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Here’s What It Looks Like Inside the Handmade Sketchbooks of a Well-Traveled Artist

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary. By illustrating his daily experiences, observations, ideas, and memories, Naranja considers his ongoing project as “a love letter to notebooks, a flight of fancy and also a part of [him].” …

Art

Artist Turns City Satellite Maps Into Abstract Pattern Paintings

Shanghai-based artist Lu Xinjian’s <i>City DNA</i> series depicts the world’s major metropolises—including Beijing, London, and Paris—as maze-like abstract paintings. By studying satellite maps of each location on Google Earth, the artist then extracts and simplifies visual information by sketching the …

Art

Incredible Archival Footage Gives Rare Glimpse of Early 20th Century Tokyo

Thanks to archival footage from the EYE Filmmuseum, we're able to get a glimpse of life in early 20th century Tokyo. Filmed in 1913 and 1915, the clip is an incredible look at Japan in flux, emerging from the Meiji period of modernization and moving toward the height of industrialism.<p>Over the …

Archives

Charming Portraits of Newborn Babies Snuggling With Baby Animals

Aiming to create “lasting memories of [life's] most cherished moments,” London-based photographer Sujata Setia specializes in family photography with a furry twist. In a series of <b>newborn photos</b>, Setia pairs snoozing infants with baby animals, capturing the adorable bond between the too-cute …

Cute

Interactive Map Explores the Literal Meanings of 190 Global City Names

What's in a name? According to On the Go Tours, quite a lot. They've taken a look at the names of over 190 global cities and given their literal translations. The results are an interesting look at what inspires city names around the world.<p>We've previously looked at the literal translations of …

North America

Designer Spends a Year Creating Logos That Subtly Reveal the Meaning of Words

Art director Daniel Carlmatz looks at language as more than just words on a page. For one year (November 2016 to November 2017), the Swedish creative challenged himself to visual wordplay by turning otherwise ordinary terms into playful logos. He did so by manipulating letterforms and incorporating …

Graphic Design

Artist Performs Stunning Underwater Choreography in the World’s Deepest Pool

Performed and directed by French deep-sea diver, dancer, and filmmaker Julie Gautier, <i>AMA</i> is a video performance project that follows the artist’s graceful underwater movements. Filmed in the <b>world’s deepest pool</b> in Venice, Italy, the captivating underwater dance is titled after the Japanese word for …

20+ Websites for Incredible Free Stock Photos

Whether you're a blogger looking for the perfect photo to accompany your article or a designer in need of an image for a new T-shirt, there are innumerable reasons that free images come in handy. But, as you're searching for <b>stock photography</b>, it's important to know the right places to do so in …

Web Design

Interview: Floral Installations Transform Gallery Spaces Into Immersive Indoor Gardens

British installation artist Rebecca Louise Law creates stunning installation art made from thousands of <b>real flowers</b>, suspended with copper wire. Exploring the relationship between humanity and nature, the artist transforms art galleries, museums, and other public spaces into immersive indoor …

Art

Photographer Captures Unbelievable Colors Reflected in Breaking Ocean Waves

Based in the south coast of Australia, Ryan Pernofski uses his iPhone to capture the majestic beauty of breaking ocean waves. The talented surf photographer first plunged into the water with his iPhone in 2012, using Optrix underwater housing equipment to avoid it getting wet. Since then, he’s been …

Photography

10 of the Best Contemporary Art Museums to Visit Around the World

You can scour Google Arts and Culture all day, but it will never match seeing an amazing work of art in person. Looking at the craftsmanship and experiencing its presence can be an awe-inspiring moment. Better yet, viewing work that's outside of our culture encourages us to think beyond …

Museums

Japanese Artist Handcrafts Hair Accessories That Look Like Delicate Flowers

Japanese artist Sakae creates delicate floral hair accessories using colorful resin and wire. In Japan, these ornamental hair pins are known as <b>Kanzashi</b>, and today they’re worn with kimonos by Japanese women on special occasions. Sakae calls her craft “dip flower,” which involves sculpting the …

Cherry Blossoms

Literal World Map Reveals the Historical Meanings of Country Names

Each country has its own fascinating history and in linguistics a country's name is often the first clue to their historic culture. This world map—created by Credit Card Compare—shows the literal translation of each country’s name, suggesting their original meanings. By using a range of sources …

Language

Helpful Infographics Visualize Complex Branches of Math and Science

It's often easy to get stuck into a narrow view of what a particular field of study entails, but as Dominic Walliman reveals in his impressive science infographics, there's much more than meets the eye when thinking of particular STEM subjects. Walliman demonstrates the diversity and complexity of …

8 Contemporary Artists Taking String Art to the Next Level

On face value, a ball of string might not seem the most exciting object in an artist’s tool box. But in the right creative hands, embroidery thread, cord, and yarn can be used to create incredible masterpieces. Today, <b>string art</b> is utilized for artistic DIY projects, but it’s also evolved into a …

Streetwear

15+ Pieces of Statement-Making Jewelry That’ll Show Off Your Stunning Style

There are some people that like to take risks with their style, and there are others that are more reserved with their sartorial choices. For those in the latter camp, there’s an easy way to express yourself through fashion without having to rock a loud blouse or bright red pants. Statement …

Jewelry

Dog Breed Guide Is a Hilariously Accurate Representation of 20+ Different Pups

Choosing a canine companion can be a challenge. Different dog breeds each have their own personalities that might mesh perfectly with yours, or the two of you might drive each other crazy. Luckily, illustrator Grace Gogarty, aka Little Tunny, has created a hilariously helpful guide to distinguish …

Pets

Captivating Video Shows Flooded Park Submerged in Crystal Clear Water

Earlier this month, a hiking trail in Brazil's Recanto Ecológico Rio de la Prata (“Natural River Park”) flooded due to unusually heavy rains. While most outdoor sites in this situation would turn into a muddy mess, crystal clear river overflow transformed the path and its surroundings into an …

Hiking Trail

The Unique History and Fascinating Evolution of the Japanese Kimono

For generations, Japanese style has been defined by a single garment: the kimono. Historically significant, aesthetically fascinating, and steeped in symbolism, the kimono captures the exquisite elegance of Japanese culture and design, proving that clothing can be much more than meets the eye.<p>Here, …

Japan

Interview: Beautifully Colorful Scenes Captured on a Voyage Around the World

British travel photographer Jordan Hammond may only be in his early twenties, but he's already well on his way toward leaving his mark in the industry. His gorgeous photographs spark an immediate wanderlust in viewers, as they follow along on his journey around the world. With a special emphasis on …

Abu Dhabi

Diverse Character Illustrations Made From Iconic Symbols of Their Beloved Cities

One of our favorite illustrators, Federico Babina, is back with a new set of drawings that takes us on a world tour. Sticking to his clear, graphic sensibilities, Babina illustrates some of the most well-loved cities around the world for his new series <i>INKONICITY</i>. From Beijing to Berlin, Istanbul to …

Mental Disorders

Best of 2017: Top Innovative Design and Technology Developments of the Year

The best design and technology has the ability not only to improve our lives, but make a mark on society. As 2017 winds down, My Modern Met looks back at the most innovative technology and design we've covered this year. Environmentally conscious design continues to be a trend, as large companies …

Top 10

Photographer Creates Poetic Collages by Seamlessly Blending Stock Photos

Inspired by the world around him, young digital artist Justin Peters creates surreal and serene collages that merge unexpected elements to great success. At just 22 years old, he's carrying on a long tradition of collage art, which has evolved from Cubist masters to the contemporary age of digital …

Digital Art

Ethereal Portraits of Women Who Look Like They’re Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Inspired by fantasy and fairytales, photographer Bella Kotak creates ethereal images that combine sumptuous color and bountiful nature. Her portraits of women fuse flowers, gorgeous fashion, and picturesque settings, resulting in moments that seem plucked from the pages of a storybook.<p>Kotak …

Photography

Everything You Need to Know About Hokusai, the Painter of ‘The Great Wave’

While most people instantly recognize <i>The Great Wave off Kanagawa</i>, some may not know anything about its eccentric creator, Katsushika Hokusai. Having produced a colossal volume of around 30,000 works during his lifetime, <i>The Great Wave</i> woodblock print wasn’t produced until 60 years after he first …

Art

Nintendo Debuts New Way to Play Video Games with Cardboard Accessories

Nintendo is known for their offbeat approach to game consoles. While Playstation and Xbox are competing to be the best PC-style console, Nintendo subverted that trend by creating the Switch, a gaming device you can play either at home or while you’re on-the-go. When launched in 2017, it turned out …

Nintendo Labo

Dynamic Dancers Photographed on the Historic Streets of Prague

Photographer Omar Z. Robles is back with more of his ongoing dance photography series, which depicts ballet dancers moving along the streets of cities around the world. This time, he's made his way to Eastern Europe with a visit to Prague, where he exhibited his work as an Official Fujifilm …

Shades of Grey

Concrete Water Pipes Reimagined as Micro-Apartments for Innovative Housing Solution

Housing shortages are a reality in many parts of the world, but nowhere more so than Hong Kong, where the average one-bedroom apartment downtown rents for $2,100 and many people are forced into cheap black market apartments called coffin cubicles. But James Law Cybertecture, a Hong Kong-based …

Hong Kong

People Are Snapping Pictures of Unusual Bird Friends Saying “Hello” at Their Windows

Being stuck in an office for 40 hours a week can get monotonous, so when a friend stops by, it can really make a day seem a whole lot brighter. You might think we mean human companions, but we’re talking about friends of the feathered variety. People are snapping photos of birds who ceremoniously …

Birds

Treat Your Pets Like Royalty with Custom-Made Masterpieces

Most pet owners would consider their adored furry friends part of the family, and some might even treat their animals like royalty. Mantelpiece Masterpiece is a website that allows you to transpose photos of your pet’s head onto the body of a classic portrait painting to create a custom …

Pets