When we think of face painting, we usually think of clowns, county fairs and this turtle-loving zombie kid. We certainly tend not to respect it as an art: instead, it\’s considered a dabbling at best, the sort of medium best left to teenage girls raising money for charity during a parade by painting children’s faces.
But as Russian make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan shows, there\’s nothing trivial about face painting. The human countenance can be an unparalleled canvas, and accounting for its contours takes great skill. For proof, look no further than Kutsan\’s latest series, 2D Or Not 2D. Teamed up with photographer Alexander Khoklov and post-processing expert Veronica Ershova, Kutsan has used a breathtaking array of techniques to paint the faces of models to resemble the flat, two-dimensional works of famous 20th-century artists.
via 1 | Insane Makeup Turns Models Into 2-D Paintings Of Famous Artists | Co.Design | business + design
A series of wonderful renderings of an installation that will take place this summer in NYC. I hope it comes off as well as the renderings illustrate! Very beautiful!
With his first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, James Turrell will dramatically transform the sinuous curves of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum into one of the largest Skyspaces he has ever mounted. Opening on summer solstice, June 21, 2013, the temporary installation Aten Reign will give form museum’s central void by creating what Turrell has described as “an architecture of space created with light.”
via Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Rotunda to be Transformed into Turrell Skyspace | ArchDaily.
Infographics, or information graphics, are nothing new. For years, society has harnessed the power of visual representation to logically interpret cause-and-effect through diagrams, timelines and flow charts. From newspapers and magazines to city maps, scholarly work and textbooks, infographics in many ways are a staple in modern communication practice. In traditional public relations practice, infographics are commonly found as components of one-pagers, “by the numbers”, white papers and case studies.
With the decline of print news and as online and digital publishing continue to take a larger share of the information market, the need to discover better ways to disseminate concise information through WordPress blogs and email marketing has no doubt taken the center stage in the public relations, marketing and pro-blogging industries. Since web content publishers only have a few seconds to invoke a readers decision, visual representation can provide a cognitive ways to engage readership and provide essential knowledge.
via The case for creating infographics for PR WordPress blogging.
Buses, trams, bicycles, pedestrians, and cars zoom about modern cities like blood pulsing through the body. But with urban growth comes challenges—one of them is how to improve transportation. Luckily, advances in technology combined with active open data and open source movements mean the citizenry can increasingly become part of the solution. Unclog the arteries, stimulate circulation.
The Urban Data Challenge seeks to harvest the innovative and creative power of communities around the world to explore urban data sets through visualization.
Designers, programmers, data scientists, and artists alike are invited to take up the challenge: merge and compare mobility data sets from three cities—San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich—and draw meaningful insights. Winning projects will showcase the power of open governmental data and facilitate the knowledge exchange between cities. Juried prizes include round-trip airfare to one of the participating cities and funding from Fusepool, the European / Swiss Datapool, for developing the project into an app.
via Urban Data Challenge: Zürich | San Francisco | Geneva | Urban Prototyping.
I grew up on the very first special effects that Ray created and it was some of the most awesome animation your imagination could phantom! The images are branded in my mind and will live on forever! Thanks Ray, you were the greatest!
Before CGI invaded the movies, there was stop-motion animation. And the king of stop-motion was Ray Harryhausen, who died Tuesday in London, aged 93.
Harryhausen is best known for his work on a slew of amazing animated fantasy movies. If you’ve seen any of the Sinbad films of the 1950s, or Jason and the Argonauts, or One Million Years B.C., or the original (and by far the best) Clash of the Titans, you know his work. You’ve thrilled to his dinosaurs, his gorgons or his terrifying sword-wielding skeletons.
The Harryhausen technique was known as Dynamation. You can see how well it worked in this tremendous compilation, courtesy of YouTube veteran Mat Bergman, featuring every one of Harryhausen’s creatures in chronological order:
via See Every Ray Harryhausen Creature in One Video.
D.C.’s Metrorail system is growing. And so is its map.
The Silver Line, whose first stops will open later this year, will eventually — finally — provide a rail connection between the city and Dulles International Airport, a welcome alternative to one of the metro area’s more expensive taxi rides.
But the expansion means the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency’s iconic rail map, the latest iterations of which were released this week, is starting to look more crowded than a downtown platform at rush hour. The system has been expanding regularly [gif] and with grace since Lance Wyman designed the first map in 1976, but the Silver Line poses a new challenge: three lines running on the same track.
via D.C.’s Elegant Metro Map Suffers From Growing Pains – Henry Grabar – The Atlantic Cities.
How Corporate Logos Evolve, from The Logo Company, shows us how even iconic world-wide recognized company logos change over time.We often get asked for a logo design that can stand the test of time. Something that will last forever. I mean, we look at all these “Mega Corporates” and their logos never change. Do they? Well, actually and surprisingly, they do….a lot.This illustration depicts some of the biggest global brands and highlights the evolution of their logos from humble beginnings to the present day. It might strike you how some of the designs started out looking like their biggest rivals and others appear to of hardly changed at all. Timeless is certainly not the overriding characteristic of most of these early creations.
via How Corporate Logos Evolve – Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization – Cool Infographics.
Ever have a problem deciding whether to use Serif or Sans? The Serif vs. Sans: The Final Battle infographic from webdesignerdepot.com has broken down when and why you should use each one. The final verdict? Serif is better for print and Sans is better for web.
via Serif vs. Sans: The Final Battle – Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization – Cool Infographics.