PSFK Picks: Top 5 Stories Of The Week
ANIMAL NEW YORK creates parody adds for Diet Coke, an artist make a realistically proportioned Barbie, and more.
Each week we bring you the most popular and interesting posts of the past five days. Here is the current selection to give you topics to explore and share over the weekend.
Pizza Hut partnered with Chaotic Moon Studios to create an interactive concept table that lets customers visualize their pizza orders and customize them on the spot. The concept is basically an interactive surface that lets diners build their orders from scratch. Diners can select their pizza size, sauce and cheese, and toppings. They can also add in side orders like spicy chicken wings or Hershey’s chocolate dunkers. After selecting a mode of payment, customers can even choose to play games while waiting.
The brain child of Lot18 co-founders Philip James and Kevin Boyer, The Miracle Machine is a winemaking device that lets owners make their own wine for just a couple of dollars a bottle and in the comfort of their own homes. The device is designed as a table-top appliance and is made with environmentally sustainable materials. The Miracle Machine can be controlled via a mobile app, which has a menu of wine recipes and takes the user through the winemaking process. To start making wine, the owner needs to select a type of wine, place the required ingredients into the machine, and then start the process using the app.
Inspired by his Native American heritage, a fascination with tattoos and the appropriation art of Andy Warhol, Seattle-based artist Cheyenne Randall incorporated all these elements into a new project that sees photoshopped tattoos onto iconic images of celebrities. Famous faces range across the past and present – Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein, Bob Marley and Arnold Schwarzenegger are just some who show up in Randall’s blog, Shopped Tattoos. Even President Obama and Prince William are not immune from a tattoo sleeve or two at the hands of Randall.
There has already been an online petition for plus-size versions of Barbie, but artist Nikolay Lamm has gone one step further and launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a Barbie doll that offers a realistic interpretation of women. Lammily is the real-world alternative to Barbie, a doll that is shorter, more curvaceous, and wears minimal makeup – all inline with the project’s tagline of ”average is beautiful.” An accurate 3D digital prototype of Lammily has already been created, and now the artist is in search of funds to meet the manufacturer’s minimum order quantity. It’s clear people want to see the idea become a reality, as the crowdfunding campaign has already raised $60,000+ of its $95,000 goal with more than 20 days left to go.
One of Diet Coke’s most recent ad campaigns by Droga5 has caused a stir with the tagline “You’re on. Diet Coke.” Thanks to clever layouts, nearly everyone who has seen the ad interprets it as the more worrying catchphrase “You’re on Coke.” To expand on this theme, ANIMAL New York has created a series of posters that shine a light on the realities of cocaine use. Coca-Cola clarified in an email to AdWeek that the campaign is meant to encourage “ambitious young achievers from all walks of life and remind them that Diet Coke is there to support them in the moments when they are at their best.” Whether it does that or not is for you to decide, but there’s no denying that the campaign also alludes to one of the company’s first recipes, which featured cocaine as an important ingredient.