1. 99percentinvisible:

    Apparently the famous Windows XP “Bliss” background is a real, unaltered photograph

    Windows presented an interview with photographer Charles O’Rear in this video, and then went to see the site where the photo was taken, in Napa. 

    That first photo is, of course, “Bliss.” The second is what the hill looked like on the day that the Microsoft camera crew went there. 

  2. Chuck Close: Daguerreotype Portrait of Kara Walker

    A good portrait should reveal answers about the person, yet leave enough room for more questions. In some cases, the old ways become exciting methods for producing refreshing images and themes. A good example of this is Chuck Close's daguerreotype portrait of Kara Walker.

    Chuck Close is one of the most prominent portrait artists of this generation. He is famed for his extremely large canvas paintings of people’s faces, using varying grid and pixel methods to create smaller artworks in the larger portrait. Despite having prospagnosia (face blindness) and having suffered a seizure which left his arms and legs weakened, he continues to produce artworks on the same scale. Over the last decade, he has experimented with different forms of photography, with most of his famous photographs done with the daguerreotype process.

    This particular portrait is a collaboration between Close and his artist friend Kara Walker, known for her work dealing with race, sexuality and identity. Walker poses in profile and is captured in silhouette, a more common form of portraiture in the 19th century. Close used daguerreotype photography, of the earliest photographic processes over a century old which involves long preparation, exposure and developing times.

    The end result of these artists experimenting with old processes is a beautifully haunting profile portrait in the shadows, the outline of Walker’s shoulders and head clearly visible, with the bare minimum amount of light showing enough detail on her face. For this 2007 portrait, Close was awarded the 2nd prize in the Portraits category of the World Press Photo.

    For more on Chuck Close, check out this previous entry on him and his not so typical daguerreotypesTime magazine has a good profile on Kara Walker. To find out more about the daguerreotype process, have a look at Louis Daguerre, the father of photography.

    (via paxmachina)


  3. "The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case."
    — Chuck Close (via hattiewatson)

  4. werewolfmonarch:

    remember the website where they didnt properly format the html so the text just kept getting bigger


    (Source: kidouyuuto, via geeses)

  5. type-lover:

    Call for type | New typeface
    by Lukas Wezel

    (via ceepackrun)

  6. (Source: euo, via gravityensues)

  8. stoicmike:

    Virtual reality will solve all of the world’s problems. Yup.

  9. (Source: nevver, via anthonyhelms)

  10. jesuisperdu:

    josef albers

    (via aestheticflow)


  11. "Creativity takes courage."
    — Henri Matisse (via looklistenintuition)
  12. red-lipstick:

    Gerhard Richter (b. 1932, Dresden, Germany) - Ohne Titel (1. April ‘05), 2005     Oil on Photograph

    (Source: gerhard-richter.com, via eisnekcam)

  13. melanieparke:

    Andrew Masullo

    (via aestheticflow)

  14. ribasdeluxe:

    Camouflage. by Annie Wu. on Flickr.

    (Source: hugclub, via uponoxen)

  15. foodtypography:

    Crafted. Roasted barley and hops. We were invited by Landor to lend our skills to a branding project for the 2014 AAF CincinAddys, highlighting the makers and crafters of Cinci. Check out the beautiful video teaser and additional iterations at their website. Brewtiful.

    (via designaemporter)