Coffee enthusiast Ben Blake proves that Instagram is not a filter’s single origin. On his charming website, Blake uses cone filters–the humble backbones behind your morning brew–as palettes for spirited illustrations celebrating coffee culture. Each illustration is a pen-and-ink ode to a specific roaster, brew, coffeehouse, or speciality coffee experience, many finishing with smooth flourishes and caffeinated exclamation marks. As his drawings range from rich, overflowing landscapes to simple typographic logos, they cleverly pair bold tasting notes with beautiful written ones. [Read more...]
The last time I went to the planetarium it was in Delhi, India. I didn’t expect much from the domed structure with swarms of kids inside, but in fact I was blown away. It’s a hard thing to show the magnitude of the universe and impress people with its true scale – but even the rough idea I saw that day was mind blowing. This video from German design trio Kurzgesagt takes a whole different angle, impressing us with facts about the form of our solar system in flat infographic form. The result is informative and even jaw dropping when you consider the facts. [Read more...]
Just by their natural habits, some animals make art. From the famous webs of spiders, to the amazing arrangements of the sand bubbler crab, many animals leave us with beautiful patterns in the wake of their everyday life. If spiders and crabs leave us sculptural works of art, then the starling is a performance artist. These small european birds flock together, forming moving clouds of flapping wings that shimmer with life in motion. These flocks are called a murmuration. [Read more...]
This art feels like the 1988 movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” where the cartoon characters exist in the physical world. Brett Flanigan invents surreal spaces seemingly native to the ‘digital’ and then gives them life in the ‘physical.’ This phenomenon is particularly noticeable in the huge outdoor murals that Brett creates in his unique style. The art seems to be transformed from a designed virtual space, into hand-pained art, which makes the work both ironic and more ‘human.’ [Read more...]
According to a most recent data culling by the folks at Northeastern University, higher education is among the United States’ top service sector exports. In fact, numbers indicate that International students contribute more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses on American universities.
All by itself, eating a lemon can be a truly shocking experience… but what if that lemon was the first you’d ever encountered? Photographers April Maciborka and David Wile teamed up to create their recent series Pucker. In each instance babies were handed their very first lemon and encouraged to take a bite. Just looking at their images will make your lips twitch. [Read more...]
Are children more afraid of fictitious monsters or real-world dangers?
Rasmussen College has set out to answer just that. Resultantly, they’ve visualized their findings what most concerns 10 – 12 year olds from around the world. The results are quite interesting, with the top 6 countries that named ‘darkness’ as their biggest fear all being spanish-speaking countries. [Read more...]
It’s common knowledge that smoking ages your body, right? But how do we really know that’s happening when we’re looking at individuals? Couldn’t their other habits, like not wearing sunscreen or drinking too much, have really been the culprit? Researches from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have put these questions to rest with their study Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins.
Over the four years from 2007 to 2010, the researchers attended Twins Days Festival in… ehem… Twinsburg, Ohio, and collected 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. One criteria in their search? One twin had to have been a smoker for at least 5 years longer than their sibling. [Read more...]
An oil painter since he was five years old, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan is a master on the canvas, holding his first solo exhibit at the ripe age of ten. Now well into his thirties, works by this Armenian artist are still just as awe-inspiring. In his latest Millenium series, Tsitoghdzyan created larger than life, photo realistic images that defy the natural world. Gorgeous, feminine faces emerge from the beautiful hands that attempt to hide them. [Read more...]