We’ve done a few posts on the ghost town of Cairo, Illinois, including a piece featuring Ace of Cups, a not-for-profit coffee shop that was trying to jolt some life back into the city. Sadly even the biggest hearts and best intentions couldn’t fuel an instant revival, yet the impact the cafe and its owners made was immense. They even helped Cairo become viral among the reddit community. We were fortunate enough to get an interview with Zach Rapattoni, one of the co-founders of Ace of Cups, who shared his experience with us, including the challenges of moving to the town, the local culture, and his thoughts on Project Cairo. [Read more...]
Foursquare made the announcement this week that they exploded by 3,400% over the last year. That gigantic number means they made the leap from 175,000 to more that 6 million global users! To illustrate where these users are and what they’re using the mobile check-in site for, foursquare created an infographic to celebrate their massive year of growth. [Read more...]
Along the Ayung River and amidst vibrant green rice paddies in Bali lies a luxury resort with a twist. Instead of regular massages and spa treatments, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa offers a truly exotic menu of services that includes work by Balians, or Balinese traditional healers. The retreat also offers sacred arts and serves vegan cuisine and living food. To top off the magic is an incredible property with flora bursting from every corner and architecture that begs to be admired. [Read more...]
Narrated by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, the infographic video above is called The State of Wikipedia and tells the story of the online encyclopedia’s history. It was created by JESS3 and celebrates Wikipedia’s wins, and where it will need help in the future, both in terms of editors, entry contributors, and financial donors to the Wikimedia Foundation.
We wrote up our own Happy Birthday Wikipedia tribute post earlier this week complete with a juicy infographic on Wikipedia that includes Wikipedia’s user demographics, distribution and overall growth.
What do you do with all your old junk mail? Instead of cursing it, Sandhi Schimmel Gold collects it and turns it into stunning mosaic portraits, or Schimmel Art. In combination with painting, she shreds recycled paper of different colors and shades, and uses the little scraps to make fascinating images of faces, a technique she calls Acrylic Mosaic Fusion.
“I create without waste,” she says. “I upcycle junk mail, calendars, post cards, photos, old greeting cards, tags, etc… it’s all paper waste I collect. I use only water-based, acid-free, non-toxic materials to create my work. It is completely eco-friendly. I reuse and repurpose canvas, frames, etc. whenever possible.”
These scrap paper portraits, most of which feature beautiful women, prove that eco-friendly and sustainable art can make for a sexy focal point. Check out more Schimmel Art recycled junk mail portraits below. [Read more...]
At the end of November we did a feature on the ghost town of Cairo, Illinois whose images of decay not only haunted us, but also many members of reddit’s community. The town became a buzz topic and creative spirits who hang out on the social news website started to come up with ideas that might help the town see a revival. This thread for Project Cairo is now filled with research, including a substantial amount of information about Ace of Cups, a not-for-profit coffee shop that closed this fall. [Read more...]
Spiralling bamboo architecture, open air classrooms and lessons in sustainable agriculture are just a few of the elements that make Green School a visionary establishment that promises to inspire the way we teach in the future. While in Bali this January, I had the fortunate opportunity to tour the eco institute, which I had heard about through John Hardy’s TED Talk (see below). Exploring the grounds in person was incredible. I was blown away by his vision and more importantly, by his ability to transform his daring dream into reality.
If you think you’ve been on crowded public transit worth a grumble, take a look at Michael Wolf’s photography. The term “packed in like sardines” is hardly an exaggeration when it comes to these commuters who have literally been squashed into Toyko subway cars. Some are listening to music, some look spaced out in their face masks (in a cramped space like this, I’d consider wearing one too) and some, miraculously, are sleeping standing up. I guess they don’t need to worry about falling over, do they? [Read more...]
I can only imagine how difficult creating faces must be for an artist, because the slightest distortion could make the character unrecognizable. Instead of struggling with the art of perfectly replicating facial proportion by hand, however, Bert Simons sculpts people digitally to increase accuracy. The Dutch artist creates 3D papers sculptures using a “dot per dot” method. [Read more...]