Look at the amazing new vid for the new melancholy hill song by gorillaz. cant wait for the rest of the series!
Archive for June, 2010
One of the great aesthetic legacies of the Soviet Union is the great wealth of magnificent propaganda posters it left behind.
With the coming of revolution in Russia in 1917, one of the great powers of the world turned abruptly into a regime that embodied ideas that were radically different from those of the established powers of the day. Accompanying a new outlook on politics and economy, there had to be renewal and change in other areas too, including the way the new state presented itself and its ideas.
The revolution coincided with a period of many radically different art forms in western culture, dada, futurism, constructivism, surrealism and so on. Especially in its early years, propaganda posters produced in Soviet Russia were influenced by such movements.
Though the more experimental looks eventually gave way to designs more akin to what could be seen in other western countries, Soviet propaganda still retained a look of its own, beyond the presence of cyrillic lettering.
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Communism – 1920
Lenin was known as a great orator, with a fiery style, well illustrated by his stance in this poster, pointing the way ahead. Two important elements of Soviet propaganda can be seen here, the red banner representing the revolution, and the smokestacks representing the industry that will take the new state into a bright future. The text is taken straight out of the introduction of Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto”.
Beat the Whites with the red wedge – 1920
This famous piece by El Lissitzky shows the influence of the new avant garde modernist art movements on early Soviet propaganda. There is in fact a clear political message behind this design. When the revolution took place in Russia in 1917, it did not mean that the Soviet Union with its many components was immediatly formed. A civil war erupted between the communists, the reds, and the royalists supporting the old regime, the whites. With that in mind, this becomes a stylized battle plan for the communist victory, rather than just some abstract geometric design.
The Lego Company is based out of Denmark, and the word Lego comes from the Danish word Leg Godt which means “play well”. 7 LEGO sets are being sold by retailers every second around the world, and more than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been already produced since 1949. Stacked on top of each other, this is enough to connect the Earth and the Moon ten times over!
The number of combinations you can build are practically endless. With just six 8-stud LEGO bricks you can build over 102 million combinations! Multiply it by different possible LEGO uses and you get unlimited possibilities!
It is also estimated that there are about 50-60 Lego bricks for every person on the planet, and children around the world spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
Bored Panda did some investigation too, and found these 5 Cool Alternative Uses of LEGO. Enjoy, share and comment!
1. Wall Repair
(Bamboos for: Jan Vormann)
Just found this gem of a bookmarklet!!!
Easily make posts from any website to your twitter account using bit.ly. Simply save the following code as a bookmark, then click it when you wish to post! By default it will use bit.ly to shorten the URL you’re currently on!
Or simply drag this link to your toolbar/favourites or bookmarks!
The Evolution of the Television looks at the last 84 years of TV’s history. Brought to us from the Sterling Satellite blog.
Did you know it took 13 years for television to reach 50 million users? TV has evolved from the time it started with just a few programs airing each day into 24/7 news and hundreds of stations to choose from.
People didn’t immediately embrace the new technology though. 10 years after its debut in 1936, the head of 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck (seeing TV as a competitor to movies) famous last words were predicting it would not catch on. He said he thought “People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”
But they have not.
Thanks to @Matt_Siltala for the link!
In something of a Data Underload, special edition, I played with famous science fiction quotes for Sci Fi Wire. My favorite is obviously from Back to the Future, the greatest movie of all time.
How much alcohol can your bloodstream handle? Take a look at the graphic to check out everything from blood alcohol averages to the highest blood alcohol content ever survived (you won’t want to try this at home).
There’s no designer credited, but if this wasn’t designed by EJ Fox (@pseudoplacebo) then it was heavily influenced by his work.
Thanks to Cate for the link!
I’ve recently spent a lot of time reviewing a bunch of infographics on the internet. As a result, I thought I should contribute to the new trend with my own infographic. It’s chock-full of good information, legitimate and factual sources, and amazing but revealing charts.