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8 Public Spaces that Manipulate You with Their Frustrating Design

Strangely, some things are unpleasantly made to discourage their use for certain activities.

Mich Escultura





Unpleasant design is all around us. We see them in signs with awful fonts, in badly placed buildings, and even in household items like furniture and kitchenware. However, who would have thought that unpleasant design could have a purpose?

In the book called “Unpleasant Design” by Gordan Savičić and Selena Savić, they discuss how some designs intentionally make people feel uncomfortable, and thus limiting the use of certain objects to their only intended use. Here are some examples of designs they have seen in public spaces.

1. Metal obstacles in public benches

These metal rods and bolts prevent skaters, BMX riders and rollerskaters from using benches to perform grinding tricks.

2. Handrails with a sandpaper-like texture

The unpleasant texture of the rails prevent people from climbing or holding the handrails. It’s especially useful for preventing potential suicide victims from coming near the edge of high-altitude bridges.

3. Anti-climbing paint

The non-drying, transferring oil-based paint keeps the surface slippery, thus keeping climbers, graffiti artists, and burglars from scaling or damaging the walls.

4. Stiff, cold benches that keep your feet from touching the floor

The coldness and hardness of these benches keep people from resting on them for very long periods.

5. Rotterdam's “leaning” benches

Like the previous entry, these benches keep you from sitting on the benches for more than just a few minutes.

6. Benches with tiny armrests

This design keeps people from lying down on the benches, and they also keep skaters from using them for tricks.

7. Slanted garbage bins

These garbage bins prevent people from sitting on them or placing trash on top of the bins.

8. Anti-injection lights

These blue lights make blood vessels less visible, thus preventing junkies from shooting up in places where these blue lights can be found. The calming blue light can also help people calm down.

Have you seen any of these unpleasant but useful designs in your area? Share them with us below!

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Monochromatic Optical Illusions That Are Both Amazing And Trippy

These artworks never fail to captivate!




For decades, world-renowned Austrian artist Peter Kogler has successfully transformed typical-looking galleries and museums into warp portals where hallucination and reality seem to converge. Using illusory, monochromatic patterns of distorted lines and pipes and similarly warped sculptures, he expertly transports his audiences to a different dimension where their depth perception is put to the test. The seemingly boundless patterns of alternating convex and concave offer a three-dimensional view of a world that appears to move and shift with every step.

First gaining international attention in the 1980s, the Vienna-based artist is a pioneer of computer-generated art. His works, which focus on architecture, cinema, minimalism and pop art, have been displayed in various galleries, museums, and exhibitions, all of which never fail to captivate.

Kogler's motifs are drawn from the corporal and allegorical realms and then blended into a mixture of unique designs, as can be seen in the patterns that he employs, examples of which include pipes, ants, brain convolutions, and honeycombs.

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Japanese Instagram Users Are Sharing Photos Of Fallen Leaves Artworks . They’re Pretty Stunning!

Wow! This is so impressive!

Mark Andrew



Instagram users over at the Land of the Rising Sun are sharing with us some photos of amazing artworks made with fallen leaves. Yes, you read that right – fallen leaves!

Who would’ve thought that leaves can be a medium for art, right?

Most of us would have simply swept those leaves away and threw them into the dumpsters but apparently, some locals thought they made interesting materials for creating pieces of art.

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The Biggest Design Trends of 2016

Some of this year’s biggest design trends shout out to the past, while others leap forward into the future!

Mich Escultura



The year is about to end, and it's once again time for the "Best of 2016" lists to come out. Of course, no "Best of 2016" list would be complete without a list of the biggest design trends that hit the art world this year. So what's it going to be this year? Calligraphy? Watercolor? Minimalism? Or, God forbid, the return of Comic Sans? Keep reading below to find out!

1. Color overlays.

Source: Spotify

Color overlays instantly change the mood of a photograph by using only a few colors.

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