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Stop Capturing Moments And Start Living Them: 2 Powerful Videos That Will Make You Want To Deactivate Your “Anti”-Social Networks

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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The internet has certainly connected people more than ever before, but our social networks are also making some of us more anti-social to the people in the physical realm of our lives. In this first video, called ASPIRATIONAL, by Matthew Frost, Kirsten Dunst stars as herself in a realistic short with 2 starstruck millenials. Driving past the celebrity, 2 Generation Y girls stop their car to hop out and take some selfies, but it is evident they are more concerned with the Instagram likes they will receive than the fact that they just met a famous actress. They have nothing to say to her and although they are sharing the same space in the universe, they only look at her through the phone screen in selfie mode while they are interacting. This scene is a regular occurrence and people are starting to get fed up with the narcissistic society created by social networks, including Prince Ea, who does an impressive spoken word poem on the subject in the second video. [Read more...]

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Food-Specific Silverware Sticks A Fork Into Bad Table Manners

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Can’t tell a salad fork from a soup spoon? Israeli designer Lee Ben David puts the confusion to rest with her “Very Specific” cutlery set, in which each utensil is designed to be used for one particular–and typically tricky to eat–food item. [Read more...]

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A Handsome Bespoke Chair, Built Like a Bicycle

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the master bicycle builders of old, Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor of Two Makers, have created a handcrafted chair built from bicycle parts. Using the traditional frame building techniques of cycling’s glorious past, the Randonneur Chair appropriates the time honed functionality found on classic bikes, applying it to a chair form that exudes bespoke British craftsmanship. Plus, finding ways to use the seat mounted ‘tool bag’ and bottle cages would be really good fun. [Read more...]

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move. [Read more...]

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Hundreds of Mountaineers Pose for Incredible Photos in the Alps (No, It’s Not Photoshop)

Monday 09.29.2014 , Posted by
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Towering mountains are often breathtaking, but these images have something more. Swiss photographer Robert Bösch has been traveling to snowy, high-altitude peaks – often bringing along a huge crew of mountaineers that can number in the hundreds. There, the red suited crew create impressively choreographed images that interact with the tall peaks, sheer cliffs and white snow fields that surround them. No. None of these images are digitally manipulated. [Read more...]

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These Dioramas Look Real… Until the Artist Puts His Hand in the Shot

Monday 09.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ll humor me, I’d like to call these tiny dioramasminiature miniatures.” Japanese artist Satoshi Araki’s teeny tiny models are rich in detail, so much in fact, that they look like reality when captured under his careful lighting. But then he puts his finger in the shot and their true scale is revealed. Impressive. [Read more...]

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Old Skateboards Stacked, Shaven, & Polished Into Colorful Wooden Mosaic Sculptures

Sunday 09.28.2014 , Posted by
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An avid skater with an infatuation for all things skateboarding and art, Haroshi found a way to combine his passions and re-purpose old, broken skateboards at the same time. The sculptor collects broken skate decks and turns them into beautiful, 3D wooden mosaic art works. In this series called HARVEST, he re-purposed skate decks into colorful creatures, including pop culture icons like Mario. Some of his designs are 2D wall mosaics, others look like smooth colored statues. A fun fact about Haroshi’s 3D sculptures is that they also have a metal part from broken boards hidden inside their layers of wood, which he believes give soul to the statue. The idea for this came from 12th Century Japanese Buddha sculptor Unkei who would place a crystal ball inside the sculpture where the Buddha’s heart would be. [Read more...]

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Deckstarter (the Kickstarter of Playing Cards?) Presents Art Deco Alice in Wonderland Deck

Sunday 09.28.2014 , Posted by
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Thanks to DeckStarter, kind of like Kickstarter for cards, playing cards have never been more beautiful. Like, so good looking you might now even want to play with them.

One of the most wonderful looking decks to hit DeckStarter so far is the Alice in Wonderland two-set pack from Turnstyle design studio. [Read more...]

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Stunning Images of Maasai Warriors by Lee Howell

Saturday 09.27.2014 , Posted by
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A still thriving pastoral tribe in Southeast Africa, the Maasai people inhabit southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania, typically speaking the languages of both countries. The nomadic warriors have been praised for their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands. Without leaving the UK, award-winning photographer and creative retoucher Lee Howell, with the help of US costume designer Stacy Jansen and make-up artist Caroline Stewart, created stunning images of this and other indigenous tribes from around the world. Howell selects the perfect backgrounds to represent the native lands of each tribe and their peaceful symbiotic relationship with the land. The Maasai series is the first of more to come. [Read more...]

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Old Retired Surfboards Get a New Life as Artwork

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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What happens to old surfboards when they’re old, leaky and ready for retirement? If they’re really lucky, they’re given to Australian artist Jerryn Dower who gives them a new life as slick wall art… or hey, stick it in the sand. [Read more...]

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