Charting the Downs and Ups of US Income Inequality

NPR recently released an interactive chart which clearly demonstrates the growing US income inequality over the last 100 years. But what it shows best is the two major trends the century has followed.

The scatter plot charts average income for the bottom 90% of earners on one axis, and the average income for the top 1% on the other. (For comparison purposes all figures are inflation adjusted to 2012 dollars)

Architectural Typography Animated with Miniature People

For design lovers, it doesn’t get better than this. German creative firm Deepblue Networks just worked with illustrator and graphic designer Florian Schommer on a promotional campaign which hits just about all the right spots. They’ve combined bizarre architecture, animated GIFs, typography and even logo design into just one project. Here are 8 animated illustrations, each realized as a towering building in the form of one letter in the name ‘DEEPBLUE’.

The Majestic Beauty of Tent Camping Around Europe

Polish mountain photographer Karol Nienartowicz has spent the last 6 years traveling throughout Europe. Rather than just capture the beautiful scenery of the majestic, remote mountains she gave us a peek into what it was like camping there. Every picture is like a Where’s Waldo hunt to discover her tent. Braving the snow and the cold, the views up there show why it’s worth every minute.

Man Hits The Thrift Store Jackpot When He Purchased A Rare Watch For $5.99

Macklemore isn’t the only one who enjoys poppin’ tags at the thrift shop. It was a lucky day when vintage watch fan Zach Norris walked into a Phoenix Goodwill store. He dug through the basket of dead battery Fossil watches and saw a label on a dial watch that caught his eye. It was a Jaeger LeCoultre watch marked at just $5.99. He knew it would be worth a lot more than that but how much more came as a surprise. The watch was a rare diving watch from 1959 of which less than 1,000 were made. Norris sold it on Hodinkee.com to a San Francisco watch collector for $35,000 plus an Omega Speedmaster (valued at $4,000).

School Cafeteria Lunches Around the World

Each day in the United States, over 32 million students eat lunches from their school cafeterias. The food consumed accounts for more than half of each students daily calorie intake – which therefore makes the school cafeteria that much more important in delivering healthy food and preventing child obesity. Unfortunately, if you grew up going to an American school and eating food in the cafeteria, it is unlikely you got the most delicious and healthy food. Yet, if you grew up going to a school in another country around the world, you may have had a different experience.

3 Striking Charts Show How Vaccines Have Impacted 20th Century Diseases

Despite the few very loud voices still claiming vaccines are dangerous (and getting a lot of attention in the process), there is overwhelming evidence that they make the world a much safer place. Take the seven interactive heat maps created by Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman for the Wall Street Journal. Each of the three examples we’ve featured here show the number of cases before and after a vaccine was introduced. Striking isn’t it?

Incredible Beehive Design Gives You Honey on Tap

If you’ve ever worked with honey bees, you know the process of getting honey from their hive isn’t pleasant – for you or the bees. Not only do you need to put on protective clothing and use smoke so you won’t get stung, but the bees suffer in the process of opening the hive, often with many getting squished. That’s without even mentioning the amount of time it takes. That’s why this new hive design is so revolutionary.

Buddha Statue Discovered To Contain The Mummified Remains of A Monk From 1100AD

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You can’t judge a book by it’s cover and apparently the saying goes for statues too. For centuries it was thought that this Buddha statue is just that, but a recent CT scan reveals that it is actually the vessel for the mummified remains of Chinese Buddhist master Liuquan. He lived over 900 years ago, around the year 1100 AD and his body has been preserved in this statue.

Laser Cut Sculptures In Motion Show The Endless Fun That Playing With Them Brings

Stanford professor John Edmark has turned his brilliant mathematical sculptures into stop motion films to show their playful movements. A lecturer in the design program of the Department of Art & Art History, Edmark’s laser-cut sculptures are as fascinating to play with as they are to look at. Intricate details bring these thoughtful illusions to life and the videos below will make you wish you had one of your own to tinker with.

WWII Posters Declared War on STDs

Gigantic letters falling from the sky or giant dinosaurs stomping through the jungle might not be the first imagery that comes to mind when thinking of sexually transmitted diseases, but in World War II these posters were the military’s first line of defense against a venereal disease (VD) epidemic. Learning from the lessons of World War I, where many soldiers contracted and died from STDs, the US government started a graphic design war that saw military barracks plastered with posters warning of the dangers of unsafe promiscuity with “loose women.”