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Pictures of Paint

Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto of Floto+Warner Studio recently produced this beautiful series of photos titled Clourant that seemingly turns large splashes of colorful liquid into glistening sculptures that hover in midair. The photos were shot at a speed of 1/3,500th of a second, taking special care to disguise the origin of each burst making images appear almost digital in nature (the duo assures no Photoshop was used). They share about the project:

“Colourant is a series of events that pass you by as an imperceptible flash. A fleeting moment, that blocks and obscures the landscape, a momentary graffiti of air and space. Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. Transforming the non-discernible and ephemeral to the eternal. The essence of photography—immortalize the transitory.”

Here are some of the images below:












10 TED Talks to Help You Reimagine Your Business

Mitch Joel shares 10 amazing TED Talks that have helped him think differently about what business can be, how to be a better leader, and how to become a better global citizen:

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability. There is a reason this talk by researcher Brene Brown has been seen close to eight million times. Are characteristics like empathy and love a key ingredient in the making of a successful leader? Her latest book is called Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead and her area of study includes vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Her presentation will get you to think differently about what it means to be a true leader.

Julie Burstein: 4 lessons in creativity. When we think of creativity, we often think of art, but creativity permeates everything. Julie Burstein started to define and uncover what creativity is and how it affects our culture through the creation of Public Radio International’s Studio 360 radio program (which was hosted by novelist Kurt Anderson). She published her first book, Spark: How Creativity Works in 2011 and now hosts her own podcast, Pursuit of Spark! Watch this TED talk to inspire more creativity in your work and personal life.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts. Like to read? Like private time to do your work on your own? Do you think that collaboration is over-rated? Would you rather spend time alone than out at a party? According to Susan Cain and her incredibly popular book from last year, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, you may not be alone… and if you are, there’s nothing wrong with it. It turns out that some of our best thinkers and innovators are introverted. This TED talk will get you thinking differently about the work space that you create, the people that you hire and how you motivate them.

Seth Godin: The tribes we lead. Leading business and marketing practitioner Seth Godin imagines a world where the mass market dies, where mediocrity holds no economic value. He creates a vision for the world that is led by the brands that can develop, nurture and build a tribe of followers. While much of Godin’s thinking has come to bear true in our social media-induced world, this TED Talk will get you thinking differently about where you spend your marketing dollars… and who you spend them on.

James Kunstler: How bad architecture wrecked cities. James Kunstler has a problem with urban sprawl.  People look at Tony Hsieh (Zappos‘ CEO) and think his investment of over $300 million to rejuvenate downtown Las Vegas is crazy. What Kunstler and Hsieh know is this: with each passing year, more and more human beings move to cities. Do we just let them become boring and depressing spaces — or do we wake up and turn urban planning into the art form that it deserves to become? Kunstler’s presentation will make you laugh at how horrific we have been about planning our living spaces. Watching this will get you thinking differently about the physical spaces you occupy in your work and play.

John Maeda: Designing for simplicity. If you’re looking for a TED Talks that engenders every pillar of the word “TED” — technology, entertainment and design — this would be the one. John Maeda is the President of the Rhode Island School of Design and author of the bestselling book, Laws of Simplicity. The book was published in 2006 right before this TED Talk took place. Too many business leaders fail to understand the profound power that a culture of design can instill in an organization. Steve Jobs may have been one of a few who did understand the merits of being so insanely occupied with strong design. Watch this presentation if you’re struggling to understand the merits of what great design can do to move a brand from good to great.

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world. Are you worried about your kids because they’re spending too much time on their Xbox or iPad playing video games? Jane McGonigal wants you to pay attention to what she has to say. The author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future is not only on a mission ensure that a game developer wins a Nobel Peace Prize, but a mission to help all of us understand the power and value that comes from a world where people are playing more games. Don’t think this is critical to your business’ future? Think about the power of gamification in some of the world’s biggest brands – from Twitter and Facebook to Google and Apple. All of these companies use gamification in both their products and in motivating their employees for maximum success. Watch this presentation so that you can start figuring out how to add more games to your work.

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration. When it comes to understanding media and technology (and where it is all going), there are few smarter than Clay Shirky. In this 2005 TED Talk, Shirky uncovers what we have since come to know as truth: that the more the Internet opens up and connect us all, the more powerful we become. We have moved from a world of scarcity to one of abundance in how we share, create and collaborate with information. If your business struggles with the notions of openness and transparency, this should get you thinking differently. It’s amazing to think that this presentation took place years before the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement. If you really want your business to succeed, you need to start a movement. How many people does it take to start a movement? In this three minute presentation, Derek Sivers (the founder of CD Baby) dissects it all for you while a popular YouTube video plays in the background. It’s a fascinating examination into what it takes to get people to follow and believe in you. Hint: it’s not that complicated and it doesn’t take that much.

Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world. Don Tapscott is one of the few people who has seen the future coming… on multiple occasions. The bestselling author, researcher and futurist will open your business eyes to the body of a world that has so fundamentally changed… and few businesses are truly understanding this change and capitalizing on it. This one will open your eyes and, if your eyes are already open, prepare for them to open even wider.

Discovery Space

Aerial view of Space Shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle program of NASA, the space agency of the United States, and was operational from its maiden flight, STS-41-D on August 30, 1984, until its final landing during STS-133 on March 9, 2011. Discovery has flown more than any other spacecraft having completed 39 successful missions in over 27 years of service.

In 1984, Discovery became the third operational orbiter following Columbia and Challenger, and made its final touchdown at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, 2011 at 10:57:17 CST,having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery has performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. Discovery also flew the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis.

{photos by NASA}


How Much Do Graphic Designers Make?

In short, reports the national average salary for designers rose a full 8%—from $47,380 in 2012 to $51,206 in 2014. The demand for talented graphic designers is strong at both agencies and in-house departments.

“Every two years HOW polls designers around the country to find out how much they make, if they received raises or bonuses, and what kinds of benefits their employers offer. This year’s survey wrapped up in February and includes input from more than 700 designers.”

Almost all the demands is for digital and so the list of hot skills right now includes responsive design, mobile, user experience, user interface, digital project managers, social media and SEO/SEM.

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