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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more…]

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Houston’s Garbage Trucks Get An Artistic Makeover To Promote Recycling

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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In Houston, there has been an amazing collaboration between the Houston Arts Alliance and the city’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) to encourage the citizens to recycle. All of the recycling trucks of Houston have been converted into beautiful murals, bringing more art out into the public eye. Six designs by local artists were chosen as wraps for the recycling trucks. SWMD is on a mission to bring recycling to every curbside in Houston and these trucks might be just the thing they need to raise awareness. [Read more…]

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Things “Gone Girl” Director David Fincher Doesn’t Do

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The new movie “Gone Girl” from director David Fincher is an absolute must see – and for far more reasons than its masterful story. (You won’t find any spoilers here… we’d hate to ruin it) What makes the film a resounding success is broken down here by Every Frame a Picture’s Tony Zhou – who points out that Fincher’s directing style often finds its strength in the limitations he sets. In this kind of film-making, smart restraint trumps unhindered excess. [Read more…]

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This TED-Ed Video Asks Why We Feel Sad… And Should We Really Worry About It?

Saturday 10.04.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone feels sad from time to time. It’s a natural part of our human experience. And while today we mostly look for ways to overcome sadness or even get rid of it all together, it hasn’t always been viewed as something to banish.

This video from TED-Ed asks what melancholy actually is, and what (if anything) we should do about it. Courtney Stephens guides us through a short-history of our still evolving understanding of sadness, and hints at reasons it may even be useful. [Read more…]

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Springfield from The Simpsons Illustrated as a Dark and Moody Town

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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No matter how dark the humor on the Simpsons’ can get, the iconic show always has that bright cheery aesthetic we’ve grown to love. Austin-based artist and illustrator Tim Doyle had another look in mind when he started his UnReal Estate series back in 2012, re-envisioning the worlds of fictional television shows as dark and rundown places. His Simpsons-themed work is fantastically moody and might give you the impression Springfield is far from fictional. [Read more…]

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Swept Away By Love: Photographer Couple Has Started A New Photo Trend #BrinsonBanksing

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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Forget #planking, #tebowing, #owling, and #vadering, there is a new photo trend in town and it’s a lot more romantic! Photog couple Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, who met in a photojournalism class in college, have an adorable signature move that is becoming quite popular in the hashtag world. #BrinsonBanksing is an endearing way to capture a moment with the one you love- beautiful background scenery is an added bonus. This move began in 2010 when Brinson and Banks were at the Valley of Fire State Park with some friends. They were just dating at the time and Brinson jumped into Banks’ arms to steal a kiss and a loving embrace. Another photographer friend captured the moment and they have been recreating it ever since. In 2012, the couple got married. [Read more…]

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Video Shows How the Desk Changed in 30 Years (and What Apps Replaced Each Tool)

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve gone from fax machines and a rolodex, to PDFs and Facebook in a few short years. It wasn’t long ago when desks were completely covered with the tools needed to get work done. A stapler, paper clips, a phone book, and a whole lot more needed to fit in that space. In contrast, today’s desk is one that largely features a few choice items: a laptop, a smart phone and a big cup of coffee. This clever video from the Harvard Innovation Lab explores that desktop evolution from the early ‘80s through today, visualizing each tool as it is recontextualized into the app-based equivalent we use now. [Read more…]

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Beautiful Paragliding Aerobatics and the Sounds of Flying Free

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Few activities get you closer to being a bird than paragliding. Just climb a mountain carrying a backpack that holds your winds, and off you go into the sky. Théo de Blic has been piloting on his own since he was just 12, and in this stunning video filmed by Shams, his aerobatic skill in the air is put on display. Their video, Sound of Paragliding, is a feast of beauty for the eyes… and the ears. [Read more…]

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Judging America: Photographer Shows The Stark Contrast Between Prejudice And Reality

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes we think we know things about people we’ve never even met. By the way they are dressed or their ethnicity or a tabloid article, we think we can leap to some conclusions about who they are as people. Judgment is a natural part of being human, but this series will make you think twice before you mistake your prejudices for knowledge. A former U.S. Marine with a passion for photography, Joel Parés shows that looks can be deceiving in this diptic photo series. He took successful people of all races and showed them first as the way people might falsely judge them, followed by a representation of who they are as people, demonstrating how they serve the world. [Read more…]

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This Drone Flew So Close to a Volcano, The Camera Melted

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Not long ago, getting close-up footage of a volcano’s fiery caldera meant donning a silver heat protective suit and risking your life. Now, it only risks your gear. Drone company DJI recently sent their team to Iceland, along with director of aerial imaging, Eric Cheng. There he flew one of their Phantom 2’s so close to the erupting volcano Bardarbunga that the front of the camera melted. [Read more…]

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