We Love Friday! – Farewell Movember!

I mustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later! [Insert laughter here!] As the special month of Movember comes to an end, many men will be shaving off their prized glorious upper lip hair. It has been fun seeing the Burt Reynolds look and even more fun seeing the pathetic crustache version as noble men have let it grow to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. It’s not too late to donate– every little bit helps- and we’re hoping this lovely set of Mo’s will inspire you to open up your wallet for a great cause.

Visual Bits #325> New Imaginative Photography

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Spirograph Designs Created by a Pinball Machine

If you’ve ever sat for hours doodling with your spirograph, then you are going to love the results of this incredible design project. For his graduation, Sam van Doorn, deconstructed a pinball machine and reconstructed it as a design tool to track just where the ball goes when it gets hit by those little flippers. The Dutch designer named his new design tool STYN the machine and debuted it at his Graduation Exhibition. The better the player, the more interesting the design!

High Fashion Illustrations Get Animated

Tara Dougans sees “fashion as play, illustration as flexible and digital as opportunity.” These philosophies become quickly apparent in her recent series of illustrations which feature interpretations of high fashion work from clothiers as diverse as Thom Browne and Prada. Putting emphasis on the “opportunity” of digital, she’s created GIF animations of her large scale work specifically for the computer based world.

No Politics, Just a Joke: Satirical Art from Russia

Nothing is sacred in Victoria Tsarkova’s new series and show, No Politics. Just a Joke. She has taken key figures from the world of politics and culture, mashing them up in unexpected ways which are highly satirical, funny and even a bit offensive. The 20 works recently featured in her current show near Moscow is drawing an enthusiastic crowd.

A Living, Breathing Infographic: A Look at the Web’s First Socially Generative Visualization

The idea of a Socially Generative Visualization originated out of a section of the design handbook INFOGRAPHICS. An SGV, as described by authors Jason Lankow, Josh Ritchie and Ross Crooks, is a new direction for data visualization – one which marketers and content consumers alike should take note of – especially as the landscape of content distribution continues to evolve and be affected by socially relevant data.

Art Structures In the Works To Revitalize Buffalo

As post-industrial areas struggle to keep up with the suburban strip mall societies, many are falling short and needing a miracle to revitalize their once booming economies. Try as they might to convince the people otherwise, introducing a Walmart is not the answer. Realizing this and wanting to bring vitality back to Buffalo, architect David Lagé organized a think-tank called Terrainsvagues. After throwing ideas back and forth, they came to a conclusion that met all of their needs- farming abilities above the contaminated soil, beautiful art structures to attract visitors, which will in turn begin to bring back and sustain small businesses in the area. By working with artists in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Buffalo and urban farming organizations, plans are in the works to have large free-standing installations/ gardening structures by next Spring.

Visual Bits #324> Explore Your Inner Child

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Real/Unreal: Embroidery Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Are these portraits simply doctored photographs? Are they impressionistic paintings? No. Artist Cayce Zavaglia creates them using a method popular with the home-crafts crowd: embroidery. Her images are arrestingly detailed, giving us a look into the shining eyes of her subjects with a touching sensitivity which is almost powerful enough to make us forget the amazing amount of skill involved in realizing them.

What’s Good for the Goose…

As we grow more and more detached from the land and the sources of our food, animals that were once a huge part of daily life often go unnoticed. Photographer Cally Whitham set out to “reaquaint [people] with the ‘value’ we once placed on our poultry and livestock in our rural beginnings.” With the help of the 500mm end of my 150-500 lens and some very docile and patient animals, the New Zealander has created a collection that highlights the grace and elegance of the animals that our farming ancestors knew so well.