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Looking at the Happy Fun Side…

I first learned of Athens-based artist Teo Zirinis from a co-worker’s wife. She introduced me to his Instagram profile and I became immediately hooked. Since then, Zirinis’ quirky little creations have consistently brought a smile to my face! His work is silly, simple, and takes subtle jabs at familiar everyday items. His inanimate objects engage in hypothetical conversations laced… Read More

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The Calming Art of Restoration

A pretty common phenomenon these days is going down a Youtube rabbit hole, where you continually watch videos that get suggested at the end of the previous video you just watched. Similar to a Wikipedia rabbit hole, the subject of the videos will progressively change from video to video until you are watching something completely… Read More

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McDonalds European Vacation

I just saw this clever brand awareness campaign for McDonalds that targeted European travelers this summer and had to share. Created by DDB Vienna, the “Genieß deinen Urlaub” (“Enjoy Your Vacation”) campaign is made up of four posters featuring visitor attractions that include stone arches similar to McDonald’s golden arches. I’d be shocked if this… Read More

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Blooming Watercolors

Japanese watercolorist Hiroki Takeda specializes in joyful “blooming” paintings featuring stylized living creatures such as cats, dogs, insects, and sea life. Takeda captures their gestural essence and then finalizes the body with botanical-themed images. Delicate leaves, branches, flowers, and buds fill the body of his subjects. The artist’s inspiration originates from his mother’s love of plants hence, his use… Read More

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Who Decided What’s a Standard Size or Dimension?

German architect and author Ernst Neufert (1900-1986) did. In 1919 Neufert attended the Bauhaus and was one of Bauhaus founder Water Gropius’ first students. Having been a bricklayer and a student of the “Baugewerbeschuile” (German school of construction) prior to his enrollment, Neufert was familiar with building, construction, and design principles. Modernism, industrialization, and mass… Read More

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The Museum that Emerged from Covid

Now that we’ve entered the latter half of 2021, public spaces have been reopening as people are slowly transitioning back to how life was pre-covid. However, not too long ago during the height of the covid crisis, many businesses weren’t opened and non-essential places were forced to close. One museum in particular actually came into… Read More

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Finding a Voice with Every Thread

Turkmen weavers in Northern Afghanistan have been weaving rugs for thousands of years using traditional classic folk motifs. In response to decades of war, their traditional weaving motifs have evolved to incorporate the day-to-day experiences of the Afghan people. As a result, the traditional weavings have become dark. Gone are the beautiful traditional images of… Read More

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Growing a Brand on TikTok

I was first exposed to the TikTok platform at the Digital Summit in New York in 2019. My first impression was that it was geared for teens, as young people dancing dominated the content. Over time, however, I have come to appreciate it as an educational platform. I’ve learned some good recipes, helpful home tips,… Read More

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Some of the “Best,” Worst Volume Control UI Concepts

We often take common user interface elements for granted. They are so ubiquitous that they just blend into the background. When was the last time you actually had to think about what button you had to press on a youtube video to make it play? Or what button do you need to press on a… Read More