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Beyond the Cronut: 15 Frankenpastries to Make at Home

Cupcakes are old news. The newest sugary sensation to sweep our fair city is the Cronut -- the croissant-doughnut hybrid created by Dominque Ansel at his SoHo bakery last month. With production of the pastry limited to 300 a day, Cronut mania has created long lines and even given rise to a seedy …

Doughnuts

BAFTA Posters Cleverly Show Film Plot Lines in Shadows

To honor the best British and international contributions to film in 2014, on February 8, the 68th British Academy Film Awards (or BAFTA), was held at the Royal Opera House in London. The British version of the Oscars, the BAFTAs had five films in their Best Film category: Birdman, Boyhood, The …

Posters

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Stunning Animated GIFs Colorize Vintage Black and White Photos

Photographs are a link to the past, and with advances in technology, we're able to colorize what was once only in black and white. The Dutch website NSMBL recently shared a collection of images that show the “before” and “after” of digital colorization. That alone is interesting, but better yet, …

GIF Animations

New Unbelievably Honest Cards by Emily McDowell

Illustrator Emily McDowell is back with a new set of cards! In her usual style, she's open and honest, giving us a new way to appreciate hand written greeting cards. These aren't your usual cards, no, they're the equivalent of a breath of fresh air, cards you wish you could have come up with …

Grandparents

Company Logo Design - Blunders and Slip-Ups that Impact

“Boom! Abercrombie & Fitch Drops Its Logo” read Forbes magazine a few days back. Why – What – who? A lot of questions tangled this decision.<p><b>Let us</b> …

Graphic Design

Feast your eyes on great works of art recreated with food

Some foods look too good to eat, and some foods look good enough to put in a museum.<p>Russian food photographer Tatiana Shkondina uses food to recreate …

Yosemite free climbers hope to reach summit by Wednesday

Two athletes attempting a gravity-defying free climb up the smoothest, steepest cliff on the 3,000-foot Yosemite monolith known as El Capitan were on the verge Tuesday of reaching the summit in what climbing aficionados say is “the climb of the century.”<p>Tommy Caldwell, 36, of Colorado and Kevin …

The Oldest Time Capsule In American History Was Just Opened — Here's What's Inside

Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and war hero William Scollay buried a time capsule in Boston more than 200 years ago, and we're finally seeing what's inside.<p>Museum conservators found newspapers, coins, a copper medal, a silver plaque, and other items in the capsule. One coin pulled from the capsule was …

Time Capsules

How Designers Turn Data Into Beautiful Infographics

Behind the scenes of information architects’ creative processes.<p>The best infographics are clear, easy to digest, and eye-catching. But the process of distilling data into a neat little chart, bar graph, or venn diagram usually requires pages and pages of messy preparatory sketches, which are rarely …

Data Visualization

Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El Niño? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they're all taken.<p>Virtually every large city, notable landscape feature, creature and weather pattern of North America — as well as myriad other words, concepts and images — has been snapped up and trademarked as the …

Beer

Animated GIF Movie Posters Bring Iconic Films to Life

Throughout the history of film, there have been some incredible and iconic movie posters that capture the essence of what a production is about. But, what if they could be made even better? Imgur user Ashortername posted two collections of animated GIF posters that bring films to life. The …

Posters

Large Chrome Mural Gives the Illusion of a Three Dimensional Sculpture

Graffiti artist Bikismo (also known as Joshua Santos Rivera) has beautified the streets of Miami with this optically tantalizing mural of a chrome-coated dog. Gracing the walls of Jose De Diego Middle School, the Puerto Rican artist's piece is composed of painstakingly mapped patches of color, laid …

Art

Frozen Flowers Melt Away Dramatically in Blocks of Ice

To create his <i>Locked in the ether</i> series, Kenji Shibata froze an array of flowers in blocks of ice, temporarily locking the full blooms in all their glory. Then, he let the ice melt and photographed the weepy wilting and thawing process.<p>As the ice relinquishes its grip on the flowers, bruised petals …

Psychedelia

A Pop-Up Cafe Caters To Hikers Along The Pacific Crest Trail

Hikers who complete the whole 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail say the only thing they talk about more than their aching feet is food. They have to carry it all, except when they get surprised by a little trail magic – like what happens near California's Sonora Pass.<p>The Pacific Crest Trail gets a …

Ex-Graffiti Artist Cuts Paper Into Delicate Art

“Paper is a noble material,” says Aurel Rubbish, a former electronic musician and graffiti artist. For the past four years, this 33-year-old Frenchman has dedicated himself to the delicate art of paper-cutting. Inspired by street art, tattoo design and the American Pop Surrealism movement, Rubbish …

Art

A Secret Message Hidden In A CIA Sculpture 25 Years Ago Might Finally Be Solved

The sculpture is 12 feet high, and stands on the grounds of the CIA complex in Langley, Virginia. American artist Jim Sanborn built it 25 years ago.<p>Kryptos contains four hidden messages, carved out of metal. Those four messages are the clues to a riddle. Sanborn has hinted that solving the riddle …

Mathematics

Trek-worthy gifts for outdoor adventurers

Going gear-shopping for your favorite outdoors-loving friend or family member can be harder than trekking up Mount St. Helens as she’s about to blow. There are so many options, but so much crap.<p>To help you out with your holiday shopping, Cult of Mac waded through the endless lists of camping and …

Giants Rookie Made What Is Being Called The Greatest Catch Ever

On a long throw by Eli Manning, Beckham was racing down the sideline when he leaped up and caught the pass with one hand over and behind his head as he was falling backward into the end zone.<p>As if that weren't amazing enough, he made the catch despite being interfered with.<p>Here is another view that …

NFL

Superheroes Reimagined as 16th Century Paintings

What would it look like if Superman was born in the 16th century? What if the Hulk was a Duke? These are the questions photographer Sacha Goldberger asked himself when he created this playful new series <i>Super Flemish</i>. Some of our favorite pop culture characters like Darth Vader and Snow White got …

Art

5 Things Successful People Never Do

But an important one many don't know about is the ability to manage emotions and remain calm under pressure, says Travis Bradberry, president at TalentSmart and coauthor of "Emotional Intelligence 2.0," in a LinkedIn post.<p>In a more recent follow-up post, Bradberry says that managing your emotions …

Self-improvement

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

The Top 10 Creepiest Two Sentence Stories

<i>Flickr | johnny myreng henriksen</i><p>Are you feeling like you could use a little bit more creepiness in your life? A few months ago, an Ask Reddit thread …

The Difficulty Of Baking The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie In One Photo

Chocolate chip cookies are one of America's favorite sweets.<p>But crafting the perfect one can be a science, says food blogger Tessa Arias of Handle The Heat.<p>"Have you ever wondered why chocolate chip cookies can be chewy, crisp, soft, flat, thick, cakey, greasy, bland, flavorful, moist, or crumbly?" …

Dessert

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Flat Illustrations by Lorena G

Flat illustratons as a tribute to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.<p>Lorena G is a Barcelona based art director, illustrator, and graphic …

Anonymous Student Duo Illustrate Motivational Quotes with Amazing Chalkboard Art

Two anonymous students have elevated vandalism to an art form at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. Known only as Dangerdust, the duo has created quite a buzz both online and on campus. Each week, they sneak into an empty classroom at night and use chalk to create amazing artwork that …

Drawing

The Answer to Tech Companies' Hiring Woes | Inc.com

Fifteen out of the top 20 names on the 2013 <i>Inc.</i> 5000 list of fastest-growing companies are in the fields of science, engineering, and technology (SET). Will they be able to attract and retain enough talent to keep growing?<p>According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, SET industries are where the …

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