Benjamin Franklin’s famous formula for success had a lot to do with his schedule: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” He even wrote a book called Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty. Others have said that “the early bird gets the worm,” while an old German proverb states “Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund” – the early morning has gold in its mouth. Ok, so most people think getting up early is important, but just how much does our entire daily schedule factor into our success? [Read more...]
For Liv Buranday, perhaps the best part of waking up is Folgers all over her tabletop. Initially inspired by her father’s love of his morning cup of joe, the Philippines-based artist sculpts dark-roasted coffee grounds into charming, textured characters using toothpicks and glue. Complementing her silhouettes with objects such as branches and leaves, Buranday composes her illustrations almost completely out of ordinary organic materials–all while adding a strong dose of whimsy along the way. [Read more...]
Laying in a hammock is the epitome of relaxation, but without trees hammocks would just be blankets on the ground! That’s why for every hammock sold, The Elevated Movement will plant 2 trees. Aside from that environmental impact, this amazing company, founded by hammock aficionado Matthew Santens, also uses 100% recycled materials. The hammocks themselves are made out of plastic bottles, but you would never guess when you feel how soft and strong they are. On top of that, these are the coolest looking hammocks you have ever seen, with artist designs and Hubble Telescope images- or your own creation or photo- printed using high quality, vibrant sublimation printing. And the artists whose designs are available for purchase actually get 30% of the profit, which sadly is a rare occurrence for artists. [Read more...]
You’ve seen tiny planets all over the internet (you might have even made one with Google Photosphere), but you haven’t seen one in motion before. That’s because of one problem in creating these little worlds: you need to see in all directions at once. Happily, German photo journalist Jonas Ginter recently employed the smart but obvious solution: use multiple cameras and stitch the resulting videos together. His resulting test video is simply awesome, featuring a small planet below the wheels of his bicycle, car and feet, slowly rolling away as the distorted landscape passes by. [Read more...]
As human houses have gotten more modern and sleek, why is that most birdhouses are still so old fashioned? This bird feeder in Norway defies the traditional style, as it was modeled to look like a hip cafe. Photographer Magne Klann and model maker Lars Autrtade combined forces to create this project which they call Piipshow, featuring a constant live stream of a birdie bar that occasionally gets robbed by some handsome squirrels. It’s hard to imagine anything cuter than the scenes in this avian restaurant. [Read more...]
Emerging from swirls and splatters, and vibrantly colored geometric patterns, come realistic portraits. Born in 1985, Noé Pauporté has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, but he didn’t hone his overlapping character graffiti on canvas until 1998. The self-taught artist studied at the foundation for Fine Art in Brussels paints both realistic and imaginary characters using varying techniques such as acrylic, ink, bomb, Posca, pencil, and oil paint. He focuses mostly on living creatures in his artworks, humans especially. He also composes electronic music under the name KhromaSoma. [Read more...]
To find alien life you don’t have to go to space. Just a short trip under the sea will reveal a world completely foreign to most eyes; one filled with animals that could have jumped off the screen of James Cameron’s Avatar – bizarre anatomy, eating habits, wild colors and all. And, just like the plants in Avatar, these creatures are vitally important to our environment. [Read more...]
We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it! [Read more...]
We’re three months into 2014, and the new roster of billionaires from around the world continues to evolve.
Just this year alone, we have seen 268 newly minted billionaires, 100 others fell from the list (the struggle is real) and 16 of them who passed away (struggle x2). The following infographic gives a visual abstract into the topic of being a billionaire in the year 2014.