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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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Hand Colored Photographs of Japan in the 1880s

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s world we can access photos instantly from almost every part of the planet, but almost 130 years ago, photos weren’t nearly as commonplace. It’s no surprise then, that images that were seen from other locations around the world shaped global perceptions and even identity. One such example was the collection of Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari and his series on the fascinating nation of Japan. [Read more...]

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A Wearable Drone that Flies Off Your Wrist, Snaps a Photo and Flies Back

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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It sounds so bizarre. Why in the world would you want a drone with a camera strapped to your wrist? Then you watch the video below and… Aha!… it’s completely brilliant. Nixie is a concept for a wearable camera that pops off your wrist, turns into a quadcopter drone, and takes video or snaps pictures of you from the air. Put it in “boomerang” mode and it flies right back. Very cool. [Read more...]

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12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more...]

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Unsuspecting Cab Hailers in NYC Get A Comical Surprise From The High-Five Guy

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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New Yorkers have a reputation of being overly serious and unfriendly, but actor and film-maker Meir Kalmanson is proving that stereotype all wrong. Better known as “The High Five Guy” with his new-found internet stardom, Kalmanson found a way to get straight faced city folk to crack a smile. While raising their hands to hail a taxi cab, Kalmanson runs up and steals a high five from these unsuspecting people, forcing them to see how fun it can be to interact with a stranger. The reactions have been mostly positive and 100% hilarious. Check out the highlight reel in the video below. [Read more...]

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Matthieu Bourel Slices Up the Past in His Surreal Photo Collages

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Berlin-based artist Matthieu Bourel slices up the past to create these fantastically surreal images. Famous faces like Gregory Peck and Yul Brynner multiply into forms which are both person and sculpture, disturbing and beautiful.

Bourel says he likes “to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.” [Read more...]

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Liter of Light: Bringing Sustainable Light to Developing Communities

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Back in 2011, we covered the organization Liter of Light and their mission to bring sustainable light to the Philippines by using plastic bottles. Now, three years later, it is amazing to see what has been accomplished and where the organization is going next.

While originally launched with a grant from the MyShelter foundation, the main proponent behind the movement has been social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. His approach is simple: instead of importing solar products to bring light, he develops the lights locally so that repairs and replacements become simple. [Read more...]

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This 93 Year-Old Grandmother Is Still Living A Vibrant Life Through The Lens of Her Granddaughter

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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Brazilian photographer Adelaide Ivánova, currently studying in Berlin, has found the perfect subject in her 93 year-old grandmother. For the past 10 years Ivánova has captured her grandmother’s zest for life through lively moments, as well as mundane, stereotypical elderly moments like visits to the eye doctor. The grandmother, also named Adelaide, was the mother of sixteen children and supported her family by selling cakes when her husband’s grocery business went bankrupt. Her strength of character is evident throughout the series. The series was shot in Reclife and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Read more...]

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