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How to Take a Class From Harvard—and Over 800 Other Universities—for Free

Ever wish you'd had time to take that interesting class at university, but could never fit it into your schedule? Or, perhaps you're simply a curious individual who loves learning. The rise of MOOCS—massive open online courses—is a great place to get university-level learning from the comfort of …

Learning

Vibrant Data Visualizations of Famous Classical Music Scores Burst with Color

Self-described “designer, data geek, fractal nut” Nicholas Rougeux has merged open-source music with data visualization to create colorful imagery based on some of the most famous classical music scores in history. From Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Vivaldi, it's fascinating to see how these …

Orchestras

Japanese Artist Crafts Miniature Antique Dollhouse Furniture by Hand

Miniaturization has a long history in Japan, dating back thousands of years. Classic examples include bonsai trees, and more recently technology, such as mobile phones. Almost anything seems suitable for miniaturization, and we’ve featured many novel forms lately, from cat-sized furniture, to …

Miniature

Interview: Up and Coming Wildlife Photographer Captures the Spirit of the Natural World

Established in 2016, Lonely Hunter is the creative outlet for freelance photographer Richard Johnston. Primarily focusing on landscape and wildlife photography, the Australian photographer has been making a name for himself with his well composed, artistic images. Whether getting in close for an …

Photography

Ceramicist Creates Rainbow-Colored Pots and Vases Dripping with Thick Glaze

Philadelphia-based ceramicist Brian Giniewski creates rainbow-colored pots and vases that appear to be dunked in sugary-sweet icing. He first started making his dripping vessels on weekends while teaching art at university level. After six years, Giniewski turned his passion into a full-time career …

Landscaping

New Large-Scale Finger Paintings of Vibrant Animals in Action by Iris Scott

We often think of finger painting as something that's just for children, but Iris Scott has continually shown us that it’s a viable way to produce stunning works of art. For years, the Brooklyn-based creative has broken the barrier between herself and the canvas by creating elaborate, colorful …

Art

5 Factors to Keep in Mind When Marketing Your Creativity

So you've made the leap into a creative career, have your website set up, and are ready to sell your art or services online. But how do you get a following that can take your career to the next level? Marketing is one of the most important aspects to any profession, but particularly if you are …

Marketing

Stunning Aerial Photos Tell the Stories of New York City and Los Angeles From Above

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein tells the tale of two cities through aerial photography. His series <i>LA NY</i> features a birds-eye-view look at two world-famous metropolises: Los Angeles and New York City. In breathtaking shots, we get a sense of the idiosyncrasies between the two coastal locales, from …

Los Angeles

Interactive Map Pinpoints Every Vinyl Record Shop in the World

Passionate music fans are always on the hunt for great tunes, whether that’s at home or while traveling. If you’re someone obsessed with finding cozy record shops wherever you go, then the website VinylHub was created with you in mind. It’s an interactive, crowd-sourced map that has a …

Vinyl Records

Tesla Announces New Electric Semi Trucks and Big Companies Are Already Lining Up for Preorders

With nearly 2 million semi-trucks in the United States alone, Tesla is venturing to make an environmentally friendly dent in the market. Using his trademark flair, CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's new electric semi-truck at a splashy event that saw an 18-wheeler hauled out on stage. With a …

Elon Musk

Traveling Illustrator Captures London’s Historic Pubs as Cut-Out Pen and Ink Drawings

Earlier this year, we introduced you to London-based illustrator Maxwell Tilse, who combines his love of drawing with his passion for traveling. Originally from Sydney, Australia, the 23-year-old travels Europe, documenting each city he visits with beautifully detailed pen and ink sketches. Now, as …

London

Artist Hand-Engraves Incredible Gold Bug Coin with Mechanical Wings

Russian artist Roman Booteen is a modern master in the art of the hobo nickel—a term used to describe the 18th century sculptural art form of hand-engraving coins. His latest extraordinary piece—titled <i>Gold Bug</i>—was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story, <i>The Gold Bug</i>. It features a central beetle …

Edgar Allan Poe

Origami: How the Ancient Art of Paper Folding Evolved Over Time and Continues to Inspire

For centuries, cultures have come up with creative ways to artistically approach, adopt, and adapt the paper craft. While many of these practices, including Korean Hanji, can be individually traced to specific countries of origin, most—including <i>papier</i>–<i>mâché</i>, a French-sounding craft that was …

Origami

7 Iconic Chairs That Have Shaped Modern Furniture (Including the Seat You’re in Right Now)

In the 20th century, modernism dominated aesthetic interests. In addition to fine art and everyday architecture, the modernist movement also transformed interior design, with furniture at the forefront. While most home furnishings received modern makeovers, it was the humble chair that had the most …

Furniture

Adorable Insta-Famous Japanese Cat Has a Serious Sense of Style

Meet Buona (aka @_pizzicato_), the 2-year-old exotic shorthair cat from Japan. She’s Insta-famous, and it’s not just because she’s adorable—this kitty has a serious sense of style. Whether it’s a set of bunny ears, one of her fabulous pairs of spectacles, or even a bread slice-shaped hat, she can …

Adorable

Scientists Send a Message to Aliens, Hoping for a Reply in Just 25 Years

Thanks to the work of scientists, we may be hearing messages from extraterrestrials in just 25 years. As part of a collaboration with the Sónar Festival, a three-day electronic and advanced music festival in Barcelona, researchers recently transmitted messages to a nearby planet, with the hopes of …

Aliens

10+ Creative Products by Innovative Startups on Amazon Launchpad Right Now

If you missed out on the clever Kickstarter product you were hoping for or just love supporting innovative entrepreneurs, Amazon Launchpad is the place to look for innovative items from startups. This special section of the online shopping giant highlights the hard work of small businesses, …

Shopping

Funny Parents Turn Kid’s Drawing on Wall into Framed Work of Art at Home

Even the most angelic of cherubs can’t resist making their mark on white walls. Some children might be scolded for scribbling on their parents’ property, however this particular couple responded with an ingenious alternative approach. After coming home to find their 6-year-old son had used a green …

Parenting

Europe Pledges to Fill Void Left by President Trump’s Climate Change Policy

As the COP23 international climate summit in Bonn, Germany comes to a close, many are making declarations that confirm their commitment to the Paris Agreement, regardless of the US government's stance. Europe, as well as 20 American states, 110 US cities, and 1,400 businesses are stepping in to …

Climate

Artist Embroiders Portraits and Each Strand of Thread Looks Like a Brushstroke of Paint

Inspired by the works of the old masters, Russia-based artist Maria Vasilyeva creates accessories and panels that evoke the style and fine workmanship of the Renaissance. Vasilyeva’s purses, pendants, and brooches feature embroidered portraits, with each stitch appearing to resemble a paint stroke, …

Artists

Makeup Artist Uses Human Face as Unconventional Canvas for Abstract Paintings

Makeup artist Evelyn Affleck is formally trained in the art of beauty, but she still finds time to experiment with the ever-growing field. Calling her Instagram “a collection of ideas,” Affleck chronicles her bold concepts that transform the body into a canvas for abstract works of art.<p>Affleck …

Beauty

The Simpson’s Family Home Reimagined in Different Architectural Styles

The original Simpsons’ home, 742 Evergreen Terrace vs The Simpsons House IRL<p>Springfield's 742 Evergreen Terrace—the suburban two-story detached residence that’s home to The Simpsons—is possibly one of the most recognisable homes on TV. The home has hardly changed since first airing in 1989, and …

The Simpsons

How Skilled Copyists Leave the Louvre with a Masterpiece Every Year

Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas. These artists are not only some of the most famous painters in art history, but they also share a common experience—copying the works of Old Masters in the Louvre. A long tradition dating back to just after the French Revolution, each year …

Artists

Photographer Braves 14-Hour Hike to Capture Wedding Atop Norway’s Trolltunga Rock

There are many ways to defy convention on your wedding day. Perhaps you opt for a black dress over a white gown, or you take the literal plunge and get married in the middle of the sea. There are also the adventurous types who accompany their walk down the aisle with a long hike; this special trek …

Weddings

Creative 2017 Holiday Gift Guides for Every Person in Your Life

Ready to do your holiday shopping? As that time of the year approaches, finding the perfect gift for that special someone isn't always easy. But we're here to help! Check out our different 2017 gift guides and find the perfect present, whether it's for the Secret Santa at your office or for the …

Christmas

4,000-Year-Old Assyrian Tablet Discovered Is an Ancient Prenuptial Agreement

Archaeologists in Turkey recently made an interesting discovery when examining a 4,000-year-old Assyrian tablet. The cuneiform engravings seem to indicate that it's is a sort of ancient prenuptial agreement, detailing everything from divorce to fertility issues.<p>Unearthed at the Kültepe-Kanesh …

Archaeology

Street Barber Who Gives Free Haircuts to the Homeless Gets Gifted His Own Barber Shop

After an 11-year career, Philadelphia-based barber Brennon Jones decided to give back to his community. Without premises of his own, Jones set up shop on sidewalks and street corners to offer free haircuts to the homeless. With a “daily mission of giving back and spreading love,” Jones completed as …

Barbershops

Photographers Take Intimate Portraits of Strangers Who Responded to a Craigslist Ad

In August 2017, Los Angeles-based photography duo KremerJohnson (Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson) decided to publish a “Portrait Subjects Wanted” advertisement on Craigslist in search of “interesting people to photograph… all shapes, races, genders and sizes are welcome.” Offering $20 per hour to …

Portrait Photography

15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes ‘Yes’ for Same-Sex Marriage

Embed from Getty Images<p>Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians—61.6% of its voting population—support same-sex marriage and its legalization.<p>The …

Equality

Mesmerizing Fountain Uses Lights to Turn Water into Colorful Shape-Shifting Forms

The sound of a babbling brook has a calming effect on many people, and it's something they wish to mimic in their home. One way to do this is a water fountain, and engineer Stephen Co has produced a design that combines this natural tranquility with a mesmerizing light show. Called <i>Aquarius</i>, the …

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