“Lets get weird.” It is a statement you hear from the best of the fringe; hessians, ruffians, goths, hipsters. Whether it be a silly outfit or a asinine dare, we all get weird sometimes. Cowboys, on the other hand, are more known for their down home normality. They eat steak and potatoes, they fear god, they have good family values. Then again, every once in a while, they like to get weird too. Each March in Leadville, Colorado, skiers and cowboys (or cowgirls) team up, tie a long rope to a saddle and tow a skier down main street Leadville at high speed. The streets are lined with spectators banging on cowbells, cheering, hooting and hollering as the duos make their way from one end of main street to the other, slaloming their way through a course that gives even the best skiers a run for their money. Welcome to the sport of ski joring. [Read more...]
When you visit the Craigslist website, the first thing you usually do is select the region you want to search within. Those Craigslist defined boundaries are sometimes pretty broad, from the San Francisco Bay Area to the entire state of Maine. A while ago, John Nelson of IDV User Experience created a very intriguing map based on those boundaries which is both useful as a window into what the Craigslist folks view as our local regions and as a targeted marketing reference. Now, Nelson has created an even more useful map, this time visualizing the nations zip codes which fall within the Craigslist boundaries. [Read more...]
The quest to legalize marijuana has been long and arduous. For over 40 years the legalization movement has been gaining support — from 12% public support in 1969 to roughly 50% support in 2011 — more people than ever are in favor of legalization. According to the graphic below, these numbers rise astronomically to 70% in favor of legalizing doctor-prescribed marijuana. Still, state and federal lawmakers are among the minority of supporters. Many believe in the criminalization of marijuana, regardless of its proven track record for being a better alternative — and less grim reaper friendly — than prescription drugs and legal self-medication. [Read more...]
There have been many clever ways of portraying current news, but this one deserves some attention. As an ongoing collaboration project created by Koseli Cummings of K&©, he created Inadvertent Haiku. Each entry is a summation of current affairs in just 17 syllables, in a style they refer to as, “kind of a Félix Fénéon meets Auto-Tune the News.” To make the project even better they often marry those haikus with editorial illustrations done by a list of talented illustrators. [Read more...]
Animal portraiture fights for the top of the charts of cheesiness in most cases. While most people would agree that a dog in a Halloween costume is particularly amusing, many dogs probably get humiliated being forced into outfits that make them uncomfortable. Then, the next thing you know a photographer puts together a pointless book with a collection of humiliated dogs.
When you can’t tell whether a photograph was staged or not, and the outcome is beautifully composed… you have to look a little closer. In this wonderfully colorful and well-designed series of photos featuring Berlin, Germany, I was mesmerized by the shapes and designs captured throughout the city. The photographer of this series, Matthias Heiderich, doesn’t have much in way of a biography on the web, so for now, his work is just going to have to speak for itself. [Read more...]
Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to our fourth installment of We Love Friday! This week our theme was fire hydrants. Many people owe their lives to them, but unless you’re looking, it’s easy to forget they’re even there. We asked our team to go out and capture interesting pictures of fire hydrants to give these lifesavers a little shout-out. Then we chose the best ones to share with all of you! We also found two awesome shots from Instagram users @haedyn_joy and jellymayy. [Read more...]
Long before the sleeve faces meme hit the internet… in fact, before the internet was even around, Christian Marclay was making hilarious collages by combining vinyl record covers. His creative arrangements take famous musicians cover imagery, from Jim Morrison and the Beastie Boys to Michael Jackson and David Bowie, and combines them nearly seamlessly with other artists to form some pretty strange figures. [Read more...]