The Best #WhiteHouseTour Pics Now That the Ban Is Lifted

Despite what we hear, there can be radical change in Washington, D.C. That is, if you’re on a White House tour and want to take a photo. The White House recently lifted its photo ban, now allowing visitors to snap pics with cameras and small cameras and encouraging them to post to social using the #whitehousetour hashtag. The First Lady made the announcement two weeks ago (using social media, naturally):

#TBT: A ’50s Band-Aid Commercial That’s Weird and Brilliant

We love a good #TBT, especially when it’s kinda funny, kinda weird, and kinda brilliant. And that’s exactly how we’d describe this vintage Band-Aid ad. The product has been around for almost a century, and we’ve seen just about every iteration of marketing for it: now with Neosporin! now in neon! But back in the day, the selling points were a little less sexy. In this particular commercial, they’re going for a simple feature: look how well it sticks! 

Video Projects that Kick Ass at All Budgets

While the cost of production decreases, often the quality doesn’t increase as a result. To produce a TV commercial in the ‘60s, you would need a film with a crew on site just to switch out the reels on the cameras. Then the film would need to be developed, and before non-linear editing systems, film was manually spliced together.

Now, with the decrease in production costs, many producers are killing it— regardless of budget. Large-scale productions can do the most innovative things with their budgets. Little guys with shoestring budgets are biting at the heels of the big guys . The beautiful thing is that we can expect more from everyone. Here are a few that are kicking butt at different levels.

Why Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 True Fans Theory Is More Relevant Than Ever

Do you remember what your MySpace profile looked like? I couldn’t, so I looked it up. It’s gone. I don’t remember how many friends I had; I know it was actually quite a lot, at the time I was massively promoting the profile for my expedition. One of our crew members had 100,000 friends. At the time that seemed powerful to all of us. MySpace seemed powerful—for a time, it was.

Marvel Comics Remixes Covers to Honor Hip-Hop Albums

We recently talked about why hip-hop makes for great visual content. This week, the trend continues with some serious hip-hop love coming from Marvel Comics. This October, the company is releasing more than 50 covers of their popular titles, remixed to honor iconic hip-hop album covers. Kamala Khan gets the Lauryn Hill treatment. The Amazing Spider-Man pays homage to A Tribe Called Quest. We couldn’t be more excited. 

How to Make a Papercraft Donut

Every Tuesday we like to offer you inspiration, whether it’s a tip, trick, or something totally out of the box. This week we’re challenging you to try something new—even if you think you’ll suck. Ever tried papercraft? Now you can. Column Five Art Director Riley Hoonan made this easy (and super sweet) papercraft donut tutorial for any noob to try. 

Think Sharks are Scary? They Should Feel The Same Way About Us.

In honor of Shark Awareness Day we bring you this graphic, presented in a simple way, but with a very powerful point.

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Gamechangers: How a Small Online Publication Got Anthony Bourdain’s Attention

In our Gamechangers series, we shocase innovators and agile creatives out there doing a lot with little resources or changing our ideas about what content is and how it can be delivered. This week, we explore Roads and Kingdoms’ digital publication. 

BrandCrush: 3 Ways Herbal Essences Is Doing Instagram Right

Every brand is trying to make the most of visual content on social media, but some are doing it better than others. So when we see one going above and beyond, we have to give it props. This week’s brandcrush is Herbal Essences. The company has been around since 1972, but it has done a great job of evolving with the times, tapping into its youth-centric demographic and staying ahead of the curve, especially when it comes to social. From clever content to creative execution, here are three ways Herbal Essences is doing Instagram right.

Make a Map Poster of Anywhere with Mapiful

Maps are one of our addictions here at VN, so when we found Mapiful we were completely floored. This company helps you print minimalist black and white street map posters using any location in the world. That’s great news for those of us who live outside major cities like London or San Francisco, who tend to miss most of the love from poster designers.