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New World

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UK animator Oliver Sin uses simple graphics to narrate the history of earth

When he isn't busy working as a designer at Nerv Interactive, UK animator Oliver Sin finds time to pursue personal creative projects. "New World," a delightful animated short that Sin made in 2013, is one such project. The Vimeo Staff Pick tells a visual story of the history of earth, from its creation through to 21st century space exploration. Sin employs a bright color palette, simple graphical......read more

Renewable Energy Doesn't Mean Clean Energy

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The European Accounting Error That's Warming The Planet By John Upton

SELBY, U.K. – The heavy power lines and narrow roads between the steam-billowing towers of three of England’s biggest power plants traverse an energy industry in upheaval. Shuttered coal mines are flanked by emerald pastures. Towering wind turbines and solar arrays have taken root in windblown cereal fields. In the middle of the transition is the Drax Power Station — Western......read more

Geometric Wooden Planter

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By John Sardari $225.00

John Sardari is a Portland designer who shapes these geometric wood planters out of local woods. Each planter is unique in that the wood grain and layers of wood are distinctly different. We fell in love with these as soon as we first discovered them. Contemporary lines with the warmth of a true craftsman's hands.  Each planter is approximately 15" X 15" and 5" tall Please note: planters......read more

Circle Squared

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Todd St. John's NYT-commissioned animation explores the theme of giving

Here's an old but great holiday-themed animation by HunterGatherer (aka Brooklyn-based artist/designer Todd St. John). "Circle Squared," originally released in 2007, was commissioned by T Magazine for the Christmas season. The story is told through stop-motion animation, using toy-like hand-made wooden forms, which interact similarly to the way Russian dolls nest. These cube-animal shapes......read more

Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain

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Photo project focuses on the complex relationship between communities and resource industries in the Northwest

Photographer Eirik Johnson spent three years traveling around Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, focusing on the region’s tenuous relationship between natural resource industries--particularly logging and fishing--and the communities that rely upon them. The resulting images are gathered in Sawdust Mountain, a photographic exploration of a Pacific Northwest that reveals a......read more

Washington State Fire Lookout Project

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Photographer Kyle Johnson documents Forest Service lookout posts in the Pacific Northwest

Sixty years ago, there were 600 wildfire lookout posts in Washington state. Employed by the US Forest Service, Lookout Rangers worked summer jobs manning the posts and acting as lifelines for the forest. Among them was Jack Kerouac. Today, the number of lookout posts in the state has dwindled to 92. On a commission from Filson, 29-year-old photographer Kyle Johnson traveled around the state to......read more

Time-Bending Photos by Jay Mark Johnson

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Nope, they're not Photoshopped

Our mate Jay Mark Johnson, whose work hung on the walls of the first SHFT pop-up shop, uses an $85,000 slit camera to create these abstracted images that emphasize time over space. It's a complicated process, as Slate's Judith Herman explains:  This unique look is possible because the fixed-position slit camera registers only a vertical sliver of a scene. Whatever passes that slit by......read more

Amazing Photos of Otherworldly Caves in Thailand

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Aussie photographer John Spies enters an underground realm

There are a few places on Earth that feel decidedly unearthly, and caves happen to be one of them. Australian-born photographer John Spies, who has been living in northern Thailand for thirty years, spends plenty of time underground exploring caves in his adopted homeland. As a cave explorer, photographer and guide, Spies has visited 85 caves, discovered incredible formations, documented......read more

Greenaid Fosters 21st Century Johnny Appleseeds

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Clever urban hack created by young L.A. duo encourages people to replant their neighborhoods.

If you live or work in a city, odds are, you passed a vacant lot or an ugly, barren strip of soil at some point today. Now imagine if that eyesore were transformed into a wild garden. But how? Greenaid, a project by two recent grads of Otis College of Art and Design in L.A., Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, and local urban planner David Fletcher, is a plan to distribute candy machines loaded......read more

Animal Collective "Bluish"

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Jason Oliver Goodman's appropriately bluish video for AC's "Bluish."

More than a year and a half after it was released, the Animal Collective album "Merriwether Post Pavilion" keeps on giving. The video for "Bluish" is the fourth that's come out of the record. That's no small feat in the digital era, when records tend to have the lifespan of a gnat. Directed by Jason Oliver Goodman, the vid is suitably bluish and, in typical AC form,......read more

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