Which NBA Teams Share the Ball More Evenly?

The 2015 NBA playoffs kicked off this last weekend (in case you didn’t notice your feeds blowing up about it). The Visual News team’s loyalties lie all over the country—from Los Angeles, to Colorado, to New York—but we all like a good game. But while basketball is all about sharing the glory, it isn’t necessarily about sharing the ball. Our good friend (and talented designer) Shane Keaney created this infographic to give us a look at how well each NBA playoff team shares the ball. Does a more even share distribution influence how well the teams perform? We’ll find out this year. 

Fanciful Nature-Filled Pop-Up Art From Bozka

Polish artist and illustrator Bozena Rydlewska, aka Bozka, creates fanciful scenes inspired by the diverse flora and fauna of the natural world. Long a maker of ornate prints, she is now translating her 2D work into delightfully explorable 3D pop-ups. Although her works pays tribute to the nature illustrators of old, her’s is a world that doesn’t play strictly by the rules.

It’s 4/20, and This Smoke Art Is Gorgeous

It’s 4/20, dude. Whether or not you partake, weed use continues to be a hot-button issue. Around the country, more states are embracing legalization—and public support continues to grow.

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We’ve covered the topic in a few ways over the years. From badass smoke art to a deeper look at the data supporting legalization, these are our favorite pieces (pun intended). 

Artist With Synesthesia Paints Music The Way She Sees It

The world is very different for those with synesthesia, but arguably much more beautiful. With colors and texture swirling around her mind when she hears music, synesthete Melissa McCracken invites us into her fascinating brain with this series of musical paintings. While she listens to songs, she expresses the way she sees them with acrylic paints. Based in Kansas City, MO McCracken allows her brain to interpret her favorite songs while her hand puts them to canvas.

We Can Be Heroes: Martin Beck Reveals How Superheroes Are Just Like Us

You know that “Celebrities Are Just Like Us” section of the tabloids that shows celebrities in street clothes grocery shopping and walking their dogs without makeup on? Well if we lived in a comic book world where justice was served and the paparazzi followed the superheroes around, the tabloids might look like this photo series. Created by Martin Beck, a Scottish/South African photographer based in Dubai, “We Can Be Heroes” shows the aftermath of saving the world. The gritty portraits reveal the wear and tear that a lifetime of justice might take on a person. With bruises, dirt smudges, and unhealthy coping devices, these heroes are just like us.

In Honor of Record Store Day, Here’s a Roundup of Our Favorite Vinyl Art

It’s Record Store Day tomorrow, and we’re big fans of vinyl. (Luckily, we’re not the only ones.) Sales are increasing, and both old and new albums are finding a second life in vinyl form.

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While records make beautiful sounds—sometimes they make even more beautiful art. In honor of tomorrow’s holiday, here’s a roundup of our favorite vinyl-inspired art. 

A 3D Printer for Just $179? This Changes Everything.

You know what I want for my birthday? A birthday present that can make me more birthday presents. The Tiko is a simple, unibody 3D printer currently crushing its funding goal on Kickstarter, and for just $179, I might get my B-day wish.

The Tiko has been called the cheapest 3D printer out there, and for that price, it’s highly likely. What’s more, for creatives with an inventive streak, this makes 3D printing highly accessible, even if they haven’t yet hit the big time.

Birties Bowties Allow You to Wear Your Favorite Pop Culture Mementos Around Your Neck

Nothing says “classy” like a bow tie and now you can show off your passions and your classiness at the same time. Birties Bowties are the passion project of Omarseeto, which started off as a hobby and spread to the masses. Looking to bring some fun and lighten up the stressful, mundane vibe of his job as a bank teller, Omarseeto began using his design skills to dazzle his team and customers (not to mention fill the hours he spent staring off into the abyss). Screen printing his favorite bands, video games, art pieces, and pop culture icons onto bow ties, he was standing out and making people smile. People began asking him to create ties of their favorite bands and such, and he was loving it.

What if Major Brand Logos Were Hand-Lettered?

For her graphic design graduate project, Sara Marshall imagined what the intersection between modern brand logos and the classic art of hand-lettering might look like – and it’s very thought-provoking. Like many of us Marshall has noted the trend toward flat, minimalist brand logos. With companies like Microsoft and Google leading the way, the iconography of major companies has lost some of its flair in the name of simplicity, adopting a minimal range of colors and making creative use of negative space.

While there are some good design arguments for going minimal, it doesn’t always have to be so.

The Bizarre ‘Art’ of Creative Dog Grooming

Ok… there’s art… and then there’s this. You don’t get more bizarre than creative dog grooming. These fluffy (and hopefully clueless) mutts have been dyed to look like everything from real-life My Little Pony’s to the entire cast of The Muppets stuck onto one furry dog body. The amount of planning that go into each of these creations is astounding, but it’s also astounding that this even happens.