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Faces In The Trees: Mirror Images of Tree Bark Reveal Unique Tree Characters

Sunday 09.21.2014 , Posted by
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Many movies have featured talking trees but tree faces can also be found in real life if you look hard enough. Using the simple reflection feature in Photoshop, Italian photographer Elido Turco creates tree creatures with a variety of emotion and expression. From cute and friendly, to scary and wise, his creations look like beings from another planet. [Read more…]

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Amazing Time Slice Photography By Dan Marker-Moore

Sunday 09.21.2014 , Posted by
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Normally we see timelapses in video form, but motion designer Dan Marker-Moore has found a way to show the passage of time in a static format. His images, which he calls time slice photographs began when he wanted to share the beauty of a timelapse on Instagram before they added the video features. His aerial view time slices feature beautiful city skylines from all over the world. He captures moons rising, suns setting, and rainbow-colored cotton candy clouds dancing through the sky. [Read more…]

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This Japanese Spa Proves Coffee, Wine, Green Tea, & Sake Aren’t Just For Drinking

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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While we’ve heard about the antioxidant benefits of drinking a glass of red wine per day, there are other ways of using the reservatol to reduce environmental damage to your skin. In fact, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt is rumored to have bathed in wine, and at a resort in Hakone, Japan, you can also receive the royal treatment. Yunessun Spa Resort is the largest wine spa in the world and offers a variety of liquid soaks for various skin benefits. [Read more…]

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Driver-less Cars of the Future Will Be So Safe That We Can Make Them Out of Glass

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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At the recent London Design Festival 2014, a local designer named Dominic Wilcox revealed his beautiful conceptual design of the future. As driverless technologies are well underway in the R&D process, Wilcox took the thought a step further implying that cars of the future will be so safe that we can make them out of glass! He presented a beautiful life-size concept car design made of colorful stained glass. He called his creation, which was commissioned by Dezeen and MINI Frontiers for their exhibition on the future of mobility, Stained-glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future. You can take a nap while your beautiful, computer-operated car takes you where you need to go! [Read more…]

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Microscopic Art: Stunning Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Diatoms By Klaus Kemp

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Since Victorian times, people have been fascinated with the unique, geometric diatoms that are invisible to the naked eye. It is in the Victorian era that people began finding, cleaning, and arranging them and today Klaus Kemp is keeping the tradition alive. Microscopes reveal these tiny, hidden treasures, which are single-celled algae coated in a crystalline shell. Over 100,000 species have been discovered so far and Kemp is set on finding even more. Diatoms can be found anywhere there is water- from ponds and lakes, to puddles and gutters. But with modern technology Kemp’s arrangements are even more crisp, vibrant, and colorful than any of his Victorian ancestors. [Read more…]

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Enchanting Photo Shoot In The World’s Largest Salt Flat Requires No Photoshop Magic

Sunday 09.14.2014 , Posted by
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The largest salt flat in the world, measuring over 4,000 square miles across, is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The evaporated prehistoric lakes have left a sparkly snow-like layer behind and the entire area looks like a scene from a fantasy movie. Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graaflan, with the help of performance artist Gastón Ugalde found the flats to be the perfect setting for an artistic photo shoot. They work every day objects into each scene to give the land an even more enchanting appearance. [Read more…]

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This Incredible Artist Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Stand In His Way

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Although holding a pencil steady was not an option for Paul Smith, he found a way to create beautiful dimensional drawings using a typewriter. The incredible typewriter artist, who lived with cerebral palsy for 85 years, didn’t let his lack of coordination, speech problems, and difficulties with mobility keep him from expressing himself. Holding his right hand steady with his left, he used the symbols on the numbers with a clamped shift key to create his beautiful pictures. Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in Roseburg, Oregon 7 years ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people all over the world. [Read more…]

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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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