Before Business Cards: Trade Card Designs From the Victorian Era

Between 1870 and 1890, the most common and visible way to spread word about your business was through the form of “trade cards,” the predecessor to the modern business card. America shops would give them out after the sale of a product, and in turn, people would collect them and paste them in their scrapbooks. The most advertised cards in those days included medicine, food, tobacco, clothing, household and sewing items, stoves and farm supplies.

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Retrowave: A Stunning 80s Animation Combines ‘Tron’ with ‘Back to the Future’

It’s part Back to the Future vehicles, part Tron surrealism. German animator Florian Renner has produced a overload of ‘80s goodness with his latest short, called Retrowave. The neon wrapped buildings of his futuristic city are seen through a greased lens. And down on the streets a time-traveling Delorean races through 88 mph and time itself. It’s a fitting vision for this 30th anniversary of the now legendary film.

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Abandoned Spaces Across Europe, Seen Through the Lens of Romain Veillon

For as long he can remember, photographer Romain Veillon has been fascinated with abandoned places. In his childhood, he sought out those mysterious and quiet spots, eventually deciding to bring a camera along to document his adventures. As his talent for photography grew, so did his ability to capture the spirit of the abandoned places he was shooting. His photographs have a way of transcending time – each displays the past, present and maybe even the future of the space.

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Made in One Piece: 3D Printed Guitars With Moving Parts

If you’re looking for a truly unique guitar, look no further than these 3D printed axes from ODD Guitars. The Swedish company has been turning out fully-customizable guitar bodies for the last few years that take advantage of 3D printing tech and its ability to create highly detailed structures difficult or impossible to create with other methods. Take their American Graffiti guitar, above. Hidden inside the guitar’s latticework of flames are miniature tributes to the classic George Lucas film: hot rods, a jukebox, Mel’s Diner and even a set of moving dice.

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Coffee Stains Become Motorcycle Wheels in Illustrations by Carter Asmann

In just one image, illustrator and photographer Carter Asmann reveals three passions in his life: motorcycles, drawing, and coffee. In each example, the messy round stains stamped by a coffee mug transform into the wheels of a motorcycle – with the form of some stains even making these classic rides appear to be speeding. In contrast to their sloppy wheels, each motorcycle is rendered in beautiful perfection. His illustrations are as addictive as the caffeine that fueled them.

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If The Moon and Mars Had Oceans, What Would They Look Like?

Humans have long dreamt of living on other planets, but last time we checked they weren’t too keen on setting up permanent residence on the red dusty plains of Mars or even on a Moon mountain. The climate on those two celestial bodies isn’t exactly inviting – but there are plenty of people who dream of changing that. Terraforming is the theoretical process of modifying a planet to make it more Earth-like, and these two fascinating maps from data scientist Seth Kadish show what it could look like on Mars and the Moon.

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Post-It People: Erik RVA Has Created Thousands of StickyHeadz Characters

I think it’s pretty unanimous that Post-Its are one of the greatest things on Earth and illustrator Erik RVA couldn’t agree more. He has been drawing funny faces on post-it’s on the daily for quite some time. He uploads his daily doodles to his Tumblr called StickyHeadz. Aside from the doodles, he often shows the background which inspired each face behind it, with clever commentary below.

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A Recovered Sound Clip Brings Pure Happiness To A Sweet, Old Man In London

We all have digital files stored on our phones that hold an irreplaceable sentimental value. Maybe it’s a photo with a loved one who has passed away, a video of your baby taking his first steps, or a digital love note from the one who makes your heart skip a beat. For 68 year old Stan Beaton, it was a voice mail message recorded by his late wife, Ruby. Ruby passed in 2003 and Stan had kept this memento of the love of his life for over a decade, until it was deleted when Virgin Media did some technical work. Beaton was devastated, but the company found a way to make it up to him. They assigned a team of 10 employees to sift through the digital archives to uncover this sound file.

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3D Calligraphy Jumps Off the Page

Turkish graphic designer Tolga Girgin has a passion for calligraphy, but her lettering has a look that’s all together different. Using an assortment of perspective trickery, she uses pens and pencils to give her old-school lettering a whole new angle – one that would have you believe each letter was pealing off the paper or hovering above it.

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Here’s Waldo: Data Cruncher Randy Olson Discovers The Optimal Search Strategy For Finding Waldo

Much of the fun of finding Waldo, in his famous red and white striped shirt and hat, is having no idea where to start. But data cruncher Randy Olson wanted to help those of us who just don’t have the time. He challenged Slate’s “foolproof” strategy and came up with his own that he believes could find Waldo even faster. Since we’re all about that data here at Visual News, we are a big fan of Olson’s visualizations.

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