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Oct 10, 2011

CMYK Embroidery

CMYK is the four-color subtractive offset printing process, with the letters refering to the colors used - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black). Open up most home inkjet printers, and you'll see it in action.

Artist Evelin Kasikov recreates the process with embroidery thread, using color halftoning to amazing… read more

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Oct 10, 2011

Tissue Paper Skull

created at: 10/09/2011

Skull art is pretty popular in the blogosphere these days, but never before have I seen one so delicate. This skull, created by Polly Verity, is made out of tissue paper.

I can barely imagine how difficult it would be to make a three-dimensional object out of such a tenuous… read more

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Oct 10, 2011

Optical Illusion of the Day

Since it's Monday morning, and you're likely just staring at the computer screen anyway, I figured you might have something that responds well to glazed-over eyes… read more

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Oct 06, 2011

How Many Slaves Work for You?

created at: 10/06/2011

Slavery Footprint is a fascinating and well-designed exploration of how the things you consume affect workers, or more accurately, bonded laborers, namely, the people who pick and mill your cotton, mine the metals for your gadgets, and harvest your coffee beans. Similiar to eco-footprint and other surveys, the webquest asks you a series of questions about the items you own and consume to determine your slavery… read more

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Oct 06, 2011

Cut Vinyl LP Portraits of Famous Musicians

Madrid-based artist artist Alejandro de Antonio has applied the cut vinyl record approach to portray the actual rock stars represented on the albums.

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Oct 06, 2011

Bad Apples

created at: 12/01/2010

It's only three weeks into fall, and my life has already gone apple crazy. I've made apple sauce, apple butter, and started my first batch of hard cider. I'm probably munching at least two out of hand a day, and this weekend? The pies, crumbles, and crisps begin.

So, this morning, this fascinating piece by John… read more

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Oct 05, 2011

The Most Popular Infographics on the Internet

If 2010 and 2011 were the year of any online phenomenon, they were the height of the infographic - highly visual organizations of, well, things that make you go "huh..."

Designer Alberto Antoniazzi pays homage to the trend by organizing their most popularread more

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Oct 05, 2011

A Connect-the-Dots Life of Michael Jackson

created at: 10/05/2011

Austrailian artist Thomas Pavitee has created an amazing interactive art experience: a connect-the-dots journey through the life of Michael Jackson, which includes the extremes of his physical transformation, from early 70s Jackson 5 frontman to late aughts This Is It Michael.

Check out this video to see… read more

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Oct 04, 2011

A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts in Hollywood: How Many Can You Name?

created at: 10/04/2011

At first glance, this latest entry from PopChartLabs seems like more of the same...methodically organized, reductionist interpretations of popular media. I mean, how many haircuts can there be, really, beside Travis Bickle, Hedwig, and any iteration of Pam Grier in the 70s?

Turns out, a lot. And, yeah maybe, it is quite similar to other work, but who cares? It's pretty… read more

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Oct 04, 2011

Wanna Live Forever? Become a Noun (A Song/Video about Eponyms)

created at: 10/04/2011

On a recent episode of Morning Edition, NPR's Robert Krulwich, of RadioLab fame, paired up with his colleague, Adam Cole, to write a clever song about eponyms, the people who serve as namesakes for actual items, like General Burnsides (sideburns), Harold Bluetooth, or Amelia Bloomer.

The video is great - awesome Monty Python-esque animation, a catchy tune, and quite informative. Click play to… read more

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