I thought I’d seen every type of book carving imaginable, until I ran across these jaw dropping creations by Guy Laramee. His works are so sculptural, so movingly natural in their form, they’ve really touched me. His works are inspired by a fascination with so-called progress in society: a thinking which says the book is dead, libraries are obsolete and technology is the only way of the future. [Read more...]
Now this is taking the idea of London’s famous ‘Tube‘ quite literally: Kyle Bean, designer, model maker and all around advertising re-thinker has created the London metro map using colored drinking straws. His map uses the colorful tubes in a playful, elementary school craft-time like fashion, which when finished appears completely to scale and quite grown up… that’s because he’s built the design over a large poster of the actual map. His final design, lacking the station labels needed to navigate the system, is still highly recognizable for what it is, a truly iconic design tribute. [Read more...]
The threat of cancer is very real these days, and it seems like almost everyone either knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, or has even been affected themselves. Every year thousands of women lose their battle against the breast cancer beast. This new ad campaign, by Maisa Chaves for DDB Mozambique, was created to raise awareness of regular breast cancer exams among women at risk [Read more...]
The answer to the question above is for most a resounding “NO”… but for the US’s bloated medical industry, this is not the case. Many products that have no logical explanation for an expiration date, including wooden tongue depressors, are thrown away every year. Often these products are in dire need in other countries… so it is no wonder why our country has the highest cost per patient for healthcare of any country in the world. The unfortunate truth is that it is illegal here to repurpose medical products, even if they have not been used. Worse yet, these products end up in landfills only polluting the world more. Now, an organization called MedWish has set out to find a solution to this problem [Read more...]
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Stanley Kubrick is best known for his directing credits — Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, etc. — but it was his early ability with the camera that originally propelled him into the art of capturing images. His talent was immense even at 17. In 1945, he sold a photograph of a sad news vendor reacting to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Look magazine for $25, and a couple months later became the youngest photographer ever hired by the magazine. Kubrick’s career as a photojournalist gives us another look into the man who directed some of the greatest movies ever put onto film. A keen eye for light and shadow drape his subjects under a veil that is strictly characteristic of Kubrick and his control over the camera [Read more...]
You may have heard about the Store Buyout Project earlier this year: hearing that store owner Hercules was about to lose the lease on his small New York grocery store, a team of clever artists headed into Hercules Fancy Grocery and bought everything in the store. That’s right, everything. They then put it all up online and are currently re-selling it as art, encased in classy clear boxes to display the purchase. It’s pretty cool to know you’re helping out with saving Hercules’ store while getting some pretty different art to show off and a great story to tell. [Read more...]
Pictured above is an aged, and slightly freaky looking Mark Zuckerberg. Why? Because today we bring you a Ted Talk by Daniel Goldstein that explores the battle between your present and future self, looking at ways we look at the future and how those ways of thinking have power over our lives. We’ve also included a video from Goldstein’s co-author Hal Hershfield talking about wrinkles and your wallet. [Read more...]
Want to make a real difference this holiday season? Seed of Hope, a Kenya based humanitarian group has a really amazing grass-roots project that is greatly effecting the lives of hundreds. What’s the challenge? As much as 80% of teenage girls in Kenya never have the opportunity to attend secondary school. Because of this lack of education, their life options growing up are severely limited and they often find themselves pressured into high-risk ways of survival, from child marriage to prostitution. Their lives all too frequently include great human abuses, extreme poverty and hunger. This problem not only effects their lives, but the community fabric as a whole.
That’s where Seed of Hope is coming to the rescue. This straight forward organization is educating girls, giving them the knowledge they need to strike out on their own, helping themselves while also providing support for their families and community. [Read more...]
Benny Prasad has been to every country in the world and he has the world record for achieving it in the shortest amount of time: 6 years, 6 months and 22 days. That’s 245 countries Benny has visited… and with him, he brought a message of peace and love while on the way.
During the journey he traveled to 194 sovereign countries, 50 dependent countries & Antarctica thus 245 countries and 7 Continents. His adventure took from May 1, 2004 to Nov. 22, 2010. [Read more...]