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Ghost Estates: Unoccupied Reminders of Ireland’s Housing Boom

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.

From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.

Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more…]

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Creative Catharsis: Posters of Strange Client Quotes

Monday 11.12.2012 , Posted by

Despite the fact that many people do it for the creative aspects, design is often a customer service job. So, as with all work serving peoples needs, there are always clients with some unusual, if misguided requests. This collection of fun A3 posters was collectively made by Irish ad creatives, designers, animators, directors, and illustrators in their time off. The series, appropriately called A Creative Catharsis, transforms frustrating yet hilariously memorable client quotes into posters. [Read more…]

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Aquatic Graffiti with Old World Charm

Friday 06.22.2012 , Posted by

On the streets and rivers of far western europe, incredible aquatically themed art is appearing on almost a weekly basis. Who is this mysterious artist? A Sheffield UK based guy going by the name Phlegm, we don’t know much about his back story, but we do know this: his art is exceedingly unique and beautiful. Creating huge, sprawling pieces which cover the sides of old decrepit buildings and the walls of brick lined river ways, his art is decidedly aquatic in nature. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #2 > Don’t Type While Bicycling

Saturday 02.12.2011 , Posted by

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