Nathan Shields, pancake aficionado and all around awesome dad, has done it again with his incredibly awesome Pangraph. What’s that, you say? A ‘pangraph’ is his hand-made pancake drawing spirograph that sits atop a frying pan. With just a spin of the gear and a squeeze of the batter bottle, he creates some incredible, edible, syrup drizzled geometry for all to enjoy. [Read more...]
For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.
From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.
Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more...]
Sometimes the most simple of scenes can make the most poignant of paintings. Artistic interpretations of small town America have documented the journey of the country through the years, recording societal changes in the familiar landscape as it transitioned into the modern era. Artist Rod Penner continues this tradition by painting small towns in the great state of Texas. It’s part photojournalism, part photorealism. [Read more...]
So there’s a monster in the closet? Under the bed? No big deal… at least for the kids in French photographer/digital retoucher Laure Fauvel’s series ‘Terreurs.’ The children in her images are fighting back, and they’re armed. [Read more...]
This east London corner store sells ordinary products, with one exception: they are all made of felt. For her “Felt Cornershop” installation, designer Lucy Sparrow recreated over 400 typical convenience store items–ranging from cookies to condoms–out of the familiar, kid-friendly fabric. She added logos and other details with brightly-colored puffy paint, then stocked her products at an abandoned market at 19 Wellington Row. [Read more...]
Towering over the Bruneseau Nord industrial neighborhood beside Paris’ eastern ring road is the futuristic new headquarters for cement distribution company Calcia… and appropriately it’s made completely out of cement. Silos 13 was designed by VI.B Architecture to highlight the very material the firm specializes in, and do it with utilitarian style. [Read more...]
With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.
Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts. [Read more...]
The selfie is everywhere. Ellen Degeneres has that star-studded masterpiece from the Oscars; a curious monkey snapped one in the woods; and Kim Kardashian just announced she’s putting out a coffee table of her best examples in 2015 (please… no…). Now classic statues are getting in on the trend. Redditor Jazus_ur_lookin_well recently spent a day at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, creating a series of funny captures that make the statues appear to be taking selfies. The look on each statue’s face is priceless and oh so timely. [Read more...]
In the daily hustle and bustle, many people rely on public transportation, but do we ever pause from our busy lives to look at the people taking us from place to place? London-based photographer Joel Devlin offers a glimpse into the front window of the bus at the drivers who help make the city move. Aside from capturing their lovely portraits, many of the pictures also show a reflection of the architecture of London surrounding the driver in the reflection of the window. [Read more...]
Attracted to art at a young age, Dcastro was born in Coromandel, Brazil and expressed himself through drawings, paintings, and sculptures throughout his childhood. By the time he reached adolescence, he was displaying his works in the cultural centers and galleries of Uberlândia, Brazil. But when he reached 18, he began working as a banker, which kept him from focusing entirely on his art. While he spent nearly 18 years in this profession, he still managed to create one mixed media series. In 2008, he went back to his artistic passions full time and left his banking career to devote his life to art. He now lives in Venice Beach, CA and his paintings have been showcased at the gallery of Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles as well as permanent pieces on the set of Showtime’s Californication and House of Lies. His art is like a peek into another reality; the more you look at each piece, the more details you discover. [Read more...]