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The lovely and talented Erin from Design For Mankind has done it again with a brand new Mankind mag- the “Pretty Issue,” an interesting thematic idea for a zine! I love that the model on the cover also has super short, androgynous pixie cut- not your typical depiction of “pretty” and yet she is gorgeous! More of our favorite spreads below- go HERE to download the latest issue!

 

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598_1228364987Calling all creatives and designers- Beautiful/Decay launches its first t-shirt design competition!

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Branden Koch’s Ambiguous World

Branden Koch’s paintings are mysterious narratives that take place in lushly painted worlds full of dark secrets, hibernating bats, dark secrets, and exotic plants.

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Brian J. Hettler

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Brian J. Hettler’s work is anything but subtle. He fuses digital imagery with saturated color and virtual elements. Even though Hettler works in digital media, he maintains the belief that his work acts as a painting built upon the directive of formalism. His work functions in a place between religion and science, emotion and sterility. He is a recent graduate from Kansas City Art Institute.

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Poignant Photographs Of Dogs Denied Homes And Unfairly Judged As “Bullies”

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When the photographer Douglas Sonders met Emma, a Pit Bull, black Labrador mix, he was touched by her gentle disposition and knew he had to take her home. With his ongoing personal project Not A Bully, the artist hopes to change public perception about so-called “bully dogs,” breeds like Pit Bulls, Boxers, Rottweilers, French Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers, who together make up 40% of shelter dogs.

Tests by the American Temperament Tests Society conducted in 2009 displayed excellent behavior and tenderness on the parts of these breeds, and yet unfair prejudice continues to cloud the judgement of adoptive families, and many dogs go without finding a permanent, loving home. Emma, for instance, was nearly put down and subsequently went nine months in the foster-care system before finding Sonders.

Through a series of poignant images, Not A Bully hopes to change all that. Sonder’s canine portraits are shot with the same careful reverence displayed in his commercial and editorial captures of celebrities; seen in high resolution and saturated in rich color, the animals are desperately emotive. Personalities shine through expectant eyes and eager tongues; the dogs pant excitedly, peer curiously at the viewer. Set against the most brilliant black fur, radiant topaz eyes shine bright, and chests perk up at attention, revealing soft and tender patches of white fur. Similarly, heads bow down slightly below the center of the frame in a show of trepidation and approval-seeking. These deeply-feeling creatures—capable of joy, fear, wit, and wisdom— are clearly anything but bullies. (via My Modern Met)

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Topographical Maps Carved from Electrical Tape and The Thread Sculptures of Takahiro Iwasaki

Check out the artwork of Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki. “Not only are his small buildings and electrical towers excruciatingly small and delicate, but they also rest on absurdly mundane objects: rolls of tape, a haphazardly wrinkled towel, or from the bristles of a discarded toothbrush. Only on close inspection do the small details come into focus, faint hints of urbanization sprouting from disorder.” (via).

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Jelly That Makes Electronic Sounds

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Designer Raphaël Pluvinage has designed an innovative way for you to play two things you were taught not to: food and electricity.  His prototype “game” is appropriately named Noisy Jelly.  “Players” first mold jelly using various provided molds and colors.  The jelly is then placed on a board that is connected to a computer.  Touching the jelly produces a fun array of sounds.  Different tones are produced depending on the size and shape of the jelly, the salt content of each mold (determined by the color), as well as where and how the jelly is touched.  Check out the video to hear the noisy jelly.

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Thom Thom’s Mosaic-like Patterns Cut into Advertisements

Armed with only a razor blade and a big imagination Parisian artist Thomas Louis Jacques Schmitt AKA Thom Thom slices, cuts, and excavates public billboards and ads to create wonderous works that resemble tile mosaics. As Thom Thom cuts away a the layers of ads new messages, images, and faces appear showing us what was there all along but we could not see. (via)

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