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Real Life Portraits of Mermaids by Hana Vojakova

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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London based photographer Hana Vojakova has brought the mythological mermaid to real settings around the world. Her series is titled Milk & Sea and saw these aquatic women transported to locations from Portugal and England, to Iceland and Italy. Her models wore clothing on their top halves that was representative of the particular country they were from, and brought an added reality to her myth based work. She tells Co. Design: [Read more...]

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Photos of Bizarre Post-Soviet Era Buildings

Monday 02.03.2014 , Posted by
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Photographer Frank Herfort had one mission when he embarked on a 15,000 mile road-trip tour of post-USSR countries: to capture the most bizarre architecture in the land. After the Soviet Union fell, many cities previously under communist rule began to build grandiose, colorful structures – many with the intention to impress and symbolize a new day. Herfort traveled from Moscow to the Russian/Chinese border on the eastern side and everywhere in between. [Read more...]

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Pencil vs. Camera Goes Huge: 3D Charcoal and Pencil Drawings by Ben Heine

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Belgian artist Ben Heine creates amazing 3D charcoal and pencil drawings. What looks like the backdrop to a regular photo shoot is really a large scale canvas Ben is using to create his next monumental art project. His drawings are so fascinating because they jump off the page at you! They mix drawing and photography, imagination and reality; and while many artists are confined to a small workspace, Ben looks like he gets a full-body workout creating his pieces. These works continue on Ben’s best known series, Pencil vs Camera, which he started in 2010. [Read more...]

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Heather Brown’s Chill Hawaiian Surf Art

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Heather Brown has been blowing up in Hawaii for the past few years with her surf and island inspired illustrations. Drawing with bold colors and heavy black lines, the local wahine has made quite the name for herself. Her work is featured in dozens of galleries, and in 2010 she won best artist in Hawaii. While her originals used to fetch $30-40 a piece, they now can sell for up to $15,000. [Read more...]

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Chineasy: A Building Block Way to Learn Chinese

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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The Chinese language is filled with a vast number of complex characters, and is thus known for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. China is a growing country, both in population and commerce. It won’t be long before people around the world will find a need to speak Chinese, as tech innovation makes the distance between the East and West smaller. Understanding the difficult task of learning Chinese, London-based Chinese language teacher Shao Lan created Chineasy — a website and system that allows people to read and learn Chinese easier by recognizing characters through simple illustrations and videos.  [Read more...]

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Momentage: A Community for the New Creatives

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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When we all saw the awesome new idea of Instagram hitting the scene like it did a few years ago, it has always been hard to imagine someone creating something to rival it. While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives. [Read more...]

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Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape. [Read more...]

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Chino Otsuka Travels Back to Her Childhood Through Superimposing Herself

Wednesday 01.15.2014 , Posted by
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At the age of 10, Chino Otsuka left her home country of Japan to move to the United Kingdom for school. When she arrived she was faced with the challenges that come with relocating to a foreign country. Adapting to new languages, cultures and environments while still navigating childhood were part of Otsukas journey now. It was this time in her life that inspired her to create a photo series she titled Imagine Finding Me. [Read more...]

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After 12 Year Old Passed Away, Parents Found a Letter She Wrote To Her Future Self

Wednesday 01.15.2014 , Posted by
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It seemed everything was going well for Taylor Smith’s life. She was known as being a super fun 12 year old who loved her family, her God and life. She was intelligent, creative and also random in her funny ways. Early in 2013 she displayed flu-like symptoms, yet tested negative for them. Her parents took care of her as any parent would to their sick child. Her Father Tim said, “We did the usual flu/cold thing and got her prescription, loaded up on popsicles and soup and brought her back to rest.” [Read more...]

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A Banned “Stairway to Heaven” Hike in Hawaii

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Oahu in Hawaii is a stairway to heaven. Well, maybe just to the top of a mountain, but that’s the name of this crazy hike. Consisting of 4,000 steps up to 2,800 ft above sea level, this stairway was originally designed for the US military in 1942. Its purpose was to be able to string antenna cables from the mountain tops to provide low frequency radio communication during wartime. After being decommissioned in 1950, it was then utilized as a base for navigational systems for the US Coast Guard. [Read more...]

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