ALOHA GOOD VIBES
We all need support and encouragement from time to time. How good it would feel to know someone on the other side of the world understood? Well check your mail. Random people on the streets of Honolulu were asked to give advice to people needing encouragement as part of a project by Tumblr Booooooom.com. A simple postcard, a moment of connection and a heartening reminder that we’re all in it together. What goes around probably does come around, especially if it’s a good vibe. What could you do to uplift someone else today?
Source: Visual News
CUP OF KINDNESS
Next time you grab a latte check it for a revolution. If your brew is from Burundi it may have come from the Long Miles Coffee Project, set up by Ben and Kristy Carlson. While working for a coffee trading company, they noticed local farmers getting low prices for their coffee cherries at the trading or ‘washing’ stations because of a mixed harvest quality. They dreamed of a station providing agricultural education and premium prices for locals. So they started blogging. Within weeks they had funding to start building. The dream’s not finished yet, but the station is running and the Burundi farmers are growing in self-sufficiency. If change is brewing, pour yourself a cup of ambition.
Source: The Cultureist
PLAY THE GAME
You’ve got fifty points. Congratulations. Ah, if only life were as simple as waving a Wii. But stop pondering the complexity of existence and take a pixel out of Oliver Emberton’s manual for playing the game of life using video game analogies. Birth? Being assigned a random character and situation. Life? A series of tutorials. The key to winning, though, lies in managing your resources, specifically your time. Put it into the right tasks and you’ll aways unlock the next level.
Source: Design Taxi
OUT OF THIS WORLD
Any idea where this is? If you’re guessing a desert in North Africa then you’re off the planet. Quite literally. This incredible un-retouched photo from the Curiosity Rover space laboratory shows us Earthlings what Mars actually looks like through the wonder of its Instagram feed. Forget using social media to post pictures of your dinner, its real power lies in the ability to show us other worlds. Some so strangely familiar it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine yourself there one day.
Source: Dilemma X
FULL STEAM AHEAD
You don’t need an industrial revolution to take you places, but it helps if you want to enjoy your drink with a view like this. Sip your Johnnie Walker in the whiskey bar at Searcys St Pancras Grand and progress arches over you in the recently rejuvenated Victorian steelwork of this iconic London station. A soaring vision of the power to create and shape. Change one element in your own life and you could start your own revolution.
Source: Virgin Atlantic
How much more difficult was being an explorer 100 years ago? Even if you’re not that rugged you could probably get pretty far into wild territory these days with modern technology and kit alone. But you still need a timeless indomitable spirit to take on the polar regions. Like the Turner Twins, trekking 340 miles across Greenland’s ice cap to raise money for Spinal Research. The kicker, one will use modern kit and the other the same as Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctica expedition. Progress in action and a marker of how far they’ve already come, every step of the way.
At first glance you’ll see an eye. But look more closely and you’ll see 80 ballet dancers. When French street artist JR pasted this huge photo onto the floor of the New York City’s Lincoln Center he wanted to create an installation that layered life onto a paper. Zoom in and each dancer appears life-sized in the crumpled folds. Zoom out and they change form. A different visual drama depending on how close you are from it. And a striking reminder that changing perspectives are essential to create a life that looks as good up close as it does from afar.
Source: Fast Co Design
If you had to climb a mountain to see a sculpture would you appreciate it all the more? You’d definitely have to stop puffing first in the Swiss resort of Gstaad where art exhibtion Elevation 1049 exchanged the traditional gallery for the high Alpine landscape. To see many of the pieces you’d have to take a trip to the peak of a glacier, a remote Alp hut or a frozen lake. Art challenging both viewer and environment. And a reminder that sometimes the path of most resistance offers the best view.
ME, ME, ME
You wouldn’t think a ‘selfie’ could convey anything more than an ego trip and a pout. But you’ll change your mind looking at Alberta-based photographer Paul Zizka’s pictures of himself. For one thing they showcase the majestic Canadian wilderness as much as his presence in them. Zizka began snapping during solo mountaineering trips and used self-photography as a way to explore his connection to the natural environment. Sometimes you have to put yourself in the picture to see your place in the world.
Source: Fast Co Design
Still going to galleries during the day? Why fight the crowds to see the paintings when there’s a whole 12 hours of nighttime when no one will be there? You don’t have to break into Tate Britain to enjoy art after dark though. The winning project in the gallery’s IK innovation prize will give you virtual free reign through the collections. Connect to a website and you’ll be able to control robots situated around the galleries, steering them around to gaze up close at the art on display. Driving culture forward out of the dark age.