A Japanese artist has turned everyday moments into cute animated illustrations.

Maori Sakai conveys the message 'happiness is by your side' with her collection of sweet gifs, which include a character relaxing with coffee, books, and cats, and another figure buying flowers.

The artist hopes that the quaint animations will help people find happiness in everyday experiences, explaining: “I think most people depend on others or a lot of money to feel this happiness, but I think, happiness is always a state of mind". 

Take a look at the animations here and tell us if they inspire you to find happiness in the quieter moments of life.





If you've ever fancied watching the Sun rise and set all around the world at once, now's your chance, thanks to a clever algorithm and Instagram.

Photographer and designer Michelle Chandra uses Instagram photos tagged with ‘#sunrise’ and ‘#sunset’ for her ‘All Our Suns’ project.

She incorporates the images into three different interactive maps, through which you can discover where and when each picture was taken.

See the impressive project in action here and let us know if you're inspired to Instagram striking sunsets or dewy dawns.





KFC has tried to make life easier for its customers by integrating technology in its stores...in an unusual way. 

The fast food brand reached out to smartphone users by trying out disposable paper typing trays in its German restaurants.

Customers could connect their devices via Bluetooth to thin rechargeable wireless keyboards, which prevented greasy fingerprints all over their screens.

Have a look at the explanatory video below and tell us if you think KFC should launch the trays in the UK.




Two companies have teamed up to analyse the behaviour of different age groups online.

Fractl and Buzzstream studied how different generations consume content online, producing a handy infographic of their results, which covers how much time we’re consuming content, when do we consume it, and with which devices. 

One surprising finding is that around 25% of Baby Boomers spend more than 20 hours consuming content online - compared to only 20% of Millennials and Generation X users.

Have a look at the whole infographic here.


An artist has created a stunning immersive light installation in Amsterdam.

Daan Rossegaarde's ‘Waterlicht’ creates the illusion that the city’s museum square (Museumplein) is under water, thanks to the undulating lines of light projected by the installation.

The experience was designed to convey the Netherlands' relationship with water, especially in light of the museum's recent acquisition of a painting of St Peter's Flood in 1651, contrasting the 17th Century depiction of water with Rossegaarde's modern intepretation.

Watch the installation below and let us know what you think of it.




Evian has released another series of cute adverts as part of its ongoing campaign.

The mineral water brand's latest clever print adverts continue to riff on their successful ‘Live Young’ motto.

This time, on point with the summer holidays approaching, the 'holiday snap' style shows adults and their inner children enjoying sun, sea, and sand in tranquil and tropical surroundings.

Discover the ads here and let us know if you'll be heading down the beach with Evian soon.





Tic Tac USA has launched a very cute new limited edition, inspired by the Minions from Despicable Me.

Fans of the quirky creatures will be able to buy bright yellow banana Tic Tacs, which have Stuart, Bob, and Kevin printed on them, to celebrate the Minions movie being released in June.

This branding stunt works particularly well as the Minions themselves are rather Tic Tac-shaped and have simple, easily recreated features.

The brand is also hosting a Minion takeover of its website, which includes a Tic Tac Minion game and the official movie trailer.

Take a closer look at the new Tic Tacs here and tell us if you're going to see the movie.





An innovative app allows social media users to experience their tweets being spoken by a mountain.

Goo Technologies' new app 'Mountains of Mouthness' features 3D animated mountains that will recite tweets from people who use the hashtag #Mouthness.

This concept is actually based on a fairytale, in which two mountains in love find themselves separated by a village and have to talk to each other from afar.

Creative Director Magnus Östergren said: “we’re aiming to build the most artist friendly tool for advanced interactive web graphics out there.”

Watch a demonstration of the app here and tweet #mouthness or @MoMouthness to have your message spoken by a cartoon mountain.





A Dutch architecture studio will transform an old South Korean motorway into an impressive elevated public park.

MVRDV is in charge of creating the ‘Seoul Skygarden’, populating it with an incredible 254 different species of plants, which are organised according to the Korean alphabet.

In its new guise as the Skygarden, the currently abandoned section of the 1970s motorway will bring economic benefits to the area and act as a tranquil shortcut for pedestrians.

Winy Maas of MVRDV said that it “will change the daily lives of many people in Seoul for the better [as] a green oasis in the midst of all the traffic and concrete.”

Take a look at the stunning Skygarden here and tell us what you think.





An Italian artist has brought some unique street art to the streets of Riccione: strikingly realistic birds seemingly in flight.

Eron, who was named ‘best Italian street artist’ in the 1990s, has depicted herons and seagulls on the walls throughout the Italian city, giving them life through stunning 'three-dimensional' realism.

The artist's sequential 'flipbook' style revitalises these old concrete walls with splashes of white, while the illusionary effect makes the birds look like they're taking off in flight.

Watch Eron create his striking work below and let us know what you think.






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