Changing the World, One Poster at a Time

Elusive and semi-anonymous French artist JR claims he has the largest art gallery in the world… that’s because he’s plastering the whole planet with his inspiring wheat-pasted portraits. On display for anyone to experience, whether museum goer or not, his subversive larger than life images have recently captured the eye of TED Talks staff as well: they have honored him with the much coveted selection as an annual TED Prize winner.

An Entire Film in One Frame: Movie Bar Code

Tron (1982)

We know you’ve loved the color pallet used in a favorite film and now you can enjoy all of those clever color choices in one image. The film buff behind the website MovieBarCode has put together a collection of images that compress every single frame of an entire movie into just one signature “bar code.” Highlights are Pleasantville’s clear transition from black & white to the films creative use of color or the almost monochromatic green of The Matrix. Head over to for more of your favorite films.

Visual Bits #16 > Advance to Go and Collect Links

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Where Children Sleep: A Diverse World of Homes

When photographer James Mollison was asked to do a project on children’s rights, he found himself thinking back to his childhood bedroom and the deep importance it played in his upbringing. Taking that idea with him around the world, he photographed a diverse cross section of children and the bedrooms they call home. His moving images remove the children from their home environment, showing them before a neutral background that mostly hides their economic status as if to say “kids are just kids.” Only when their bedroom is observed, however, does the full scope of their living situation become poiniently clear. Where Children Sleep, a beautiful hardcover book featuring 112 color photographs is now available from

Russians Experimenting With Animals

The end of the 1950s and the beginning of 1960s was a time of significant achievements in the sphere of scientific experiments worldwide and in the USSR. During those years, Soviet scientist started bold experiments on animals. A whole series of pioneering experiments was carried out at the University of Moscow and the Academy of Science. And as early as 1950 a Russian scientist Vladimir Demihov surprised the whole world when he transplanted the head of one dog onto another one. The two headed dog lived for a whole month.”

Public Figures Go Faceless: Minimalist Designs

It’s been said that we never forget a face… but what about a style? Dubai based graphic designer Ali Jabbar has taken famous political and celebrity figures and removed their faces… leaving just enough to clue us in to their true identity. It really goes to show how much impact many of these figures have had on us: we know them face or not.

Slumdog Photographer of the Decade

Jonas Bendiksen, photographer for Magnum and creator of The Places We Live.

There are all kinds of places we as humans live.  We live in three bedroom homes, apartments and studios, closets in New York, caves in Turkey, sailboats and even teepees. At times, we also live on streets, cardboard mats and in scrapmetal sheds. The list can go on.

As we continue to grow as a community, more and more individuals are moving into cities for work opportunities. This makes these urban dwellings absolutely massive and many find themselves living in slums, high rise cement apartments or another form of alternative housing. Worldwide there are one billion people who live in urban slums, and that number will double in twenty five years according to the United Nations.

Jonas Bendiksen is a Norwegian photographer who shoots for the co-operative, Magnum Photo in New York City. In partnership with the Nobel Peace Center, Jonas shot photos of some of the largest urban and slum dwellings in our world today and made it interactive. Here are a few snapshots of what Jonas saw while he was traveling around the world.

Visual Bits #15 > A Home On Cloud 9

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Archetype Times Table: A Grid of Wild Characters

Dying to see a zombie T-Rex? Itching to see what Abe Lincoln would look like as a caveman? Look no further than Jacob Borshard’s silly comics. Using a cross section of popular archetypes he created a grid where all characters get crossed with each other, making for unusual and entertaining genetic results. We’d love to see more comics or hear some of Jacob’s sweet ukulele music, but he’s currently “taking a break from pretty much everything” so he can build his own Batmobile.

Clouds Look Better Going Fast

You know how everything seems to look better in slow motion? Well, it turns out that clouds look amazingly good going really, really fast. These giant floating masses of water often appear to stand still, but give them a little kick of speed and all their undulating movements and diverging layers become apparent.