How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit!

There’s Something Grimm About These Photos

Once upon a time, there lived a photographer named Kilian Schönberger – and while he is not a character from your favorite fairy tale, his very real images spin some otherworldly fantasies. Working in Cologne, Germany, the photographer’s own backyard serves as the source for his “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” series and captures the woodlands and waterfalls that served as a backdrop for many infamous folktales.

What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo.

Happy 30th Anniversary Macintosh! Celebrate with this Massive Chart of Apple’s Legendary Products

30 years ago today, a shaggy haired young man wearing a bow tie unveiled a product that would change the world – it was Steve Jobs and the now legendary Macintosh. After an insanely intense final push to bring the small computer to market, he lifted the first Mac out of its tan bag and turned it on for an ecstatic audience… and no wonder.

The Macintosh brought the graphical user interface and computer mouse to the mainstream, made computers more accessible to non-nerds, and did it all from one slickly designed package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this momentous event, we bring you Pop Chart Lab’s “Insanely Great History of Apple” – a poster that documents all of their products, successful or not, from the Apple I up to today’s iPads and iPhones.

A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading.

Then and Now: Brothers Recreate Old Family Photos with Charmingly Awkward Results

Designer Joe Luxton and his brother have been recreating childhood family photographs as their adult selves. Like so many things, we’ve seen this concept a number of times before, but there’s really something about the attention to detail and awkward situations these two have remade that sets this collection apart.

Is it a Buoy or is it a Ship? The Navy’s Oldest and Oddest Research Vessel

If you just saw the image above, you might guess that the navy repurposed the front of a ship for the top of a buoy, or as many people have done, mistake it for a capsized ocean transport ship… the truth however, is far more interesting. You are looking at the US Navy’s oldest and most unusual research vessel. Appropriately called FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), the 355ft long spoon-shaped ship is the world’s only vessel that can operate both horizontally and vertically. The ship performs its 28 minute transformation when 700 tons of seawater are pumped into the ‘handle’ of the ship causing it to lower into the water and the bow to rise.

22 Pictures of Famous People When They Were Young

We only find out about famous people when they get, well, famous… so it’s often surprising to see who they were before the spotlight hit. Here we bring you a collection of youthful photographs, capturing some of the most influential figures of the past century. There are revered leaders, infamous dictators, talented musicians and more – all before their unique abilities and upbringing made an impact on the world.

‘BAMF’ Grandma Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday with a Tattoo, Does Reddit AMA

Well, it’s official: 103-year-old Evelyn Kottman, dubbed a “Bad Ass Mother Figure” by Reddit, has completely captured the hearts of the Internet. She just celebrated her birthday by hitting the tables at the casino, having an all-you-can-eat meal of crab and finished it off by getting her first tattoo – a small heart on her right shoulder. Now that IS one bad ass mother figure!

How Creatives Work: The Visual Playground of Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames were more than just designers. One of the visual arts most famous and influential married couples, they redefined much of the world that now surrounds us. They also touched multiple disciplines, leaving their mark on architecture, furniture design, interior design, exhibition design, toy design, fine art, photography, and film. They saw themselves as educators and they were definitely innovators.