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Act Fast to Take Home a Full-size Reissue of the NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Thanks to travel and every show or movie filmed in The Big Apple from the 70’s through now, the NYC Subway signs are as familiar as an “I Heart NY” T-shirt. Now one of the easiest subway systems to navigate, it wasn’t always that way. In the 60’s there was no uniformity whatsoever and if you weren’t a local you would most likely get lost on the regular. But in 1967 everything changed when Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda of the design firm Unimark International were hired by the NYCTA to clean things up. After 3 years of hard work, they delivered the Standards Manual, which is still used today. This manual has become a classic example for modern design across the world. For a limited time (only 350 left at the time of this post), the MTA is allowing graphic designers Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth to print copies of this design artifact, but only through Kickstarter. [Read more...]

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Get Lost In The Never-Ending Details Of A Joshua Mays Mural

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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In the next couple of months, a few of Oakland’s buildings will be getting a beautiful face lift. Talented painter, artist, and muralist Joshua Mays will be working on a series of 4 murals which he calls BEACON and hopes to finish by October 1st, 2014. In his signature dreamlike style, with soft colors, rich details, and luscious layers ripe with feminine energy, Mays will transform old buildings into conversation pieces. From his drawings to his paintings and especially his murals, there is so much to see that even after 10 minutes of deep stares, you can still discover new things. Mays also has murals up in Philadelphia, Denver, Washington D.C., Portland, and Mexico City. [Read more...]

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Edible Chocolate Records That Can Also Play Music

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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The word chocolate is sweet music to most people’s ears, but did you know that it can also be used to store music? German genius Peter Lardong came up with the idea to create records out of chocolate and believe it or not, they can be played on a standard phonograph! He creates the records by pouring his time-tested recipe of melted chocolate into a silicon mold of his favorite vinyl. He places it in the refrigerator to set and voila! Each disc can be played up to 12 times before it’s too worn out, but that’s when the best part comes…eating it! [Read more...]

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Mommy Transforms Her Toddler’s Sketches Into Beautiful Paintings

Sunday 09.07.2014 , Posted by
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One of the greatest challenges for any fine artist who has developed the technical skills to create anything is to paint like a child again, but Canadian artist Ruth Oosterman has found the perfect way. She creatively collaborates with her 2 year old daughter, Eve to produce beautiful paintings. Each one starts out with the toddler sketching with an ink pen. Eve’s mother gives her no direction and lets her do whatever she feels, then let’s her daughter’s creativity inspire her and uses her own imagination to quickly transform the scribbles into art. [Read more...]

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Playful 3D Typography Interacts With Reality And Pops Off The Page

Saturday 09.06.2014 , Posted by
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From the sketchbook popping works of Hideyuki Nagai and Alessandro Diddi to 3D sidewalk chalk art by Kurt Wenner, we’ve always been impressed by anamorphic talents. But now we can combine that with our nerd love for typography with these playful works by Swiss artist Cyril Voilloz. The talented graphic designer, who splits his time between Berlin, Geneva, and Vancouver shows off his sketching skills with the most lively typography series we’ve ever seen. Letters pop from the pages and interact with the real world like a character from Sesame Street. [Read more...]

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Strange Encounters: An Exquisitely Bizarre Series of Clay Sculptures

Friday 09.05.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen plenty of photoshopped animal heads on human bodies, but Italian artist Alessandro Gallo has put even more effort into this beloved pastime by making his creations by hand- out of clay! His characters, often in everyday clothes, like someone you’d pass on the street, look bizarrely realistic and somewhat creepy at the same time. Gallo’s attention to detail is impeccable and his hybrid series will be displayed in his upcoming solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Manhattan. The series, which he calls “Strani Incontri” which is Italian for “Strange Encounters” opens tomorrow (September 6th) and will be available for viewing through October 4th. [Read more...]

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Hilarious Bearded Copycat Remakes Ridiculous Tinder Profile Pics

Thursday 09.04.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever swiped through Tinder, or used any social networking site, then you’ve undoubtedly seen some questionable profile pics. Funny man Jarrod Allen has not just gathered a hilarious collection of these photos, but he has also taken the time to recreate them. Whether or not he is finding dating success with Tinder remains to be seen, but he’s certainly giving people something to smile about. With the perfect accessories and a magnificent beard he makes already funny pics even funnier. [Read more...]

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Hello Kitty Takes Over The Wardrobe Of The Avengers

Tuesday 09.02.2014 , Posted by
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Did you ever wonder what superheroes might look like if elementary school girls could design their costumes? Three Tumblr users who go by the names Dreamstore, Legolas, and Nerdwegian have combined forces to douse The Avengers with pink, sparkles, and Hello Kitty. With 50 shades of pink and bows galore, even the manliest men fail to look intimidating. [Read more...]

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One More Reason To Grow Out Your Beard

Sunday 08.31.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t have to stop to smell the roses when they are right under your nose! Aside from upping a man’s awesomeness level, beards can also be the perfect medium for a floral arrangement. The men below are starting a new fashion trend which would be the perfect accompaniment to the floral crowns that ladies have been wearing lately. Flower Power is not just for women and these manly bearded men are proud to show off their softer sides. Why buy flowers for your lover when you can become a walking bouquet? [Read more...]

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Not Your Average Rock Wall: Stunning Mosaic Murals Made of Stones

Friday 08.29.2014 , Posted by
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Partners in life and business, Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl have divinely combined their artistic talents and passions to create the most awe-inspiring arrangements of pebbles, stones, and other organic accents. The visionary artists are attuned to the natural flow of life and are guided to place each rock in the perfect position to make the most beautiful mosaic murals. Through their company, Ancient Art of Stone, they take on commissioned projects for interior and exterior designs. [Read more...]

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