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Vintage Photos of Japan's Old Art of Soba Delivery on Bicycles

Food delivery has changed drastically since the old days of <i>demae</i> (trans. “to go in front of”) in Japan. Before cell phones, apps, and online ordering existed, deliverymen used a special technique for stacking towers of food on their shoulders as they biked to places filled with frequent customers, …

Japan

A Japanese Island Overrun by Hundreds of Stray Cats

In 2014, a documentary film crew set off to Tashirojima, better known as Cat Island, on the northern coast of Japan to capture the strangely surreal life there. While the human population stands at only about 100, the cats number in the several hundreds. (Some say it could be as high as 800.) The …

Population

German Designer 3D Prints an Amazing Optical Illusion That Will Drive You Insane!

The idea that 3D printing can open up avenues that previously have not been available via other art forms, is something that makes this technology so …

3D Printing

Pixar Releases Free Non-Commercial RenderMan

<b>EMERYVILLE, CA --</b> Pixar Animation Studios today released its Academy Award-winning RenderMan software for non-commercial use. Free Non-Commercial …

Animation

Breathtaking Wire Sculptures Capture the Fluidity of the Human Body

English artist Richard Stainthorp captures the beautiful energy and fluidity of the human body using wire. The life-sized sculptures feature both figures in motion and at rest, expressed in the form of large-gauged strands that are densely wrapped around and through one another. By doing this, he …

Art

Japanese Artist Takanori Aiba's Tiny Kingdom Sculptures Celebrate The Art Of Bonsai

Take one look at Japanese artist Takanori Aiba’s tiny kingdom sculptures, where entire miniature communities are built around bonsai trees, and you’ll feel like Gulliver stepping foot on the imaginary land of Lilliput. The Japanese art of bonsai is a painstaking, meticulous process using …

Art

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Digital Art

How we'll live in space, according to people in the 1970s

Concept art for<br>NASA space stations<p>Imagining life on the high frontier<p>In the 1970s, NASA held a series of summer schools to explore practical designs …

13 graphic novels every memoir lover should read

Looking for a book that offers something different — something a little more rooted in reality? These graphic novel memoirs are as lively and …

Graphic Novels

Artist re-envisions post-punk rockers as popular Marvel superheroes

It's punk, true believers!<p>A Brazilian artist, who goes by the name of Butcher Billy, reimagined seminal icons of the post-punk era as your favorite …

Explore a 3D Environment Made of Magritte Paintings

Shattered sunsets and 3D apples abound in animator Ali Eslami's reconstructed<p>Wish you could get a little deeper into the surreal paintings of René Magritte? Using the Unreal Engine, animator Ali Eslami invites you into a virtual room constructed from scenes from the Belgian painter's …

Art

6 Major Design Trends Shaping City Life In 2015

Co.Design talked to a slew of experts about how design is changing the way we experience cities, from where we live to how we eat.<p>Cities are the future. By one oft-cited statistic, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. But chances are, the cities of the future won’t look …

CES

Inside 'Confusion Through Sand,' a Hand-Drawn Tale of Chaos and Conflict Overseas

Producer Benjamin Wiessner tells us about the intensive, 6,500-frame animation, drawn one image at a time.<p>Watching the animated military short film <i>Confusion Through Sand</i> is a full-body experience, from the top of the brain to the soles of the feet. The nine-minute narrative offers a startlingly …

Animation

Meet Ray Johnson, the Greatest Artist You’ve Never Heard Of

Even if you can’t name a single work by the late artist Ray Johnson—even if you can’t picture one—you may have heard some variation on his pranks. They’ve become something of art-world lore.<p>Like the time a client asked for a 25 percent discount and he obliged, and delivered the work with a quarter …

Hamptons

50 Years of David Bowie's Hairstyles in One GIF

<b>On January 8, David Bowie celebrated his 68th birthday.</b> In honor of the big day, illustrator and artist Helen Green created an animated GIF featuring …

Calvin Candie by Yannick Bouchard

American Artist Justin Hopkins

Selected oil paintings by American artist Justin Hopkins.<p>Justin Hopkins grew up in Mukilteo, Washington. At an early stage, he discovered his …

Art

Animated DIY Card Cleverly Mimics Computer Loading Screen

Instructables contributor goldlego, also known as Calvin Nutter, produced a clever greeting card that mimics the aesthetics of an old computer loading screen. Better yet, it's animated, and as you pull the card from the envelope, the bars appear to “load.” Nutter created a detailed, step-by-step …

Crafting

Land Ends: The Four Extremes of Europe - Photographs by Pavlos Fysakis | LensCulture

Standing on the western tip of Portugal (and the westernmost point of Europe), you could stare ceaselessly into the expanse of ocean in front of you, with nothing to stop your gaze except the faraway notion of a distant American continent. Perhaps in that moment you would feel a twinge of …

CrissCross

The YotaPhone 2 has two faces, zero gimmicks

Hybrid devices are usually a recipe for disappointment. Like the spork, they try to combine the usefulness of two things into one, and, like the spork, they tend to compromise too much. The YotaPhone 2 is a happy exception to that rule. This 5-inch Android smartphone comes with a 4.7-inch e-paper …

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