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Nov 03, 2011

Clever Minimalist Movie Posters

Arkansas-based artist Matt Owens recently completed a series of well-designed and tongue-in-cheek minimalist movie posters of some of his favorite films.

   

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Nov 01, 2011

Free Download: Printable Ron Swanson Mask

Yeah, okay, Trick-or-Treat may be over, and no one's likely to throw a costume party any time soon, but I don't see any reason not to download and print off this gem:

The Ron Swanson Mask!  

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Oct 27, 2011

Tim Burton Designs New Balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though Tim Burton's creations usually find their annual heydays during the Halloween season, this year, the filmmaker's dark, macabre aesthetic will be sticking around for another few weeks. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature B.Boy, a Burton-designed balloon, mixing it up with Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and the Keith Haring guy that started showing up a few years ago.

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Oct 24, 2011

The Occupiers: Portraits of Occupy Wall Street Protestors

Photographer Eddie McShane has captured the faces of those advocating for the 99% in a new portrait series of NYC's Occupy Wall Street participants.

   

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Oct 19, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: October 19, 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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses, hilariously subtitled, " God is the artist. I just find the Ninja Turtle in his work."  

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Oct 18, 2011

The Best Pop Culture Game: Who Would You Like to Marry/F**k/Kill Today?

created at: 10/18/2011

I was first introduced to the MFK game by a friend at a summer job in college, at one of those we-just-got-off-at-2:00-am-and-we're-all-totally-alert-and-can't-fall-asleep-until-the-sun-comes-up sorta hang outs. We were sitting outside on the roof his six-story building, and he submitted, "Chris, MFK game. Veronica from the Archie comics, Josie, of and the Pussycats, or Velma from Scooby Doo."

I had to admit, I didn't quite understand what was being suggested at first, but I learned quickly, and got to know my co-workers pretty well by the end of the night.

The game works like this. "Every quiz features three people united by a common

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Oct 11, 2011

The 10 Most Stylish Music Videos of All Time

In the early days of pop music, you used to only have to do one thing: make a hit. Then, the full-length album came along, and musicians had to write at least ten tunes, with hopefully one or two single-worthy tracks. Then, the music video was introduced, and the game changed again. And now, the video has moved away from the television and onto the internet, so teenagers no longer have to stay up until 2:00a with their finger on the VCR record button, waiting for that one video to show. (Come on, Matt Pinfield! Play it!)

In the days of internet video, bands not only have to make a song that accompanies the tune, or perhaps be entered into the festival circuits (your Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, etc), but be consumable by the masses. Heck, most teenagers I know just use YouTube as their personal radio stations.

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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 

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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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Sep 28, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 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.

Artist Wim Devoye creates intricately carved vehicle tires. The texture on this one is unbelievable:    

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Sep 27, 2011

Still Lifes Capture What People Would Save in a Fire

This afternoon, I've been totally taken by The Burning House, a public collection of user-submitted photos that answers the question, "If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question."

They're mostly creative folk, so the photos are quite nice, though there's the drawback

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Sep 20, 2011

Iconic Movie Sunglasses

I went to the dentist last week (no cavities! hooray!) and whilst waiting being getting cleaned by my threateningly good-looking hygentist (it's sorta weird...not gonna lie) and having the dentist come through for the final check, I pawed through the slightly outdated magazines in the rack on the cubby. I smiled when I saw the above image from the late April issue of the New York Times Magazine...sunglasses from classic movies!  

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Sep 15, 2011

You Look at Me Like You've Never Seen a Neo-Hipster Before...

created at: 09/15/2011

Literary journal McSweeney's imagines a level of post-trend, neo-hipsterism, they likes of which can't even be imagined by the current tank top wearing generation. "

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Sep 15, 2011

Vintage Posters for Modern Movies

It's a match for the ages. Accessibility to powerful digital creative tools, exposure to amazing design inspiration, and a generation raised on pop culture have produced the inevitable - thoughtful, and better designed posters for beloved contemporary films thataren't intended to sell tickets, but honor the film and be beautiful as original works of art.

   

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Sep 12, 2011

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Filmmaking, as an artform, is a powerful medium. It combines visual compostion, photograpy and exposure, dialog, acting, music, symbolism...kinda everything art is about. It can portray mindbending subject matter, like snakes on planes, hot tubs that are actually time machines, and what happens when cowboys meet aliens.  

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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

   

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Aug 30, 2011

Stocking is the New Planking

Have you heard? The latest internet photo phenomenon is "stocking," or, recreating stock photo images with your own camera.

   

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Aug 24, 2011

The Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names

Pop Chart Labs, the design geniuses who brought us The Many, Many Varieties of Beer and the Splendifurous Array of Culinary Tools, offers a graphic exploration of 382 noms de guerre of professional wrestlers.  

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Aug 19, 2011

The Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs from the Last 50 Years

A few years ago, I made a deal with myself to read every Pulitzer Prize winning novel since the first awarding in 1918 (at least the best I can). I've kept up with the new ones since my promise (beginning in the Kavalier and Clay year, so that musta been 2001), and have grabbed lots of stuff from previous years from the used book store (Humboldt's Gift? Awesome) and I haven't been disappointed yet, 'cept for Olive Kitteredge two years ago. Just couldn't finish it...

   

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Aug 09, 2011

Social Media Propaganda Posters

Designer Aaron Wood has created a beautiful and hilarious series of vintage propaganda-style posters for contemporary social networks.

   

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