• The Stories Behind 7 of the Most Iconic Olympic Mascots

    The Stories Behind 7 of the Most Iconic Olympic Mascots

    Popular, baffling, or despised: we take a look at the most memorable Olympic mascots Pictograms, logo designs, advertising copy, and the world-famous Olympic rings: these are just a few examples of the pieces that make up the corporate identity of the Summer Olympic Games. Every four years, each host city creates a series of visual and graphic components to be reproduced throughout the month-long multi-sport event.

  • How the Olympics Helped Popularize Pictograms

    How the Olympics Helped Popularize Pictograms

    The Olympics played a major role on the development of this design element, from stick figures to bathroom signs Go to any swimming pool in the world and you'll probably be able to "read" some of the signs, even if you don't speak the local language. Maybe one tells you not to dive, another warns you to be careful not to slip, and yet another signals where you can go take a shower once you've finished your laps. But how is it possible that you can understand all of these messages, without ever reading a single word? The answer is simple: pictograms. And the fact that you can understand them so instantly is, in large part, thanks to the Olympic Games.

  • Who Created the Iconic Yellow Smiley Face?

    Who Created the Iconic Yellow Smiley Face?

    Discover the story behind this pop culture icon originally designed by Harvey Ball to boost staff morale The oldest known example of a smiley face dates back to 1700 BC: a nearly-4000-year-old ceramic pot excavated near Turkey’s border with Syria features the faint markings of two dots and a curved line. Yet the ubiquitous yellow smiley face that is a pop culture icon around the world–and would become part of a digital language in the new millennium–is considered to have been created in 1963 in Worcester, Massachusetts by an artist called Harvey Ball.

  • 5 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About TikTok

    5 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About TikTok

    Discover 5 interesting facts about the viral social media platform From viral dances and creative challenges to dueted videos and memes, in only a few years TikTok has become a household name, serving up a steady stream of viral videos with some of its top creators earning millions of dollars. To get an idea of just how popular the app has become, TikTok, spelled with and without a space, is the third most common search query on Youtube. But even if you spend hours at a time on the app, there’s always more to discover. Like, do you know the secret to making a successful TikTok? Or how can you use the app to make money? Or how are viral trends sparking larger social change? Discover those answers and more in this video.

  • How Camp Became a Queer Aesthetic

    How Camp Became a Queer Aesthetic

    Learn about camp aesthetics and their significance for the LGTBQIA+ community It's May 6, 2019, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Diverse artists, creatives, and millionaires gather at the Metropolitan Museum to attend the prestigious Met Gala. The event's red carpet is packed with vibrant gowns and eye-catching shapes. The Met Gala is a fundraising event for the Costume Institute–a branch of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art that is responsible for documenting major achievements in fashion and trends. Organized by Vogue magazine, it is one of the most extravagant balls in the world. It is also one of the most important days of the year for fashion enthusiasts and internet users, who will analyze every outfit. In May 2019, the theme was "Camp: Notes on Fashion," inspired by American writer and philosopher Susan Sontag's 1964 essay Notes on Camp. In this essay, Sontag, now considered the leading expert on the subject, defined the camp aesthetic and its significance.

  • Why Are YouTube ASMR Videos So Successful?

    Why Are YouTube ASMR Videos So Successful?

    Discover the secret of these sound-based videos that have been trending over the last few years We associate YouTube with visually-oriented content, but sound-oriented videos have been growing exponentially within the platform. ASMR videos, in particular, have increased viewers’ numbers by an average of 200% per year over the last five years. ASMR videos aim to induce relaxing, and at times sedating sensations on the listeners. They achieve this using a series of unusual and surprising means, that it is no exaggeration to define this as one of the most experimental and creative categories on the web. Read on as we show you some of the most successful examples of this genre and explain why they create such a fuss.

  • How to Apply Japanese Wabi-Sabi in Interior Design

    How to Apply Japanese Wabi-Sabi in Interior Design

    Discover this interior design trend from Japan, highlighting the beauty in imperfection and the passing of time One of the most current styles used in home decorating, Wabi-Sabi or “the art of imperfection,” is also a different way of viewing the world. The Japanese word is almost impossible to define. However, it is used to highlight the singular beauty of things where time has left its mark. This article, besides explaining how the concept of Wabi-Sabi evolved, also shows how this style is applied in home decor. What materials are predominantly used? What are the most common colors used? What role does nature play in this style? You will be able to implement Wabi-Sabi in your interior design project using this knowledge.

  • The PhotoBook That Vindicates the Memory of Argentina's Trans Community

    The PhotoBook That Vindicates the Memory of Argentina's Trans Community

    Archivo de la Memoria Trans preserves the happy moments of the trans community during a time of criminalization Argentina became the first country in South America to establish the Gender Identity Act in 2012. Before that, trans identity was criminalized and repressed by the police. Those who were forced to live on the edge of society had to look for ways to find refuge and create a fantasy parallel life for their community. The Archivo de la Memoria Trans Argentina is an audiovisual collection that aims to preserve, build and vindicate the memory of the Argentinean trans community through photographs, videos, and diary entries. The archive contains some 10.000 images, dating back from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1990s. Part of this material has been turned into a book. Its goal is to recall the memories of the protagonists, captured in a happy moment during an otherwise difficult era.

  • The NASA Lens That Ended Up in the Hands of Stanley Kubrick
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    The NASA Lens That Ended Up in the Hands of Stanley Kubrick

    Discover how the legendary film director shot scenes from Barry Lyndon with a lens designed to photograph the dark side of the Moon Of the thirteen feature films that Stanley Kubrick directed during his career, Barry Lyndon appears relatively far down the list when ranked according to commercial success (according to IndieWire, the top spots go to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus, and The Shining). However, Kubrick’s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel following the life of an ambitious young Irish social climber, played by Ryan O’Neal, who sets out to achieve wealth and status by all means possible, is often considered a favorite among cinephiles.

  • What Is And How Did the Brazilian Tropicália Movement Begin?

    What Is And How Did the Brazilian Tropicália Movement Begin?

    Discover tropicália's influence on music, cinema, architecture, and design, and how it changed Brazilian style Brazil, 1967. The country is under full military dictatorship. As a result, cultural identity in such a diverse place as Brazil is drifting, almost at a loss. While Bossa Nova and the Jovem Guarda are the ruling forms of expression and are considered mainstream, they do not reflect the sentiment and artistic expression of a large part of the younger generation. This is the context in which tropicália was conceived, with its innovative songwriting, new sound, and a big desire to create a new Brazilian identity. Tropicália, also known as tropicalism, or tropicalist movement, as we know it, was inspired by modernist poet Oswald de Andrade who published the Manifiesto Antropofágico (Anthropophagic Manifesto), in 1928. To Oswald, the term anthropophagy, despite relating to cannibalism, meant "to feed off foreign culture" and referred to a number of ideas that would help shape something uniquely Brazilian. What is foreign and international must not be ignored but rather transformed into something new and incorporated into the local and thriving culture.

  • How Ken Garland's Manifesto Impacted Generations of Designers

    How Ken Garland's Manifesto Impacted Generations of Designers

    We celebrate the British designer, writer, photographer, and teacher who wrote the legendary First Things First manifesto in 1964 As the world mourns the loss of Ken Garland (1929–May 20, 2021)–an influential talent who famously took a stand against consumerist culture–we look back on his legendary First Things First manifesto, which spoke about the importance of making a difference. Published in 1964, First Things First had 22 signatories and called for “a reversal of priorities in favour of the more useful and more lasting forms of communication”. The designer wrote that using one's talents to sell trivial things like cat food, slimming diets, and striped toothpaste, “which contribute little or nothing to our national prosperity”, was wasteful.

  • The 6 Most Expensive Comics in the World

    The 6 Most Expensive Comics in the World

    Check out original artwork and first editions of comics that have sold for over a million dollars each The current NFT craze (NFTs are collectible certificates that certify the authenticity and exclusivity of a digital artwork, some of which have been selling for tens of millions of dollars over recent months) grew out of the obsession humans have with owning something unique and special. This, of course, also applies in the world of physical art. In January, the 1936 original Tintin cover for The Blue Lotus–the fifth volume in the legendary comic book series created by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé–sold for $3.84 million. The drawing–painted in gouache, watercolor, and Indian ink–is a much more elaborate version of the final printed cover, including Chinese characters, textures, and other details that were eventually removed. Hergé gave it to the seven-year-old son of his editor at the time, Jean-Paul Casterman, as a gift. It remained "forgotten" in a drawer for decades until it was discovered in the 1980s.

  • 4 Influential Female Writers Who Hid Behind Male Pen Names

    4 Influential Female Writers Who Hid Behind Male Pen Names

    These world-famous female writers pretended they were men to ensure their work was read and published In 1929, in her essay A Room of One's Own, novelist Virginia Woolf pondered why there weren’t any literary works, poems, or sonnets written by women during Shakespeare's time that had made it into the history books. Her conclusion makes you think: "I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." While it is now impossible to know if any of these "anonymous authors" were women, what we do know is that many female authors and writers couldn’t sign their real names due to the constraints of the times, the subjects they were writing about, or the literary genres they were interested in... Instead, they used male pen names to avoid being judged, censored, or scorned. Their talent and creativity are responsible for major contributions to the history of world literature. Have you read any of their classic texts? 1. The Brontë sisters (the Bell brothers) Sisters Charlotte Brontë (author of Jane Eyre), Emily Brontë (author of Wuthering Heights), and Anne Brontë (author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall) launched their literary career signing the names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Their decision to do so was down to the fact that the subjects they were writing about were considered shocking, even immoral, at the time: controversial romances, alcoholism, violence... Although many of their contemporary writers still criticized their work for its "depraved" content, the reaction would have been far more extreme had it been known that these texts were written by three women from respectable families. Today, these sisters’ novels are considered groundbreaking works of art that have made their mark on the history of literature.

  • These Will Be the Most Sought-after Creative Profiles in 2022

    These Will Be the Most Sought-after Creative Profiles in 2022

    The World Economic Forum sheds light on which creative profiles will be most in demand over the next three years The World Economic Forum has published a report entitled Jobs of Tomorrow: Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy, in which it analyzes the professional profiles that will be most sought after in the immediate post-covid future and the skills they require. According to this report, over the next three years, more creative opportunities will emerge across almost every industry. Below, we list the most in-demand profiles across the fastest-growing sectors and explain which tools you will need to improve your CV and secure a promising career.

  • Herman Miller and Knoll: Two Design Powerhouses Become One

    Herman Miller and Knoll: Two Design Powerhouses Become One

    Following the announcement that Herman Miller and Knoll will merge, we look back on their most iconic pieces of modern design Since their beginnings, Herman Miller and Knoll have always been synonymous with modern design, delivering their passion and philosophy to customers and clients around the world. The two legendary furniture design companies are joining forces to "create the preeminent leader in modern design," as stated in the official announcement. The companies have announced that Herman Miller will acquire Knoll in a $1.8bn deal.

  • 5 Interesting Facts About Origami

    5 Interesting Facts About Origami

    Learn surprising things about this ancient Japanese paper-folding technique Long before a huge scramble of paper-folded cranes invaded our math classes at school, origami already had unsuspected uses and functions in Japan, where it was invented. From its use by medieval samurai as a concentration technique before battle to its inspiring characteristics for future spaceships that will take us to other galaxies, this paper-folding art has evolved to become part of human culture. Find out in this video.

  • 10 Tips for Selling Your Digital Artwork on NFT Marketplaces

    10 Tips for Selling Your Digital Artwork on NFT Marketplaces

    Digital artists share the strategies they use to promote their digital artworks on NFT marketplaces NFTs have revolutionized the digital art world over a matter of weeks, making it possible for artists to sell their work for substantial sums of money. In January alone, the value of Ether, the cryptocurrency traded in this market, grew 10 times, and it is said that this is only the beginning. The figures sales are fetching are very tantalizing sums, and many artists have jumped on the NFT bandwagon. This new venture has not only opened up a world of possibilities but also comes with news tasks, such as self-promotion. If you have already tokenized your works and been granted access to a marketplace such as Foundation, Opensea, Superrare, Rarible, or Makers Place, you are probably wondering what you need to do to make a sale. We asked artists experienced selling art online which communication strategies work best for them, which social media platforms they need to have a presence on, and what kind of content tends to attract collectors. These are their top ten marketing strategies for promoting your digital art:

  • Why Are Oddly Satisfying Videos Trending In the World of Crypto Art?

    Why Are Oddly Satisfying Videos Trending In the World of Crypto Art?

    Learn about the oddly satisfying 3D animation videos that are fetching high prices in the NFT market Thanks to the fascinating universe of NFTs, the option to tokenize digital artworks, as well as the sudden emergence of a marketplace where you can trade them, have opened up new possibilities for artists. Two of the factors that have brought about this transformation of the digital art world are the global economic crisis and the subsequent need to generate new sources of income. Many digital artists have already dived straight into exploring the market, taking a practical approach–in other words, looking at supply and demand–and have found themselves drawn in by the substantial (or not quite so substantial) figures that sales are fetching every day at auctions held by new galleries. Within this arena, a genre of animation known as oddly satisfying videos has stood out as one of the most highly valued forms of digital art. In this post, we explain exactly what oddly satisfying videos are and share examples of works currently on sale.

  • What Exactly Is Hygge in Nordic Design?

    What Exactly Is Hygge in Nordic Design?

    Discover this Danish design trend based on comfort, which is applied to fashion, crochet, and interiors If you have your finger on the pulse of what's happening on social media, you'll probably have already spotted the word “hygge” everywhere, especially hashtags related to design, style, and decoration. The term is often associated with fluffy carpets and soft fabrics; warm atmospheres filled with flowers, flooded with beautiful light, and serving up delicious and nutritious dishes. It is also associated with clothing, furniture, and even certain practices. If it encompasses so many different things, what exactly is hygge?

  • Farewell Charles Geschke, Adobe Co-founder Passes Away

    Farewell Charles Geschke, Adobe Co-founder Passes Away

    We bid farewell to the Adobe co-founder and creator of the PDF format The Adobe story began in December 1982, when Charles Geschke joined John Warnock in founding the company which would make design software like Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop a reality. Last Friday, on April 17, Geschke passed away at the age of 81.

  • Meet the 10 Female Photographers of World Press Photo 2021

    Meet the 10 Female Photographers of World Press Photo 2021

    Following the announcement of this year’s winners, we spotlight the 10 female nominees The World Press Photo Contest recognizes the best visual journalism of the last year, rewarding images and stories in eight categories: Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Spot News, Sports, and Portraits. This year, 4315 photographers from 130 countries entered 74,470 images. Of the 45 photographers nominated, only 10 are women. Following the announcement of this year’s winners, we spotlight the 10 female nominees, two of whom have just been awarded first place in their categories.

  • Discover the 2021 Winner of the World Press Photo Contest

    Discover the 2021 Winner of the World Press Photo Contest

    The hug between an elderly woman and her nurse at the beginning of the health crisis in Brazil is the Best Photograph of the year The World Press Photo Contest has once again recognized the best of visual journalism from the past year. In an online ceremony held today, the winner of the photo of the year 2021, the photo story of the year, the interactive photo of the year, and the video photo of the year were announced. The jury chose the winners from 4,315 photographers from 130 countries who submitted 74,470 images. The top prize for the World Press Photo of the Year has been awarded to Danish photographer Mads Nissen, who already won World Press Photo of the Year in 2015.

  • Clubhouse: What’s All the Fuss About, and What Does It Offer?

    Clubhouse: What’s All the Fuss About, and What Does It Offer?

    Four experts explain the great potential and opportunities Clubhouse offers creatives, as well as its limitations If you've been surfing the net over the last few weeks, you'll have probably heard about Clubhouse, a new audio-based social network that’s currently overshadowing all other social media platforms. It brings several people interested in talking about the same topic together in a “room” or “small club” as if they were sitting down together at a table in a bar. What makes this platform stand out from other networks is that it doesn’t have an endless feed of content where anyone can participate, interact, or contribute to the debate. The sense of connection is intensified by having more intimate, personal, and meaningful exchanges. The way Clubhouse structures its content consumption makes it possible to exchange ideas and information in much greater depth.

  • Superflat: How Murakami’s Popular Art Movement Emerged

    Superflat: How Murakami’s Popular Art Movement Emerged

    Pop art is experiencing a revival in Japan thanks to Takashi Murakami Takashi Murakami is a celebrated contemporary Japanese artist. In the early 90s, he rejected modern Japanese art, claiming it was boring and elitist. Instead, he took an interest in post-war Japanese pop culture, in particular the subculture known as Otaku, which also refers to people with a passion for anime, manga, and cosplay. Over a decade, Murakami researched this culture, learning about its relationship with mid-20th century Pop Art and traditional Japanese art, and coined a term that referred to the flat (2D) form associated with Asian graphics, fine arts, and pop culture, as well as Japan’s cultural aesthetic: Superflat. This postmodern art movement was created by a generation of artists born after World War II. It draws on external influences that are reinterpreted to connect with Japanese identity.

  • How Can Artists Tokenize Their Work and Enter the New Crypto Art Market?

    How Can Artists Tokenize Their Work and Enter the New Crypto Art Market?

    Digital artists share their experiences selling NFT artworks on the new digital art market Over the last month, you have probably heard a lot about the possibility of tokenizing your art. Doing this means turning your work into an NFT (non-fungible token), which allows you to verify the originality of the piece and therefore access a huge emerging market. The emergence of new digital art galleries–or marketplaces–that permit you to buy and sell original digital artworks has greatly aroused the interest of digital artists around the world. But what are NFTs, how are they created, and above all, how do you access these galleries? Three artists from the Domestika community who have ventured into the world of crypto art answer all of our questions and share their own experiences.

  • 5 Maps and 5 (Very Different) Views of the World

    5 Maps and 5 (Very Different) Views of the World

    In recent decades, designers, mathematicians, and cartographers have tried to redesign the world as we know it Except for flat-earthers, there is a more or less generalized consensus on Earth's shape. It's a geoid—an imperfect sphere—and an ellipsoid, slightly elliptical and flattened at the poles. Representing these features on a two-dimensional plane is, in itself, a considerable challenge. Doing so reliably is a problem that has puzzled cartographers, geographers, and illustrators for centuries. But some have decided to get to work and created different representations of the world that, with greater or lesser success, help us locate continents, islands, oceans, and countries. More often than not, they do so serving specific political and social interests, too. 1. The Mercator projection The most famous planisphere, whose variants continue to be used, for example, by Google Maps, is the one devised by Gerhard Kramer (in Latin, Gerardus Mercator). He was born in what is now called Belgium during the 16th century and introduced the so-called Mercator projection in 1569. In addition to the remarkable wealth of detail in the continents' design, this projection has a characteristic that has contributed decisively to its adoption in many countries: it places Europe at the center of the world and presents it larger than it really is.