Blind Painter Uses Texture of Paint and His Sense of Touch to Create Vivid Paintings

Before going blind at age 30 due to epilepsy, John Bramblitt had never even painted before. Now he has published 2 books on painting, gives speeches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and makes a living off of his colorful paintings. He claims to see more color now that he is blind than he did in his 29 years with vision.

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It’s a “Weapon of Mass Instruction”: This Guy Built a Tank Covered in Books

Raul Lemesoff has built a ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction.’ His mobile sculpture (‘Arma De Instruccion Masiva’ in Spanish) looks a lot like a military tank as it’s driving down the streets of Buenos Aires, but when it comes to a stop its army green sides are filled with books. Lemesoff is on a mission to distribute books throughout the city and the rest of Argentina, and the only thing he asks when you get a book is that you promise to read it.

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Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create.

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The “Inspiration Pad” Turns the Classic Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down

When working with a classic ruled notebook, drawing outside the lines takes serious willpower. Marc Thomasset, founder of Brussels-based design and advertising studio TM is changing that with his “New Inpiration Pad”. After turning the first page, those tightly packed horizontal lines take inspired swoops, form topographical contours, or loop into geometric forms. This is one book that encourages writing/drawing/doodling just how you like.

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This Two Legged Boxer Has a Great First Day at the Beach

A boxer going by the name Duncan Lou Who was born with only two legs… but that’s not slowing him down one bit. This video of Duncan’s first trip to the beach isn’t sped up, it just shows how incredibly fast he is, and the amazing balance he uses to get around on just his two front legs.

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THE GAP: Ira Glass’ Encouraging Words for Aspiring Creatives

This. Is. So. True. Speaking to the creative person in all of us, Ira Glass, the much loved host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life, sat down with Current.tv a few years back and delivered one of the most motivating and inspiring dialogues you can hear. Now, Daniel Sax has interpreted a portion of that talk in his own fantastic visual language, using a host of props and lots of brilliantly placed typography to tell the powerful story.

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‘BAMF’ Grandma Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday with a Tattoo, Does Reddit AMA

Well, it’s official: 103-year-old Evelyn Kottman, dubbed a “Bad Ass Mother Figure” by Reddit, has completely captured the hearts of the Internet. She just celebrated her birthday by hitting the tables at the casino, having an all-you-can-eat meal of crab and finished it off by getting her first tattoo – a small heart on her right shoulder. Now that IS one bad ass mother figure!

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How Creatives Work: John Cage

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John Cage is one of the most controversial and important figures in the history of music. He made his mission to redefine how we think about musical composition and performance, creativity, and ultimately life. The important conclusion he reached about music in particular was that it could be anything. Any sound we hear in the course of our daily life could be enjoyed and appreciated in and of itself in the same way as we appreciate a Mozart sonata. We just needed to turn up our ears and our brains, to train and stretch them in order to experience the world around us in a different, more active way.

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Dancers Among Us: Photographs Inspire Us to Appreciate Each Moment

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“BE passionate joyful euphoric intense angry present ALIVE” – that’s the advice from world renowned photographer Jordan Matter. His project Dancers Among Us carries that spirit with it, transforming everyday situations into dynamic, and often nearly unbelievable scenes that capture the human body ALIVE. From the graceful, to the comical, to the intense, Matter has photographed dancers of all sorts in locations around the world – but especially in his home New York. Each image is an encouraging treasure, one that calls us to enjoy the beauty of life in each moment.

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Embrace Your Limitations & Share Your Story

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After years of pointillist drawings, Phil Hansen developed nerve damage while he was in art school and his hand began to shake. He stopped doing art all together and felt lost, until he went to see a neurologist who told him although the damage was irreversible, he should “embrace the shake.” Hansen took this advice to heart and found new ways to create art. He began thinking of limitations he could impose upon his art- one piece using under $1 of supplies, another series of paintings on his chest rather than a canvas, and a spiral portrait created by the words of other people’s inspirational stories. He made a portrait of Jackie Chan using Karate chops with paint on his hand for each stroke and his creativity and inspirational story landed him a TED talk (see below). Now Phil Hansen has started a Kickstarter to create a new motivational, collaborative piece by having people call him to share their stories of facing a limitation and he will hire a team to help him create a documentary of the process.

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