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Nature

Stunning photos show dinosaur tail preserved in apricot-sized piece of amber

Time for a DesignFaves Palaeontology lesson. Just recently, the first dinosaur tail was uncovered by paleontologist Lida Xing in Myanmar. Preserved perfectly in amber, the tail, which dates back to the mid-Cretaceous Period (approx. 99 million years ago), measures about 1.4-inch with an appendage of 8. It's also covered in what appear to be feathers and presumably comes from a juvenile coelurosaur. National Geographic says, "While individual dinosaur-era feathers have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions, this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers." Check out some images of the amber-infused tail below and read more on National Geographic. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
Art

Artist creates Donald Trump installations using a very unflattering medium

A graphic designer and artist who goes by the name Allan Adler has various art installations in Miami Beach. The installations were created to demonstrate a very blunt form of symbolism. Each exhibit has a random sampling of dog poop with a photo of President-Elect Donald Trump stuck into it. In addition, there are also direct quotations said by Trump throughout his political career. Adler strolls around the area each day, choosing a random piece of dog excrement that fits his next art idea the best. Each installation is photographed and posted on his Facebook page, named "Pieces of Trump." Social media audiences are responding strongly to the posts, mostly from amused passers-by from Miami. The art is meant to be a critique of the on the correlation between irresponsible pet owners and the views that many hold in regards to Trump's leadership.  ...
Art

Unique Art Installation Made of Sticky Tape Wows Australian Audiences

A group of installation artists is bringing an exhibition called "TapeScape" to Australia. The art exhibit has once wowed audiences in the U.S. and the Middle East. Now, it's time to take it Down Under. As the name suggests, the entire installation will be made of tape - sticky tape, to be exact - and some scaffolding. The artists will create slides and tunnels that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy slipping into, crawling through, and sliding down. On top of looking eerily unique and fun to experience first hand, it also provides its audiences a tangible multi-sensory environment. The concept came from Eric Lennartson, an American artist. He says that the inspiration for the installation came in part from a funnel web spider. The installation is able to maintain its structure and is kept in a suspended 3D state because each part is in tension. The installation opened to the public on December 5 and will run until February 26, 2017. Interested viewers can see it at the Ipswich...
Design

Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
Art

Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
Art

Bansky exhibition in Rome is the largest showing to date

A Bansky exhibition titled War, Capitalism & Liberty has opened at Rome’s Palazzo Cipolla museum. Bringing together about 150 artworks from private collectors, curators Stefano Antonelli, Francesca Mezzano, and Acoris Andipa spent nearly two years preparing for the exhibition which they are calling “one of the single biggest exhibitions dedicated to the artist ever staged”. Including only his commercial works and none of the artist's street works, the selected pieces include his well-known stenciled image “Girl With Balloon”, as well as “Laugh Now But One Day I’ll Be in Charge”, and “Kids on Guns”. The anonymous street artist was not involved in hosting the exhibition, and the question has been asked if Bansky will show up to this exhibition of his own work. And if so, what might he think about the show? ...
Design

National Design Award Winners announced by Cooper Hewitt

The winners of the 2016 National Design Awards have been announced by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Now in its 16th year, the video about the competition quotes designer Massimo Vignelli who says, “Design is the profession that allows you to make things better.” This year’s winners include Lifetime Achievement winner Moshe Safdie, Director’s Award winner Make It Right, Design Mind winner Bruce Mau, Corporate and Institutional Achievement winner The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Architecture Design winner Marlon Blackwell Architects, Communication Design winner Geoff McFetridge, Fashion Design winner Opening Ceremony, Interaction Design winner Tellart, Interior Design winner Studio O+A, Landscape Architecture winner Hargreaves Associates, and Product Design winner Ammunition. See examples of work by this year’s winners below. ...
News

The winners from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

The winners of the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival in NYC have been announced. “Dean,” the quirky coming-of-age comedy directed by Demetri Martin won the Founders Award for best narrative feature. The best international feature was awarded to “Junction 48” which tells the love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists. Telling the story of the militarization of the US police force, “Do Not Resist” won the award for the best documentary feature. The prize for best new narrative director was awarded to Priscilla Anany for the film “Children of the Mountain” about a mother in Ghana who has a child with birth defects. “Adult Life Skills”, a dark comedy by Rachel Tunnard, won the director the Nora Ephron Prize for the tale of a 30-year old women who moves back to her rural home-town. David Feige won the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Prize for “Untouchable”  which looked at US sex offender laws. Take a look at a few of the movie trailers...
Creativity

Turn your plastic bottles into rope

Concerned about where your plastic bottles go once you throw them out or recycle them? Worry no more. Check out the Plastic Bottle Cutter. Creators Pavel and Ian created “a smart pocket-size tool with which you can very easily cut any plastic bottle — of juice, soda  or other — into a fine plastic rope that can be used for just about as many purposes as you can think of.” Even if you still recycle your plastic bottles the amount of space the waste takes up will be substantially less with the use of this cutter. The cutter is made from eco-friendly materials, easy to carry and store, and is quite durable. The plastic ropes are also extremely durable. For instance, the plastic ropes can tow a car. To find out more click here. ...
News

Climate change photographer wins the first Jackson Pollock Prize for Creativity

The series, Drowning World by South African photographer Gideon Mendel, is an art and advocacy project that looks at climate change from a personal lens. Creating intimate portraits of individuals around the world, the works share a narrative of what daily life might be like if we were living partially submerged. The photographer has been working on the series since 2007, and in his search for “the commonalities and differences” between cultures, he has visited flood zones in countries such as Haiti, Pakistan, Australia, Thailand, and Germany. Mandel has recently been awarded the inaugural Pollock Prize for Creativity which is specified for a mid-career artist who is working with social and cultural themes. Speaking about Jackson Pollack, Mendel says, “I’ve always loved for his freedom in breaking barriers. Because my own work increasingly straddles the border between art, documentation and activism, it’s all the more important to me that the prize...
Creativity

The Wearable Shelter

10 students of design from the London’s Royal College of Art made a jacket that converts into a tent, and sleeping bag. Created for Syrian refugees, the jacket is made out of Tyvek, a tear-resistant material. The jacket is also waterproof and reportedly breathable and thanks to Mylar insulation, retains body heat when slept in. The prototype is still in the works and experimentation is on-going with differing materials. The team of students are trying to see if a kite pole might work into the jacket for the sake of building a stronger tent frame and they are also experimenting with inserting inflatable designs into it. The project is currently featured on Kickstarter. ...
Creativity

Floating trash collector for the oceans

The Seabin Project is one of dreams. The idea? A floating trash collector for the oceans. The Seabin is designed to catch oil, fuel, and detergents. The device floats at water surface and is attached to a water pump on land. The surrounding water circulates into the Seabin where it collects floating debris and liquids. Water then filters out the bottom of the device. The creators, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, are thinking of installing a liquids separator for situations involving oil. After the water flows through the pump, it returns to the ocean clean and clear. Check out the project on their website here. ...
Creativity

Paper Recycling In-Office

Thanks to Epson, recycling paper and paper related products can now be reformed into newly recycled paper in an office. Epson developed the prototype of the printer, called PaperLab, and announced the product in December of 2015 and showcased the product at the Eco-Products 2015 Exhibition. PaperLab uses a dry, no water, process which involves fiberizing, binding, forming, and printing completely recycled paper. The printer cuts transportation costs of moving recycling to recycling center and back, lowering Co2 emissions and travel costs. Besides that, the PaperLab completely destroys documents, eliminating a need for contractors to dispose of sensitive documents. As for speed, PaperLab makes about “14 A4 sheets per minute and 6,720 sheets in an eight-hour day.” ...
Design

A tour of Apple’s secretive design studio

Under the reign of Steve Jobs, it would be unheard of for anyone from the public to speak about Apple’s product development process. But now, the veil of mystery is being lifted as two “Inside Apple” episodes have aired on 60 Minutes. Ive comments on the fact that it is very rare it is for anyone in the public to step inside the design studio. It’s a tight-knit team of 22 designers, with a track record for long tenures. In 15 years, only two members of the design group have left the company. Take a look at the Inside Apple video footage and interviews. ...
Inspiration

Travel photographer captures life in DRC war zones

Travel photographer Michael Christopher Brown grew up in Skegit Valley in Washington State. Impressively capturing the bulk of his work with a camera phone, Michael has made quite a name for himself as a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine, as well as through his work in the 2012 HBO documentary Witness: Libya. His work has been featured in a number of museums across the United States including The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), The Brooklyn Museum (New York), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Michael is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo photographing citizens and soldiers inhabiting war zones while still managing to capture the universal human experience of love and loss within one’s community. For more photographs, check out his Instagram account: https://instagram.com/michaelchristopherbrown/ ...
News

4 photos of deconstructed junk food. What actually is in a Twinkie?

In the new book, Ingredients, photographer Dwight Eschliman worked with writer Steve Ettlinger to deconstruct 25 junk food products and source the origins of 75 commonly used additives. Of course, when deconstructing Doritos and Twinkies, no one really expected to see photos of fresh produce or grains. But the beautiful photos are devastating with the truthful content that they present. How can it be that shellac is actually an ingredient in our food? The book looks at typical junk foods like Doritos, Twinkies, and McNuggets. It also delves into some foods that are considered “healthy” like organic protein bars and healthy shakes, but the ingredient list for these foods may tell a different story. ...
News

MIT researchers develop an origami robot with a full lifecycle

Researchers at MIT have developed a self-folding origami robot that performs tasks. The tiny flat device responds to heat by folding up, at which point it performs its task and then recycles itself by dissolving its body in a liquid. The robot is controlled remotely by programming an electronic field and it can run, swim, carry things, and maneuver over obstacles. In the short term the researchers see the little bots helping with inspection tasks like checking small, hard-to-reach pipelines, but in the long term they may be sent into the human body as tools to work on specific areas. Listen to the researchers discuss the technology and see the origami robots in action in the video below.       ...
News

100-year-old chalkboard drawings found preserved during renovation

A group of workers renovating Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a surprising discovery when they uncovered 100-year-old chalkboards with writing and art preserved as if it were done yesterday. When the school was upgrading nearly a century ago, they didn’t bother to take down the original chalkboards or even to wipe them off and this new renovation uncovered the visual treasure. The images on the boards depict hygiene tasks, a mathematics lesson, music, and several references to pilgrims. A school district spokesperson reported that the school is working with the city to preserve the time-capsule chalk drawings. ...
Art

Sculpture renamed on Twitter as “Politicians debating global warming”

This art piece by Spanish sculptor Isaac Cordal is part of a street art installation called 'Follow the Leaders,' but the image was humorously renamed on twitter, connecting it to the issue of climate change. The powerful pairing of an image with strong words quickly went viral! Although the meaning of the new title was not directly the artist’s intent, Cordal has previously done artwork around this topic in an installation titled 'Waiting for Climate Change.' Cordal’s works generally consist of an installation in a public space of sculptures that are 15 to 25 centimeters tall. A selection of photos from Cordal’s climate change installations are below. Do you think that public artworks should be used to spark a public debate? ...
News

New “oxygen sponge” crystal may be the future of breathing underwater

A newly-developed form of crystalline cobalt salt out of the University of Southern Denmark has the potential to revolutionize the way we breath underwater. It only takes 10 liters of the material to suck all of the oxygen out of a room. Then, when it is heated up just right, it releases the O2 back into the air... or maybe into human lungs. "The material is both a sensor, and a container for oxygen—we can use it to bind, store and transport oxygen—like a solid artificial hemoglobin," said Christine McKenzie, a nanobioscience professor and principle investigator behind the new research. Additionally it has the unique ability to do this repeatedly, without loosing its oxygen sponge capabilities, opening up new avenues of potential for providing oxygen underwater. Read more about this new crystal here. Below Image: The black crystals are oxygen-soaked, the right are not. Image: McKenzie et al ...
Graphic Design

Early Macintosh icon pixel drawings acquired my MoMA

Susan Kare began sketching icons in the early 1980s for Macintosh computer, not knowing that she was at the forefront of an icon-language era. In the '90s her 'Happy Mac' greeted Macintosh users everywhere and many of her designs are still in use today. The MoMA recently acquired some of Kare's early drawings on display in their exhibition ‘This Is for Everyone.’ MoMA's blog explains Kare's process: “Using one box to equal one pixel, Kare designed intuitive icons for various functions a computer user might undertake (for example, a pair of scissors symbolized cutting text). The pictogram icons were designed to be an instinctive language that could be understood and loved by users in many different countries.” This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good continues at the Museum of Modern Art in New York through January 31, 2016. ...
News

3D print your own living nutritious snacks from the future

Imagine growing your own snacks...I'm not talking about carrots and apples, I mean printing out a product looking nugget with nutritious little sprouts covering the bite-sized morsel. 'Edible Growth' is an ongoing project by Chloé Rutzerveld that does just that. The project involves a 3D printer that creates an outer casing made from dough made of “edible soil” embedded with various seeds. It just takes a few days for the seeds and mushrooms to germinate and then the home-grown snack is ready for consumption. For now, Rutzerveld's project is just a concept and would require a few years of research into printing technologies and food safety. Read more about this fascinating endeavor and follow it through its progression on Rutzerveld's website.   ...
News

CT scanned monk statue raises new questions about self mummification

Last year the Drents Museum in the Netherlands hosted a Mummies exhibit featuring this Chinese Buddhist Master Liuquan who died around the year 1100 A.D. This particular statue was known to contain a mummy, but new research done while he was in the Nehterlands is questioning the previously accepted mummification process. A group of researchers including an art historian, a radiologist, a doctor, and hospital employees at Meander Medical Center volunteered to investigate the mummy using an endoscope and a CT scan. It was previously thought that the monk went through a self-mummification process through diet, but the scans revealed he was missing several internal organs raising new questions. Read this fascinating explanation of the self mummification process from The History Blog: "For the first 1,000 days they ate only nuts and seeds gleaned from the area around the temple. The next 1,000 days the diet was whittled down to small portions...
Design

3D weaving machine creates a flexible and strong new material

Oluwaseyi Sosanya has created an exciting new manufacturing device — a 3D weaving machine. It creates a woven three-dimensional fabric that is both flexible and strong. Sosanya demonstrated this new technology by weaving the soles of a pair of shoes. Using cotton, paper, and wool bound into one continuous thread, the mechanism winds the thread around metal rods to create a geometric patterned material. Its structure seems well suited for materials that require shock absorption and durability. The device was his final project while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Art. ...
Creativity

Extravagant inflatables lift off for Colombia’s Solar Balloon Festival

Each year in Envidago, Colombia a festival is held to watch the rising of solar balloons. A solar balloon is a balloon that gains buoyancy by the sun heating the interior air. This year was the 14th Solar Balloon Festival, held on December 31st, 2014, and the theme was Mexican History and culture. Participants in the event showed off their creations in a spectacular display of floating sculpture. Below, you can see inflatable animals like butterflies and turtles, and even some public figures like novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez and comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos. The photos below were taken by Fredy Builes of Reuters. ...
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