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Lego - The Force Unleashed

This epic lightsaber battle is one of the coolest stop motion videos I've seen in awhile. Jordan Johnson of Fancy Pants Productions created this as his entry to the animation challenge on Bricks in Motion, a website specializing in stop motion animation using Lego bricks.



The special effects, such as the lightsabers and blaster effects, were done in Photoshop. The rest was done one frame at a time, moving Lego men around, and capturing every single… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 3, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Creative Ad: Awesome Doggie Slo-Mo

Pedigree’s new commercial featuring dogs in super slow motion is going viral. The director used a Phantom camera at 1,000 fps (frames-per-second) to capture the dogs in action.



Director Bob Purman explained how they’ve achieved the shots using two spots, a “Catch” and a “Jump” execution:



“The ‘Catch’ spot was to be a series of shots of dogs looking with anticipation as a piece of dog food is flying through the air towards them. We shot close-ups… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 3, 2010 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

The Album Art Of Reid Miles (9 Pictures)

Although we tend to focus on the latest and greatest in street art, photography and design I think sometimes it's good to take a look back at some of the people that laid the groundwork for amazing design. One of my personal favorites is Blue Note records in house designer Reid Davis. In 1956 the label hired Reid who gave them a look to go along with the cool jazz sounds they were known for. During his time at the label he created hundreds of album… Continue

Added by Kevin on March 3, 2010 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

A Midsummer Night's Dream (9 photos)

When I search for photographers to post about, age isn't a determining factor. I am, however, pleasantly surprised when I stumble upon an extremely talented youth.



Looking at these photographs, you wouldn't be able to tell that photographer Nirrimi Joy was 17-years-old. Her images contain a vintage feel, with a subtle maturity that could easily go unnoticed.… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 3, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Urban Street Art: The Kiss (5 pics)



For some reason I can't exactly put my finger on, I find this pasting by Alberto de Pedro to be mesmerizing. Found on the streets of Madrid, Spain, the piece appears to feature two women kissing, but it's kind of hard to tell for sure.…

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Added by Eugene on March 3, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Mapping the Eight Largest U.S. Burger Chains

At first glance you may think that this map is missing some background color. But look closely and you'll notice that those empty black spaces actually represent all of the McDonalds in America. The map comes courtesy of WeatherSealed, the ones who first showed us that… Continue

Added by alice on March 3, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

PULP with Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck



Sizzling hot PULP images. Pulp used to be magazines printed on cheap paper which would easily turn yellow even before the magazines hit the news stands. The cover illustrations were often fantastical images of with damsels in distress and hero's and villains. Nowadays of course woman don't flail about helplessly. They take matters into their own hands, tough as nails, which is all the more sexy. With these Krug and Harbeck really capture the… Continue

Added by Inka Leoni on March 3, 2010 at 11:50am — 1 Comment

Wine Spiller's Surprise

Now this is a great way to turn something tragic into something beautiful. Created by Norwegian designer Kristine Bjaadal, the Underfull Table Cloth looks quite ordinary on the outside - simple damask pattern, all white. But spill a colored liquid on it, like red wine, and it reveals a hidden butterfly pattern. What a sweet surprise!



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Added by alice on March 3, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Urban HotSpot: L’Arc Paris (8 photos)



After only four months, L’Arc Paris Restaurant, Bar and Nightclub has already become one of the hottest urban spots in Paris. The venue, which is the brainchild of Prospect Design, is located right across the street from the famed Arc de Triomph, the monument from which the establishment takes its name.



At the restaurant, visitors enjoy the culinary…

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Added by Eugene on March 2, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New Artist - Jim Kazanjian

Surreal worlds that don't exist - and probably shouldn't. That is what Oregon artist Jim Kazanjian creates in his intriguing and oddly disturbing prints.









Jim Kazanjian has been a commercial CGI artist for the past 16 years in television and more recently in game production. He describes his… Continue

Added by Mark Huckabee on March 3, 2010 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

18 Excellent Graffiti Illusions



What is it about graffiti that separate it from all other art forms? First, it's done outside. The element of danger adds to the piece, making us appreciate the elusive artist's work even more. Next, it's usually done in a specific place - carefully selected, so that the context becomes just as relevant as the piece. Finally, when you add in an illusion, it takes on a three…

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Added by alice on March 2, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Modern Health: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, winner of the 2010 Ted Prize, is making his way out of the kitchen and into living rooms across America. In this revolutionary new show, Jamie travels to the “unhealthiest city in America” to show us that “just a little effort can make a massive difference.”



Jamie’s challenge is to see if he can get a whole community… Continue

Added by Annie on March 2, 2010 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Provocative in Pink - Adam Holtrop (7 Pics + Exclusive Interview)



Dressed in neon colors that seem to pop off the page, model Lisa Marie Schneider is completely mesmerizing. Photographer Adam Holtrop shoots this beauty in a series he's titled Pink Banana. Playful and provocative with hints of suggestive symbolism, it almost makes us feel like we're getting a voyeuristic look into the life of the modern-day girl-next-door.…

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Added by alice on March 2, 2010 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Insane Optical Illusion Painting

If you're into optical illusions, this painting by Patrick Hughes is a doozy. As the camera pans different angles of the piece, walls seem to fly out, while secret hallways appear. "Paradoxymoron" is currently being shown in the basement of the British Library in London.



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Added by Eugene on March 2, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Our Magnificent Planet

After months of effort, a team from NASA meticulously put together thousands of true-color images to produce this breathtaking photo of Earth. Cloud coverage was minimized by taking separate photos over the course of several days and compiling an unobstructed view of the continents. [view larger… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 2, 2010 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Get Lost in Lost Things: A Whimsical Stop-Motion Film



You know those stop-motion films you can just get "lost" in? Yes, this is one of those. Lost Things is a whimsical stop-motion film written and directed by Angela Kohler and Ithyle Griffiths. It stars the quirky and cute Alison Sudol. Music is by A Fine Frenzy. Slow start but gets more and more… Continue

Added by alice on March 2, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Brilliant Sun Poem by Jiyeon Song

What a clever and beautiful idea! Jiyeon Song created the One Day Poem Pavilion that uses light and shadow to reveal a poem. How does it work? "Using a complex array of perforations, the pavilion’s surface allows light to pass through creating shifting patterns, which–during specific times of the year–transform into the legible text of a poem. The specific… Continue

Added by alice on March 2, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

I Put A Spell On You (a benefit song for Haiti)



As we all know 'We Are The World 2' happened and although for a good cause musically it left a lot to be desired. In comes Shane MacGowan of the Pogues with this all star and awesome remake of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' 'I Put A Spell On You'. The song features Nick Cave, Mick Jones (The Clash), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Chrissie Hynde, Cait O’Riordon, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and Johnny Depp on guitar. Best of all, no… Continue

Added by Kevin on March 2, 2010 at 12:17am — 1 Comment

Norway's Newest Prison Has a Sense of Humor!

Set to open on April 1st Norway's Halden Prison is a very modern facility. It even boasts several humorous pieces of art reminiscent of Banksy. All cells have flat screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms, and some kind of view. The windows don’t have iron bars (but there is a fence around the compound). As prisons go, this one looks pretty comfortable.…





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Added by Mark Huckabee on March 1, 2010 at 1:49pm — 15 Comments

Met Member Spotlight: Shibuya by Brian Thaut

Best Viewed in Full Screen

One of our very own Metropolites, Brian Thaut, recently posted this beautiful video after being in Japan last week. Having been to Shibuya before, I can personally tell you that this video puts you smack dab in the heart of Tokyo. Love the editing and music selection. Great job,… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 1, 2010 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

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