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Ghost Estates: Unoccupied Reminders of Ireland’s Housing Boom

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.

From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.

Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more...]

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Watch Out Monsters… These Kids Fight Back

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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So there’s a monster in the closet? Under the bed? No big deal… at least for the kids in French photographer/digital retoucher Laure Fauvel’s series ‘Terreurs.’ The children in her images are fighting back, and they’re armed. [Read more...]

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Towering Cement Silos Hold the Headquarters of French Cement Company

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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Towering over the Bruneseau Nord industrial neighborhood beside Paris’ eastern ring road is the futuristic new headquarters for cement distribution company Calcia… and appropriately it’s made completely out of cement. Silos 13 was designed by VI.B Architecture to highlight the very material the firm specializes in, and do it with utilitarian style. [Read more...]

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5 Fixes for Your Most Boring Fonts

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.

Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts. [Read more...]

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These Statues Look Like They’re Taking Selfies

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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The selfie is everywhere. Ellen Degeneres has that star-studded masterpiece from the Oscars; a curious monkey snapped one in the woods; and Kim Kardashian just announced she’s putting out a coffee table of her best examples in 2015 (please… no…). Now classic statues are getting in on the trend. Redditor Jazus_ur_lookin_well recently spent a day at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, creating a series of funny captures that make the statues appear to be taking selfies. The look on each statue’s face is priceless and oh so timely. [Read more...]

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“Handimals:” Guido Daniele Paints Strikingly Realistic Animals on Hands

Saturday 08.09.2014 , Posted by
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Body painting seems to be everywhere at the moment, but Guido Daniele focuses on just one part of that canvas: the hands. After working as a hyper-realistic illustrator, he took a pioneering leap and applied his airbrush skills to the body throughout the ‘90s. Then in the 2000’s he narrowed his focus to just the hands – creating a series he calls “Handimals.” [Read more...]

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Cutting Records: A Pun Filled Sculpture

Thursday 08.07.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve probably heard the term “cutting records” before, but designer/artist David Rinman has visualized what that could mean from a whole different angle. His pun filled sausage sculpture sees a gigantic knife cutting full-sized LPs from its end. Rinman warped the vinyl on the next cut, creating what looks to be a tasty slice of sound. [Read more...]

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This Photographer Did a Cliché Baby Photo Shoot with a Dog

Thursday 08.07.2014 , Posted by
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Baby photography is one of those things that has quickly turned into a gigantic cliché. Do a little snuggle, snap some picture of tiny feet, wrap them in a blanket – don’t forget the soft lighting. That’s why this series by photographer Jamie Clauss is so awesome. She and her next door neighbors Jan and Chase Renegar were having a boring day, so to liven things up they created a newborn photo shoot using their Jack Russell terrier. Her name? Snuggles. [Read more...]

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The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

Wednesday 08.06.2014 , Posted by
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Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505. The exquisitely beautiful building takes its form from the blooming lotus flower, and throwing the formality of most government institutions aside, is the home to departments of the city’s planning bureau. [Read more...]

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Every Day for Four Years: This Artist Builds Quirky Dioramas from Household Items

Wednesday 08.06.2014 , Posted by
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Nobody would discount the difficulty of doing a 365 Project or the challenge of sticking to one theme for an entire year – but Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya has been doing his creative work every day for the past 4 years. That is impressive. He’s been using everyday objects from around the house – from broccoli and plastic water bottles, to loaves of bread and toilet paper – and transforming them into tiny dioramas that are large on humor. [Read more...]

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