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The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition announces the latest winners–and experimental typography abounds.<p>Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the <i>50 Books | 50 Covers</i> competition has continued to carry on the tradition of awarding the …

Graphic Design

Why are women with brain tumours being dismissed as attention-seekers?

Women with serious medical conditions are more likely than men to have their symptoms attributed to depression and anxiety, and face delayed diagnosis according to new research. It’s time to end the gender disparity in diagnosis<p>This week, the Brain Tumour Charity reported that women with brain …

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7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Are Great for Your Mental, Emotional and Intellectual Health

There are many times when I suggest adult coloring books to patients, and they look at me like perhaps we should be switching seats. However, time and again, they come back to me and tell me how beneficial they find them to be. Many psychologists and therapists "prescribe" these to patients for …

Here's How Startups Actually Start Up

There’s a sucker born every day — or so they say. But the way startup fever has been spreading across the land, it almost feels more like there’s a …

Startups

Dramatic Portraits of Dancers So Energetic and Passionate They Could Dance out of the Photos

Wa<b>tching a live dance performance can be an invigorating, emotional and moving experience.</b> And capturing the amazing moments that make a performance …

College Is Not the Best Four Years of Your Life

In the interest of reassuring struggling students, I offer this partial catalog of some of the many bad ideas I accumulated during my college years. Trust me—life gets better after graduation.<p>Every June, as I am admiring the pithy speeches full of calculated wisdom delivered by people of …

Comic Books

Someone Figured Out How to GROW a Chair in an Environmentally Friendly Way

Looking for a unique setup for your dining room? Might we recommend some homegrown chairs? British designer Gavin Munro heads up a company called …

10 Artists to Follow on Instagram (& Why You Should)

When you are shopping for artwork, one of the best, slightly off-the-radar resources is the artist's own social media feed. You can get a …

Napkin Drawings of Famous Internet Cats Hanging Out With Pop Culture Robots

Brooklyn-based sculptor, photographer, illustrator and mother Nina Levy, who is known for drawing pop culture characters on her kid’s lunch napkins, …

Watch This Artist Flawlessly Draw Your Favorite Logos By Hand

On a scale from one to THIS, where do your drawing skills fall?<p>East Sussex-based artist and calligrapher Seb Lester has been churning out these incredible freehand illustrations of some of your favorite logos, from TV shows and movies like <i>Game of Thrones</i> and <i>Harry Potter</i> to brands like Nike and …

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These Light Paintings Depict Fantastical Angels

Jason D. Page makes spirits and apparitions with extended exposures.<p>Angelic beings of light descend to Earth in photographer Jason D. Page’s photography series, <i>Apparition</i>. In pursuit of the “true spirit of light painting," Page spent two years traveling through the State and National Parks of the …

16 Female Artists You Should Know

Making it as a woman in the art world is not easy. At an academic level, women are doing awesome — in fact, women make up 50 percent of art school graduates. But the professional art world has a glass ceiling that still hasn’t been cracked. According to a 2014 study from the Association of Art …

Art

More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes, and Travelogues of Great Artists, from Kahlo to Calder to Saint-Exupéry

“Letter writing is probably the most beautiful manifestation in human relations, in fact, it is its finest residue.”<p>Virginia Woolf aptly called letter writing “the humane art.” But what amplifies the humanity and immediacy of words is the addition of art itself — how instantly alive Van Gogh’s …

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Inside a Rustic Modern Kitchen

A warm, welcoming place.<p>Tactile materials and architectural details create a warm, welcoming sense of place in this handsome kitchen by designer Patrick Sutton.

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Carbs Are Your Friend: Our Guide to New-Wave, Artisanal Bread

We might be living in the age of gluten-free everything, but the quality of artisanal bread baking in America has never been higher.<p></head>Mahogany-crusted loaves, dark, dense ryes, buckwheat baguettes. America’s bread scene is changing before our eyes. But, like anything worth geeking out over, …

How To Make $225 An Hour Writing Poetry

Two guys and a girl/Crafting Haiku at events/Earning good money.<p>“Our mission is to write haiku for everyone on the whole entire planet,” says Lisa Markuson, the one woman in the poetry-writing trio The Haiku Guys.<p>This might seem a bit ambitious, but given how frequently Markuson and her cofounders, …

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.<p>16 years after enjoying a high school literary education rich in poetry, I am a literature teacher who barely teaches it. So far this year, my 12th grade literature students have read nearly 200,000 words for my class. …

Watching Mesmerizing Drip Paintings Will Never Get Old

Holton Rower's pour painting timelapse breaks the internet one drip at a time.<p><b>This article was originally published on February 17, 2015 but we think it still rocks!</b><p>It's unlikely that watching paint drip has ever been as transfixing as it is in the video below. Which is likely why the old clip of …

This artist is leaving beautiful works of graffiti art on snow-covered cars

The only good part about having to park on the street in the dead of winter is that your snow-covered car turns into a perfect canvas for drawing …

The Artist’s Reality: Mark Rothko’s Little-Known Writings on Art, Artists, and What the Notion of Plasticity Reveals about Storytelling

“While the authority of the doctor or plumber is never questioned, everyone deems himself a good judge and an adequate arbiter of what a work of art should be and how it should be done.”<p><i>“Artists have no choice but to express their lives,”</i> Anne Truitt wrote in her endlessly insightful diary. If it’s …

David Best: the man who builds art – and burns it

American artist David Best is best known for his extraordinary, cathartic temples ritually sent up in flames as part of Nevada’s annual Burning Man festival. Now he has been persuaded to build a temple in Northern Ireland in honour of those who died in the Troubles… Below, Helen Marriage of …

This Sculpture Is Designed For Kids To Climb On

Suppose Design Office have designed Forest Loops, a sculptural playground in Hamakita, Japan.<p>The designer’s description<p>The concept of this project is …

Artist Creates Whimsical GIFs To Express Her Fears & Phobias

Whilst studying at the Academy of Fine Arts & Design in Ljublijana Slovenia, visual artist Petra Švajger was given an assignment to "create a …

Artist salvages discarded paintings by adding his own amusing, modern touches

Artist David Irvine brings new meaning to 'up-cycling' by taking unwanted paintings from charity shops, markets or even bins to give them a new lease …

Art

Shampooed Hair Presented as Abstract Art in Photo Series

In his recent magazine piece, photographer Lo Cheuk Lun turns the common salon scene of shampooed hair into swirling designs of abstract art. Lun snapped pictures of sudsy heads from above, showing off bubbly hair that is swirled and teased in a variety of patterns. Barely recognizable as part of …