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CMYK 1964

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CMYK is a term that you’ll hear designers and printers use, meaning Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). Used for four color printing, it has been co-opted in this sense for a wildly vibrant series by artist Mike Winklemann, who goes by Beeple. This color-soaked set of images is a time warp back to 1964, when the flower child was alive and kicking.

Under closer inspection, the images almost have an x-ray-like effect, giving the series an even more tripped-out feeling. Ahh, to be alive in 1964…. we can almost imagine it. Great work, via the artist’s Behance page:

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Quin – Candy is Magic

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Never known to shy away from my sweet tooth, I usually have a little bowl of candy out at my house. Some friends have even taken to calling me ‘Grandma’ for my old-school habit. Life is too short to freak out about a little sugar. Everything in moderation, yeah? Well, Quin gets it, they’re on my side. A modern candy brand from my hometown of Portland, Oregon, Quin has been making beautiful sweets for the last few years, with real ingredients, and sexy packaging to make it even sweeter. Their lollipops come in flavors like blackberry (with seeds!), chai tea, and pinot noir, using hyper-local ingredients and no artificial colors. Their tagline? Candy is magic. I agree.

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Popcorn caramels, both salty and sweet

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Local blackberry lollipops with seeds

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Old fashioned hard candy, root beer, cinnamon, butterscotch

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Olaf Hajek’s Folklore-Rich Paintings

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South American folklore and mythology play a big role in Olaf Hajek‘s poignant and colorful portraits. The work is complex and filled with life, both literally and figuratively. Characters carry hair and beards overflowing with birds, flowers, monkeys and the like. The acrylic on wood paintings are beautifully flat and matte, versus shiny oil paintings. The work is timeless, we wouldn’t be able to tell if it were produced recently, or eighty years ago. Lovely collection, via Colossal:

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The Blue Forest

Bluebells completely cover the ground cover in this lovely forest in Belgium. The Hallerbos Forest, to be precise. Photographer Kilian Schönberger has a beautiful collection of images from this peaceful, lovely place. Great lighting and framing give these photos a fantasy-like feel.  A definition of purity and calm via Behance:

Illusions Star in this Pet Adoption Campaign

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Visual illusions are always fun, especially when they are for a good cause. The World For All Animal Care And Adoptions in Mumbai have a very clever set of posters that encourage people to adopt pets, using very carefully positioned photos of people. Look closely….. See the silhouettes? Artists Amol Jadhav and Pranav Bhide did a great job pulling off this classy and eye opening campaign. Via Petapixel:

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Incredible Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius

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The idea of an underwater waterfall is a bit mind bending, we know. And technically, what you’re seeing is sand and silt drifting down a huge underwater canyon, giving the illusion of water flowing freely under the ocean. The site is so gorgeous, the technicalities won’t be your on your mind. Mauritius is a tiny island nation 1,200 miles of Africa’s southeast coast.

Frederick C Millett  and Trip Advisor have some great photos of this beautiful island nation with it’s turquoise waters and that incredible chasm in the earth, which causes the waterfall illusion.  Time to book some flights… Via Places To See in Your Lifetime:

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Coachella’s Colorful Creatures

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Coachella has become a major destination, a music festival that is eclipsing all others. This year the festival has teamed up with artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan to create giant, colorful beasts that roam the grounds. The brightly painted monsters are gentle in demeanor, and have already been backdrop to countless selfies and concertgoer photos. In addition to the giant boxy beasts, Coachella’s art includes crazy house-like structures that involve psychedelic projection-mapping. Lots more to see on DesignBoom:

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Waves in the Sky

Asperitas clouds, where have you been all our lives? We certainly aren’t used to your rolling beauty, giving the illusion of waves in the sky. Take a look at this video shot in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the clouds undulate and roll in, in a true water mimic. Pretty beautiful. For more about clouds, we recommend this handy and well designed book, called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.

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Visual Mashup Music Video

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An exercise in video editing patience. And creativity. The latest music video from Cassius featuring Pharell and Cat Power is a visual feast of funny, sexy, strange and beautiful footage mashups. Utilizing split screen style with quick cuts and visual collages, the video contains hundreds of clips that should get your creativity flowing.


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Couriers of Shanghai

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In a clean and bright photographic series by Alain Delorme, he explores the bike couriers in Shanghai, and the extraordinary loads that many carry on their bicycles and carts. The huge payloads are comical in size and subject matter, but showcase a side of Shanghai that is increasingly rare these days, as China rapidly turns into a 21st century superpower.  Strangely beautiful work, via Fubiz:

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