These star-studded Hollywood tributes are simply astounding! In such a way that they are almost one person, jewelry arts student George Chamon has perfectly merged photos of such silver screen greats as Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant with their modern day doppelgängers. The classic amoeba shaped layers between the two iconic stars match seamlessly with the retro look of the portraits. Bravo! [Read more...]
Did you know that between 1998 and 2007, the number of green jobs created was nearly triple that of any other job sector in the US? The question is: just where are those jobs and what type? This infographic from One Block Off The Grid, an organization with the mission of helping individuals get affordable solar power through group buying, helps to answer the tough questions and points us in the right direction towards more employment and a greener future. [Read more...]
How do we solve the problem of global poverty? In the past and still today, the answer has been to drop food to hungry people world-wide at great cost to the donor countries. While that may be a good emergency solution, the number of people living in poverty continues to grow and the practice is quickly becoming unsustainable. Only The Brave, a non-profit organization, aims to eventually end food drops by providing the poor with sustainable solutions they can operate themselves. Check out their beautifully animated piece below, then head to otbfoundation.org where you can explore new solutions and even take a virtual stroll around a village they are revitalizing. [Read more...]
Charles and Ray Eames: What many people choose to remember about this mid-century modernist couple are their contributions in industrial and architectural design. Their designs, ranging from the molded plywood chair and Eames lounger to their Mondrian-esque home, are among the most popular, yet the Eameses provided the world with more than beautiful home décor: they were teachers. [Read more...]
“You think you know America, but you don’t know Top Secret America,” says this new interactive visualization by The Washington Post. According to the investigative piece, following the events of 9/11 the U.S. created a fourth branch of government far more secretive and unaccountable than the well known Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. Where is this third branch? All around us. Since September 11th, nearly 1000 counter terrorism organizations alone have been added all around the country. Who and where are they? This in depth piece allows us to investigate locations by zip code, see the connections between different organizations and even find the independent companies that are contracted with the government.
As part of the generation that grew up around floppy disks, artist Nick Gentry has a special place in his heart for the now defunct media format. He uses the discarded disks as his canvas, painting figures on the multi-colored squares in what he considers a commentary on waste culture, life cycles and identity. Each figure merges with the technology in an almost seamless fashion, cleverly matching the painting to the color of the disk and begging the question: “Will humans be forever compatible with our own technology?” For more on Gentry and his work, see nickgentry.co.uk or follow him on Twitter and Facebook. [Read more...]
Did it ever occur to you that the official greeter of New York, the Statue of Liberty, wasn’t always green? Constructed in Paris in the 1880′s, the statue was made with an exterior of untreated copper, which as many know from seeing old neglected pennies, slowly turns green over time through oxidation (not so the ones in your pocket, as they are slowly polished through friction). The builders of the statue clearly knew that over time the lady would turn a dull green, but think of how it must have originally appeared as new immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, shining a warm welcome in the New York sun. [Read more...]