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Feb 28, 2012

Cool Photos: Skateboarding in New York in the 1960s

Retronaut has curated a killer collection of photos of folks in New York City in the 1960s experimenting with the then latest trend - the skateboard.

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Feb 28, 2012

How to: "Live the Hemingway"

created at: 02/27/2012

If you ask me, there are few better examples of the quintessential man than Ernest Hemingway. Sure, he had some flaws, but damn, he was a cool dude.

Last summer, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Hemingway's passing, the good folks at 1000memories created this great poster titled Live theread more

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Feb 27, 2012

Giant Unraveling Yarn Credit Cards

created at: 12/01/2010

Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov created a series of large-scale woven credit cards in various states of unraveling.

I'm pretty sure you don't need a master's degree in criticism to figure this one out, so just check out more of the amazing… read more

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Feb 24, 2012

Friday Fun: How to Fold a Miura-Ori

"Chris," you're saying. "What's a Miura-ori?"

Well, it's that thing. In the picture. A sheet of paper that has been folded to open and close in a single motion. " A Miura sheet has only one degree of freedom, and can be thought of as having only two states: fully open, or fully closed. Since reversing one fold in the sheet (that is, making a “mountain” into a “valley”) requires reversing all of the adjacent folds as well, the Miura sheet feels as though it has a memory, and is very resistant to deformation."

i just made three...and it's crazy fun to learn and just fold and unfold over and… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

Anamorphic Geometric Installations by Felice Varini

created at: 02/23/2012

Swiss artist Felice Varini has been experimenting with optical illustions for nearly thirty years, and from the impressive scale and experience of these anamorphic installations, I think it's say to say he's figured it out.

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Feb 23, 2012

Surreal Photos of Shrink Wrapped People

created at: 02/23/2012

When I first saw these photos by Japanese photographer Hal, I wasn't sure what to think...I mean, don't some people do this sort of things recreationally?  But after closer inspection I realized the whimsy in these unique, but bizarre, photos.… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

6 Rules of Modern Movie Poster Design

Artist Travis Pitts has created a little visual primer for design promo posters for modern Hollywood movies.

Be sure to check out the fine print, which provides helpful suggestions like, "modern children's movies require blue sky, clouds, and the same font treatment as wacky comedy. All that is needed of the character is a peeking tease, and some element to imply that the character is coming "to the big city" or into the real world, and, commonly, in… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 22, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (you know..."the bean" in Chicago) is one of the U.S.'s most recognizable and beloved public art installations. Currently, Chicago-based design firm LuftWerk "have capitalized on the sculpture’s reflective properties by turning it into a canvas for a choreographed light show titled Luminous… read more

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Feb 21, 2012

Switcheroo: Couples Pose for Clothes-Swapping Photographs

Switcheroo is a project by Vancouver-based, and self-taught, photographer Hana Pesut, wherein she invites couples to pose for unique, clothes-swapping diptychs.

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Feb 21, 2012

Colorful Photos of the Real Life "Simpsons" House

A long, long time ago, before the advent of blogs and Twitter and Pinterest and other cool ways to share photos with your friends and followers...back in the time of silly things like email forwards and live chat rooms, somebody built a real life version of 742 Evergreen Terrace...the house from The Simpsons.   

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Feb 20, 2012

"Star Wars" Characters Meet Street Fashion

He Wears It is a mashup project by Hong Kong-based designer John Woo. The artist illustrates your favorite male Star Wars characters wearing stylish mens clothing from fashion designers and labels. 

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Feb 17, 2012

Cooking with Beer: 14 Recipes Featuring Stouts, IPAs, and More!

Beer = excellent for drinking with food. Right? Yes. Okay...

But, it also had unique properties that lend themselves to many awesome cooking techniques and recipes. It's carbonated brings texture, the bitterness of hops can cut through other strong flavors, and the maltiness is a perfect match for lots of proteins, like beef, cheese, and many beans.

If you're not… read more

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Feb 17, 2012

Stunning Trompe L'Oeil Alphabet Photography

New York-based photographer Bela Borsodi uses clever perspective to create trompe l'oeil typography inside these brilliant installation images.

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Feb 16, 2012

Awesome Photos from the World's Largest Dodgeball Game

created at: 02/16/2012

For the third year in a row, the University of Alberta has broken the Guiness record for the world's largest dodgeball game. Nearly 5,000 (4979) participants gathered on February 3rd, beating the previous record of 4,488. I think the yellow team… read more

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Feb 16, 2012

Infographic of the Day: Tattoos in the USA

I'm super impressed with design student Paul Marcinkowski's tattoo infographic project, completed for a course in editorial design.

The work is amazing, but the facts are equally fascinating. Did you… read more

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