17 Year Old Artist Turns Mundane Objects Into Playful Interactive Illustrations

Things aren’t always what they seem! Especially not in the creative mind of 17 year old Kristián Mensa. This young artist from the Czech Republic brings playful energy to typically mundane objects. He has been seeing the world from this point of view since he was a little kid and now he brings the thoughts to life with interactive illustrations. He shares his musings on Instagram and invites you to see the ordinary in the happy, fun world of his imagination.

After a Record High, Single Motherhood is on the Decline

Until 2008, the birthrate for unmarried mothers was mysteriously on the rise. That’s changing now. After a peak of nearly 1.73 million children born to unmarried women in 2008, that number declined to 1.61 million in 2013.

Where are the sharpest declines? According to the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Services, in the demographics that typically have the highest rates of single motherhood: teenagers; black and Hispanic women; and those without a college degree. Where numbers continue to rise are in women 35 years or older. This trend possibly points to changing norms in family structure – some women are having babies outside of marriage by choice, including many who have partners but choose not to get married.

This is Real Food, Sliced into Perfect Cubes

We’ve seen plenty of projects that squeeze objects into a cubic form, but almost all of those are digital. Conceptual design studio Lernert & Sander on the other hand, created their cubes in real-life. Working on a special photography issue about food for Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in 2014, they cut 98 unprocessed foods into exceedingly perfect 2.5cm cubes.

Phone Addicted? The Ultra-Minimalist ‘Light Phone’ is Here to Help

It today’s ultra connected, phone addicted world, it’s hard to get away from it all. You can upload Instagram photos from the top of mountains, or live stream a walk through the park – but are we missing something behind all those screens? The ultra minimal Light Phone might be the solution.

Artist Captures Panoramic City Scenes on His Coffee Cup

While most of Tokyo is moving quickly in the hustle and bustle of the work flow, illustrator Adrian Hogan is slowing down and taking it all in. In this amusing series of doodles, he chose a panoramic segment of the streets and sidewalks to re-create. But rather than using paper, he illustrated the images onto his coffee cup. He presents the finished pieces by slowly twirling the cup in Instagram videos among the backgrounds that inspired each scene. You can see all of the attention Hogan paid to minor details and how perfectly he replicates each city perspective.

Wonderfully Illustrative Fine-Line Tattoos by Istanbul’s Bicem Sinik

Istanbul-based tattoo artist Bicen Sinik has an impressive talent for creating intricate, fine-line illustrations on skin. Like the Los Angeles-based Dr. Woo (who we featured just last week), she has a knack for creating high-contrast linear and stippled pieces with a minimal amount of shading.

Makeup Artists Turn Eyelids Into Eyeballs To Make Humans Look Like Dolls

Women are contantly bombarded with altered images and given unrealistic toys in their younger years, that make them think that their eyes should be larger or their noses should be smaller. Some people go under the knife to achieve these impossible standards and turn themselves into a walking Barbie Doll and some do it less permanently with makeup. Photographer Laurie Simmons wanted to understand the “Doll Girls” community the best way she knows how- through the lens of her camera. In her latest series, “How We See”, Simmons captures models who have had their eyelids painted to look like big doll eyes. The images are quite creepy, much like the messages women are given that beauty is the most important thing to strive for.

New Research Shows Fewer Americans Identify as Christian

According to a recent Pew Research survey of 35,000 people age 18 and older, Americans’ religious affiliations are notably shifting. While America is still home to more Christians than any other country, fewer people say they are Christian than they did 7 years ago. The survey also notes changes in ethnic diversity among Christians: 

The World’s First Throw-and-Shoot Video Camera is All I Ever Wanted

Meet Lily, the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. This highly innovative drone is a new way we take video and stills of our activities. Just throw it up in the air, and it tracks you in cinematic video, no matter if you’re riding a wave, kayaking down raging rapids or just off on a peaceful walk with the kids. This device is going to change the way we take selfies, and by that, I mean they’ll actually be good.

Happy Palindrome Week!

It’s Palindrome Week—and this week is especially auspicious. Each date this week is a palindrome (a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward):

5.10.15
5.11.15
5.12.15
5.13.15
5.14.15
5.15.15
5.16.15

How rare is that? Aziz Inan, an engineering professor at University of Portland who tracks palindromes, told USA Today:

“A five-digit palindrome is not as rare as a seven-digit date palindrome, such as 1/10/2011, or an eight-digit date palindrome such as 01/02/2010. There will be only 26 seven-digit palindromes this century and 12 eight-digit dates … Once you start writing the year as two digits, then things change because those dates occur every century. Today is 5/11/15, but next century there’s also going to be 5/11/15, but it’s going to be the 22nd century instead of the 21st century.”