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3-D Printed Plastic Fabric That Flows: New Software Is Making 3-D Technology Wearable

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Many designers have created 3-D printed pieces for futuristic fashions, but until now the process has produced stiff pieces that wouldn’t make much sense off the runway. Aside from the overwhelming discomfort, the pieces required additional piecing together after each print, which takes away the convenience of printing your wardrobe. But the design studio Nervous System is changing the future of fashion with their new innovation to create movable, wearable plastic fabric that prints in a single piece. Using a software program called Kinematics, the team created a folded model of this dress, designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz, with hinging triangles, so that it could be printed in one piece then unfolded to reveal the full form. The result is a beautiful flowing design that moves and breathes. [Read more…]

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Submarine Sandwich: A Brilliant Stop-Motion Followup to the Oscar-Nominated Short “Fresh Guacamole”

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Stop-motion animator PES has just released his latest tasty animation, Submarine Sandwich, and like his other two food themed animations, not much is edible. The film comes as the third installment of stop-motion shorts, including “Western Spaghetti” and his Oscar nominated short “Fresh Guacamole.” At just 1 minute 40 seconds, that film holds the distinction of being the shortest ever nominated. [Read more…]

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Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , 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.

Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, making complex data easy to understand at a glance. [Read more…]

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“Merry Christmas Honey! I Got You a Vacuum!” 16 Awkwardly Vintage Christmas Ads

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to… especially when it comes to Christmas advertisements. They were sexist, weird and even downright unhealthy. So grab your matching family pajamas, light up a few smokes, and take a trip down memory lane with these gloriously bad mid-century ads. [Read more…]

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A Secret Underwater Ballroom, Built For a Notorious Victorian Swindler

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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Walk far into the woods near the village of Witley in Surrey, England and you’ll find a hidden treasure. The directions go like this: Walk a mile and a quarter west, into the long neglected woods. Find the stone wall surrounding a kitchen garden. There you’ll find a small building with an arched doorway. Go inside, down the spiral staircase, and walk down the long teardrop-shaped tunnel to the end. There’s no “X” marking this treasure, but you’ll know you’ve found it. You’re now in a domed, glass ceilinged room, yellow light gently flickering through the water above. Welcome to Whitaker Wright’s hidden ballroom, submerged deep beneath a murky lake. [Read more…]

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An Italian Cathedral Made From Trees

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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A living place of worship, Italy’s Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral) is built entirely from natural materials. Artist Giuliano Mauri began the towering project in 2001, creating 42 columns that arc towards each other to form a leafy basilica and five grand aisles. To complete the piece, Mauri used 1,800 fir poles, 600 chestnut branches, and 6,000 meters of hazel branches that were joined together with nails and string. Hornbeam trees were planted inside each column and will eventually overtake the structure. Just before completion Mauri passed away in 2009, leaving his cathedral as a growing memorial and a quiet place of reflection for visitors. [Read more…]

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Real Estate Broker Gives Tours of House… From a Hand-Built Roller Coaster

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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If you thought buying a house had its ups and downs, this real estate broker will really give you a ride. He built a miniature roller coaster through a house he’s selling in Ermelo, Netherlands, giving potential buyers a thrill filled tour of the house complete with recorded highlights of its features. They do say people buy on an emotional high… [Read more…]

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A Donated Bus is Transformed Into a Mobile Healthy Food Market for Toronto

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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Most old-school food trucks are known for their artery clogging foods, but this new truck is decidedly healthy. The smart looking vehicle has been converted into a mobile market with the purpose of bringing healthy food choices to underserved neighborhoods where good eating choices are often difficult to obtain. It’s being called the Mobile Good Food Market. [Read more…]

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This Super Man With Down Syndrome Is Not Camera Shy

Sunday 12.07.2014 , Posted by
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One of Rick Ashley’s favorite photography subjects is also his brother-in-law. Michael is a sweet 50 year old man with a beautiful spirit and a passion for wearing his Superman suit. Although Ashley has known, loved, and photographed Michael for nearly forty years, he began his first official photo project in 2009. The series which is named Michael, after its star, is meant to honor his brother-in-law. Michael loves participating in the photo shoots and Ashley captures the essence of his contemplative, playful spirit. [Read more…]

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In Transit: The Daily Sketches From A Traveler’s Commute

Sunday 12.07.2014 , Posted by
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What better way to practice your illustration skills than to sketch what’s right in front of you? Singapore-based artist Cherngzhi Lian does just that, then takes a photo to commemorate the reality of his sketches. From the passengers on his flights and public transportation to the natural landscapes, coffee shops, and restaurants, he gives us a glimpse into his everyday life as well as his travels. He is in the process of publishing a book called “In-Transit” which will be a compilation of his travel and commute drawings. Lian is an adjunct professor in the Film Media Studies department at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. [Read more…]

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