The good folks at Problogger recently put together an infographic answering the question: is twitter worth your time or is it for the birds? Here at Visual News we find twitter a very valuable tool for making connections with designers and artists, we even catch breaking news via the service. This graphic may just shed some light on whether it is a good use of your time.
David McCandless at Information Is Beautiful wanted to answer one simple summer question: just how much sunscreen should a “pale geek who burns” wear? As with many simple questions, the answer was quite complex, but thanks to David’s voracious apetite for information and his equally strong drive for making it readable, we bring you his clarifying “Sunscreen Smokescreen:” an in-depth look (without all the smokey, confusing hype) at how much sunscreen you should be smearing on this summer. Surfs up! [Read more...]
Tetris: back in the 1980′s it was the staple entertainment of gamers and bored employees, providing countless hours of dexterous finger numbing exercise. Enter the new kid on the block: Silhouetris. An experimental version of the original game that tracks your body’s motion using the Microsoft Kinect and ups the players interaction to some really fat-busting levels. [Read more...]
Check out these retro-fantastic illustrations by Stockholm based Kilian Eng… many look like they jumped directly off the shiny airbrushed sides of a 70′s van or the album cover of some space opera composing, Minimoog playing music outfit. Whatever the inspiration, you can see many more of his works at behance.net/KilianEng [Read more...]
Don’t let their size fool you. At only two feet, cookiecutter sharks can do serious damage by scooping out flesh with their unique jaws, leaving crater-like wounds. Unlike other sharks, a cookiecutter’s teeth are connected at the bottom in the lower jaw. When feeding, the shark bites its victim and then rotates to remove a plug of flesh, “kind of like using a melon baller,” says George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida. [Read more...]
Boldly mixing patterns from vintage tiles and textiles into his work, Lisboa, Portugal based illustrator Luís Alves creates beautiful art that draws you in with its detail. Diverse in his abilities, Alves uses both digital and marker based techniques to create his pieces. See more of his work at behance.net/UrbanMyth. [Read more...]
The Digital Paintings of Charlie Terrell really stand out from the crowd. Overlaying strongly patterned linear elements and painterly effects on his subjects, each seems to mix elements of classic Mexican art with a touch of Voodoo, all blended together with a dash of Burning Man. See more of his exquisite portraits at daddyvan.prosite.com, check out his tumblr or his DeviantArt page. [Read more...]
Concert goers at the Glastonbury music festival had one more reason to elbow their way to the front this year. That’s because mobile phone giant Orange unveiled an experimental new mobile phone charging t-shirt at the loud event. Powered only by ambient sound waves, primarily heavy bass, users that don the black garment simply plug their phone into the shirt, which then uses noise-responsive technology to top-up the charge on their chest mounted phone. Although this current rendition may be somewhat dark and lacking in style, the potential future for this technology seems bright. Swing by web.orange.co.uk for more on this potential sonic statement in style. [Read more...]
New research suggests the shape of the Big Bang might be more complicated than previously thought. Physicists and astronomers have long believed that the universe has mirror symmetry, like a basketball. [Read more...]
This new collaborative series of posters, Fifty and Fifty, taps into the skills of 50 local designers using all of the American states mottos as their inspiration. Each print uses a similar, muted red, white and blue color pallet and most feature a catchy retro feel… so if you’ve called more than one state home they will look superb on the same wall.