Although it was chosen as the No.1 Destination in Lonely Planet’s list of ten top countries to visit for 2011, Albania is still a country unexplored and unknown to most. The small coastal nation, wedged between Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece, was once home to a long-running government overseen by Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha. When Dutch photographer David Galjaard recently visited the country, he created Concresco, a series based on one of the lasting reminders of that regime – over 750,000 cement bunkers. [Read more...]
I’ve got to admit that I don’t usually rank flower parades that far up my list of cool things… but this example from the Netherlands completely blew me away. Bloemencorso, the annual parade of flowers, takes place in Zundert and features some of the most creative and modern examples of the floral sculpting form you’re likely to see. Find out more about the parade (which happens again September 1st and 2nd, 2013) at bloemencorsozundert.nl. [Read more...]
The beer obsessed folks over at Pop Chart Labs have outdone themselves again, creating a thirst inducing poster of breweries and abbeys on the European continent. Featuring nearly 1,000 breweries, from craft to micro, the beautiful print seems to be designed specifically as an inspiration for future travels, tasty ones at that. [Read more...]
The next time you find yourself in a Romanesque or Gothic european church, cathedral or basilica, lay down on the floor and cast your eyes up to the mesmerizing ceiling. Built between the 12th and 16th centuries, it’s hard to believe the level of detail and variation in these marvels of architecture from over half a millennia ago. The designs, full of intricately repeating ribbed diamonds and triangles, look like kaleidoscopic designs carved from stone… actually, that’s not far from the truth. [Read more...]
Often looking like a mix between color field paintings and some pretty rad late 80s skater art, the sides of european tour busses are a vastly under-appreciated art form. Photographer Taylor Holland has been working to change that, capturing the rolling canvas’ during his Paris bicycle commute in ways that put the art clearly and boldly in our focus. His shots crop out the main mechanics of the busses, leaving little but colorful hubcaps and vents to clue us into the origin of the striking graphics. What is left are bright patterns worthy of far more than the passing glances that they get rolling the streets… and that was just his intention. [Read more...]
Anyone who has done even a little bit of traveling knows the drill – if the place you are visiting has a castle, taking an overpriced tour that ends with you being ripped off in an overpriced gift shop is a non-negotiable. Don’t worry though, you’re not the first person to be tortured within the confines of those massive walls, and at least nowadays it involves taking your money rather than your appendages. To spare you the wallet pain, however, the team at List25 has scoured the globe in order to bring you 25 awesome castles you should see… at least on your computer screen. [Read more...]
Bieke Depoorter is not like other travel photographers out there in the world. For a period of three months, Bieke traveled on the Trans-Siberian Express, the longest train route in the world which spans from Russia to Beijing, China. During this time she carried a note with her that said this [Read more...]
Using typography for animated characters, this informative piece of motion graphics explores the threatened European artists resale right. The animation starts off with a brief history lesson about the creation of the right, quickly moving onto the roles art dealers play and how families are effected after an artists death. Created with the artistic direction of Joris Clerté and the animation of Jean-Yves Castillon. [Read more...]
In sun-drenched southern Spain lies one of the oldest cities of the Iberic peninsula, Granada. This metropolis varies from street to street, ranging from fast modern living to hallway-narrow cobblestone streets and the ancient Alhambra palace overlooking it all. Mixed in with this wide range of history is modern street art that rivals much of what we see displayed in high-dollar galleries. If you make the trek to Spain, Granada is definitely worth a long look.
Filmed on location in London, Paris, Barcelona and Beijing, this quartet of beautifully produced commercials are almost too seductive to be considered ad material… but that makes them more perfect still. Each film follows a hopeful traveler finding their way about the city, meeting new friends and enjoying the sights. The over exposed images are overlayed with crisp motion graphic typography that describes the scene in local tongue. The effect is elegant, educational and moving.