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Jan 10, 2012

Antarctica or a Plastic Bag?

created at: 01/09/2012

If I told you these were photos from a cavern in Antarctica, you just might believe me, right? But the truth is, these striking images by François Delfosse are actually the "view" from inside a plastic bag.  

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Jan 09, 2012

Infographic of the Day: Geek vs. Nerd

created at: 01/09/2012

In the very early 90s, during the heydey of the nerd stereotype, I remember reading a great Jim Borgman cartoon in the newspaper making the distinctions between nerds, dorks, spazzes, dweebs, and the like. In fact, I think it's the first memory I have of a newspaper. I had to ask my sister for help with the bigger words, but I remember us cracking up over our bowls of Kix.

And now, in 2012, we're in the era of the geek - those smart individuals with obsessive interests in niche and ephemera. They control Hollywood, most of the internet, and are likely on their way towards Washington as well.
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Jan 09, 2012

Amazing Map-Inspired Stencil Art

created at: 01/08/2012

This is hands-down the coolest piece of street art I've seen in a long time (do I even need to stay street art? How about just art instead?). The piece, titled Blinking City, is more than just a aesthetically pleasing spray paint stencil. It's actually a collage of several neighborhoods in Bejing and is a commentary on the "inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth"   … read more


Jan 05, 2012

Dog Sculpture Made from Wonder Bread Plastic Bags

created at: 01/03/2012

Problem: What do you do with the leftover bags from loaves of Wonder Bread? You could throw them away, or you could save them up and make some sweet art. Flickr user Ruby Re-Usable took a whole bunch of bread bags (as well as some tape and bubble wrap) and created this wonderful dog sculpture. I think it's fitting to name him Spot.  

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Jan 04, 2012

One Room + Thousands of Kids + Thousands of Stickers = Art

created at: 01/03/2012

I believe it's a scientific fact that kids love stickers. They'll adhere them to any surface they can get their little hands on. This past December, Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, painted it entirely white and then handed out colored dot stickers to the children who visited the museum. The kids were invited to put the stickers anywhere they chose in the blank room, transforming it into a prismatic explosion of color and sensory overload.  

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Jan 03, 2012

Jaw-Dropping Ceramics by Michael Eden

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 01/02/2012

I've never really gotten into ceramics before…making ceramics, that is. I've long been a fan and have admired them from afar but the fragility of the material always made me a little nervous (heck, I even panic a bit when I'm looking at plates in Crate & Barrel). These mind-blowing ceramic pieces by Michael Eden, however, look so incredibly delicate that I can barely believe my eyes.   … read more


Dec 30, 2011

Incredible City Square Collage Photographs

created at: 12/30/2011

Photographer Adam Magyar captures bustling city squares teeming with crowds of people on the move....that don't actually exist. Instead, each work is a composite of photos of individual people, shot from only a few feet about their heads.

created at: 12/30/2011

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Dec 30, 2011

What It Looks Like Inside

Over the holiday season, economists guessed that among folks who did any online shopping, more than 85% of them ordered at least one shipment from In fact, the company hired 15,000 temporary employees, just to help with increased orders in November and December. Seeing as they employ around 31,200 folks during the rest of the year, that's a whole buncha jobs. And orders.



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Dec 29, 2011

The Rise and Fall of the Goatee

Comic artist Jen Sorenson offers a history of the goatee, from its roots in an actual goat, through bohemian couture, and ending with the fact that its a trend that really, really needs to be done.

Please, let it be done.   … read more


Dec 28, 2011

The Most Famous Photos of 2011...In LEGO

It's the end of the year, and thusly time to look back on some of the most powerful images of 2011...recreated in plastic bricks.

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Dec 28, 2011

The Done Manifesto: 13 Rules for Maximizing Your Creativity

Perhaps it's the end of the year, and you're searching for a resolution of sorts. Maybe you've noticed you're not using your time as well as you used to. Or, most likely, you're a productive, creative person, and you're always looking to find the best ways to do what you do best: create.… read more


Dec 28, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 28, 2011

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.

The hashtag of the 2011 has to be: #firstworldproblems, an attempt to explore and poke fun at those little things that we find inconvenient, yet are unbearably trivial in light of their origins in privilege and especially when compared to actual struggles facing those all over the planet.   … read more


Dec 27, 2011

How to: Dress for a Job Interview

Knowing how to present yourself for a job interview can be tricky the era of startups, social media, and the ever evolving workspace, it can be hard to know what sort of work environment with which you're seeking to be involved. Underdress for a traditional business position, and you're off the list before it even starts. And the reverse - show up is a three-piece to a relaxed atmosphere, and the team will certainly wonder if you're a good fit.

This helpful graphic offers the two options you'll wanna have around, no matter what the interview. It supposes… read more


Dec 27, 2011

Amazing Handcrafted Quilted Beards

The Postiche Collection, a limited edition catalog, features these intriguing hand-quilited beards by Julian Wolkenstein and Paul Sharp.


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Dec 26, 2011

Weaving Forest: A Rudolph-Approved Art Installation

created at: 12/25/2011

Shanghai-based multidisciplinary design studio Super Nature created this (very merry) art installation called Weaving Forest for the Detour 2011 festival in Hong Kong. The installation consists of two giant wooden reindeer sculptures and a series of smaller structures connected by long strings of yarn.   … read more

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