You Can Look, but You Can’t Check In – The New York Times

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ in miniature

While “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is busy with smaller design elements, one of its most striking designs is the hotel itself. Outfitted in shades of pink and purple and situated atop a hill, the hotel is grandiose and picturesque. It also happens to be nine feet tall. For wide shots of the hotel, the director Wes Anderson and his team decided to use a handmade miniature model.

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The $5.7 Million Magazine Illustration – The New Yorker

Chris Foss

In October, “Ornamental Despair,” a 1994 painting by the British artist Glenn Brown, sold at auction in London for $5.7 million. The painting is almost an exact replica of a science-fiction illustration that Foss created for a men’s magazine in the nineteen-seventies, for which he was paid about three hundred and fifty pounds. Brown’s painting was based on a reprint of Foss’s original, featured in a 1990 book collection of the artist’s work.

“I knew he copied it from the book because the painting was cropped to fit the page. His version is clearly based on the cropped version,” Foss said.
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Chris Foss

“I was furious,” Foss told me. “I stormed into the gallery and shouted at the director, ‘Take these pictures off the wall; they don’t belong there.’ I wasn’t happy seeing copies of my work all over the place.”

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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic by Maya Eilam

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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

Kurt Vonnegut believed that a story’s main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the story’s shape. The shape of society’s stories, he said, is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.

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From the Northern to the Southern Cross by Nicholas Buer

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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From the Northern to the Southern Cross

There is a road that connects the Northern to the Southern Cross but you have to be at the right place and time to see it. The road, as pictured above, is actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy.

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John B. Sparks' 1931 Histomap

(via Slate, Fast Co. Design and Boing Boing)

The chart emphasizes domination, using color to show how the power of various “peoples” (a quasi-racial understanding of the nature of human groups, quite popular at the time) evolved throughout history.

The chart was advertised as “clear, vivid, and shorn of elaboration,” while at the same time capable of “holding you enthralled” by presenting “the actual picture of the march of civilization, from the mud huts of the ancients thru the monarchistic glamour of the middle ages to the living panorama of life in present day America.”

See also: The Histomap of Evolution

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4,000 years of human history in one chart

This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. The 5-foot-long Histomap was sold for $1 and folded into a green cover, which featured endorsements from historians and reviewers.

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Through the welding glass, on the Flickr blog.

Eagles Nest by Stephen Ozga

Photo: Eagles Nest by Stephen Ozga

So, using welding glass (instead of expensive ND filters) to create long exposure photographs is a thing!

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Through the welding glass

There’s no budget like low budget!

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The Hipster Logo Design Guide

The Hipster Logo Design Guide, by Tim Delger

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The Hipster Logo Design Guide

Six easy steps. No concept necessary!

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A very cool Publicity stunt from blinkbox to promote Game of Thrones season 3.

Dragon skull on Dorset beach

It measures 40ft by 8ft and stands at over 9ft tall – the size of a London bus!

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Giant dragon skull washes up on Dorset’s Jurassic coast

A spectacular dragon skull the size of a London bus appeared to have been washed up on Charmouth beach on Dorset’s Jurassic coast. The impressive sculpture was installed by movie and TV streaming service blinkbox to celebrate the arrival [on blinkbox] of the third installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones on the service.

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Amazon Storyteller is a smart new tool that creates storyboards automatically from uploaded movie scripts.

Amazon Storyteller

The project is currently in beta, but can automatically identify scenes, locations and characters from a script that has been uploaded to Amazon Studios, the company’s division for developing exclusive movies, comics and television shows. It then “casts” these objects from a library of assets that includes “thousands” of characters, props and backgrounds.

Nick Summers, The Next Web

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Amazon Storyteller

Amazon Storyteller is a smart new tool that creates storyboards automatically from uploaded movie scripts.

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The Charted Cheese Wheel

The Charted Cheese Wheel

I can’t vouch for its accuracy. The cheddar looks a little orange to me.

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Cheese wheel infographic

A Chart of 66 delightful cheeses from around the world, assembled into one wondrous wheel. The cheeses are broken down by the animal that produced the luscious milk, and then by the texture of the resultant cheese, forming a cornucopia of cheese that range from the mild to the stinky and from the rock hard to the silky smooth.

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The Periodic Table of Storytelling by ~DawnPaladin

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

Based on data from TV Tropes [WARNING: Do not click link until you have ample free time available].

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The Periodic Table of Storytelling

A detailed infographic by ~DawnPaladin on DeviantArt

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Banksy on advertising

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Banksy on advertising

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

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Update: World Press Photo have cleared Paul Hansen, saying that the image was simply “retouched with respect to both global and local color and tone.”

World Press Photo 2013 - Paul Hansen

Was the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year a composite image?

The World Press Photo association hasn’t yet stripped the photographer, Paul Hansen, of the title, but presumably it’s just a matter of time. Rather than discussing the politics of photo manipulation, though — is it faked, or is it merely enhanced? — we’re going to look at how Hansen seemingly managed to trick a panel of experienced judges with his shooping skillz, and how a seasoned computer scientist spotted the fraudulent forgery from a mile off.
How the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year was faked with Photoshop

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2013 World Press Photoshop of the Year

Was the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year a composite image?

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Bioshock Infinite art screenshot

Art dealers Cook & Decker have teamed up with Irrational Games to sell some very large and very expensive prints, each displaying art from BioShock Infinite.
Interestingly, the art isn’t taken from the game’s wonderful concept works. They’re screenshots, though the word does them a slight disservice. These are prints based on the super hi-res and rendered environments normally used for magazine screenshots, meaning you’re getting something that’ll actually stand up to closer inspection.
Art Dealer Is Selling The World’s Most Expensive Screenshots

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Screenshots as art

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Topless Jihad

A man kicks a topless Femen activist, as she raises her fist to protest against Islamists in front of the Great Mosque of Paris, on April 3, 2013.

Amazing photographs on The Atlantic of yesterday’s “topless jihad” protests.

The demonstrations were in support of a young Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler. Last month, Tyler posted naked images of herself online, with the words “I own my body; it’s not the source of anyone’s honor” written on her bare chest. The head of Tunisia’s “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” reportedly called for Tyler to be stoned to death for her putatively obscene actions, lest they lead to an epidemic.

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Femen stages a ‘Topless Jihad’

Amazing photograph from The Atlantic from the “topless jihad” protests of April 2013.

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Henry Peach Robinson - When the Day's Work is Done

Henry Peach Robinson — ‘When the Day’s Work is Done’

I saw this large print in the V&A recently, and was fascinated to learn how it was produced.

This image is actually a ‘combination print’ of six different negatives, and the subjects are actors on a stage built especially for the photograph. Different exposures were taken and carefully (but not entirely seamlessly) stitched together to form something not unlike a modern high dynamic range image. The result is more like a painting than a photograph.

Have a closer look at ‘When the Day’s Work is Done’ on googleartproject.com.

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HDR photography from 1877

Henry Peach Robinson – ‘When the Day’s Work is Done’, a ‘combination print’ of six different negatives from 1877.

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