On this day in 1772 Gustav III seized effective control of the Swedish government and restored the full power of the monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720.
It happens to live caricaturists all the time the world over… you flip the drawing over to show it to your customer/model and their response is “I look like I’m pissed off!” It’s hard to explain to someone that, when they aren’t actively...Show More Summary
Install images courtesy of the artist Border Crossing Beta 2.0 is an in-progress experimental documentary by Chicago-and-Dallas-based visual artist Alfredo Salazar-Caro. The piece places the viewer in the position of an immigrant who...Show More Summary
LOS ANGELES — This week, the Architecture and Design Museum re-opens in its new home, a cross-country art tour is captured on film, two teams of artists take turns tearing apart and re-constructing a vacant retail space, and more.
Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson. Photos by Hector Adalid For artist Neil Harbisson, a trip to the supermarket sparks off a sonic symphony. An antenna implanted in his skull allows him to "hear" the racks upon racks of brightly colored packaging in the aisles as a sensor converts color frequencies into sound frequencies. Show More Summary
DETROIT — With the rise of Detroit as a sexy location for artistic spirits to be free from the confines of civilization, has come a backlash from everyday Detroiters, wondering what, exactly, is so blank about the city’s canvas.
Images courtesy of Song Exploder Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians deconstruct their songs and tell the stories behind how they were made. In the past, it's explored tracks from Thundercat, to U2, and more. In the newest episode,...Show More Summary
This past summer, I was asked to talk about my literary activism as part of an acceptance speech for an award I was receiving. This request threw my current actions into sharp relief. Was I doing “literary activism”? How to define if this is a thing and not simply a medium used on behalf of […]
There’s something about watching things happen in super slow motion that makes them infinitely more interesting. Right now, this video of the Mythbusters shooting a pistol at 73,000 fps is making its rounds on the internet. It’s something we’ve seen in various other forms before, and yet, I watched it at least 5 times. Show More Summary
Brands love emojis. Dominos recently invited its US customers to order pizzas with them, while WWF used them in a fundraising campaign. And now McDonald's has brought them to life in a cute new TV spot for the French market....
Born on this day in 1873 lyricist Otto Harbach.
The Web is a visual medium. The vast majority of that visual landscape is thanks to image files. Whilst plenty can be achieved with CSS, and inline SVG, most sites still need image files. On average, images accounted for more than half of page size last year, and year on year image sizes increase; there was […]
Belfast design studio Paperjam has created a new visual identity for St Paul's Bow Common church in East London, inspired by the building's striking brutalist design.
Ninian Doff's video for the Chemical Brothers' new single Sometimes I Feel So Deserted is totally compelling.
Screencaps by the author, via Bevan Percival, currently one of the finalists in the running to be the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year, has created a breathtaking timelapse of New Zealand’s sky swelling with stars. N O...Show More Summary
Last weekend the Norman Rockwell Museum introduced a new illustration history website, which provides an rich resource for fans, collectors, and scholars. The website includes capsule summaries of each period of illustration, starting in the Paleolithic, and going all the way through the 20th century decade by decade. Show More Summary
On this day in 1939 The Wizard of Oz opened at Loew's Capitol Theater in New York City.
If you grew up in the UK in the 1980s, chances are you came into contact with the much-cherished 8-bit PC, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Maybe you were lucky enough to own one, or maybe a friend of yours did. Or maybe you had an older sibling...Show More Summary
To mark each mid-year and end of year milestone I try to take a reflective glance over the previous 6 months period in the data visualisation field and compile a collection of some of the most significant developments. These are theShow More Summary
On this day in 1876 the music drama Siegfried premiered in Bayreuth.