Amazing 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh just won the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition in Ireland with “Coleman,” her impressive hyperrealistic pencil drawing of an old man. The girl drew the portrait from a photograph she found in the Vanishing Ireland book. It took McDonagh around one month to create the portrait, which won her the top prize of $2,075 (€1,500).
When selling a product, its design is one of the most important aspects of its marketability. However, just as important, if not more so, is making sure that your product and your consumers’ shopping experience is memorable – and one excellent way to do this is with brilliantly designed shopping bags like these.
Most of us are probably familiar with Wikipedia, the open-sourced online encyclopedia that is free to the public. Now, however, there’s a sarcastic and hilarious spoof of the famous online encyclopedia on Tumblr called TL;DR Wikipedia that provides entries in a significantly shorter (and funnier) format.
Recycling is a hugely important part of our effort to take care of and live in harmony with the planet we call home, but it doesn’t just have to be reserved to municipal authorities or waste management companies. There are awesome and creative ways to recycle your old stuff that can be taken advantage of by almost anyone.
Products designed for children often portray a happy-go-lucky world filled with sunlight, flowers, smiling animals and friendship. But what happens to this world when jaded, miserable adults with a morbidly dark sense of humor get their hands on it? Well, you get something that looks a lot like Coloring Book Corruptions.
El Torre de David, a towering 45-story skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, is a towering monument to the country’s crippling banking crisis and to the poverty experienced by the majority the city’s population. Although the building was forgotten by its investors, it was not forgotten by the impoverished people of Caracas, a city in which nearly 70% of residents live in slums.
Ontario-based graphic designer Andrew Knapp and his beautiful border collie Momo, who we wrote about last year, are back with more cute and awesome find-the-dog photos. Momo’s not quite like other dogs – when he runs to fetch a stick, rather than returning it, he hides. So Knapp started taking pictures in which the viewer was supposed to find Momo. At first, they were just for his nieces and nephews, but when he posted the photos online, the reception was excellent.
Meet Otchan. He’s a pig farmer who shares a beautiful relationship with his cuddly pink creatures – all 1,200 of them. Kagawa-based photographer Toshiteru Yamaji spent ten years documenting Otchan’s bond with his animals. The caring and loving farmer serenades his pigs with a guitar, takes them to the beach, cuddles with them, or simply spends time with them – a far cry from the often abusive and inhumane conditions experienced by pigs in U.S. mass-production farms.
War is perhaps one of the most shameful things that the human race participates in on a regular basis. These images of war equipment being swallowed by plants and trees serve as multifaceted metaphorical statements on the relationship between war and the rest of the world. There’s a lot that one could take from these images – that war and nature are squarely at odds, that time heals all wounds, or that nature will quickly forget us after we’re gone. Whatever you take away from them, they’re definitely powerful images.
Talented nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko has an eye for taking photos that bring small natural worlds up to our level, showing us how the world might look if we could see it through the eyes of an ant, snail or lizard. His photography feature snails enthralled by drops of water or kissing and insects stretching across gaps of water in setups that are nothing less than picture-perfect.
Grace Chon, an LA-based animal, lifestyle and celebrity photographer, had the brilliant idea of using her expertise to create an adorable series of images of her 10-month-old son Jasper and Zoey, their 7-tear-old rescue dog. In these cute photos, little Jasper and his sidekick Zoey pose for mom’s photos in matching hats and outfits. The only thing potentially more heartwarming than the photos themselves is the journey that Zoey had to take to be in those photos.
Given that at least 500 million people still use the Windows XP operating system, it’s no surprise that “Bliss,” the bright and beautiful photo of an idyllic field that is the system’s default wallpaper, is considered the most-viewed image of all time. But now that Microsoft has officially pulled its support for the aging operating system, it’s high time we found out exactly what the story is behind this iconic and beautiful background.