31 December 2014

Top 10 Most Popular Articles of 2014

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In 2014, the nature of Internet viral headlines were way beyond expected.

From cronuts to donut selfies, to celebrity nudes (whether they were leaked or deliberately orchestrated), to one very bizarre potato salad crowdfunding project, this year has truly been a colorful one for newsmakers, news publishers, and all of us on the Internet, really.

To end the year, we bring to you the top 10 most viewed and shared articles on DesignTAXI in 2014. They range from wildly unexpected to downright wacky.

Top 10 Articles Of 2014

10. Infographic: The World's Most Powerful To Least Powerful Passports

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In our modern age of quick and easy travel across the globe, certain passports are still more highly valued than others, granting them the flexibility to travel into many countries without a visa.

Designer Ricky Linn for online publication GOOD has created a visual aid that investigates just how much ‘power’ each passport around the world holds.

9. Photographer Takes A Self-Portrait On Her Birthday In Her Underwear For 40 Years

For 40 years, San Francisco-based photographer Lucy Hilmer has consistently photographed herself nude on her birthday. ‘Birthday Suits’ is a series that explores “one woman’s journey through time”, and its Hilmer’s effort to shrug off society’s ideal of her as a ‘pretty girl’.

8. ‘Touch Me’, What Happens When Regular Individuals Meet Porn Stars (NSFW)

To promote the Barcelona Erotic Show, marketing company Vimema created ‘Touch Me’, where unassuming people were put together with porn stars. The porn stars requested for the people they were with to touch them in any way that they wanted to. Interesting reactions and awkwardness ensue.

7. The Client Is Always Right: Designer Turns Hilarious Client Quotes Into Posters

Bristol-based creative director Jonathan Quintin had pet peeve that quietly irked him: ridiculous client comments. That made him embark on a self-initiated project, turning the ridiculous things that some of his clients have said into colorful posters.

6. Chart: The ‘Best & Worst’ Sleeping Positions For Couples

First published on Swimmingly.com, this list of 10 “best and worst” sleeping positions for couples is hilariously spot on.

5. Apple's Forgotten Designs

Apple is synonymous with its iconic tech products that were released this past decade, but before they reached this stage of popularity, they innovated endlessly with many other prototypes that never reached consumers. These designs have been forgotten by most, but serve as a powerful memory of Apple’s beginnings.

4. Sexy Pinup-Inspired Photos Of Girls Wearing ‘Clothes’ Made Of Milk Splashes

London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz used high-speed photography to create “Milky Pinups”, which are pinup-style girls ‘dressed’ in amazing high-speed images of milk splashes.

Each photo is composed by layering hundreds of different splashes to form the ‘dress’ that the model wears. Brilliant.

3. Fascinating Text Book Doodles Made By Bored Students From 800 Years Ago

When medieval book historianErik Kwakkel created a Tumblr to share his fascinating findings of medieval doodlings in ancient textbooks, it quickly went viral and made students and former students around the world laugh.

It turns out that students from 800 years ago were no different from students of today—needing to doodle and scribble in their textbooks when classes got too much to bear.

2. Chart: How To Use 15 Punctuation Marks, In Order Of Difficulty

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Curtis Newbold, also known as The Visual Communication Guy came up with a handy chart that teaches one how to correctly use 15 punctuation marks in the English language, in its order of difficulty.

1. The 17 Coolest Signatures Of Famous People, Past And Present

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And the top spot belongs to this story first published on Business Insider, a compliation of the 17 coolest signatures of famous people throughout history.

See how modern signatures have evolved into merely scribbling our initials or a stylized, cursive variation of how we write our name, and compare it with awesome freehand signatures ranging from Walt Disney’s, to Kanye West, J.K. Rowling and Banksy. (One of these people’s signatures includes a cool illustration.)

30 December 2014

Jilted Bride Thrashes Wedding Dress With Bright Paint, Turns Heartbreak Into Art

What Shelby Swink did after her fiancé left her just days before the wedding is a great example of how life is really about the choices you make instead of what happens to you.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, the jilted bride decided to have a different kind of ceremony on what was to be the wedding day—she invited her bridesmaids to thrash her wedding dress with colorful paint to mark this significant occasion in her life.

The rowdy but light-hearted session was captured by photographer Elizabeth Hoard. The photographs shows Shelby’s strength and resilience in the face of heartbreak—in her words, “I decided that I will not let this tragedy and heartbreak consume me, and bring me down in life.”

The wedding dress was later displayed at the The Barefood Bride boutique in Memphis—for a limited time at the beginning of 2015, a portion of each wedding dress purchased would go to a non-profit organisation that “helps other women learn how to find their inner strength”.

View more of the photos from this unusual wedding photo shoot here.

[via Offbeat Bride, images via Elizabeth Hoard]

Dreamy High Fashion Shots Captured With Cheap Children’s Toy Camera

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If you think that all you need to be a good photographer is an expensive professional camera, this episode of DigitalRev TV’s “Cheap Camera Challenge” would make you think again.

In this episode, the DigitalRev team challenged renowned fashion photographer Lara Jade to use a cheap children’s toy camera to capture haute couture shots on the streets of Hong Kong.

The camera in question 0.3 megapixel “Anpanman” toy device that would require Jade to compose her pictures by staring through an empty space inside the frame—to make the challenge even more daunting, she would only have a few hours to produce six different photos with three different looks.

However, the photographer certainly rose to the challenge admirably by capturing a small collection of surprisingly well-shot photographs, considering the constraints—while the resolution is definitely not the best, the blurry effect actually adds to the dreamy mood of the images.

View all of the photos from this unusual photo shoot here.

[via PetaPixel, images via DigitalRev TV]

A 3D-Printed Titanium Prosthetic Leg That Is Too Beautiful To Cover Up

Based in Brooklyn, New York City, industrial design student

Futuristic Jewelry Made Of Light That Is Projected Onto Your Body

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Gold and silver are currently the common materials used in jewelry, but in the future, we may be able to adorn ourselves with something intangible, like light.

The team at Pangenerator has created the futuristic Neclumi necklaces—these illuminated pieces of jewelry consist of light that has been projected onto the wearer’s neck by a picoprojector that is attached to his or her chest.

As of now, these necklaces are powered by a custom iPhone app—would you like to wear a piece of these projected light jewelry?

Head over here for more information about Neclumi.

[via Design Milk, images via Neclumi]

Clever Rotating Shelves Let You Display Books, Favorite Objects Like Artworks

Slovenia-based designer Luka Pirnat has created the “360 Shelf”, a simple but clever shelving unit that not only organises your belongings, but displays them like artworks.

Made from beech wood, it looks like a single rectangular bar from the front—a number of these minimalist shelves could be mounted on a wall to make a visual display of your favorite objects.

Each shelf could also be rotated to various angles—in addition to books, they can hold almost anything else, from CDs and iPads to pots and pans.

Although it failed to be funded on Kickstarter, interested buyers can still head over to its website to find out more about how you can make an order for them.

[via Design Milk, images via Kickstarter]

Surreal Photorealistic Paintings Of Little Girls, Bears Wandering In Big Cities

Pretty little girls wandering the streets of modern big cities on their own is not a common sight, but spotting bears on these same streets would be considerably more unexpected.

However, in the world of Houston-based Texan artist Kevin Peterson, these situations are made to seem like ordinary everyday occurrences—in his paintings, he create photorealistic renderings of independent young girls and curious, majestic bears walking about in gritty, graffiti-covered urban spaces.

According to Peterson, “these paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world”.

Head over to his website to view more of his intriguing paintings—while they definitely deal with themes of “isolation, loneliness and longing”, there is also an unmistakeable trace of “optimistic hope” in them.

[via Fubiz, images via Kevin Peterson]

Polaroid Photos Juxtapose Against The Real Life Scenes Where They Were Shot

Russian Instagram photographer Maksim Zavialov has started a captivating photo project on the image sharing network—after capturing a Polaroid image, usually with a human subject in it, he would then hold up the instant photo print against the real life scene it was shot in and snap an iPhone photo.

The result is an interesting “photo in a photo” that blends the analog Polaroid snapshot with the digital iPhone picture— these images are documented under the hashtag “#timethroughphoto”, which refers to the themes of time and place represented in them.

According to the photographer, he finds “the technique interesting because you really only have one chance to make the picture” because “even in the same place, something new is always happening”.

Head over to his Instagram feed to view all of the images from the project.

[via My Modern Met, images via Maskim Zavialov]