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The Observer's 20 photographs of the year

From the image of an evicted Roma family sheltering from a storm to the death of Nelson Mandela, the world's leading photojournalists describe how they captured 20 defining images from 2013<p><b>• Warning: contains an image of a dead body</b>

Wounded Knee - a picture from the past

First published on Sat 28 Dec 2013 05.52 EST

Light Painting with iDevices for Unique Product Photography

With the millions of product photos floating around television and the Internet, it’s easy for one product photographer’s carefully-crafted work to …

10 DVDs for the Cinephile In Your Life - PAPER

All I ever want for Christmas are not my two front teeth, but a stocking stuffed with Blu-rays and DVDs. Here are some suggestions for possible gifts for the cinephiles in your life:<p><i>James Dean: Ultimate Collector's Edition</i> <b>(Warner Brothers). $72.49.</b><br>A stunning box with remastered Blu-rays of the …

500px Blog

You Built What?!: A Tesla Coil Gun That Produces Foot-Long Sparks

Modeled after a Nerf gun--but with 200,000 volts under the hood<p>While browsing a bookstore near his home in Seattle last year, Rob Flickenger came across a graphic novel titled <i>The Five Fists of Science</i>. The story portrays inventor Nikola Tesla as a crime fighter who battles his enemies with a pair …

DIN Neuzeit Grotesk Font Family by Linotype

DIN Neuzeit Grotesk.<p>The ‘light Neuzeit-Grotesk typeface was originally designed in 1928 by Wilhelm Pischner for type publisher D. Stempel. In 1970, …

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World

<b>Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World</b><p>Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of …

Introducing The First-Ever Desktop Wire Bender

What could be better than 3-D printing? How about a tabletop printer that bends steel?<p>3-D printing can theoretically build anything you can imagine. Theoretically. But when designers at Pensa were prototyping a stylish chair with spindly legs, they discovered a problem: Since the printing was …

Ultimate Nachos with Beer-Braised Carnitas

Home > Recipes by Category > Appetizers & Snacks > Meat & Poultry Appetizers > Ultimate Nachos with Beer-Braised Carnitas<p>September 17, 2013 // 40</i> …

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids

<b>1. Tucking them into bed at night.</b> Someday, they'll be too big and I won't get that moment back. Saying goodnight, pulling up the covers and kissing their heads is a gift.<p><b>2. Telling them I love them.</b> Start this when they're young. "I love you" is a powerful three-word phrase that matters.<p><b>3.</b> …

Parenting

Butterscotch Apple Mini Galettes

November 4, 2013<p>We’re talking personal pies. Flat little freeform pies that are full of charm. They’re casual and fancy at the same time. And you can …

Watch The ABCs And 123s Come To Life In These Stunning Pop-Up Books

French paper engineer Marion Bataille has released a trilogy of pop-up books exploring the design of letters and numbers. They have to be seen to be believed.<p>There are tons of bad pop-up books out there, content to merely sprong, jut, accordion, or bulge. French paper engineer and children’s book …

Books

Intricate Wire Sculptures Playfully Form Dramatic Shadows

<i>Real Virtuality</i> is a visually complex project by German artist Moto Waganari that explores the definition of reality. Through the project, the artist challenges viewers' understanding of space with his three-dimensional human forms intricately sculpted out of wire.<p>Some fragmented, some complete, …

Timbuk2 + Mission Cycling Especial Raider Backpack

A longstanding staple in the San Francisco cycling scene, Timbuk2 has provided messengers and commuters with performance-driven bags since 1989. Capturing the attention of a similar audience of cycling enthusiasts, Mission Cycling Club was founded in 2008 to provide a competitive environment for …

Would You Drink This Wine From A Can?

An Oregon wine producer is now canning their vintage just like beer. Why? Because they want in on casual beer snobbery.<p>Just a decade ago, it was almost unheard of to consider drinking wine without a proper cork. But the economics (and convenience) of screwtops has challenged thousands of years of …

A Magic Wand That Paints Light

Light Painting was already a photographical miracle. But with this new device, the whole genre is born anew.<p>The phantasmic exposures behind light painting feel a bit like magic on earth. In reality, the technique is just a clever hack: You take a photo with a long exposure, and by waving a bright …

Aluminum Cans Become Stools by Studio Swine

Studio Swine’s latest project takes aluminum cans and vegetable oil waste and turns them into something much more interesting!<p>‘Can City’, as the …

How to Create Huge Bubbles, the Trippiest Thing You'll See Without Taking Psychedelic Drugs

When bubbles of the financial or personal dreams variety burst, it isn't a pretty sight. But when actual bubbles burst, it's completely beautiful. …

Specs To Your Specs: Custom 3-D Printed Glasses For $299

Plastics. It’s the domain of 3-D printing–and, as a new company has discovered, ideal for personalized eyewear.<p>There are more than a few hiccups with the promise of 3-D printed goods (which we’ve covered here), but one specific issue is the inevitable plastic ceiling. Until we can produce goods in …

Eyewear

Watch Anthony Howe's hypnotic 3D art go from conception to reality

"I was bored with everything being static in my visual world," artist Anthony Howe told The Creators Project about his new work — a series of so-called "kinetic sculptures." These kinetic sculptures are hardly static — thanks to the wind, they move in mesmerizing patterns that The Creators Project …

Meticulous Hand-Carved Wood Print of a Giant Moth

With skilled hands and a great attention to detail, artists Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth recently produced this gorgeous carving, entitled <i>Moth</i>. The Pittsburgh-based collaboration, known as Tugboat Printshop, specializes in all kinds of hand-crafted woodblocks that they use to produce gorgeous, …

Complex "Duality" Paintings Portray Layers of Human Figures

Newcastle-based artist Tom French creates complex artwork filled with surprises, dripping black oils down the surface of his canvas to produce the loose splashes, splatters, and brush strokes that blend reality with the abstract. From a distance, the paintings are nothing more than fragmented …

Create Your Own Hipster Logo In 6 Steps

Launching your very own artisanal organic ketchup company? Do yourself a favor and make a hipster logo to go with it.<p>It’s not entirely clear how the “hipster” came to absorb everything that is home-grown, butchered, built, assembled, shaved, and yes, pickled. But regardless of its hazy origins, the …

Graphic Design

Dialogue: Easily Make, Receive, and Record Smartphone Calls From Your Mac!

- Aug 1, 2013<p>I use an iMac for my daily work, and keep a pair of studio headphones attached for listening to music, participating in conference …

Hand-Crafted Leather Camera Bags that Won’t Break the Bank

Leather messenger bag-style camera bags don’t come cheap. A cursory search on B&H Photo will reveal prices that often run in the $300+ range for …

First Aid Help

An emergency situation calls for calm and collected nerves along with timely response. In the case of an unconscious victim, many people are truly …

Infographic: The Ultimate History Of Sneaker Design

From Chuck Taylors to Air Jordans, almost 100 years of kicks are here in one awesomely illustrated print.<p>In my grade school, it was all about the Air Jordans–that was, until the first Reebok Pump hit. Suddenly, all of my suburban Chicago peers were torn between wearing the shoes of the hometown …

Shoes

Water Air and Ice

I like to think of Coway as underdogs from the Far East. They have some of the most amazing consumer products that are top-notch in Industrial …

A Massive Rotating Supercell Filmed Near Booker, Texas by Mike Olbinski | Colossal

<p>On June 3rd of this year after four years of trying, Arizona photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski finally got the shot he’d been searching …