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Ronald McDonald Gets a Makeover and Plans All-Out Clown Assault on Social Media

It’s a big day in the big top of fast food, as McDonald’s has given spokesclown Ronald McDonald a makeover.

With new threads designed by theater designer Ann Hould-Ward, Ronnie is now decked out in McNugget-sauce-colored cargo pants, a rugby shirt and a fancy new blazer and bowtie (designated for special occasions). Fear not, though—his perfectly coiffed Bruce-Jenner-meets-the-Bee-Gees hairdo and iconic oversized red clown shoes remain a vital part of this dude’s duds. 

“Customers today want to engage with brands in different ways, and Ronald will continue to evolve to be modern and relevant,” says Dean Barrett, the chain’s global relationship officer.

For the first time, Ron will also take an active role on McDonald’s social media channels.

Heralding the possible death of the selfie movement, Ronald said in a statement, “Selfies … here I come! It’s a big world and now, wherever I go and whatever I do … I’m ready to show how fun can make great things happen.”

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Scarves Painted With Ink Made From Bacteria

Faber Futures‘ is a textile project by Zimbabwe-born, London-based designer and researcher Natsai Audrey Chieza that uses traditional screen printing techniques – but with the dye and pattern created by soil bacteria. The innovative designer discovered that certain bacteria, taken from the soil in the roots of herbs such as tarragon and sage, would create different colors when cultured.

These uniquely created colors, which can range from deep blues to bright reds, can stain silk fabrics, and when these fabrics are actually placed in the culture, a similarly unique pattern is created as the microbes soak up the fabric. And this technique is more than just an interesting way to incorporate biotechnology into fashion; the use of bacteria to produce fabric dyes is sustainable as well, as the bacteria can be grown into ink ‘factories.’ As Chieza shared with Wired, she hopes to ultimately genetically modify bacteria to create programmable, proprietary colors and patterns for fashion houses.

Chieza collaborated with John Ward and the Ward Lab at UCL, London, and the project was featured in the En Vie-Alive’ exhibit in Paris last year.

Faber Futures

[ht] Wired, Clot Magazine

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Internet-Enabled Coffee Machine Demonstrates Singapore’s Ability to Facilitate Business Ventures


Here’s a pretty cool idea. Working with Strawberry Frog, The Secret Little Agency and Tellart, EDB, a Singapore-based government group which promotes the city as a business destination debuted The Coffee Connector at The Economist Big ReThink Conference last month.

Leveraging the notion that grabbing a cup of coffee is a great way for a couple of people to build a relationship and coupling that with EDB’s goal of facilitating companies to create successful business ventures, The Coffee Connector demonstrated the value of strong relationships. Each party is then rewarded with a freshly brewed cup of Highlander Coffee and the beginning of a lasting connection.

The Coffee Connector is an ingenious, internet connected coffee maker that only works when two people are standing together squarely in front of the machine. In order for the machine to dispense coffee, the two people must introduce themselves by entering their names and indicating their interests.

The Coffee Connector is, of course, a metaphor for EDB’s purpose and intent which is to present Singapore as a place for global companies to come together and connect in meaningful ways.

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Throwback Thursday: 28 Digital Paintings by Andy Warhol Discovered on Floppy Disks from 1985

Fine Art


This is a throwback for two reasons: Andy Warhol and floppy disks. Just recently, a series of digital paintings done by Warhol for Amiga Computers back was exhumed from a group of floppy disks dating back to 1985. The search for these previously unearthed pieces all started with an inquiry from artist Cory Arcangel, who suggested restoring the hardware to the Andy Warhol Museum after seeing a promotional video of Warhol working on the Amiga 100 on YouTube. At the notion of undiscovered work from such a name, Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Club teamed up with the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and the Hillman Photography Initiative to embark on an extraction project to see if there were any unreleased paintings hidden among the floppy disk fossils—and, of course, there were.


That video Arcangel saw? Here it is (complete with an awkwardly sultry Debbie Harry):

It proved to be a tricky project. The Computer Club specialized in revitalizing vintage computers, but soon realized that even reading the information saved by Warhol on the diskettes could damage the content they were looking to extract. In the end, they were able to pull 28 digital images—11 of them including Warhol’s iconic signature—from the disks. On May 10, the Carnegie Museum of Art will host the debut of a documentary following the entire project titled Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments. Get more details on the event here.


Via Creative Review and Laughing Squid

Grillo Portable: The Sculptural Grill that Opens Like an Umbrella

Designing for Step Stools

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Stick Your Fingers in These Holes If You Dare, Says Weird Outdoor Ad for PlayStation

AdFreak is your daily blog of the best and worst of creativity in advertising, media, marketing and design. Follow us as we celebrate (and skewer) the latest, greatest, quirkiest and freakiest commercials, promos, trailers, posters, billboards, logos and package designs around. Edited by Adweek’s Tim Nudd. Updated every weekday, with a weekly recap on Saturdays.

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