A Timeline of Underground Queer Cinema

The history of cinema is filled with life stories, but few that depict the LGBT community. In its century long existence, main stream cinema has typically shied away from the subject, deeming it too controversial or unpopular – but there were films being made. Fandor pulled together 50 films, both underground and mainstream, which paved the way for greater expression in queer cinema.

Hollywood Street Characters Captured At Home

Just take a walk down Hollywood Boulevard and you’ll quickly figure out why the area is often dubbed ‘Hollyweird’. Part of what makes the place so strange and special are the many colorful street performers that dot the street. Some lookalikes impersonate famous movie stars, others don masks and become iconic cartoon characters, but what fascinated photographer Ken Hermann was their private, personal lives. Who were these people at home?

One Size Does NOT Fit All: How Tom Burrell Changed the World of Advertising

Before Tom Burrell, the advertising world was a very different place. But in the age of Mad Men, he was something different, too: an African-American man in advertising.

What Percentage of Rich and Poor Families Go to College? This Interactive Asks You to Draw the Chart

The New York Time’s has a very unique game to play over at The Upshot. They’re question: “how likely is it that children who grow up in very poor families go to college?” Not content to leave us with a simple percentage to fill in, they’ve created an interactive ‘draw your guess’ chart to see how close to reality people can get.

The chart compares ‘parents’ income percentile’ to the ‘percent of children who attend college.’ The results are probably not what you expect… but highly revealing of current trends.

Need Color Inspiration? Take Some Tips from Beyoncé

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE. If you need more convincing, just take a look at the entrancing little blog Beyoncé Palettes. Here the singer’s many, many photographs are used as the source for inspired color palettes which harmonize with Queen Bey herself. Whether you’re painting the kid’s room, designing an event website, or searching for a look to set your latest poster apart, this creative exercise is a great example for any designer.

This Visualization Will Help You Understand the Unbelievable Number of People Lost in WWII

The Fallen of World War II is a documentary visualization that gives us a heartrending perspective of the casualties lost during the conflict. Created by filmmaker Neil Halloran, the 18-minute short breaks down the war’s tragedies, stacking them into a sobering tally of the people who lost their lives.

With numbers reaching into the tens of millions, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the war, or how it compares to the conflicts of today. But with Halloran’s exceptional comparisons and storytelling, the magnitude of World War II is made clear.

Mitch Hedberg Was Very Motivating.

Teamwork. Passion. Success. Keeping motivated in creative fields takes thinking outside the box, being different and standing out from the crowd. Sounds like the surreal work of comic genius Mitch Hedberg and his very unexpected brand of humor. We love these ‘motivational’ posters from Sloshspot, which pull many of his most surreal lines into the cliché black box/one-motivating-word format we’ve come to love (and loath).

Metal Subway Map Cuffs Are Perfect for the Stylish Traveler

Nothing says tourist like holding a giant map while you try to find your way around a new city. But Designhype wants you to look stylish and confident while you’re exploring the world. They have created a brilliant metal cuff that combines fashion with function. Featuring subway maps of major metro cities, it’s a collection that every traveler can appreciate.

Intimate Photographs Capture WWII Veterans

As the Silent Generation ages, World War II veterans are passing on, leaving a legacy behind them. But each veteran has his or her own story, and that is what photographer Sasha Maslov is aiming to capture in her photo series honoring WWII survivors from all over the world.  

A Growing Problem: Obesity is Still on the Rise in the US

In 2014, 27.7% of American adults were obese (BMI 30+), and that number is up 2.2% over the last 7 years. Meanwhile the number of people who are classified as overweight (BMI 25-29.9) has dropped by 1.5%, and people classified as normal bodyweight (BMI 18.1-24.9) has dropped slightly by 1%.

This points to a troubling trend – the population as a whole is getting heavier, with many people moving towards being overweight and obese.