What’s the Most Popular Girl’s Name? This Video Tracks Their Evolution from 1880 to 2013

From Anna, to Jennifer and Isabella, the popularity of different girl names is always in flux. But what’s in a name? As this bubble chart animation illustrates, there’s a lot of cultural significance to how we name our girls. It tracks the changing favor of different names in America from all the way back in 1880 up to 2013. And while one name may hold the top position for a decade or two, parents are always swaying between following tradition and choosing something different or modern – eventually even the most popular names fall from the spotlight.

Wrap Yourself in Nature: Virginia Lee’s Enchanting Illustrations

English artist Virginia Lee imagines a world filled with the surreal and fantastical. Her illustrations often feature magical landscapes so welcoming the inhabitants can wrap the earth around themselves like a warm blanket. If you’ve ever been enchanted by the quiet woods on a long walk, you know how the world can envelop you in this way.

The “Analog Memory Desk” Uses 1 Kilometer of Paper to Record Your Thoughts & Doodles

Some people think out loud, others have to write it down. The “Analog Memory Desk” is the brainchild of designer Kristin Camara. Her novel desk uses a huge 1000 meter long roll of paper “to record all the small items you write down once, but intend to forget tomorrow.” Just turn the two cranks at the bottom and you have a fresh space for brainstorming, writing notes or doodling to your heart’s content.

Road Trip! Randy Olson Calculated The Optimal Trip to U.S. Landmarks in 48 States

Remember that viral story about the most efficient way to find Waldo? Well, Randy Olson is back with something that could save you more than time hunting for the right guy wearing red and white stripes – this one will save you fuel. With the help of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, he’s created an interesting exercise in efficient road tripping, charting the optimal route around the 48 contiguous U.S. states stopping at national landmarks all along the way.

The Work of 3 Iconic Directors Celebrated in Exquisite Prints

Some people change how we look at the world, and these 3 iconic directors did it with style. Hamburg’s Stellavie recently collaborated with illustrator and artist Julian Rentzsch on a series of beautiful watercolor posters that pay tribute to the brilliant cinematography skills of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese. Each many-layered portrait is filled with the scenes and characters that made each of these men a household name – legends in their own time.

Slinkachu’s “Miniaturesque”: More Miniature People Take Over the Urban World

London-based artist Slinkachu (featured previously) has been hard at work creating some of the smallest street art we’ve seen. That’s not to demean its importance (though you might just miss it walking down the street). His tiny miniatures have been cleverly installed all over the city and parklands of London, creating humorous and surprising scenes of tiny figurines interacting with the larger world.

What Would it Look Like if the Sun was Replaced by Other Stars?

There’s nothing quite like a good sunset. We flock to that colorful scene any day the weather is good. But what if it looked a bit less familiar? Graphic designer Martin Vargic wondered what it would look like if our closest star, the Sun, was replaced with other stars in the galaxy (say the tiny red dwarf Barnard’s Star, or the giant Aldebaran). Vargic set to work, creating a series of Photoshopped images which replaced our familiar Sun with others from around the galaxy.

A Teeny Tiny Book of ‘Life’s Lil Pleasures’

Sometimes the smallest things in life are actually the most meaningful. For illustrator and animator Evan Lorenzen, that includes creating very very tiny books. The Denver, Colorado resident has created a exceptionally small read called ‘Life’s lil Pleasures’. It’s filled with just a few pages, but takes us on a meaningful journey from those small but inspiring events, to some which would make you laugh, to some which are utterly bizarre. I love it.

Best. Mashup. Ever. Earl Sinclair Performs Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.

Benjamin Roberts spent a holiday from work – three full days – making something incredible: a mashup of ‘Dinosaurs’ the TV Series (1991–1994) and Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G (1997). It’s bizarrely perfect and for any child of the ’90s, complete nostalgia.

This Aquarium Counter Brings the Ocean Into the Kitchen

Dutch interior designer Robert Kolenik is bringing the ocean into the kitchen with his incredible counter that uses a large aquarium for its base. Beneath the conventional white top (complete with stove and sink) are peaceful blue waters filled with a school of fish and mountainous rock features.