The long distance travels of a penny coin

Thursday, 24 April, 2014

Ever wondered how many times the coins you’re holding in your hand, as you wait to place a coffee order or whatever, may have been in your possession previously? It’s a question US comic book artist and illustrator Chris Ware explores in “Head or Tails”, a short graphic novel published in The New York Times.

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Album covers that can be found on Google Street View

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

Pink Floyd's Animals on Street View

Iconic album covers, by the likes of Oasis, PJ Harvey, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd (above), that feature an actual outdoors location, or streetscape, are superimposed over their more recent Google Street View images.

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The coffees of the world, right here, right now

Monday, 14 April, 2014

Cappuccino, latte, short black, and flat white, would probably be the more popular coffee orders in Australia, but they are only a few of the variations that are ultimately possible with the bean based beverage.

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Ben Sack’s hand drawn city panoramas

Friday, 11 April, 2014

US artist and illustrator Ben Sack manually draws intricately detailed panoramas of cities from across the world.

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For every grain of sand there could be a castle for each

Friday, 4 April, 2014

Sandcastle by Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, working with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho, take a slightly different approach to creating sandcastles. Rather than employing the more traditional bucket and spade approach, the pair etch minute images of castles onto single grains of sand.

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The dying of the light of the neon signs

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014

There’s no denying the visual, artistic even, allure that neon signs have over other illuminated banners, but as a means of brand identity they are becoming ever less prevalent.

As this Hong Kong produced short documentary demonstrates though, their manufacture is by no means straightforward, and is even potentially hazardous, and this doubtless has played some part, though there are other factors, in the demise of the neon sign.

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Building puzzling mazes, a step by step guide

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014

I’ve not had to design too many mazes in my time, but you never know when such a skill may one day come in handy… a guide then to creating the perfect maze:

Our objective here is to create a perfect maze, the simplest type of maze for a computer to generate and solve. A perfect maze is defined as a maze which has one and only one path from any point in the maze to any other point. This means that the maze has no inaccessible sections, no circular paths, no open areas.

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All things are connected, the illustration work of Roya Hamburger

Monday, 31 March, 2014

Illustration by Roya Hamburger

All things are connected even if they don’t look that way… at least that’s how I see the psychedelic-like works of Amsterdam based digital artist Roya Hamburger.

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The room sized origami elephant in the room

Friday, 28 March, 2014

Origami elephant by Sipho Mabona

Switzerland based origami artist Sipho Mabona thinks big with his projects… this life size work of an elephant, made using a sheet of paper 225 square metres in size – that’s what, the floorspace of a medium size house – being an example.

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From this end of the solar system to the other, one pixel at a time

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

I’ve linked to a number of pixel based scale scrolling type visualisations of the solar system, and beyond, before, but this representation, titled If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel, by Josh Worth, has a way of putting the planetary family we are part of, into an all too alluring perspective.

Look out for the witticisms, and awe inspiring thoughts, as you scroll between the planets.

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