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The beautiful holiday cards drawn by famous artists for their friends

Most of the holiday cards we receive in the mail, whether they feature cartoon Santas or pictures of cousins in matching sweaters, are not exactly artistic masterpieces. But the handmade cards pictured below are in a different category. These cards, sent by well-known 20th Century artists to their …

An Artist's Guide to the Best of Austin, Texas

With a new exhibition at Austin's Blanton Museum of Art, artist Donald Moffett is returning to his roots. The Texas native shows us around town.<p>San Antonio–born Donald Moffett may have moved to New York in 1978, but he still holds his Central Texas childhood dearly. The artist, who is known for his …

How two millennials built a $100 million startup in 4 years and landed an interview with the president

Michelle Obama's glam squad had already powdered his nose. He sipped water and thumbed an issue of The New Yorker, trying to stave off nerves.<p>Horowitz, 27, was about to conduct his third-ever video interview for a website he cofounded four years earlier, Mic. The president had only granted two …

Why two Googlers left the company's top-secret lab to create an app that aims to change how people talk to each other

One day, while he and his wife were both at work, he got a text message containing an audio file from his 20-month-old daughter's nanny.<p>When he finally downloaded the file as an MP3 and fired up his media player, he heard June, his 20-month-old daughter, say some of her first words: "I miss you, …

Modern life is homogenised and not as much fun, says John Hurt

Sir John Hurt has bemoaned the homogenised state of modern society, in which excessive warnings about the danger of alcohol abound and making a pass at a woman is fraught with risks.<p>The 75-year-old actor, whose film credits include The Elephant Man, The Naked Civil Servant and the Harry Potter …

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

The Brain

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.<p>Last year, just …

Leadership

The Psychology Of Notifications

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i></i><i>Ximena Vengoechea is</i> <i>a design researcher at Twitter,</i> <i>and</i> <i>Nir Eyal is the</i> <i>author of</i> <i>Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.</i><p>In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtime with the ring of a bell. Pavlov found he could elicit an involuntary physical response …

Pixel: A Mesmerizing Dance Performance Incorporating Interactive Digital Projection | Colossal

<p>Pixel is an innovative dance performance conceived by French performance artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, known collectively as the …

Dance

Cara Delevingne stars in Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s “Nothing Came To Me”

English model Cara Delevingne stars in a new video featuring the music of Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. The 1.5-minute video gives Cara the …

Clever Ads Feature Classic Artists Photographing Their Self Portrait

Vincent Van Gogh<p>Advertising agency Leo Burnett Switzerland created a tongue-in-cheek campaign that’ll appeal to both selfie and fine art lovers. Three posters feature the iconic artists Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Albrecht Dürer snapping their picture using the Samsung NX Mini camera – the …

Funny Series: What Not to Say to a Photographer

Here at My Modern Met, we have a lot of respect for creatives – artists, designers and photographers – who make this world a more bold and beautiful place. Photographers have it especially tough since most people don't quite understand what goes into being a professional photographer. That's why …

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 …

National Geographic Picks the World's Most Unique Lodges

The National Geographic Society just announced a list of the world's most unique lodges. These 24 boutique hotels located on six continents were chosen for their design and character, service and experiences, and their commitment to conservation. National Geographic actually deployed experts to …

Travel Photography

20 Award-Winning Wedding Photographs of 2014

Four times a year, the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographer (or ISPWP) holds a members-only contest to pick out the best wedding photographs of the year. The ISPWP is an organization, created by professional photographers, that brings together the top wedding photographers in …

Infographic Tracks the Daily Routines of Famous Creatives

According to the infographic <i>The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People</i>, not all great minds think alike. In fact, they plan their days very differently from one another. Podio, a project management software company, created this chart that visualizes how artists, writers, and musicians went about …

Gorgeous Glow-in-the-Dark Murals Only Visible Under UV Light

Hungarian-born, Vienna-based artist Bogi Fabian uses glowing UV paint to create gorgeous, luminescent murals that can only be seen under a black light. With the flip of a light switch, blank bedroom walls are suddenly covered with cosmic scenes, glittering stars, beautiful landscapes, and lush …

Beautiful Flower Bouquets Frozen in Blocks of Ice by Makoto Azuma

Throughout the years, botanical artist Makoto Azuma has consistently looked for new ways to explore the beauty of plants like flowers and bonsai by placing them in incredibly unique settings. In the past, he has frozen and suspended bonsai trees, submerged them underwater, and even launched bonsai …

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, …

Breathtaking Frozen Bubbles Look Like Elegant Glass Ornaments

Each winter, when the temperature dips into the negatives, Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly takes advantage of the frigid weather and blows bubbles that freeze and form beautiful patches of ice crystals. The breathtaking results, which she photographs for her series <i>Life in a Bubble</i>, look …

Wedding Photographer Re-Imagines Disney Princesses as Stunning Indian Brides

Amrit Grewal, a Vancouver-based wedding photographer, re-imagines Disney princesses as Indian brides in this enchanting photo series. The high-budget photo shoot showcases nine iconic princesses in gorgeous portraits that draw on elements of Indian culture to re-create the looks. For example, …

Philadelphia Pizzeria Helps Feed the Homeless with Heartwarming Pay-it-Foward Initiative

Rosa's Fresh Pizza is making a difference among the homeless population of Philadelphia, one pizza slice at a time.<p>In December 2013, 26-year-old Mason Wartman left his Wall Street finance job to return to his hometown and open a restaurant named after his mother. The shop became popular, especially …

Modern Shanghai Speakeasy Accessible Through a Vintage Coke Machine

It's hard to find The <i>Flask Speakeasy Shanghai</i>, and that's the point. Alberto Caiola designed the exclusive locale, and it's one of the hottest new cocktail bars in Shanghai. But, it all remains hidden behind an innocuous vintage Coca-Cola machine that's located in <i>The Press</i>, a quirky sandwich shop. …

French Design Studio Repurposes Boeing Wingtip into Futuristic Desk

In a twist of high-flying innovation, a French design studio repurposed this Boeing wingtip into a sleek, futuristic desk. Les Ateliers Flown created the piece from a 737-800 model wingtip in a cantilevered design, meaning the white-and-silver wing stands on one “leg” of its own as it intersects …

Surprising Infographic Visualizes the Cost of Living Around the World

We often think about the cost of living from city to city and less often from country to country. Movehub, a resource for those moving abroad, visualized data that shows us how this cost changes around the world. They used information from the website Numbeo, which is a crowdsourced global …

New Portraits of Solitary Superheroes Finding Peace in Nature

Paris-based photographer Benoit Lapray reveals the hidden lives of superheroes in <i>The Quest for the Absolute</i>, a series that depicts quiet moments of reflection set against stunning natural backdrops. After the success of his first batch of lonely superhero portraits, which we shared in 2014, Lapray …

New Canadian Passport Reveals Spectacular Designs Under UV Black Light

With a little help from a UV black light, the most recent version of the Canadian passport reveals spectacular patterns and a surprisingly vibrant neon glow. Reddit user Chachichachichicken recently shared this discovery in an Imgur photo gallery that quickly went viral. The passport pages …

Awesome Vending Machine Sells Random Books for $2

Just a few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Toronto and strolled right into The Monkey's Paw, an “antiquarian shop specializing in uncommon books and paper artifacts from the age of print.” Upon entering, I was immediately drawn to this beautiful, vintage-looking vending machine. I was …

Head to Arkansas for What May Be America's Coolest Art and Design Hotel

Architect Deborah Berke designs a modern retreat in Bentonville, Arkansas, for 21c, a hotel mini-empire blending art, design, and hospitality.<p>Located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square and a short walk to Moshe Safdie's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel …