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A Website That Connects Artisans in the Developing World to the Global Market

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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The holiday season is getting into full effect and each day people are shopping around for their friends and family. Besides the malls, stalls, and Amazon, there is an alternative option that results in a positive social impact. ArtZoco.com is a company that helps artisans from the ‘developing world’ display their work on a website and participate in the global market. Many artisans in developing countries are not familiar with internet technology, but through the help of ArtZoco they are able to expand their markets to the world. What makes Artzoco unique is that it does not require a bank account for the seller, and it has an easy process for setting up their online shop. Within minutes, sellers can be supporting their families and communities in a completely new fashion. [Read more...]

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Farwell, Nelson Mandela: Guy Whitby’s Mosaic Tribute Using Computer Keyboards

Friday 12.06.2013 , Posted by

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On December 5th the world lost an icon. Nelson Mandela was a Nobel Prize winner, an anti-Apartheid icon and the first black president of South Africa. His life was selflessly dedicated to changing the future for oppressed South Africans by bringing racial equality to the country. He passed away at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. [Read more...]

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Meet Sniffer & Tinni: A Real Life Fox & Dog Duo Who Will Star in Fairytale Storybooks for Kids

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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Although Ylvis may pretend, nobody knows what the fox says better than Tinni, a Norwegian dog who has become best friends with one. The unlikely pair met while Tinni was on a walk in the forests of Norway with his owner Torgeir Berge, who happens to be a photographer. Berge named the fox Sniffer and has been capturing precious moments of the duo’s camaraderie. The pair shows how closely related dogs and foxes are as they walk side by side, play together, romp around, take naps, and cheese it up for the camera. Their friendship has inspired Berge to work towards banning the fox-fur trade in Norway and to do this he has teamed up with writer Berit Helberg to turn his photographs into a storybook for children. Proceeds from the published book will go toward funding the fight against fur-trade. [Read more...]

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Stop-Motion LEGOs: An Amazingly Accurate Remake of ‘The Blues Brothers’ Legendary Mall Car Chase

Wednesday 12.04.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to old-school movie chase scenes, there are few that match the epic destructiveness of the classic mall car chase from The Blues Brothers. Similarly, there are few classic toys that have quite stood the test of time like LEGO. That’s just one part of why this creation from Australian stop-motion animator Duncan McConchie is so incredibly cool. It’s matched nearly frame for frame with the original film and features the same cool dialogue from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at their very best. [Read more...]

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We Fell In Friend-Love With Yumi Sakugawa [Interview]

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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Southern California-based illustrator Yumi Sakugawa explores the pangs, passions, and perils of platonic love in her charming comic I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You.  A story of an awkwardly-adorable monster yearning for non-romantic affection – in the form of inside jokes, special hang-out sessions, and late-night Facebook chats – Sakugawa’s comic captures a relational territory often considered ambiguous: the connection with and longing for platonic pals. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Mindset of a Customer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Monday 12.02.2013 , Posted by

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According to a most recent study and infographic from SAP there are 2.4 billion ongoing, brand-related conversations among American consumers, daily.

This level of customer-brand conversation is unparalleled, and SAP’s visualization aims to showcase that customers can be much more integrated into a brand’s marketing model. With proper interaction, customers could morph into brand ambassadors, PR allies in times of struggle and lead-gen resources over time.

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What Would History Look Like as Told Through Instagram?

Monday 11.25.2013 , Posted by

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“If something isn’t on the internet, it didn’t happen.” At least that’s what a lot of people seem to think in our modern age, when every birthday party, natural disaster or new creative pursuit has to show up on Facebook or Instagram. But what if the major historical events of the past happened today with our current social media obsession? What if DaVinci had posted instagram teasers showing his nearly completed Mona Lisa? What if someone posted a photo of the Trojan horse before its secret contents were revealed? That’s what MTV designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen set out to do on their hilarious new blog, Histagrams. [Read more...]

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Ultravisual: Beautiful and Intuitive Microblogging at Your Fingertips for iOS 7

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like most of us, you aren’t just taking photos anymore. The modern, media filled life will not constrain itself to the still image, or even just a video. That’s why the new app Ultravisual is so exciting. Already featured worldwide by Apple as a Best New App in the photo/video category, Ultravisual combines photos, videos, stop motion, and GIFs in a beautifully intuitive interface. Creating, editing and publishing is a cinch… and we’ve got some surprisingly cool cat videos to prove it. [Read more...]

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Cats are Male Models, and Here’s Proof

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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Did you ever think there was more to life than being really, really, really, ridiculously good looking? Yeah, neither did we. If there’s one segment of our society that knows it best, it’s muscle ripped male models. I mean, look at those poses! Giving a little lip bite; doing a little stretch; standing in the pouring rain… there isn’t a single place these dudes can’t look good. But, it’s come to our attention that they’ve got competition – and it wouldn’t be the internet if it wasn’t from cats! [Read more...]

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Toys Aren’t Just For Kids: Parents Bewilder Their Children With Dinosaur Shenanigans

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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It’s hard to tell who is having more fun with this creative game: the parents or the kids. Parents Susan and Refe Tuma of Kansas City, MO came up with this “Dinovember” project to let their kids experience a little wonder and mystery, which is becoming increasingly less common in today’s technological world. The kids respond with shock, bewilderment, and laughter as they wake up to find their toy dinos in hilarious situations. In early November the mischievous reptiles were caught spray-painting cartoons on the wall in the living room and the Tuma’s 6-year-old said that they might need to have a garage sale to sell the plastic dinosaurs. [Read more...]

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