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16 October Share your
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Paul Potts and the very first performance on Britain’s Got Talent

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Music

This incredible performance by Paul Potts on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2007 is never going to go old. The 90 seconds spirit-lifting performance in this clip by Paul Potts is not only inspiring but motivational as well.

14 October 3
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Credo E-Bone: Eco friendly and sustainable concept bus by Peter Simon

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

Credo E-Bone, a brainchild of Peter Simon for his industrial design degree project at the University of West Hungary, is an environmentally friendly and sustainable public transportation solution. The concept bus is powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology with four in-wheel motors. The bus shell is made of lightweight composite plastic which is a bone-like material composition with varied density close to joints. The lightweight construction makes the concept energy-efficient.

The organic design is quite supplemental to the overall bus concept that catches attention immediately. It would be interesting to see such concepts becoming reality to make public transport greener.

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11 October 20
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Arabic calligraphy and logotypes by Wissam Shawkat

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration, Typography

Wissam Shawkat has been passionate about calligraphy since the early age. Originally from Iraq, he now lives in Dubai, UAE. Wissam is a Civil Engineer by profession from Basra University where he completed his degree in 1996. His unique style, inspired from the exquisite craftsmanship of traditional practitioners and the vibrancy of contemporary culture, demonstrates a deep understanding of the medium in a very refreshing way.

Wissam not only earned a name in traditional and contemporary calligraphy art but in logotype design as well with over 20 years of experience within advertising and branding with well-known clients. Wissam’s calligraphy artwork is included in many private and public collections throughout the world and has appeared in numerous books and publications. He has participated in many local and international exhibitions and won many awards. His work resonates with a wide range of audiences and testifies to the fact that calligraphy knows no boundaries.

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8 October 5
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GAP logo redesign: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Under - Advertising, Design, Media, Typography

Gap unveiled their new logo few days back that nobody seems to like – designers to consumers alike. I’m completely stunned to see this redesign getting approved and released for a brand that took more than 20 years to build and doing business over billions of dollars a year!

Gap logo redesign

Gap logo redesign - before (left) and after (right)

The redesign not only looks unprofessional but ridiculous and non-serious as well from a company that already owns owned an iconic symbol. It appears to be a quick comp in MS Word by someone without a sense of direction, confidence and leadership.

Logo redesign is closely aligned with branding and any negativity around brand symbol sure hurts businesses very hard. Gap is now trying to engage with the consumers for suggestions to avoid the continued backlash around this redesign which took place in the name of ‘modernisation’.

On Brand New website, an overwhelming majority of 90% visitors voted this evolution as ‘bad’.

Gap vote

Good.is published an article applying the Gap redesign approach to some well-known logos which shows how simple it is to destroy years’ hard work.

7 October 3
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Time-lapse and HDR short films by Patryk Kizny

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Photography, Technology

The Dalescapes of Time by Patryk Kizny

I must admit that I’m starting to like HDR videos. The effect somehow looks even better in motion than stills.

Patryk Kizny shot these two short films (below) featuring a combination of time-lapse photography and HDR videos. Patryk Kizny’s method of creating HDR video is frame by frame which is different from Soviet Montage’s, who actually shot over and under exposed videos with two Canon EOS 5D cameras simultaneously. Both methods might have their pros and cons but the stuff below is simply beautiful.

He also put together his timelapse post-production workflow here just in case if you are curious.

6 October 3
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Motion by William George Wadman

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

Motion by William George Wadman

William George Wadman is an American portrait photographer. His work tends towards intimate traditional portraiture in both environmental and studio settings. He shoots in all formats and in both film and digital. He has been a contributor to TIME magazine, BusinessWeek, Improper Bostonian, POZ, among others. His images have been featured worldwide in The New York Times, La Monde, Der Spiegel, Times of London, USA Today, and Corriere della Sera.

Wadman worked as an art director for major brands including Colgate, Sprint, Clairol, RCA, and Xerox. After almost a decade in advertising he turned his attention to photography.

‘Motion’, featured here, is a series of long exposure studies of human motion shot in the studio.

Motion by William George Wadman

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4 October 11
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Landscape photography by John Parminter

Under - Art, Geography, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

This spectacular landscape photography by John Parminter offers ever-changing views of mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes of Scottish Highlands and English Lake District.

The breathtaking beauty and harsh ruggedness of Scotland and Wales, home to some of the UK’s most amazing sceneries, is a constant source of inspiration both to explore and photograph.

I was born and brought up in a rural community in the English county of Cumbria, home to the Lake District or Lakeland as it’s sometimes known.

The fells and mountains of Cumbria have always been a big influence on me and I’m regularly walking and running over them either for pleasure or in competition.

After spending many years enjoying the scenery that’s on offer, I decided to try and capture, in images, the natural beauty that I’m fortunate to live and spend my recreational time in.

I’ve had tremendous enjoyment capturing these images and hope to pass on some of their pleasure to you, they are for your enjoyment to view as much as mine.

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1 October 6
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Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Resources
8 Wild Horses by Chen Ming

8 Wild Horses by Chen Ming

My first encounter with Chinese paintings was in 1984, at the age of 10, when my father brought some painted scrolls and calligraphy artworks from his trip to China. Since then this ‘genre’ of painting fascinated me as much as the miniature paintings from South Asia.

Chinese paintings offer one-of-a-kind experience with their intricate simplicity, fluidity of strokes and spontaneous expressions.

Starting around 4000 B.C. traditional Chinese painting has developed continuously over a period of more than six thousand years. Its growth has inevitably reflected the changes of time and social conditions. In its early stage of development, Chinese painting was closely related to the other crafts, from pottery to the decorations used on the bronzes, carved jade and lacqerware… more

The featured artwork here is available for purchase from Chinesepaintings.com.

Rooster - Security by Lin Jing (left) and Tiger at Night by Li Ming (right)

Rooster - Security by Lin Jing (left) and Tiger at Night by Li Ming (right)

Ming and Sung Dynasty Poems by Jet Lee

Ming and Sung Dynasty Poems by Jet Lee

Koi Fish and Lotus by Lou Dahua

Koi Fish and Lotus by Lou Dahua

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30 September Share your
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Web 2.0 Summit 2010: Points of Control Interactive Map

Under - Design, Illustration, Resources
Points of Control Interactive Map

Points of Control Interactive Map

More than any time in the history of the Web, incumbents in the network economy are consolidating their power and staking new claims to key points of control.

Meanwhile, insurgents both large and small are hoping to gain footholds or take ground in new territories.

Welcome to the first iteration of the Web 2.0 Summit’s theme, Points of Control!

The Web 2.0 Summit is the only place, once a year, where leaders of the Internet Economy gather to debate and determine business strategy. Join the leadership of this extraordinary industry this November 15-17 in San Francisco.

29 September Share your
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The Mast Brothers

Under - Art, Inspiration, Miscellaneous

The life of a mariner is one given over to wanderlust—the quest for adventure, crossing unseen horizons to secure precious goods—only to bring them back to their home port. This same love of adventure and curiosity defines the brotherhood of Rick and Michael Mast. They share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft.

They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Over time they cultivated their creation, sourcing beans from family farms in Madagascar, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. They are bound in ornamental papers and golden foil like a collection of rare books. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike.

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