it cost more or is it included in the budget?” so you don’t get a stroke when receiving the bill in the end. Most professional programmers and designers always ask for a 50% payment upfront – this is very common because this shows faith and that both parties trust in each other – best case is that the designer and programmer is totally focused on you assignment because they have already booked your assignment into the calendar and they will prioritize your project. Often many freelancers will not start a project before getting an upfront payment to show that you are serious. This is always a good sign of professionalism and much experience dealing with projects and customers.

My advice to you when starting a website or graphic design project

  • Remember it’s not always about the price and budget but about what you expect vs what is possible within your budget. Get ready to compromise when you have a low budget. Expect more when you have a high budget.
  • I would actually recommend that you ask your upcoming freelancer or agency of 3 price quotes to find out how much website you can get for example for 8.000 dkk, 15.000 dkk and 30.000 dkk. This will help your get a good idea of what is possible within various budgets.
  • Find a designer you like and trust and always be honest but fair if you have disagreements or if you are unsure you should always ask questions to make sure that you understand the process and contract.
  • Ask for a contract.
  • Make it clear in your brief what you want but always make room to compromise.
  • If you don’t know anything about web production then you should inform your freelancer or agency of this so they can help you understand the process.
  • If you don’t care about understanding the process or don’t have time for it – then do yourself a favor and back off as much as possible and inform your hired freelancer or agency that you trust them to make the best possible solution for you within your expectations and I am sure they will.

Always bargain if you order more than 2 products. Sometimes you get better prices when ordering more – this could be a perfect way to order an all-in-one solution where you don’t have to shop around for better prices but just let the freelancer or agency to take care of everything for you. A win win solution :-) Good luck with your next project and don’t be afraid to share your budget before starting the project.

- written by graphic designer, Mark Barner.

Contact me if you need help on your next graphic design or website project via ComputerArts.dk

Top 25 of the most Innovative and inspirational 3D business cards you wish was yours!

17 Jun

Top 25 of the most Innovative and inspirational 3D business cards you wish was yours! Sometimes your own business card just looks dull and you want a fresh idea to make new ones. Well if you like 3D in paper here are some really cool and inspiring business cards that could influence how your next idea for a new business card could be.

3D Tommy

3D M business cards

Tools 3D business cards

Jeans 3D business cards

Face pop-up 3D business cards

Finger hole 3D business cards

Folder 3D business cards

Dice 3D business cards

Frame art 3D business cards

Piano 3D business cards

Bandate 3D business cards

chart 3D business cards

Rip paper strip 3D business cards

Visually 3D flag business cards

cutout 3D business cards

Foldout 3D business cards

RD letters 3D business cards

S circle 3D business cards

build a chair architect 3D business cards

Folded House 3D business cards

Folded house 3D business cards

Architects 3D business cards

snow or windows 3D business cards

Castle 3D business cards

Black plate 3D business cards

Source: creativeswall.com

Awesome Danish designed icecream store Ismejeriet in Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen

17 Jun

Awesome Danish designed icecream store Ismejeriet in Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen. I visited Tivoli Gardens last night and it was as always a hoot!Yes I am sometimes proud to be a dane when I see Danish designs or products. This time it’s something more “chilled” designs than big famous furniture designers. This ice cream store in Copenhagens famous Tivoli Gardens is very unique and it’s design matches the brand and design style of Tivoli Garden very well! Great inspiration from the past graphic designs of maybe the thirties / fifties style.

What do you think? Does it remind you of something else?

Ismejeriet – tivoli gardens. Ice cream
Store

Soft ice and much more

Coffee and soft ice

Wooden designs and ornaments on the interior.

Mix your own toppings

Interesting vintage designs on the exterior wall and facade.

Photos and copyright by Mark Barner

A genius way to make clever billboard ads

15 Jun

A genius way to make clever billboard ads. I just love when creativity reaches a high level like these billboard ads for Science World Museum together with Rethink Canada.

I was very inspired by these photos! What a fun and interesting way to make your audience brighter and more curious with clever facts. Enjoy these billboard poster designs.

See more on: http://scienceworld.ca/ and http://rethinkcanada.com/

Source: stumbleupon.com

New Coca Cola design just made Coke more social to drink!

30 May

New Coca Cola design just made Coke more social to drink! It’s really yet another funny project to promote their products. “Open a Coke. Open a new friendship”. It’s always interesting to see what a new bottle design can do…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cmoT_wb0A

Top 110 old rare photos of famous people, events and things that will amaze you today!

30 May

Top 110 old rare photos of famous people, events and things that will amaze you today! No matter who you are and no matter what designer, inventor, astronaut og famous person you look up to. Remember they where or are just a regular human being just like you! Go get what you want or do what you want with your life – one day in a 100 years we will blog about photos of your old face because you did something great or changed the world.

Barack Obama on his high school basketball team

Arnold Schwarzenegger in New York for the first time in 1968

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Bill Gates’ mug shot for driving without a license 1977

Muhammad Ali talking someone out of jumping – 1981

Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer, Ip, in Beverly Hills, CA -1958.

Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger – 1969

Madonna, Sting and Tupac hanging out.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon & George Harrison performing at a wedding reception, 1958.

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The Rolling Stones circa 1963

Ernest Hemingway’s passport photo – 1923

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President FDR’s funeral in 1945

Robin Williams dressed like a cheerleader – 1980

The original Star Wars cast seen just before filming

Cameramen recording the lion roar for the MGM logo

Elton John at the piano bar aboard his private plane – 1976

Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein

Queen Elizabeth during her WWII service.

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Elijah Wood & Macaulay Culkin – 1993

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John rehearsing for “GREASE”

A young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden during the 1970s. Bin Laden is second from the right in a green shirt and blue pants.

Diane Keaton and Al Pacino on set for The Godfather 1972

Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore on set of E.T

Bruce Lee dancing

Actors portraying President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe and their rumored affair

For the past 40 years, Americans has been enthralled by rumors that Kennedy never gave up his playboy lifestyle, even after marriage and his presidency. These photos, created by photographer Alison Jackson with look-alikes, portray what someone may have seen from the night Monroe performed ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ at JFK’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden.

Osama Bin Laden after practicing judo

Hachiko before his burial in 1935

The Japanese dog was famous for his incredible loyalty. His owner passed away and didn’t come home on his usual train one evening in 1925. Hachiko returned to the station every day and waited for him to come home for 9 years until his own death.

The Beatles and Ali – 1964

Martin Luther King Jr, and Marlon Brando

Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee

Steve Jobs sitting with Bill Gates discussing the future of computing in 1991.

Adam West (Batman) & Leonard Nemoy (Spock) goof around on a drumset

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Amelia Earhart getting her last haircut – 1937

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Early drawings by Walt Disney of Mickey Mouse

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The US-built ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was one of the first computer ever made

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Marathon Runners at the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece – 1896

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The first Walmart store opened in 1962

Golden Gate bridge construction – 1937

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Fidel Castro and Malcolm X discussing politics and family – 1960

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Vladimir Putin as a teenager (2nd from the left, in a hat)

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Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II – 1956

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Steven Hawking with his bride, Jane Wilde

Robert Downey Jr. and Slash

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Hilter as the best man in Joseph Goebbels wedding

Last concert of Beatles on a London rooftop – 1969

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George Armstrong Custer and some of his fellow soldiers, during the American Civil War. [Colorized]

Norway celebrates the first ever banana arriving in the country

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Alan Shepard, America’s first man in space, puts on his Navy Mark IV spacesuit.

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Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut.

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro

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Mt Rushmore construction – 1939

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A young Johnny Depp with Oasis

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Sean Connery as James Bond, poses with Aston Martin DB5 – 1965

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Elvis Presley during his service in the U.S. Army – 1958

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Construction of Eiffel Tower in 1880

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William Harley and Arthur Davidson, 1914 — The Founders of Harley Davidson Motorcycles

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Pablo Picasso & Brigitte Bardot – 1956

A young Bill Clinton meets John F. Kennedy

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Frank Sinatra asks Lou Gehrig for an autograph in 1939

Steven Spielberg sits in the mechanical shark used in JAWS

The oldest known selfie. (1839)

hyperallergic.comRobert Cornelius took this photo outside the store his family owned. It became famous for being the first self portrait or as its commonly now known, a “selfie.”

People posing next to the Statue of Liberty as it’s unpacked. (1886)

This funny portrait of a woman was taken while she was mid-sneeze. (1900)

A “knocker-up” waking up clients – the early 20th century version of alarm clocks.

Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).

This may very well be the most kings ever photographed at once. Represented are Norway, Bulgaria, Portugal, the German Empire, Greece, Belgium, Spain, Great Britain, and Denmark.

Before automatic pinsetters were invented, “pin boys” worked to manually line them up. (1914).

Sarcastic photo taken by anti-prohibitionists to mock their opponents in 1919.

A police officer on a Harley and an old fashioned mobile holding cell. (1921)

An early example of “horsemanning”, the 1920’s version of “planking”.

Two winners of a 1922 Beauty Pageant, when beauty standards were much different.

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An beach official measures bathing suits to ensure they aren’t too short (1920s)

Suits were not allowed to end more than 6 inches above the knee.

A couple enjoys an old fashioned zipline on a weekend afternoon. (1923)

This bizarre helmet supposedly helped focus by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny slit. (1925)

A mildly terrifying 1920s full faced swimming mask designed to protect women from the sun.

Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).

The LA Public Library’s bookmobile program for the sick. (1928)

A zookeeper gives penguins a delightful shower from a watering can. (1930)

The One Wheel Motorcycle, capable of reaching a top speed of 93 mph. (1931)

A cat poses for a cigarette card, found in Army Club Cigarettes. (1932)

How makers of the famous London Double-Decker buses proved they weren’t a tipping hazard. (1933)

Baby cages for 1930s apartment families who wanted their children to get enough sunlight.

The iconic photo of a concerned pea-picker and mother of seven children during the Dust Bowl (1936)

These glasses were specifically made for reading in bed

The 1930’s version of a GPS: This auto scrolling map was supposed to help people with directions in real time.

Model T “Elevator Garage” in Chicago. (1936)

Salvador Dalí and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke. (1938)

“Face Cones”: a fashionable way to protect oneself during snowstorms (1939).

A bicycle that fits a family of four, including a sewing machine. (1939).

Babies wearing the gas mask hood system during a 1940 London bombing drill.

WWII soldiers get their last kiss before deployment.

A tiny puppy sleeping comfortably between Russian soldiers. (1945)

An Austrian boy couldn’t be more excited about his first pair of new shoes in years. (1946)

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A baby bear drinks a bowl of honey in a cafe. (1950)

A man dresses up his dog in a suit, then puts a cat in his lap. (1950s)

An ice-cold whisky dispenser, sometimes found in offices. (1950s)

The winner of the 1950 “Miss Atomic Bomb” pageant.

Afghan women at a public library during the 1950s.

The Afghanistan government was shifting towards democracy in the 1950s and 60s before the Taliban took over. Women could work, become educated, dress casually and use many of the modern day services that men could.

A young Paul McCartney takes a mirror selfie. (1959)

[Colorized] Young women hosting a 1950s house party.

Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial. (1959)

Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber. (1961)

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The Cat-Mew Machine. (1963)

This Japanese machine meows times per minute to scare away rats and mice. The eyes light up too.

A young woman takes her pet lobster out for a walk.

Young boy attending Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 28th Aug 1963.

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The “TV Glasses” that never quite caught on. (1963)

“The Kiss of Life”. This iconic photo shows a utility worker receiving mouth-to-mouth after being electrocuted. He survived. (1967).

A young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden during the 1970s. He is second from the right in a green shirt.

Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham playing volleyball in 1971.

Sources: i.imgur.com
And most of all go visit the source with many more interesting content!: http://news.distractify.com

Top 23 brilliant ideas on how to hide ugly things with a little DIY passion

15 May

Top 23 brilliant ideas on how to hide ugly things with a little DIY passion. This is so creative that I had to share them. This is how you hide your ugly gadgets and stuff away… I hope it serves you and inspires your weekend projects.

1. Install drawers under the stairwell

Designed by Deriba Furniture

2. Hide your ugly router in a nice box

Image credits: sweetsanitydesigns.com

3. Turn Your Cords Into Bob Marley’s Hair

Image credits: buzzfeed

4. Keep your pets’ lunch out of the way with a drawer just for them

Image credits: freshome.com

5. Use invisible book shelves

“This book shelf, which holds up to 15 pounds of books, screws directly into a wall stud and presto – you have an invisible book shelf! The maximum stack height is 16-Inches. All hardware is included so all you need is a screwdriver. The Conceal Book Shelf, which has already won design awards, is innovative, inspirational and imaginative.” (Designer: Miron Lior) (buy)

6. Turn your headphones’ wires into electrical towers

Image credits: danielballou.com

7. Hide your jewellery with a painting

Image credits: diy-enthusiasts.com

8. Turn your router into an old book

Image credits: apartmenttherapy.com

9. Hide your AC behind a useful to-do-list chalkboard

Image credits: decorhacks.com

10. Turn your power chords into pretty vines

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11. Hide your power chords behind a neat picket fence

Designed by Karl Zahn

12. Install stairs that double as drawers

Image credits: houzz.com

13. Use tape to jazz up your laundry machine and drier

Image credits: abeautifulmess.com

14. Decorate power switches with stickers that’ll remind your kids to save energy

Image credits: Hu2

15. Use a desk curtain to keep wires out of sight

Image credits: refinery29.com

16. Hide alarms, thermostats or pool controls with art

Image credits: blissbloomblog.com

17. Hide water pipes in your garden with fake rock domes

Image credits: plowhearth.com

18. Create a charging drawer for all of your electronics

Image credits: houzz.com

19. Decorate your refrigerator with removable wallpaper

Image credits: auntpeaches.com

20. Use paper towel rolls to store your wires tangle-free

Image credits: instructables.com

21. Cover your ordinary bathtub in imitation stone siding

Image credits: lovelycraftyhome.com

22. Hang a painting from your TV when it’s not in use

Image credits: tulipandturnip.blogspot.com

23. Hide your cat’s bathroom inside a cabinet

Designed by elipsdesign.com

Source: boredpanda.com

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