How (many pixels) far is it to Mars?

April 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

If the Earth were 100 pixels wide, the Moon would be 3000 pixels away. Mars, at its closest, would be 428,000 pixels away. At the current state of space technology, it will take around 150 days to get to Mars.


Distance to Mars website, created by David Paliwoda & Jesse Williams, calculates the earth’s distance to Mars in a super cool way, in pixels.


Better to watch it on Chrome.

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Save the sounds

June 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Sounds in danger of extinction? Well, it seems that there are sounds that are about to extinct, to be forgotten and lost forever, like the sound of a tape in a tape recorder, the loadind of VCRs, the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 computer, the ringing of an old Nokia mobile phone. But Brendan Chilcutt aim’s is to preserve these sounds: the sounds of old technologies and electronics equipment. In his site, the Museum of Endangered Sounds, you can hear all these sounds and remember an era before it is totally forgotten.

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Sound advice

April 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Lyrics to live by is a tumblr dedicated in finding good advice in song lyrics, ranging from classic rock to hip-hop. Time to Pretend

You can even submit lyrics and I did so!  My choice?

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make

The End by The Beatles

Now I’ll just sit and wait. In the meanwhile…

I am useless but not for long the future is coming on

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A film and its multiple interpretations

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

A film is a different experience for each of us. A different interpretation based on our interests, experiences, life. The Silver Screen Society created by Trevor Basset, Brandon Schaefer and Adam Hanson is a website which invite artists each month to create art based on a chosen film and present their own ‘visual’ interpretations of their favourite film.

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The perfect gin ‘n’ tone

November 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

What are you listening to right now? And what would you like to drink? Well, there is a drink for every occasion. A bottle of Merlot for Ella Fitzerald and  something sweeter for Adele, perhaps a vodka with coconut milk and honey.

Drinkify is a website that suggests the most suitable drink to go along with the band or musician you’re listening to.  You just type the artist name and the application suggests a well known or not so.. cocktail, wine or drink.

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Book club for design nerds

August 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

What do designers do after they read a book? Do they discuss about it as regular bibliophiles? Do they write fun fiction as regular nerds? Nope, they each create a book cover and post it on the book cover club, for your enjoyment:

the book cover club dubliners

the book cover club: dubliners

via Lost at E minor 

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Videogaming hurts

May 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

And I am not talking about good-old wii injuries. I am talking about chronic, painful, disfiguring afflictions. I am talking about Game Arthritis. About a hidden epidemic that the gaming industry wants to keep secret.

game arthritis hyperthrophy

Created by Italian artist Matteo Bittanti and mischievous art collective IOCOSE, Game Arthritis is an online art installation, a powerful commentary on the demonization of video gaming.

game arthritis visual

I really don’t know what I like the most about this project: the concept in itself (genius), the photos (clinically delicious) or the accompanying text (hilarious).  Read for yourself: “The conformity of interfaces produces deformity. It’s a fact. Call it “the reality of the virtual”. Prolonged vicarious aggression lead to permanent physical disfiguration. […] The authorities have dismissed this hidden epidemic as “mass hysteria”. But according to some scientists – who speak under condition of anonymity fearing ostracization – these undiagnosed disorders are the psychopathology of ludic societies”

game arthritis skinning

via Holy Kaw 

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The desktop wallpaper project

May 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

The fantastic the fox is black design blog plays host to a great little project: the desktop wallpaper project.


They invite illustrators, graphic designers and artists to create unique desktop wallpapers.


Each wallpaper is available for various screen resolutions, including, of course, iPhone, iPad and PSP screens.


Love it!


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365 six word stories

May 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

According to urban myth that is the reply Ernest Hemingway gave when he was challenged to write a story in just six words.

400 billion stars feel so aloneraining on my parade no umbrellashe faked it never liked jazz

In 2010 two creatives, Van Horgen, writer, and Anne Ulku, designer, felt up to the challenged. They launched six word story everyday blog and did exactly that: they posted one six word story for every single day of the year.

he couldnt say no to hereven the sun will burn itselfyou re morning light soft & grand

Once 2010 came to an end, they opened up the project to everybody on

6 word story every day

Admittedly, these are great story openers rather than stories in themselves, but very interesting, still.poolside a man literally hanging out

via quipsologies

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London tube sticker commentary

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whatever you call it, subway, tube or metro, you can’t deny that long comuting trips can get pretty boring. And if you are anything like me, you end up counting stops by checking the map obsessively. Well, if you’re riding the central line in London you’re in for a surprise. Witty remarks have replaced some of the stations. And, of course, there is a tumblr about it: stickers on the central line.

like tube sticker

drunk tube stickerkate middleton tube sticker

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Don’t give up on facebook just yet

May 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

The first email of the day said this:

That’s all Folks!
I am deleting my facebook account (at least for the moment) because I am bored of it.

[goes on to give me us – all of his facebook friends- his new contact details].

And he’s not the first to do so. Infact, the number of my facebook friends is on a downward slope, at least for the last six months. People are getting fed up with Facebook. Has it simply run its course, like Friendster and myspace before it? Are people tired of all the overexposure? Are the original Facebook users maturing into Twitter users? Or is it simply because our Facebook newsfeeds usually look like this:

this is why I don't use Facebook

There are those, though, that are not ready to give up without a fight. Yo Zuck! Implement this is a tumblr blog with ideas on how to improve Facebook. It includes realistic, common sense suggestions that would indeed improve user experience. For example this one would be really helpful to me since my Japanese friends have the weird habit of writing in, well, japanese:

translate facebook status updates

Newsfeed illustration via Thought Catalog. Link to Yo Zuck! via freeweird.

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Clever words

April 29, 2011 § 4 Comments

What happens when the Saussurian signifier and signified meet up in the form of a word? Beautiful typography.


Typeplay is a tumblr blog, which plays with words and their meanings creating typographically meaningful words and whose goal is to reach a million words.


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You’re a comic sans criminal

April 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is an intervention for comics sans addicts. We’ve had enough.

comics sans criminal

link: comic sans criminal

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Nothing is impossible

April 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

Well, it seems that some things are impossible. Impossible Art Ideas blog is an archive of impossible art ideas, created by Jason Lazarus in order to collect art ideas that are impossible to materialize. Everyone can submit a crazy idea and Lazarus will then select a few to visualize into a slideshow, wallpaper or even to create text clouds.


Marcel Proust

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Cinemagraphs: the art of the animated gif

April 21, 2011 § 4 Comments

Remember the early days of the web, before Flash and JavaScript, when the animated gif was the only thing that could move in a webpage (and more often than not to a displeasing effect)? Those days are long gone, and the gif has been de-throned and for good reason: most of them were not only crude, but utterly ugly as well, by definition bordering on the kitsch side. But the gifs you are about to see are a completely different gif

Fashion (and not only) photographer Jamie Beck creates these amazing animated gifs with the help of web designer Kevin Burg. cab window gif

These gifs walk the fine line between photography and video, belonging to neither. They are studies on a scene. You might even miss the motion completely if you are not careful enough. But, even if minimal, this motion is heavy with emotion and fluent with meaning.

subway newspaper gif

The artistic duo calls their animated gif cinemagraphs and explain: “There’s something magical* about a still photograph — a captured moment in time — that can simultaneously exist outside the fraction of a second the shutter captures.”

oh joy gif

You can find all of Jamie’s animated gifs in her tumblr: from me to you. Not only that,  but you can also find all of her fashion photography (New York Fashion Week, anyone?), her own styling and street fashion photography (I love her vintage style; it is actually her on the portrait above),  her food blogging, her series on NYC and other cities and A LOT more.

*[Speaking of magic, this minimal flickering inside the photograph is exactly how I always imagined the Daily Prophet.]

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From behind

April 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Can you imagine how Twitter and Facebook would look like from behind? I am sure you can’t. Designers Jeff Lam and Josephine Yatar present in their blog Back of a Webpage a different and very creative ‘back view’ of most of our favourite websites.  youtube

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You type, they design

April 12, 2011 § 3 Comments

Everybody is obsessed with typography, lately. And it’s OK, the only problem being that not everyone has a design degree or money to spend on a designer. Now, there are designers who will turn your phrase into a typographical masterpiece for free.


Just head to the phraseology project, submit a word or phrase (less than 20 characters) and check back in a few days to find it fully designed in a typographical form.

high nd tightdo best

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The streets are sad

April 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sad stuff on the street is not only amazing in its own right, but it also has a cute back story (which I’ll let you find out by yourselves).  Sad stuff on the street soft toySad stuff on the street doll hand

Broken, dirty, lost or abandoned objects lying on the streets. That’s what it’s all about. And all the thoughts and feelings that go along with it.Sad stuff on the street bicycle


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The world is not a peaceful place

April 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

As if you didn’t already know that.

Still, if you get caught up in Conflict History, a very interesting, google-maps-based website that puts all the wars known to mankind (from 4000 BC to now, sourced from Wikipedia) on the map, you can’t help but be amazed by the amount of conflict that went on at any point in time. You might know about the big ones, you know about the current ones, but, believe me, there has never been a peaceful moment on this planet.

This, for example, was the situation when I was born:conflict in 1977

And it is not getting any better (2007-2010):conflict in 2010

via forbes

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Cool patterns

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our latest background for April (which some of you might have seen a bit earlier, oops) comes from Pattern Cooler. It is an amazing web service that allows you to edit online and download hundreds of seamless background patters for your desktop, twitter account, blog or mobile device. You can download the ready-made backgrounds as they are, or edit their colors and pattern size. It has a huge selection, but we particularly liked the minimal, japanese and geometrical series.pattern cooler

For April we decided to go retro. Find our background here.

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