Migy’s Lyrical Works

Sometimes an illustration is so bold and eye-catching that you can’t help but want to stare and discover new things within it. This is how it is with the work of independent illustrator, hand letterer and animator Miguel Ornia-Blanco, or Migy as he is better known. Migy’s work is fun and lighthearted, full of colorful scenes and environments with lyrical characters.  His wonderful, hand-drawn typography is incorporated seamlessly with hand-drawn illustrations. Each piece is active and full of expressive movement that make you keep looking to see what you may discover next.

What is a Bonefish?

Bahamas Bonefishing (40 of 53)

When planning an adventure in the Bahamas, you are likely to come across bonefishing somewhere along the line. Then you are likely to find a lot of people asking, “What is a Bonefish?”  According to Wikipedia:

The bonefish (Albula vulpes) is the type species of the Albulidae family, or bonefishes in order Albuliformes. It is amphidromous, living in inshore tropical waters, moving onto shallow mudflats to feed with the incoming tide, and retreating to deeper water as the tide ebbs.

In real life, the Bonefish possesses an entirely more dynamic existence.  What Wikipedia fails to mention is the ability of a Bonefish to mirror its surroundings and camouflage itself from eager fisherman and fierce predators.  It also fails to mention that they will quickly change direction if so much as a shadow graces their path. The iridescent fish is also rumored as the strongest and fastest moving of any saltwater fish. This superfish also has a lung-like airbladder that allows it to tolerate oxygen-poor water by inhaling air.

We Love Friday! Flowers – Picked Just for You

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to our third installment of We Love Friday! This week our theme was flowers. We asked our team to take some Instagram shots of flowers and chose the best ones to share with our lovely readers! We also found some wonderful flowers shots from Instagram users @joykudesu and @tuen_w.

Our theme for next Friday is “fire-hydrants”, so if you find a perfect hydrant photo-op, capture it on Instagram and tag @visualnews. We will feature the best ones next Friday.
Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading!

If Social Media Could Predict Oscar Winners

Social media has become a major sounding board for opinions and trends relating to society’s never-ending fascination with popular culture. Social media platforms have been buzzing with commentary and speculation about the Oscar nominees. Everyone is weighing in on who they believe to be the frontrunner in winning the most coveted prize in Hollywood on Sunday night, regardless of how much the film made at the box office.

Translucent Origami Of Endangered Sea Birds

The skeletons of endangered birds and sea-life pop from flat sheets of paper into beautiful, eerie three-dimensional forms in Japanese designer Takayuki Hori’s series Oritsunagumono (things folded and connected). The pieces were his 1st place winning entry into the 2010 Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Award, in which student designers submit their senior thesis works to be judged by a group of artists, designers, professors and critics.

What if Nuclear Waste Could be Used Safely as Fuel?

After Japan’s tsunami, much of the positive light shed on nuclear energy since Chernobyl has vanished.  It is likely hard to find many people with confidence in the safety of nuclear energy these days.  Concerns ranging from waste, to meltdowns, to terrorist attacks have nuclear power on par with apocalypse and while those concerns are blown wildly out of proportion, they are still valid. Nuclear power has gotten a bad rap over the years, but a rebirth is on its way.

In comes TerraPower. The company’s mission to develop a sustainable and economic nuclear energy system while greatly reducing proliferation risks and creating new options for converting low-level waste into vast energy resources, puts the company in a world that many would deem as science fiction.  Their new technology is still in development, but boasts the ability to turn nuclear waste (depleted uranium) into vast sources of power.  TerraPower projects their traveling wave reactor (TWR) to turn an 8-metric-ton canister of depleted uranium into 25 million megawatt-hours. That is enough power for 2.5 million households for an entire year.

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What Not To Wear To Stores

Have you ever been out shopping and noticed another customer staring over at you with a perplexed look on their face? You look over at them, give a small nod and smile, then go back to digging through the t-shirts at Urban Outfitters looking for the right size — even though you know everyone already has the ‘Pugs, Not Drugs’ shirt (since when did pugs become so cool anyways? Ugh, mouth breathers). They come over and kindly ask if you have x shirt in a medium. At first you don’t hear them, shrugging it off to them speaking a different form of English than you. But, it happens again; they ask the same question. Which is right around the time you begin losing your cool.

Switcheroo: Couples Exchange Their Entire Outfits

In our relationships it’s not too uncommon to borrow a t-shirt, some socks or a warm hat from a lover… but what about entirely switching outfits? This entertaining and thought provoking series by Canadian photographer Hana Pesut does just that, encouraging couples to completely exchange their clothing with each other. The resulting diptychs are sometimes funny, while also having the effect of making one re-analyze both their views on fashion and on sexual identity.

Brazilian Suburb Gets Perspective Typography Murals

Madrid Spain based artist collective Boa Mistura recently gave a small corner of Brazil one very colorful and meaningful typographic makeover. Working with the inhabitants, including the children of Brasilândia Vila, a poor suburb on the outskirts of São Paulo, the team took the narrow streets and covered them with vibrent, colorful paint, leaving only the beautiful words beleza, amor, doçura, firmeza and orgulho (beauty, love, sweetness, firmness and pride) painted on the walls. The bold white typography is drawn in perspective down the narrow corridors, revealing itself to passerby for only a moment as they walk past the one location where the lines merge into the form of words.