Mad Men is Back, and It’s Getting Illustrated

The mid-century goodness of Mad Men will return to AMC on April 5th, and we can hardly wait for the final seven episodes. The exceptional Matthew Weiner-created drama has spanned the entire strange decade of the ‘60s and it’s been a wonderful ride. Along the way, New York-based illustrator Dyna Moe (previously) has been capturing key moments from each episode on her hit site Mad Men Illustrated.

A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization

Everyday an average of 3.5 million people ride the London tube. Where is everyone going, and when are the busiest times? Developer Will Gallia was curious to see it visualized, so he gathered a day’s worth of data and created a timelapse visualization. 

Hand Crafted Heavenly Beads Allow You to Carry A Piece of Your Loved Ones With You After They Have Passed

Losing a loved one is never easy. We hold their memory in our hearts but with the passing of time, sometimes we forget their warm smile or encouraging words. It’s hard to find the right words to say when someone has lost someone they hold dear, but with these beautiful glass beads, you can give them a gift that says everything you can’t. Glass artist Merry Coor turns a 1/2 tsp of cremated ashes into a symbol of eternal life and infinity. Like a planet or the cosmos, the ashes become a beautiful swirl in a glass bead that you can wear around your neck.

Dots of Paint Transform Ordinary Stones into Beautiful Mandalas

Australian artist Elspeth McLean loves color and detail, infusing it into all her works, large and small. Using a painting style inspired by ancient and traditional art, one she describes as “Dotillism,” she uses acrylic paint and a paintbrush to create intricate patterns of intense colors. Here we bring you some of her smallest works – round ocean stones transformed into beautiful handfuls of art. She calls them ‘Mandala Stones.’

Here’s Everything You Should Bring to Coachella

If you’re heading to Coachella this weekend and you’re camping because your crew couldn’t lock down an Airbnb, this handy guide will help you survive the desert. Check out what to pack and what to leave at home. (Heads up, totems aren’t allowed—no matter how many tribal tattoos or headbands you have.)

Facebook’s New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a gigantic 9-acre garden.

New Creative Musings From the Imaginative Mind of Christoph Niemann

For some people 2 bananas are 2 bananas, but with some fixed perspective and markers to doodle with, Christoph Niemann transforms them into a horse’s backside. A master of turning ordinary objects into unexpected fun, the designer shares his daily inspiration on Instagram. A self-proclaimed “visual storyteller,” Niemann shows there is more to life than what meets the eye.

Guess What The Most Popular Dot GOV Website Is Right Now?

You knew it already. IRS.gov is the hottest website right now out of all the US government websites… not that anyone really wants to be there. At this time of the year that website gets a massive hit, but the rest of the time you’ll find people at the next choices down our list of most trafficked dot gov sites — namely Weather.gov and its forecasting service (highly reliable in our experience).

Somebody Labeled Our Hallway Art…

When we headed to Visual News HQ this morning, we noticed something…a little different. Our new office is housed in a corporate business park, and the shared hallways have been getting a little more “personality” in the form of hallway art. But we noticed today that some corporate Banksy among us has added his/her/their own brilliant museum labels to the pieces.

Exhibit A: 

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Eat Dots at the Taj Mahal: Google Maps Becomes a PAC-MAN Maze for April Fools’ Day

This might be the best Google hack yet. For April Fools’ Day you should be logging into Google Maps where you’ll find that the streets can be transformed into a playable PAC-MAN maze. The whole game’s there, from Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde the ghosts, to cherries and strawberries, and all the classic digital sound effects. Good luck being productive with the rest of your day.