Валерий Храпач

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5 Design Tips That Will Enhance Your Social Media Images

If your imagery isn't appealing it will cost you business.<p>I was working with an entrepreneur the other day on his marketing plan. He pulled out his folder with his new website and mock up of his social media pages. I could tell he was very proud of the work because he had a big smile on his face. …

How To Transform Your Next Conference Takeaways Into Real-Life Results

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Web Design

Gig wants to make it easier for millennials to pick up casual work in catering and hospitality

Have we reached peak gig economy yet? Probably not, but when a startup calling itself Gig launches, we are definitely making headway. The London-based company offers a platform targeting millennials who want to pick up shift work in the hospitality and retail sectors.<p>As well as enabling you to find …

How to see everything Google knows about you

The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google's services and provide relevant ads.<p>But you might be surprised to know that Google can easily take a look at all of the data it has on you.<p>In October, The Guardian …

10 apps that should be core smartphone features

So I trawled the hundreds of apps I’ve installed, and compiled a “top 10” of the ones I feel wouldn’t look out-of-place integrated into a phone’s inner workings.<p>It’s worth noting here that these aren’t necessarily the best built or designed apps out there — it’s more about the core functionality. …

Unique Seascape Photography by Ray Collins

Ray Collins is photographer known for his unique signature seascape photography. In this post we selected a series of amazing photos from the sea …

Spectacular Photos of a Camel Train Roaming Australia’s Cable Beach

Add this to our bucket list! As Australia's first professional Instagrammer, Lauren Bath gets paid to travel the world to photograph the most amazing destinations. An ex-chef, she was an early adopter to the Instagram platform and she now boasts an astounding 384,000 followers. Recently, she …

The Last Iceberg

All things move toward their end— Camille Seaman has been photographing dwindling icebergs in both Arctic regions with great power and perhaps even greater poignancy.<p><b>Photographs by Camille Seaman</b><p>California-based photographer and 2011 TED Fellow, Camille Seaman, has been photographing in both Arctic …

The Arctic

A new US-EU free trade agreement could make countries subservient to corporations

The potentially game-changing trade deal is aimed at radically reconfiguring the legal and regulatory superstructures of the world's two largest markets, the United States and the European Union - for the almost exclusive benefit of the world's biggest multinational corporations.<p>However, resistance …

The collapse of the euro is fantastic news for Europe's recovery

And it is closing in on parity with the dollar. That is something that several analysts expected to happen perhaps by the end of 2016. If the currency keeps falling at anything like this pace, it will happen in weeks or months, rather than years.<p>In fact, Deutsche Bank expects the euro to fall to …

Fantastic 3D Drawings Pop Off the Page by Alessandro Diddi

Italian artist Alessandro Diddi uses his creative talents to draw mind-bending illusions. The playful anamorphic works trick our eye into thinking that his pencil renderings have come to life. A firm handshake, a bird spreading its wings, and a fire-breathing dragon all pop-off the pages of Diddi's …

Drawing

Breathtaking Aerial Photos of New York City at Night Captured From 7,500 Feet

Renowned French American photographer Vincent Laforet embarked on the photo mission of a lifetime when he soared 7,500 feet in a helicopter above New York City to capture breathtaking aerial photos of the glittering cityscape at night. Held in only by a full-body harness, leaning out of the chopper …

Mexican Folk Art Sculptures Created by Residents of Oaxaca

In the Tree Magic Folk Art Etsy store, wooden Mexican folk art sculptures of stylized animals come to life with vibrant colors and whimsical features. The sculptures are created by residents of Oaxaca, decorated with elements characteristic of folk art from the state –designs made of brightly …

Fascinating Infographic Conceptualizes the World as 100 People

What if the world's population only had 100 people? That small of a number definitely makes it easier to put things into perspective. Out of 100, 60 of them would live in Asia; 70 would not have access to the internet; and the gender divide would be split at 50/50. Jack Hagley designed this …

Photographer Beautifully Captures Surreal Clouds Rolling Over Taiwan

Photographer Bai Heng-yao captures stunning images of fog as it rolls across the city of Taipei, Taiwan. His multiple-exposure photos reveal nebulous clouds and starry expanses illuminated by a surreal color spectrum. As the sun rises, Heng-yao turns his lens to Taipei's horizon, to document the …

Infographic Reveals the 20 Most Popular Sites Every Year since 1996

With the current popularity of sites like Google and Amazon, it would seem like they were always just part of the web. But, that’s not the case. This infographic shows the 20 most popular sites in December every year starting from 1996. An Internet analytics company called comScore compiled the …

Oil Tycoon Harold Hamm Sent His Ex-Wife A Check For $975 Million — She Rejected It

Hamm's offer to pay ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall immediately the full cash value of what he owes based on a November divorce ruling by an Oklahoma County judge was rejected, Hamm's lawyer, Michael Burrage, said in an emailed statement.<p>"Ms. Arnall, through her counsel, stated that they were rejecting the …

Layered Resin and Paint Blend in Strikingly Psychedelic Paintings

Chicago-based artist Bruce Riley uses resin and paint to create vibrant, abstract shapes that blossom organically across large-scale panels. Pools of resin form the base of his striking creations, while drips and broad strokes of paint are layered endlessly in mesmerizing patterns that catch the …

Top 22 Most Hilarious Art and Photo Projects of 2014

It's been a good year for funny art and photo projects. Creatives, you made us laugh with your sly Photoshop tricks, and you made us double over with laughter with your cute and clever comics. That's why we're looking back on the year and picking out our 22 most hilarious projects. Though you may …

15 Photos That Will Convince You That Iceland Belongs on Another Planet

With huge volcanoes, erupting geysers, grand glaciers, and majestic waterfalls, Iceland has a little something for everyone. Particularly for photographers, however, Iceland is like a dream. The Nordic country, that lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, is one of the most sparsely …

15 Otherworldly Places You Have to See to Believe

<b>Three Sisters Volcano, Oregon</b><p>Have you ever looked at a photo and just couldn't believe what you were seeing? Today let's check out 15 of those places. Destinations that seem like they are not of this Earth. Lakes that seem like they belong on another planet. Mountains that appear like they were …

This is the First Photo Ever Taken from the Surface of a Comet

Human kind did something incredible yesterday: we landed something on the surface of a comet. After a 10 year journey to Comet …

Mois De La Photo

Portraits of American Same-Sex Couples from the 1980s at Home with Themselves

At the height of AIDS hysteria in the 1980s, when some people still wondered if the disease could be passed to others through day-to-day contact, …

Wallpaper of the Week by Glennz Jones

The wallpaper of this week is an amazing image created by our friend, Glennz Jones. Glennz is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week