The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more...]
In bookstores throughout Japan, there is a new marketing trend- stacking books like kids on Adderall playing Jenga. Known as Tawaa Tsumi (Japanese for “tower pile”, bookstore employees spend hours transforming books into these beautfiul, massive sculptures. With fancy spiral designs and clever variations, some look with awe, while others complain that this process is not good for books. Could this aesthetic demand be contributing to Karōshi (death from overwork) in Japanese bookstore workers? [Read more...]
Let’s face it- there are some cities where having roommates is a must for survival, especially for young professionals on an entry level salary. Roommates come and go and Craigslist has made the search a lot easier, but also introduced a lot of crazy people into the mix, so sifting for the right one can be quite a headache. But there are some downright awesome people on Craigslist too and Lauren Fahey is one of them. To make herself stand out from the bottomless pool of potential roommates, she created this clever graphic for her Craigslist posting, hoping to find the perfect new home. It features amazing quotes from previous roommates atop a hilarious picture with a random naked man lurking in the background. Well she certainly accomplished her mission and found an apartment in no time- who wouldn’t want to live with this girl? She had me at Mac and Cheese! [Read more...]
Corn was once a straightforward crop, but the US industry has seen big changes in recent years. Ethanol and GMOs are both relatively new to the scene, and they are both hot-button issues. Since 1980, the use of corn has increased significantly as a result of renewable energy legislation. Not only are we using more corn, but we are using different strains of corn. In 2013, genetically engineered corn accounted for 90% of the planted crop showing a steep increase from just 25% in 2000. A series of graphs were produced by Flapjack Media to detangle the data. The full graphic is available here. [Read more...]
ExxonMobil Corp. is none-too-pleased about FX Networks LLC’s latest branch of television programming, FXX. Though, their complaint is a bit different from fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s qualms of having to tune in to a different channel to catch the programming their used to, ExxonMobil is suing FX Networks to block their use of a logo the oil company says infringes upon their current branding.
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Better known for his public installations and sculptural work, Eliasson’s book Your House brings architectural scale to a microscopic level. Out of 454 pristine pages, Eliasson laser-cuts the negative space of his Copenhagen home, each sheet serving as a paper-thin cross section that gives shape to tiny doors, stairways, and window frames. [Read more...]
If you’ve ever dreamed of having more than just a print of a famous Rembrandt or Van Gogh painting in your living room, you may soon have a chance- and you won’t even have to win the lottery! 3-D scanning and printing technology has reached a point that it can reproduce some of the most beautiful classical paintings down to every last brush stroke. Dutch researcher Tim Zaman has developed an innovative 3D photographic scanning system and has been working with Kröller-Müller and Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands to capture some of their fine art in 3-D space. The scanning has revealed some amazing secrets, such as the movement of the original placement of one of the men in Rembrandt’s 1662 portrait of the Drapers’ Guild. Teaming up with Canon’s Océ Group, some of Zaman’s scans have been 3d printed, creating an identical copy of these classic works! [Read more...]
Artist Sean McCabe proves that the Micron is mightier than the sword with his striking letterforms. Based out of San Antonio, Texas, this life-long typographer specializes in luscious hand-inked letters that speak bold words of wisdom. [Read more...]
To walk beside a painting by Canadian artist David Spriggs is an experience not to be missed. His works tread neatly along an unusually blurred frontier between sculpture and painting, greeting viewers with an all encompassing vision that powerfully touches on the ethereal. How does he realize such arresting pieces? By meticulously painting on hundreds of sheets of thin, transparent film.
What results are powerful cyclonic forms frozen before our eye; three dimensional figures that float in space; and intense fields of color so tangible you could reach out and touch them… almost. [Read more...]