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Yet another ugliest car!

Under - Design, Industrial Design

SsangYong Actyon

I haven’t been fully recovered from Fiat Multipla yet that I saw SsangYong Actyon on the road the other day. I was in complete denial and shock that this could be a car at all! Look at this Sino-Korean monster and you would truly believe that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder as SsangYong Actyon has nothing to do with it.

I’m not amazed to learn that nobody wants this car even on its own turf.

Frozen in time by Prokudin-Gorsky

Under - Inspiration, Photography
The village of Kolchedanskoye - 1912

The village of Kolchedanskoye - 1912

I came across Prokudin-Gorsky’s work while doing some research on hand colouring old/antique black and white pictures from the early 20th century. While most of the work is black and white from that time, a number of photographers experimented with three colour photography technique that was developed in the late 19th century.

Prokudin-Gorsky documented the then Russian Empire (1905-1916) with everyday life in his pioneering colour photography. With the Tsar’s blessing, he spent around 10 years photographing Russia and its people in colours.

His process used a camera that took a series of three monochrome pictures in sequence, each through a different coloured filter. By projecting all three monochrome pictures using correctly-coloured light, it was possible to reconstruct the original colour scene. Any stray movement within the camera’s field of view showed up in the prints as multiple “ghosted” images, since the red, green and blue images were taken of the subject at slightly different times.

Mugan (Family settler) Grafovka village - taken somewhere in between 1905 to 1916

Mugan (Family settler) Grafovka village - taken somewhere in between 1905 to 1916

Mohammed Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara - 1911

Mohammed Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara - 1911

Prokudin-Gorsky is best known for the only colour portrait of Tolstoy but his colour photography is indeed a timeless snapshot of the past. I felt lost in many of his pictures.

View more of his photography at Flickr.

At the stubble-field - 1909

At the stubble-field - 1909

Grid Designer

Under - Design, Resources

Grid Designer2

Recently came across this excellent handy tool by Rasmus Schultz to setup grid and generate CSS for web page layouts. I like the fact that you can see the grid taking shape in front of you and its flexibility to maximize web page ‘real estate’ use. I haven’t tried it in any of my projects yet but using a grid screenshot as Photoshop overlay in one of my existing web design projects and finding it quite helpful!

Words are enough – are they?

Under - Art, Illustration, Typography

This time from Sweden, amazing typographic work by Thomas Broome.

Shine for us, acrylics on canvas 200x 150 cm

Shine for us, acrylics on canvas 200x 150 cm

The sun never sets above (details), acrylics on canvas 200x 150 cm

The sun never sets above (details), acrylics on canvas 200x 150 cm

Bedroom, ink drawing 102 x 72 cm

Bedroom, ink drawing 102 x 72 cm

Visit thomasbroome.se to view more of his work.

Time lapse sunrise!

Under - Art, Geography, Media, Nature, Photography, Poetry

I haven’t seen anything so beautiful and breathtaking than this … it’s so poetic – is it really real? It is nature’s poetry at unimaginable scale! View these clips full screen where possible.

You can view the whole compilation below including ‘Time Lapse Milky Way at Hakuba Lake’ and ‘Sunrise and Milky Way Rising at Kirigamine’ by mockmoon.