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Ya compartimos varias ideas de Street Art, pero la intervención urbana también puede cruzarse con la literatura. El ejemplo más conocido es la campaña que propone dejar libros en distintos puntos de la ciudad, una vez al año, para que los lleve quien quiera. Es una movida que lleva unas cuantas temporadas, en varios lugares del mundo, y es cada vez más popular.

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Extraordinary Hyperrealist Sculptures Photography
Writen by Alexandru

Staticity, the snapshot-where the photograph replicates death or at least a nanosecond of life is rarely captured in sculpture where, usually (except for the bronze tonnage of many a public artwork) the artist strives to capture the energy and movement. It is ironic therefore that this display of work could be the start of a non-movement movement owing more to the stillness of photography than the unbridled energy of say, Umberto Boccioni.

There is of course a direct link to one of the greatest works of art, that of DegasLa Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (or Little Ballerina) but these are real people photographed to look like hyperrealist sculptures.

In a sense they are a healthy riposte to the human detritus portrayed by Duane Hanson but these are executive toys writ large that play host to the kitsch requirements of many a public commission-a more credible school of Franklin Mint. Here, where there are certain mucky Mueck moments, instead of tiny things made huge, these big guys look like tiny heroes made into paperweights.

They don’t carry the cultural weight of some of Jeff Koon’s iconic subjects but veer towards the banal- are these guys heroes ? Or a post-Warholian marketing man’s idea of contemporary branding that plays on gay iconography? There is an inherent vulnerability in all of the subjects-for all the uniform Men’s Health muscle, there is an undercurrent of fallibility, doubt, uncertainty, even failure floating before their eyes. There is bathos, Pathos and well… loss. What else do these figures have to say? Probably, like most sportsmen, very little but the artistry is undeniable.

So what are we to make of these figures? They are so shiny one could lick them and yet they can’t work as sculpture because you can’t walk around them. Having used hours of artifice to create these tableaux, the photographers have flattened and ‘killed’ them-this is where they start to look like a ‘brand’ this is where the viewers’ eyes are presented with the advertising art director’s idea of realism-up close and personal.



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30 Beautiful Multi-Colored Websites

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30 Amusing and Funny Photo Manipulations

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Photo manipulations are quite popular among all generations of designers and digital artists. It is also a genre often used in the advertising industry because of the effect these manipulations have on people. This sort of artwork are usually shocking and unrealistic and they are demanding of people’s attention and reactions either negative or positive. That’s the purpose of advertising – to make people feel something about the brand or particular product.

In this post you will see 30 funny and amusing photo manipulations with different messages and stories behind.

Head in aquarium

Head in aquarium

Statue of Labour

Statue of Labour



Only the strong survive

Only the strong survive

This is how it should be

This is how it should be

Grown Up

Grown Up

Mas Pelas

Mas Pelas


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Design Inspiration: Watercolor Effects effects are commonly used by web and graphic designers. In this post we’ll provide some inspiration by showcasing more than 40 items for your inspiration. This showcase includes some watercolor paintings as well as some examples of digital watercolor effects, and we’ll conclude the post by featuring examples of websites that make use of watercolor effects. 

Using watercolor effects in your own work doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Although you can certainly create your own custom graphics, using a set of watercolor brushes for Photoshop, or even a set of watercolor textures, can save you time and allow you to quickly create the effects.

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Nicole Guice

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

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Illustration is not the same thing as art.

by Natalie Sklobovskaya for DesignInformer

“Art” is something philosophers have spent centuries trying to define, sadly with no satisfactory result (a debate that is far beyond the scope of this article). But illustration, while it covers a broad range of image-making, does have very distinct meanings, and it is very different from just artwork.

This is not a tutorial. It’s not about how to make a glossy Twitter icon, how to replicate that anime pic step by step, or how to make 30 awesome heavy-metal texture effects in Photoshop (linked is an article that inspired me very much). While studying illustration in college and exploring it on my own, the biggest lesson that I’ve learned so far hasn’t been how to vector the best darn shiny things you’ve ever seen. What I learned was that to be good at illustration means to first understand exactly how it differs from just putting down nice-looking doodles on paper, and that the rest just flows from there.

In this two-part article, I’d like to share some tenets behind what I think good illustration is, and what I learned about the process and technique behind how to execute it. Hopefully some fellow aspiring illustrators out there will find some of these helpful — or maybe even identify with some as part of their own process, too!

If any of my professors are reading this: I hope I didn’t disappoint you, please don’t fail me in your classes.

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The Difference Between Art and Design

This post was authored exclusively for WDD by John O’Nolan

The subject of what separates art and design is convoluted and has been debated for a long time.Artists and designers both create visual compositions using a shared knowledge base, but their reasons for doing so are entirely different.Some designers consider themselves artists, but few artists consider themselves designers.

So what exactly is the difference between art and design? In this post, we’ll examine and compare some of the core principles of each craft.

This is a subject that people have strong opinions about, and I’m looking forward to reading the various points of view in the comments.

This post isn’t a definitive guide, but rather the starting point for a conversation, so let’s be open-minded!

Good Art Inspires. Good Design Motivates.

Perhaps the most fundamental difference between art and design that we can all agree on is their purposes.

Typically, the process of creating a work of art starts with nothing, a blank canvas. A work of art stems from a view or opinion or feeling that the artist holds within him or herself.

They create the art to share that feeling with others, to allow the viewers to relate to it, learn from it or be inspired by it.

The most renowned (and successful) works of art today are those that establish the strongest emotional bond between the artist and their audience.

By contrast, when a designer sets out to create a new piece, they almost always have a fixed starting point, whether a message, an image, an idea or an action.

The designer’s job isn’t to invent something new, but to communicate something that already exists, for a purpose.

That purpose is almost always to motivate the audience to do something: buy a product, use a service, visit a location, learn certain information. The most successful designs are those that most effectively communicate their message and motivate their consumers to carry out a task.

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