Top 5 Friday : May 10, 2013

1. David Foster Wallace gave a commencement speech entitled, This is Water, eight years ago at Keynon College. Take a listen and learn something from one of the former luminaries of the English language. ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. That is real freedom. That is being educated.’ 2. John…read more…

Top 5 Friday : March 15, 2013

Fabian Oefner

1. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising tells the global story of what happens when girls demand an education, one that releases them from child marriage, sex trafficking, and hard labor. If we educate our daughters, we change the world. It’s a profound ripple effect. 2. Oh color, you make me so…read more…

Top 5 Friday : March 1, 2013

Bill Gekas

1. Australian photographer Bill Gekas recreates famous master paintings with the help of his 5-year old daughter. First, what a way to take advantage of child labor. And second, she’s so cute. Enough said. 2. I am mesmerized by the handiwork of Seb Lester. Every stroke of the calligraphy pen is smooth, fluid and flawless.…read more…

Top 5 Friday : October 5, 2012

Arrested Development

1. Artist and photographer David Allen Reeves loves paper cut-outs. His work is intricate and eerily haunting. Can you imagine the amount of time it takes to create one piece? 2. The Arrested Development gang is back and about to reboot the critically acclaimed, beloved television series on Netflix. Now all we need to do…read more…

Top 5 Friday : September 28, 2012

Mary Mattingly

1. Let my people go! I mean, Let My People Vote! Comedienne Sarah Silverman has gone viral with her video urging you, the Democratic voter, to make sure everyone you know gets the proper ID to vote. Otherwise, prepare to get royally shafted at the polls. 2. Multi-faceted artist Mary Mattingly photographs the first and…read more…

Liter(art)ure by Daniel Edlen

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With a fine Rapidograph pen in hand, artist Daniel Edlen recreates the literary world’s most-revered authors along the pages that made them legendary. Hunter S. Thompson, Ernest Hemingway, and Edgar Allan Poe come into clear view from a myriad of small black dots, a technique called pointillism devised by the great artist Georges Seurat. To…read more…

Top 5 Friday : July 20, 2012

Diana Beltran Herrera

1. Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera charms her audience with her delicate paper birds, an art form that takes serious skill. Click here to view more of her work and here for her Flickr page. 2. Ad agency Draftfcb created a special edition book, El Libro Que No Puede Esperar, for publishing firm Eterna Cadencia.…read more…

Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried

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Graphic designer Dinah Fried revitalizes my love of literature by photographing the meals of main characters from classic works in her Fictitious Dishes series. Edible plates of food from Oliver Twist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Alice in Wonderland are meticulously set at the table and captured for posterity, turning the idea of…read more…

See the Muppets Drawn in Classic Fairytales

David Petersen

The Muppets hold a dear place in everyone’s heart, especially if you grew watching their movies. Illustrator David Petersen places these famous characters in classic fairytale settings for a whimsical, idyllic pairing. (Why hasn’t this been done before?) Take a look as Kermit soars through the sky as Peter Pan, Miss Piggy awaits her Prince…read more…

Top 5 Friday : May 11, 2012

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1. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Rest in peace, Maurice Sendak, he who helped to define many a childhood. 2. Shake, rattle and roll. Or maybe just shake and fold according to Mr. Joe Smith at the TEDxConcordiaUPortland talk. There is a right way and a…read more…