VISUAL BITS #133 > No more dark side!

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ONLINE SUPERHEROES: BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET

From the creative mind of Caldwell Tanner, illustrator of College Humor, writer of his own captivating and hilarious illustration blog, and graphic artist/comedian extraordinaire, now comes “The Internet League of Justice” illustration series! Imagine if the most popular online websites and social media networks were superheroes! What powers would they have?

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Visualization: The 2011 Highlights on Digg

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Social news site Digg.com saw its share of ups and downs through 2010, particularly after the launch of V4. The tumultuous last months of that year had many wondering if the site would make it through 2011. It not only made it through but improved dramatically with the launch of hot new features and a glimmer of hope. Through the wave, one thing has remained constant: the ever-growing diversity of content.

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PAINTING WITH NUMBERS: REPRESENTING STATS WITH ART

A new art exhibit opening at the London Transport Museum shows us that the use of data visualization (presenting information in visual form) is not a new concept. Running from January 6 through March 18, 2012, Painting by Numbers – Making Sense of Statistics will display a collection of 20 posters by artists such as Charles Shepard, Alfred Leete, and Heinz Zinram created as far back as the 1920s to commend public transport in London and/or too assure travelers that their hard-earned money would be put to good use, rendering valuable services to them, when they opted to use the London Underground.

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VISUAL BITS #132 > Hidden City

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Tree Lines: When the Forest Meets the Mountains

Only visible from one perspective, these nature based artworks by Zander Olsen are captivating in their simplicity. See more at zanderolsen.com.

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PAINTING WITH LIGHT AND FIRE

I’m going to get this out of the way right here in the beginning: none of these flashy, surreal photographs where Photoshopped. UK based light artist Ian Hobson, who humorously and humbly calls his work “Waving Torches at Things,” creates some of the best images we’ve ever seen in light painting. His newest works exude a flowing, painterly, yet digital aura, coloring the abandoned buildings he often uses as his art space with vibrant dashes and swooshes of light.

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Was van Gogh Colorblind?

It might sound like heresy to say that a great painter such as van Gogh had a limited ability to see colors… but a recent exploration by Kazunori Asada and some color vision deficient friends turned up some very interesting new insights. Asada, who has previously written on tools to assist people with color vision deficiencies, was invited to speak at an event for the Hokkaido Color Universal Design Organization (HCUDO). As a way to educate the public about the great diversity of color vision found in our world, the organizers had set up a “Color Vision Experience Room.” Inside, observers were treated to walls of van Gogh paintings illuminated by lights with an optical filter which provided a modified spectrum of light.

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DISNEY PRINCESSES AS ALLURING COVER GIRLS

Many girls dream of being princesses and many also imagine a fairy tale of their face gracing the cover of popular fashion magazines. Young artist, Tumblr user, and admitted Disney fan, Mary (Petite Tiaras) gives us a mashup of the best of both worlds by designing covers for popular fashion magazines, such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Elle, with Disney princesses as cover girls.

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VISUAL BITS #131 > The Earth In 24 Hours

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