Paper from the Past: Collage by Lars Henkel

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Maybe it’s a stretch, but something about the linear and technological elements in Lars Henkel’s excellent collages reminds me of Marcel Duchamp’s famous The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. Perhaps it’s the fact that the technical elements in his work don’t quite make sense (many aren’t even connected to anything), or that there is a distinct lean towards early 20th century imagery and a beige color palette. The many levels of detail certainly lead us to believe that there is more going on than meets the eye.

A Remixed Taxonomy of the Animal World

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If combined groups of birds, mammals, insects and fish managed to converge on one point at high speed, the resulting collision might create something like the work of Penelope Kenny. After the fur, scales and feathers had settled, you’d be looking at perfectly formed remixes of the animal world: cockatoos with rabbit heads, hummingbirds with grasshopper bodies and one deer with a bouncy kangaroo torso. Perhaps the strangest part of all this: the animals would look surprisingly beautiful.

Visual Bits #347 > A Love For Vintage

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Happy Vintage New Year!

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It’s that time of year again… one where tomorrow is next year. Starting at the islands of Kiribati and Samoa, the world begins to welcome in the new year, beginning its march from time zone to time zone, finally ending in Hawaii. The traditions and celebrations each nation practices are varied. Mexicans celebrate New Year’s Eve, by eating a grape with each of the twelve chimes of a clock’s bell during the midnight countdown, while making a wish with each one. In Italy, New Year’s Eve is celebrated by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing red underwear. In Ecuador it’s a tradition for men to dress as women representing the “widow” of the year that has passed.

Famous Photographs Recreated With Legos

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We’re continuing our love of Lego remixes today with some seriously well made retakes on classic photography. Taking the ubiquitous miniature figurines from his Lego set and recreating iconic scenes from classics like Robert Capa’s “Death of a Loyalist Soldier” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 “Bed-In”, english artist Mike Stimpson has a passion for using toys to create photographic remakes of famous photographs.

Hilarious Technology Ads From Yesteryear

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When we look at the smart phones in our pockets that can do everything and so much more than the first computers which took up an entire room, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when floppy disks were the latest, greatest invention! We can get so impatient when a website seems to be taking too long to load, but if we think back to the time of dial-up where we had to wait for our computers to call a server- sometimes several times unsuccessfully- that minute doesn’t seem so long anymore! This collection of retro technology ads is quite hilarious to see, but each one was a necessary step in getting us to the amazing technology we have today. It’s funny to think that in twenty more years we will be looking at the gadgets we currently have in the same way.

A View of Paris in 1878… From the Air

It’s hard to believe that humans have been flying for well over 100 years. Even when we take into account that the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903, that isn’t even old when compared to the first flights. Before the Wrights there was Octave Chanute and Otto Lilienthal, pioneering glider inventors; and before them there was Henri Giffard, creator of the first powered flying machine – a steam powered airship.

Visual Bits #331 > Back In The Ol’ Days

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Bold Typography in Vintage Japanese Newspapers

As a designer, it’s easy to get stuck in the style trends of today… so here’s some typographic inspiration from vintage Japan. Coming from a large collection of 3000 ads from the years 1891 – 1945 (put together by the University of Tokyo), these vintage newspaper pages feature a bold style we don’t frequently see today. Huge glyphs boldly displayed in neat blocks. The emphasis here is often on the arrangement of elements, rather than a reliance on imagery… something to which the both vertically and horizontally orientable Japanese characters lend themselves well.

Animated Victorians: Anatomy from 111 Years Ago

It’s now time to take an animated look inside the human body – as seen in 1901. These fantastic anatomical animations were recently created by Maria Popova at one of our favorite sites, the very smart Brain Pickings. The images, illustrated by E. J. Stanley, are unique in that they are made up of three pages which flap-up; each turn revealing another layer of the human body, from bones and muscles, to brains and organs.