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“Pinhole Selfies” Combine the Oldest Photo Techniques with Modern Culture

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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The “selfie” is probably the most common photo theme of today, and that’s likely because of how easy we can take pictures. Just a quick snap with your smartphone and it’s uploaded to any social network you want. Lithuania-born, Sweden-based photographer Ignas Kutavicius is imagining the world before all this ease, taking his vision of the selfie all the way back to the dawn of photography when cameras didn’t even have a lense. His “Pinhole Selfies” are an ingenious mix of modern culture and the oldest photo technology – the camera obscura or pinhole camera. [Read more…]

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Elderly Toddlers Demonstrate That You Are As Young As You Feel

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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There is nothing cuter than a sweet old lady or man, except babies. This photo series combines the best of both worlds for some cuteness overload. For a New York Times article called “What if Age Is Nothing but Mind-Set?” about several behavioral psychology studies on aging, photographer Zachary Scott dressed up toddlers as grandparents. We love seeing animals in human clothes, but babies in adult clothes may have raised the aw-factor. With makeup, prosthetics, and a fair amount of photo editing, Scott made charming predictions of what six little kids might look like in 60 years. [Read more…]

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What Was Happening Outside the Border of Famous Album Covers? Very Strange Things.

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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Album cover art used to be a key part of any music purchase, and even though the era of CDs and vinyl is largely gone, those carefully crafted images can still transport us back to the day we first took a listen.

But what if those album covers weren’t telling the full story? The folks at Aptitude recently imagined what was happening outside the borders of famous covers… and it turns out our favorite musicians were as wild as we hoped. [Read more…]

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Carsten Höller’s “Upside Down Mushroom Room” Turns the World Upside Down

Sunday 11.09.2014 , Posted by
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Carsten Höller creates immersive installations that change our view of the world on a massive scale. The Belgian-born, Stockholm-based artist flipped that view on its head, and enlarged its fascinating details for his Upside Down Mushroom Room. The disorienting space featured gigantic red mushroom sculptures hanging from the ceiling. It wasn’t the first or last time mushrooms made an appearance in his work, most recently finding their way to Frieze New York 2014. [Read more…]

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Data Visualization 101: Pie Charts

Friday 11.07.2014 , Posted by
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In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Pie charts are one of the oldest and most popular ways to visualize data. This classic chart is the perfect example of the power of data visualization: a simple, easy-to-understand presentation that helps readers instantly identify the parts of a whole. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the pie chart. [Read more…]

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Is This What Classic Disney Films Would Look Like Today?

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a distinct difference between classic Disney animations and the films like “Frozen” that we see today. Older films were hand animated, and feature a distinctly flat cartoonish appearance, but today’s computer animated films are a world apart. Their atmospheric realism is so convincing it almost looks like the real world. Video game character artist Tyson Murphy has been updating these classics making us wonder, “what if those older films were made today?” [Read more…]

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Wild View From Inside A Water Bubble In The Microgravity of Outer Space

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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If you spent your childhood dreaming you would grow up to be an astronaut and didn’t, this video will make you want to take out a loan to get one of those 20 newly available reservations on the first Virgin Galactic space flight. This past summer 2014, on the International Space Station during Expedition 40, astronauts recorded their exploration of water surface tension in microgravity. Pushing a Go-Pro Camera into a softball sized ball of floating water, they got a view from inside the bubble as well. They also recorded the wild phenomenon with a 3-D camera, another version you can view here if you have stereoscopic red/blue 3-D glasses. [Read more…]

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Lions and Foxes and Meerkats, Oh My! DIY Paper Sculptures of Geometric Animals

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer studies Computer Animation, but now his 3D creations are jumping out of the digital world. “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands,” he writes. So he created a colorful menagerie of faceted creatures that you can build yourself, with just a little craftiness and a glue stick (much like Steve Wintercroft did with his geometric paper masks or MostLikely did with lampshades). [Read more…]

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Famous Novels Transformed into Book Art

Wednesday 11.05.2014 , Posted by
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Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda doesn’t just read books, she turns the famous literature into fantastic works of art. Her series ものがたりの断片 (Story Fragments) cuts down into the pages themselves to reveal the story in physical form. She says she makes books not just to read, but something to enjoy looking at. [Read more…]

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Fashion Without A Budget: The Most Stylish Hobo in The Ukraine

Wednesday 11.05.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t need a closet, or even a home, to be fashionable. In the city of Lviv, Ukraine there is a homeless man named Slavik who makes style a priority. Through the lens, Ukranian photographer Yurko Dyachysyn captured Slavik’s daily fashion forward outfits. [Read more…]

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