United Nude


Sometimes the design of something you can actually wear comes so radical and so perfect that you wish you could buy all of them.

That’s exactly what happened to me once I found this shoe website: http://www.unitednude.com  And you will ask yourself what is so great about a shoe? It’s true that there are few designers that actually surprise and when they do, the shoe in question is so dam difficult to wear and so imperfect.

I guess that’s why United Nude caught me so easily, a mix between a shoe maker and an architect. And you can appreciate that fusion in each and every design. They are though through, they remind me of my mother years back looking at blueprints over every little detail. She often told me that a sink 1m to the right could make the kitchen less useful.

That attention to details that architects have and attention to the form and the geometry at the utility of things can be seen in each and every design of the shop.

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And that detail caught my eye at the very first page. So if anyone decides to buy me ones of this for my birthday this Friday my favorite is:

Store Designs


Today I was checking some designs blogs and I found this incredible post about Cupcake shops. And you will wonder what is amazing about this shops right? Well they put at work one of the marketing theories of the past decade: we are emotional buyers.

It happens to me all the time, you go down the street looking for a coffee shop where to spend the afternoon with some friends,  you won’t choose the one with best coffee but the one that looks more comfortable, cute or that has a relaxed atmosphere, won’t you?

And with this cupcake shops the feeling is similar, you will look at the pictures and wonder where are the shops, because you immediately want to try them. Or maybe you are walking down the street and pass through one of these shops and before you even realize it you will be buying a super expensive cupcake that maybe is the brother of those $1 cupcakes you find at the deli next to your place.

But that’s normal, because the catch of this shops aren’t the cupcakes itself but the brand, the ambient, the feelings you get when you spend your afternoon there with friends or the super cute box where you carry the cupcakes on. And if the cupcakes are good, well that’s always a plus.

CIOCCOLATO

(designed by Savvy)

This cupcake shop is probably the most impressive one. I will like to go just to admire the shop.

JUSTCUPCAKES

(designed by the owners)

This shop is not as “cute” or maybe as well designed as the last one but it clearly has a “hipster” feeling, vintage, that is actually really in right now, you can see it on the Pac-man menu, or the old Mac around the shop, or by simply looking at the Comic Strips chairs.  Half of the New York coffee shops are similar to this French cupcake shop.

JOY CUPCAKES

(designed by Mim Design)

This shop has a refine taste into it. It doesn’t have a risky design as ciocolatto, but is fresh and new and everything from the lamps, to the colors of the walls and the stools are a perfect match with each other.

JOHNNY CUPCAKES

(design by Johnny Cupcakes)

Johnny Cupcakes is not only a cupcake shop with Geek motives in the store and the cupcakes, it also has a history. Johnny a college drop-out started a T-shirt brand with cool cupcakes in it. His designs spread quickly on the web creating a strong brand really popular with college kids.  Even now his t-shirts are sold in bakerys mode shop instead of your regular T-shirt shop. And from time to time he even bake some cupcakes.

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X-ray photography


They say that photography is the art of reproducing an image, with any media necessary. Well it seems like Nick Veasy took this pretty serious and he build his portfolio with pictures of people, machines, and flowers all seen via an x-ray machine.

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2010 in numbers


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 42 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts. There were 315 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 140mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 3rd with 57 views. The most popular post that day was Welcome to a dream place.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, flickr.com, bertadp.com, en.wordpress.com, and bertaestabien.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for laura zaporojan, rennie sweeney, what’s in your pocket, norimichi inoguchi, and laura volpacchio.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Welcome to a dream place May 2010

2

Rose Hantée May 2010
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3

The Photographer July 2009
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4

Recorriendo Barcelona, Part II May 2010

5

Joanne October 2010
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Broken Camara


What would you do if your camera brokes one day?

Mostly of us will try to repair it or simply change it for a new one.

Well Integral Lens, a flickr user, has found another way to use a broken camera. As his camera was broken he decided to try how the camera was doing pictures.

As the lens are broken they took different colors and the exposure is not right but doing long exposures with different objects he created a gallery of images that looks unique and are unedited with Photoshop.

You can take a look at his Flickr page here, and also he posted a video on Youtube where you can see how he took some pictures.

 

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What’s in your pocket?


Looking through internet I found a photography project from a Russian people: Timur Akhmetov,Yulia Yakushova; those two photographers one day decide d that they wanted to create a photo project about what the people wear in they pocket, wallets and bags. They have called it FACE YOUR POCKET PROJECT

The most curious thing of this Project is not only that they don’t take the pictures, you do; but those aren’t made with a camera, they are made with a scanner.

The instructions are simple: place your face along with the objects in your bag or pockets onto a scanner bed and scan away. They call it scanography.

Maritza Piña

Andre Proenca

The results are like those of an anthropological study! And you, what is in your pocket?

Who’d have thought that a body’s most essential belongings could say so much? Who are these people who cart Kermit dolls, sequins, and plastic animals in their purses?

Миша Яровиков

Маша Пацан


Video HDR


The fellas at Soviet Montage Productions have managed to implement the HDR process in video using two professional DSLRs.  HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it involves the process of taking multiple photographs (one underexposed, the other overexposed) and combining the best qualities from each to create the best image possible.  Sounds familiar?

HDR is been very famous in the photography field for the last couple of years.

Photographers from around the world have tried this edition, and what started as a manual thing now you can easily do with Photoshop Plugins and options. There’s been a lot of discussion about HDR and its impact on the photography, but what Soviet Montage has so impressively done is implement the HDR photography technique with video.

Using two Canon 5D MarkIIs and beam splitter, they captured video under different exposure values and used “HDR processing tools” in post to create the visually spectacular video you see above.  The production team find HDR video extremely useful; they say it can “allow for even exposure where artificial lighting is unavailable or impractical.”  The level of detail and realism is mind-boggling, isn’t it?