Art That Takes You Places: Metro Stations in Naples are Becoming Art Galleries

Ten years ago the city of Naples, Italy, decided to renew their subway stations with a bit of art and life. Under the guidance of Achille Bonto Oliva, the former Venice Biennale director, 14 stations have been redesigned, and now house over 200 works by over 100 artists and architects. Each station has its own signature style.

You Don’t Have To Eat Gluten To Enjoy These Bread Lamps

In today’s increasingly gluten free world, bread is getting a bad rap. But whether or not you can tolerate gluten, you can allow these bread lamps to illuminate your home. Japanese designer and foodie, Yukiko Morita has created lamps out of real loaves of bread. Aside from the basic flour, salt, and yeast, her loaves also have an LED light and batteries inside.

The 27 year old artist calls her line Pampshade which combines the Japanese word for bread (Pan) with lamp shade. She got the idea for Pampshade lights when she was working at a small bakery in Kyoto and noticed the way sunlight shone through a hollowed out French baguette. After trial and error with over 300 prototypes using the leftovers from the bakery each day, she discovered that hollowing out the bread and drying the shell in the oven gives the best results. She coats the baked shell in resin and inserts the light bulb.

Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night: A Glowing Bike Path from Studio Roosegaarde

Riding on a bicycle can really feel like flying, and this new starry bike path will convince you that it’s true. A project from Studio Rosegaarde (who made their name for creating the world’s first glowing Smart Highways) the glowing Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path opened today in Neunen, Netherlands. The kilometer-long path is covered in swirling patterns that glow in the dark, inspired by the towns one-time resident, Vincent Van Gogh, who lived there from 1883 to 1885. Here his Starry Night comes to life using the power of the sun to charge photo-luminescent paint and a solar array for embedded LEDs.

Data Visualization 101: Pie Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Pie charts are one of the oldest and most popular ways to visualize data. This classic chart is the perfect example of the power of data visualization: a simple, easy-to-understand presentation that helps readers instantly identify the parts of a whole. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the pie chart.

This Annual Report was Hand Sewn With Love

Unless you’re obsessed with tables of numbers, most annual reports are about as thrilling as… well, tables and numbers. Add some well honed creativity however, and they can be seriously compelling. Take this example from the women empowering crew at Krochet Kids. In this case, the report’s art and even data visualizations are very appropriately hand sewn with thread – and it’s beautiful.

Projection-Based Interactive Jewelry Of The Future by Neclumi

Neclumi asks, “Are we willing to abandon atoms of gold for the waves of light?” A brilliant jewelry line created in the minds of Polish art collective panGenerator, Neclumi necklaces and watches will make the future brighter. Trading in heavy metals for a picoprojector, the interactive jewelry will be run through a custom app with 4 options for movement. Airo mode will react to a pedometer to move with you as you walk. Sono mode will react to the ambient sound and your voice. Roto will use the compass to react to the rotation of your body. Movi will react to your body movement to bounce with you.

Nothin’ But Lines: The Digital Designs of Patrick Seymour

With white lines on a black background, Patrick Seymour knows how to make an image pop. His creations appear to be 3D as he varies the thickness, curve, and direction of each line to achieve an astounding level of depth. From all corners of the animal kingdom to pop culture heroes and villains, each image features a perfect line of symmetry, further adding to the page popping contrast of the white on black. Seymour is based in Montreal, Canada where he works as the art director for PALM + HAVAS.

Look Out Swiss Army Knife, There’s A New Tool In Town And It Doesn’t Require A Pocket

You never know where you’ll be when the screw on your glasses comes loose or you need a wrench or a ruler, but you can be prepared for anything with this amazingly designed hair clip from Leatherdos. You don’t need the bulk of a Swiss Army Knife in your pocket to fulfill all of its functions, all you need is this little metal clip. You can use it to hold back your bangs or hold your kippah in place. And if you don’t have hair, you can just clip it to your belt loop. It’s so light you won’t even remember it’s there. Boasting a flat head Phillips screwdriver, serrated cutting edge, 8mm wrench, ruler, trolley coin, small and large screwdriver, this is one useful piece of metal.

Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015.

Understanding The Creative Battle: Steven Pressfield’s ‘The War of Art’

Anybody who works in the arts knows that to create art is to struggle. We must struggle against our medium and ourselves in order to do our best work. There is something about the creative mind that makes it hard to create. This is a conundrum that is inextricably linked to the process.

Some artists, as I described in my post on Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals, understand this struggle and create systems of strict discipline to combat it. Others (I would include myself in this category) are more chaotic and disorganized in their creative habits, and while sometimes thriving off of this chaos, also know it can be a major hindrance to their ability to do consistent work.