Vanity Fair Instagrams Their Sexy, Sophisticated A-Lister Academy Awards Photo Shoot

The red carpet isn’t the only place A-List celebrities posed for photographs yesterday at the 87th Academy Awards. World-class photographer Mark Seliger invited them to commemorate the night in Vanity Fair’s classy portrait studio. With vintage furniture, checkered floors, and dim lighting, the famous faces in their designer duds bring light to the images, for a star-studded sophisticated series.

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Architectural Typography Animated with Miniature People

For design lovers, it doesn’t get better than this. German creative firm Deepblue Networks just worked with illustrator and graphic designer Florian Schommer on a promotional campaign which hits just about all the right spots. They’ve combined bizarre architecture, animated GIFs, typography and even logo design into just one project. Here are 8 animated illustrations, each realized as a towering building in the form of one letter in the name ‘DEEPBLUE’.

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The Majestic Beauty of Tent Camping Around Europe

Polish mountain photographer Karol Nienartowicz has spent the last 6 years traveling throughout Europe. Rather than just capture the beautiful scenery of the majestic, remote mountains she gave us a peek into what it was like camping there. Every picture is like a Where’s Waldo hunt to discover her tent. Braving the snow and the cold, the views up there show why it’s worth every minute.

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School Cafeteria Lunches Around the World

Each day in the United States, over 32 million students eat lunches from their school cafeterias. The food consumed accounts for more than half of each students daily calorie intake – which therefore makes the school cafeteria that much more important in delivering healthy food and preventing child obesity. Unfortunately, if you grew up going to an American school and eating food in the cafeteria, it is unlikely you got the most delicious and healthy food. Yet, if you grew up going to a school in another country around the world, you may have had a different experience.

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Buddha Statue Discovered To Contain The Mummified Remains of A Monk From 1100AD

You can’t judge a book by it’s cover and apparently the saying goes for statues too. For centuries it was thought that this Buddha statue is just that, but a recent CT scan reveals that it is actually the vessel for the mummified remains of Chinese Buddhist master Liuquan. He lived over 900 years ago, around the year 1100 AD and his body has been preserved in this statue.

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Laser Cut Sculptures In Motion Show The Endless Fun That Playing With Them Brings

Stanford professor John Edmark has turned his brilliant mathematical sculptures into stop motion films to show their playful movements. A lecturer in the design program of the Department of Art & Art History, Edmark’s laser-cut sculptures are as fascinating to play with as they are to look at. Intricate details bring these thoughtful illusions to life and the videos below will make you wish you had one of your own to tinker with.

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WWII Posters Declared War on STDs

Gigantic letters falling from the sky or giant dinosaurs stomping through the jungle might not be the first imagery that comes to mind when thinking of sexually transmitted diseases, but in World War II these posters were the military’s first line of defense against a venereal disease (VD) epidemic. Learning from the lessons of World War I, where many soldiers contracted and died from STDs, the US government started a graphic design war that saw military barracks plastered with posters warning of the dangers of unsafe promiscuity with “loose women.”

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Crystalline Patterns in Frozen Soap Bubbles

Who knew that blowing bubbles in sub-zero temperatures could create such beautiful crystalline patterns? Apparently photographer Cheryl Johnson did. She went out on cold days to capture the many possible ways each bubble would form its incredible display. Created by the water in between the soapy film layers, the freezing begins at the bottom and expands upwards until the bubble in entirely covered.

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Optical Illusion Bags That Look Like They’ve Jumped Out of a Comic Book

If Roy Lichtenstein had been in the bag business, it might have gone a lot like this. Jump From Paper has been designing playful bags that look as if they leapt from the pages of a vintage comic book – and just like the paper those stories were printed on, these bags look completely flat. Don’t be fooled though: it’s a clever optical illusion created with thick black piping and chunky blocks of color.

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Frozen Sand Sculpted by Strong Winds on Lake Michigan

Last week, photographer Joshua Nowicki was visiting St. Joseph on the shores of Lake Michigan when he spotted something very odd. Spread out on the beach were hundreds of small towers of sand, each about a foot tall. The tiny formations were created by a combination of freezing temperatures and very high winds (sometimes gusting to around 50 mph). Little by little the frozen sand eroded the beach around it, flowing like a river to form the beautiful canyon-like scene Nowicki captured with his camera.

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