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Born in Istanbul Turkey, been living away from home I was since 13, went to a boarding school in Vancouver BC. Been studying Psychology and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo for the past 4 years. Lived in Spain last summer para aprender espanol.

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Donut-Infused Robot Paintings
Donut-Infused Robot Paintings
Eric Joyner Brings Donuts & Robots Together in a Nonsensical Series
Eric Joyner is famous for this robot illustrations. He has been incorporating delicious looking donuts in these paintings for a series that makes no rational sense at all. The artist states that... MORE
Brash Damsel Illustrations
Brash Damsel Illustrations
Anita Kunz Depicts Brutal Paintings of Inter-Gender Disputes
Anita Kunz’s female depictions are crudely ruthless in their inharmonious stances with nature. Some of her illustrations are of women who are almost being attacked by a pack of bees, women whose... MORE
Amorphic Melting Chairs
Amorphic Melting Chairs
Charlotte Kingsnorth Incorporated Dripped-On Cushioning on Vintage Frames
Charlotte Kingsnorth’s chair cushions are made to look like they are melting. She assembled the upholstered foam around vintage frames as if they were dripped on. “The Hybreed collection... MORE
Transforming Lie Detector Suits
Transforming Lie Detector Suits
Studio Roosegaarde’s Intimacy 2.0 Turns Transparent When Use
Studio Roosegaarde Intimacy 2.0 is quite easily the best relationship gift imaginable. This lie-detecting suit turns transparent when the wearer is lying. Netherlands-based design group is setting... MORE
Subtly Murderous Paintings
Subtly Murderous Paintings
Martin Sichetti's Illustrations Look Like Scenes from a Murder Movie
Martin Sichetti’s paintings are mostly of suspicious looking close-ups that frame what looks like scenes from a thriller. While some paintings are obvious in their murderous intentions, others... MORE
Painting-Inspired Shoe Ads
Painting-Inspired Shoe Ads
TEN & Co. Presents Footwear Through Still Life Photographs
TEN & Co.‘s gorgeous shoes, which are blissful hybrids of ethnic and classical fashion, are presented unusually through an ancient art form that had predominantly been used for paintings.... MORE
Guerilla Stunt Webinars
Guerilla Stunt Webinars
Dove Hosted a Q&A Webinar to Take the Audience Behind the Scenes
As women, we have proven to be our own worst critics time and time again. Dove’s insightful campaign Real Beauty Sketches resulted in an evident demonstration of this; it has been eye-opening... MORE
Electro-Dancing Bird Videos
Electro-Dancing Bird Videos
This Funky Cockatoo is Caught Grooving Vivaciously to Daft Punk
This funky cockatoo certainly knows what’s good when it comes to music. A new YouTube video featuring this bird breaking it down to Daft Punk is causing a viral stir. The anticipated release... MORE
Cork Board Backpacks
Cork Board Backpacks
INROU Preserves Food and is the Perfect Fashionable Picnic Accessory
This INROU backpack was a contestant for the future of cork applications competition promoted by Corticeira AMORIM and Domaine the Boisbuchet. The gorgeous dark blue, which accompanies this design,... MORE
Excessively URL-Based Campaigns
Excessively URL-Based Campaigns
The New Coca-Cola Ad Campaign Features 61 URLs with the Ahh Effect
The new Coca-Cola ad campaign, which has just been launched today, is an ambitious pursuit that will be employing 61 URLs to create an all-digital, interactive experience for frequent mobile users.... MORE
Customized Health Care Platforms
Customized Health Care Platforms
Medeel Curates Immediate Customized Health Care Packages in India
Medeel is a customized health care platform based in India. It helps locals cut costs from their medical plans while also matching them with the most suitable specialist and treatment programs.... MORE
Gangster Damsel Photos
Gangster Damsel Photos
13th Witness Unveiled a Classified Portrait to Sell on Shirts
13th Witness, an artist who is famous for his photography and videography, has unveiled his latest art project called ‘The Classified Portrait.’ This portrait is of a gorgeous girl... MORE
Lazer-Incorporated Crop Fertilizer
Lazer-Incorporated Crop Fertilizer
CropSpec Enhances Crop Growth and Fertalizes Crops That Need It
Developed by Topcon Precision Agriculture, a US subsidiary of Japan’s Topcon Corporation, CropSpec is a smart device that sits on top of the tractors and detects the growth of crops with the use... MORE
Baby Gift Recommendation Services
Baby Gift Recommendation Services
NeverMissGift Offers Suggestions on Gifts for Friend's Kids
Is getting gifts for friend’s kids a dreadful chore that you are simply clueless about? For a significant portion of the population it is, which is exactly why NeverMissGift was conceived.... MORE
Phone Call Summarizing Apps
Phone Call Summarizing Apps
RefreshMe Summarizes Highlights of Phone Conversations
RefreshMe is an app for Android users that lets them remember their phone conversations for future reference after they hang up. Most people who take an abundant number of phone calls on a daily... MORE
Car-Only Smartphones
Car-Only Smartphones
Voyager is an In-Car Smartphone Designed for Use While Driving
Israeli-based Voyager is an in-car smartphone that acts as a second handheld for drivers to use specifically behind the wheel. Using a cell phone while driving is an illegal activity in most... MORE
Minimalist Quote Illustrations
Minimalist Quote Illustrations
Ryan McArthur Conceptually Illustrated Famous Quotes
Toronto-based designer Ryan McArthur enhances eloquently worded quotes through minimalist illustrations. His work is extremely conceptual, clean and helps the audience visualize the ideas that are... MORE
Sharply Slashed Furniture
Sharply Slashed Furniture
Charlotte Kingsnorth's Furniture Design is Shaped by Slicing
Designer Charlotte Kingsnorth creates her designs around the Slash theme, which refers to the cutting of a knife. Her furniture is shaped in a way that looks as though it’s been sliced in... MORE
Sheltering Charity Billboards
Sheltering Charity Billboards
The Other Side Campaign Creates Shelter for the Poor from Billboards
Conceived by BBDO Bangkok for Thailand-based DIY store HomePro, The Other Side campaign shelters poor people in Thailand after the roadside advertisements serve their commercial use. The Other... MORE
Behavioral Credit Score Tests
Behavioral Credit Score Tests
Cignifi Uses Mobile Use Data to Determine Credit Scores
Credit score determination for people who don’t have a credit history is understandably hard and risky for institutions that require it. Founders of Cignifi have figured out a way to... MORE
Durable E-Ink Smartphones
Durable E-Ink Smartphones
The E Ink Android Phone Comes with a Battery Life of Up to a Week
Constantly having low battery is undoubtedly the most prominent downfalls of having a smartphone, which is why the E Ink Android screen has been introduced. The screen display allows the phone... MORE
Ductile Elastic Touchscreens
Ductile Elastic Touchscreens
Obake is an Elastic Touchscreen That Can Be Stretched and Pinched
Designed by Dhairya Dand and Rob Hemsley, Obake is an exciting new elastic touchscreen technology that is already fueling the creative engines of engineers and entrepreneurs all around the world.... MORE
Still-Life Handbag Editorials
Still-Life Handbag Editorials
The ZUBI No.3 Clutch Editorial Use Unsettling Still Life Photography
No. 3 is ZUBI’s new collection of clutches, which is chosen to be advertised through disturbing settings of still life editorials. Although the clutches are phenomenal-looking due to their... MORE
Smartphone-Incorporating Movies
Smartphone-Incorporating Movies
App is a New Movie That Provides Extra Content to Smartphone Users
Created by film production company 2CFilm, ‘App’ is a thriller movie that provides extra narrative content to movie goers with smartphones. Viewers can download a free app before going in and... MORE
Color Film Pallet Blogs
Color Film Pallet Blogs
Movies in Color Blog Features Basic Color Pallets of Famous Movie Stills
Movies in Color is a creative blog by Roxy Radulescu that features frames from various movies and their corresponding color palettes. The blogger’s curiosity in the use of colors within film... MORE
Mouth-Controlled Styluses
Mouth-Controlled Styluses
Griffin MouthStick Stylus Allows Disabled People Make Use of Touchscreen
Griffin MouthStick Stylus is a touchscreen stylus that is designed to be held and moved using one’s mouth. It was created for the purpose of letting people who are disabled use touchscreens.... MORE
Dehydration-Alerting Sleeves
Dehydration-Alerting Sleeves
Jomi Interactive’s Bottle Sleeve Reminds Users to Drink Water
Estonia-based start-up Jomi Interactive created a water bottle sleeve that lets users know if they haven’t had enough water throughout the day. The device measures the water bottle that one is... MORE
Password-Eliminating Security Services
Password-Eliminating Security Services
Passboard Lets Users Mix and Match Verification Tools
Passboard is a mobile security service that eliminates the need of coming up with outrageous passwords and lets users identify themselves with mix-and-match verification tools. The idea behind the... MORE
Celebrity-Parodying Short Videos
Celebrity-Parodying Short Videos
Will Sasso Acted Out Arnold Schwarzenegger Cruising in a Car
Will Sasso’s hilarious Arnold Schwarzenegger parody video is collated from 14 Vine short clips. The actor parodies what it must feel like to be Arnold Schwarzenegger cruising around his vehicle in... MORE
Ownership-Retaining Data Storage
Ownership-Retaining Data Storage
Unhosted Provides a Safe Cloud Storage That Stores in the Browser
Unhosted is a cloud service that lets users store data on its browser rather than on a company server. The creator of Unhosted states that within the endless pages of contracts that most Internet... MORE
Feralized Princess Mashups
Feralized Princess Mashups
Phillip Light Mashes Disney Princesses with Sloths
This may just be the single best Disney Princess mashup I have seen on the Internet. It is the combination of the most mashed up group of fictional characters with one of my favorite animals in the... MORE
Distruption-Causing Success Stories
Distruption-Causing Success Stories
Ondi Timoner’s Total Disruption Series Humanizes Success
Ondi Timoner, a documentary maker with a vision for success, is currently undertaking a project called A Total Disruption, which showcases incredible success stories in technological revolution... MORE
Profit-Based Coffee Charts
Profit-Based Coffee Charts
This Chart Lays Out the Profit Plan for Global Coffee Business
The coffee business is a phenomenally profitable industry considering that only in the United States, 60% of the population needs coffee in the morning, while about 100 million drink coffee every day.... MORE
Auto-Infused Whisky Packaging
Auto-Infused Whisky Packaging
Booze and Cars Merge for Chivas 18 by Pininfarina Limited Editions
Scotch Whisky Chivas and Italian luxury product and interior designer Pininfarina merged to create the new Chivas 18 limited editions. The three limited-edition packaging designs are meant to... MORE
Music-Making Bevarage Ads
Music-Making Bevarage Ads
The Coca Cola Ad Explored Recording Sounds of Joy Around Tokyo
The new Cola Cola ad campaign was created within a social experiment form. Japanese inventor and DJ Jun Fujiwara embedded a sound-recording device in a Coca Cola bottle and recorded ‘sounds of... MORE
Job Search Assisting Banks
Job Search Assisting Banks
Fifth Third Bank and Nextjob Teamed Up to Assist Unemployed Find a Job
Fifth Third Bank and Nextjob have teamed up to offer unemployed mortgage borrowers free job search tips through “webinars” and face-to-face coaching. Although banks do help people by... MORE

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Feline Cartoon Currency
Feline Cartoon Currency
Singapore-Based Bank Launches Hello Kitty Debit Card
Following the success of last spring’s Hello Kitty Debit Card launch in Malaysia, Singapore-based bank Hong Leong is again targeting the fan base of the most adorned kitty in the world by... MORE
Crudely Direct Weather Apps
Crudely Direct Weather Apps
The Last Weather App Cuts Nonesense and Tells You the Weather as It Is
Created by Marco van Hylckama Vlieg, the Last Weather App cuts all the nonsense and tells you the weather as it is. You will only need one glance to know everything you need to know about the weather.... MORE
Skin-Mimicking Adult Toys
Skin-Mimicking Adult Toys
Igino's Skin-like Vibrators Mimic Human Touch for Maximum Pleasure
iGino is said to be one of the most effective skin-like vibrators on the market. Its patented vibraMoove technology provides maximum intensity of pleasure to all users. “Inspired by mother... MORE
Objective Legalization Stats
Objective Legalization Stats
The Infographic Objectively Showcases America's Stance on Marijuana
This infographic offers different and objective marijuana use statistics that showcase the diverse perspective stances on the subject in the United States. The nation has slowly but surely been... MORE
Gamified 3D Browser Experiences
Gamified 3D Browser Experiences
Chrome Maze Lets Users Turn All Websites into 3D Gaming Platforms
Chrome Maze is the latest work of Google Japan that syncs your computer with your smartphone and turns all websites into a 3D mazes that you can play on. The gamifying of the Internet isn’t... MORE
Presidential Villain Parody Toys
Presidential Villain Parody Toys
These Villian Toys Humorously Integrate Politics and Pop Culture
These presidential parody toys of iconic villains are humorous and very well depicted. Most importantly they are indcredibly well named. The set of toys features George W. Bush as Zom-Bush, Nixon as... MORE
Festive Designer Purses
Festive Designer Purses
Valentine’s Day Bags from Burberry are the Ultimate Luxury Gift
These indulgent Valentine’s Day gift bags by Burberry are a bagoholic’s ultimate gift dream. If you are a guy and your partner has a concerning amount of hand bags, chances are, she is already... MORE
Sharply Slashed Furniture
Sharply Slashed Furniture
Charlotte Kingsnorth's Furniture Design is Shaped by Slicing
Designer Charlotte Kingsnorth creates her designs around the Slash theme, which refers to the cutting of a knife. Her furniture is shaped in a way that looks as though it’s been sliced in... MORE
Ultra-Minimalist Flip Mirrors
Ultra-Minimalist Flip Mirrors
This Flip Mirror by Javier Moreno Provides Ease of Mobility
This ultra-minimalist flip mirror design is by Javier Moreno for the Danish brand Normann Copenhagen. The mirror’s design is very simple and elegant. Normann Copenhagen has launched this... MORE
Augmented Wooden Toy Cars
Augmented Wooden Toy Cars
Tobeus is a Toy Design Project That Aims to Teach Children to Love
TobeUs wooden toy cars is a project that was born out of designer Matteo Ragni’s frustration out of seeing his child interact with his toys. He saw that the child would either break his toys due... MORE
Lavatory Assisting Tablet Stands
Lavatory Assisting Tablet Stands
The iPad Pedestal Stand Replaces Toilet Paper Holders
Multifunctionality in a multitasking era is key, and the cleverly designed tablet stands provide just that for their users. This iPad Pedastal stand not only holds the toilet paper but also... MORE
Vision-Blurring Alcohol Ads
Vision-Blurring Alcohol Ads
This Ad by Corona Reminds Audiences of the Blurry Effects of Alcohol
The ‘Drink Responsibly’ ad by Corona is created by the advertising agency JWT Spain. The advertising idea is a very unique one, where its creators edited the first minute and a half of... MORE
Whimsical Transforming Apartments
Whimsical Transforming Apartments
Vlad Mishin Hid All Functions Behind Walls in This Apartment
If they made a Transformers parody of homes instead of cars, Vlad Mishin’s compact apartment would take the lead role. This ultra space-efficient 60 square meter apartment concept has all of... MORE
Deceptively Comfortable Marble Chairs
Deceptively Comfortable Marble Chairs
This Archaic Marble Chair Isn’t as Uncomfortable as It
This gorgeous marble chair is the creation of Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman. The cover is made out of printed silk and viscose while the structure is made from poplar plywood and soft polyurethane.... MORE