April 8th, 2014

Letters by the Number

graphic designer reinterprets the ABCs for math nerds

March 18th, 2014



thank you


Heyyy, this is (basically) what I do for work. Data visualization (et al.) a.k.a. mess-cleaner-upper

(Source: head-in-my-heart1129)

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March 17th, 2014

Vintage Airline Poster, San Francisco

circa 1972, American Airlines, artist unknown

[you can buy a reprint here]

…I’ve been really into this flat, colorful, geometric art style recently. Also: all hail the perfect use of Helvetica, before the hipsters “discovered” it.

February 28th, 2014

Map of Tribal Major Linguistic Groups, North America

I love this.

My great-great-grandmother was 100% Muscogee Creek. She was a known sharpshooter, one of the best in the region at the time. People would come to watch her shoot tin cans out of the air for fun.

In summation, she was a badass. Happy Friday!

(Source: ermefinedining)

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February 20th, 2014

Lost Underwater “Lion City”:
A Discovery of China’s Atlantis

Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Chun’an County, China, where archeologists have discovered in 2001 ruins of an underwater city. The city is at a depth of 26-40 meters and was named “Lion City”. There would have been 290 000 people living in this city during more than 1300 years. Touristic expeditions are projected. A diving into Chinese Antiquity in the next part of the article.

via f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s

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February 17th, 2014

2014 Sochi Olympics: Lindsey Jacobellis brings home no medal, one dog

"Things didn’t quite go according to plan for Lindsey Jacobellis in Sochi.

One of the most accomplished athletes in the history of her sport, the 28-year-old American again couldn’t win Olympic gold in snowboard cross; in 2006, she fell while making a late celebratory jump and missed out on first place. In 2010, she collided with another rider and finished in fifth. On Sunday she lost her balance: seventh place.

"There’s worse things in life than not winning," Jacobellis said. "A lot worse. And, of course, it’s every unfortunate this didn’t work out for me."

She’s not leaving empty handed, though; Jacobellis is bringing one of the famous Sochi strays along with her.”

via Sporting News

February 11th, 2014

Marrakesh’s women bikers in Hassan Hajjaj’s Kesh Angels

Taymour Grahne Gallery is proud to present Kesh Angels, a solo exhibition of work by the Moroccan-born, UK-based artist, Hassan Hajjaj.

Hajjaj’s work plays with and upends stereotypes, the power of branding, and the familiarity of everyday objects, applying a ‘street-wise’ approach to his layering of influences, items, and cultural signifiers to imbue the work with an electrifying tension. His confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing  veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women; his subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration, and fun.

Read more here (via kateoplis)

More works by Hajjaj: LACMA: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012

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February 10th, 2014

Ball gowns and punk mohawks. This works for me.


oscar says when you rest, you rust. like his clothes, his advice is timeless. order his new book The Style, Inspiration, and Life of Oscar de la Renta

image from Vogue.

Reblogged from OscarPRGirl
February 7th, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY: Both Sides Of by Alex John Beck

Symmetrical faces are said to be a benchmark for true beauty (this especially rings true in the fashion industry), but this startling project shows they actually might not be what everyone wants.

Artist British-born, New York-based photographer Alex John Beck’s series ‘Both Sides Of’ offers two sets of symmetrical faces. One image takes the left half of the subject’s face and mirrors it into the beauty shot of a seemingly whole face, while the adjacent portrait offers a similarly symmetrical rendition of the right side of the face.

Read More at wetheurban

Whoa, fascinating.

Reblogged from WeTheUrban
February 6th, 2014

Powerful Photos of Vanishing Indigenous People Across The Globe

The Goroka, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

Putting aside a successful career, British photographer Jimmy Nelson embarked on a treacherous, lengthy journey to document the last remaining indigenous people of the world. From the thick, wet Amazon rain forests of Ecuador to the frigid tundras of Siberia, Nelson sought out and spent significant time with each native culture, grasping a genuine understanding of their lives and traditions. Shot with a 50-year-old plate film camera, Before They Pass Away is a poignant chronicle of heritage and humanity that threatens to be lost forever. His energy an absolute contagious source of inspiration, we recently spoke with Nelson about his life and work.

The Asaro, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Artist:

“If we could start a global movement that documents and shares images, thoughts and stories about tribal life both old and new, perhaps we could save part of our world’s precious cultural heritage from vanishing. We must work to let them coexist in these modern times by supporting their cause, respecting their habitats, recording their pride, and helping them to pass on their traditions to generations to come.

“I want to show these tribes that they are already rich, that they have something that money can’t buy. I would like to demonstrate to them that the Western modern society is not as pure and inspiring as their own culture and values and therefore it is not something to necessarily aspire to.

“Even though I am aware that my photographic document will not be able to prevent the eventual disappearance of the tribes, I strongly hope that it adds to the realization that by respecting their natural habitat and way of life, we are able to stretch it as long as possible. I strive to create a visual document that reminds us, and the generations after us, of the beauty of pure and honest living.”

The Mursi, Ethiopia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

“There is one particular story of a tough moment for me as a photographer. There is a photo of three native Kazakh men from Mongolia with eagles on their shoulders on a mountain. That picture took three days to make, because each morning there wasn’t enough light. On the fourth morning, it was about minus 20 degrees on top of the mountain and the light was beautiful. I took off my gloves to take the photo and they literally froze to the camera.

“I began crying and when I turned my head I saw that two women had followed us to the top of the mountain. One of them took my fingers and cradled them in her jacket until I got the feeling back and was able to take a couple of photographs. What I didn’t know was that these women are actually strict Sunni Muslims, and broke all codes of modesty in order to aid me. They had noticed my desperation and did what they could to help me achieve what I was there for.”

The Kazakh, Mongolia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Rabari, India. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Maori, New Zealand. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Chukchi, Serbia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Ladakhi, India. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

Gauchos, Argentina. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Kalam, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Himba, Namibia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Huli, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Huaorani, Ecuador. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Vanuatu, Vanuatu Islands. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

Article via www.featureshoot.com

February 5th, 2014

(via culturecraver)

Edo Pop & Other Examples of Ukiyo-e’s Influence

The new exhibit at the Japan Society, Edo Pop, playfully juxtaposes classic Japanese prints from such masters such as Hokusai and Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. With over 160 prints borrowed from the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s prized collection of Ukiyo-e prints, the exhibit highlights the influence the images have had on pop artists such as Japanese born (but based in Brooklyn) Lady Aiko, above. The point of the exhibit is undoubtably to show the influence of these images. However, the artists at the Japan Society’s exhibit are by no means the only great artists who were influenced by this seminal form.

Ukiyo-e, for the novice, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings that were produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring scenes of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and the pleasure quarters. The term “ukiyo” literally comes from the the phrase “floating world,” referring to a conception of an impermanent, luxurious, fleeting, and beautiful world populated with entertainments (kabuki, courtesans, geisha). The world of Ukiyo-e is meant to depict life in its most blissful, devoid of the everyday. This video is an introduction to the form made by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

These prints were a source of inspiration for Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), who greatly admired the boldness and clarity of Ukiyo-e. Van Gogh even produced copies of works by Ukiyo-e masters, such as his Japonaiserie: Bridge in the Rain (1887, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam). Other works which include motifs borrowed from Ukiyo-e woodcuts include his Flowering Plum Tree (1887, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) and The Courtesan (1887, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam). The latter is based on a print by Keisai Eisen (1790–1848) taken from the cover of the magazine Paris Illustrated. In addition, Van Gogh’s Portrait of Pere Tanguy (1887, Musee Rodin, Paris) contains images of six different Ukiyo-e works as part of the background.

Hiroshige (left) & van Gogh (right)

Hiroshige (left) & van Gogh (right)

Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was also a fan of Ukiyo-e a, particularly the flat areas of over-the-top color and exaggerated facial expressions. His iconic poster art is a direct French corollary to these Japanese pleasure prints, and the influence continues in the work Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's "Divan Japonais"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Divan Japonais”

The influences continue. Here are some other artists where the Ukiyo-e effect clearly left its mark: Mary Cassatt; Paul Gauguin; Edgar Degas; Claude Monet; Auguste Renoir; Camille Pissarro; Felix Vallotton; Aubrey Beardsley; Alphonse Mucha; Gustave Klimt; Frank Lloyd Wright; Edward W.Godwin; and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Thanks to HokusaiOnline.co.uk, for reminding us of the art facts we studied while in Japan and helping us to compile the information in this article!

Reblogged from Culture Craver
November 7th, 2013

Having experienced the body image criticism in Hollywood, what is your advice to young girls dealing with the same treatment from their peers, and a response to those who judge others based on appearances.

"You have to just look past it. You look how you look. Be comfortable. What are you gonna do, be hungry every day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.

And y’know, shows like the Fashion Police and things like that are showing these generations of young people to judge people based on things, y’know, they put values in all the things that are wrong and that it’s okay to just point at people and call them ugly and call them fat.

They call it “fun” and “welcome to the real world” and it’s, like, that shouldn’t be the real world. But it’s gonna keep being the real world if we keep it that way. It’s not until we stop treating each other like that and just stop calling each other fat and stop with these unrealistic expectations for women.”

*emphatic fist pumps

(Source: jenniferlawrencedaily)

October 28th, 2013


ART: Light Installation by (Fos)

The protected facade of the vegan restaurant Rayen at Lope de Vega street in Madrid has been illuminated for 4 days and nights by more than 250ml of yellow tape, painted decor items, pineapples and… a lamp. A visual game between perspective and colored volumes that gained the looks.

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Oooh, cool idea. I like, very much.

Reblogged from WeTheUrban
October 2nd, 2013

A Rant on Hate (x)

Yes. Love this.

"You’re allowed to have opinions about stuff. But, if you actively use your opinion to make someone else’s day, month, year, life WORSE then your opinion cars is hereby revoked, and you will get it back whenever you have a better attitude about things."

(Source: lonelygirrrl)

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