We know that as humans on Earth our lives are a constant combination of organization and chaos. What we can’t always see, is the bigger picture.
Photographer Alex MacLean has taken it upon himself to capture just that. Leaning out of the window of an airplane, high above the organization, chaos, or organized chaos — as the case may be — he snaps photographs of the patterns, symmetry and asymmetry that our lives cause and create.
And the resulting images are what you see here.
MacLean is a pilot and a photographer, with a background in architecture. All of these elements of his amazing lifestyle are visible in his images, and seem to contribute to the way he sees and composes his shots. See more the collision of natural and constructed in his images below.
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We are always fascinated by artistic studies that investigate the science behind humans. This photographic series does just that.
Photographer Gao Rongguo¬†took photographs of 50-year-old twins standing face-to-face, to show the similarities and differences of how we age. From their physical features, to the differences in their hair styles and wardrobe, these photos provide a contrasting look at the way life changes people.
As if looking into a mirror, Rongguo says the portraits were set up to show how “He/she used to have the same face, living in the same family, but their lives changed due to various reasons after growing up.”
Take a look at some more twins below!
On our theme of typography this week, we’ve found another unique place to incorporate words and letters.
Discovered on¬†Benoit Challand‘s portfolio, Fold Yard desks would be the perfect addition to any company’s office. Even if you aren’t involved with design, you can appreciate these typographic desks as an alternative to the regular cubicle lifestyle!
Your desk could be its own unique shape, plus be part of a curated layout – for instance a letter of the company name, or each employee’s initial. The possibilities are endless!
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Light painting has been around for years and it takes a special artist to be able to put a new spin on the technique. Which is exactly what Patrick Rochon has done.
These images were created based on invisible realities. As Rochon explains, “I‚Äôve been fascinated by what we can‚Äôt see. Like the shape of sounds, energy, vibrations, feelings, the photons our bodies emits.¬†Light is invisible until it touches something. Vibrations made by our voices have the most intricate shapes as we can see with cymatics.”
So he took this fascination and worked on this series to depict these realities. He says he works in complete darkness to create the images, and uses music to let his body and the sound move him (internally and externally).
This series is currently on display in Calgary, Canada but can be seen on his website as well.
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Photographer Phillip Stearns took the notion that the camera is an extension of the eye and applied it literally to this photographic series.
He took household chemicals such as bleach, vinegar, baking soda, and rubbing alcohol and applied them to instant color film. These chemicals, combined with exposure and some 15,000 volts of alternating current, create these layered and detailed patterns across the film.
Stearns says of the final product, “I find it curious and exhilarating that the impressions left behind after developing these extreme exposures so perfectly resemble networks of blood vessels in the retina.” And we can’t help but agree — something that so resembles a science experiment produces such beautiful images and colors.
Take a look at a few more images below!
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There isn’t much we can say (or need to) about these anatomical collages by Travis Bedel¬†other than, “Wow.”
These images are created by cutting and pasting vintage artworks onto anatomical, biological and botanical images and illustrations. We are continuously surprised and impressed by the ways that¬†science and art¬†can be combined.
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Okay, maybe not what you would picture for traditional camping, but it still counts.
This treehouse, designed by Farrow Partnership Architects, is intended to be one of 12 houses installed in an eco-resort near Toronto, Canada. They are open concept, so that you are one with nature, but still sheltered so that you can have the luxury of a 5-star resort while “camping.”
And that’s not all — they are also environmentally friendly so that the trees that support them are not strained or damaged. The houses are suspended from many branches above, rather than having all the weight on the trunk or using braces from the ground (cheating, for a “tree house”).
Check out the images below to see more of the amazing interior and functional design!
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Dopamine is something we’ve all had experience with, whether we realized what it was called or not. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that releases chemicals¬†and transmits information in your brain, primarily when something good or rewarding happens.
To (over)simplify, it is the happiness neurotransmitter.
A Form of Happiness — The above wooden model — is the physical chemical compound strand and it was designed by Jessica Charlesworth and Tim Parsons. Aside from the fact that this model physically represents an amazing and important scientific property, it is also beautifully designed. From the box, to the raw wood of the neurotransmitter pieces, to magnetic functionality of the parts it is sleek and intriguing.
The kit also comes with more of an explanation on the process and physical forms that dopamine takes when it is released so that you can learn while you “play”. Check out the photos below to see more of the amazing design.
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Sleeping outside, under the starry skies, is something that many of us dream of doing. Although it is not always possible, for where can you lay peacefully and guarantee to see the beauty of the stars, let alone have appropriate temperatures to do so? Now there is a place to do so — in your bedroom!
The egg-shaped Cosmos Bed was designed by¬†Natalia Rumyantseva¬†and is still in prototype stage. Not only does it provide the illusion of sleeping beneath open skies, it is also equipped with a built-in audio system to play music, white-noise and your alarm in the morning. Plus, it has an aroma dispenser to provide you with therapeutic scents as you dream.
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We’ve noticed a trend, and we’re quite fond it. Nothing is as sleek and geometrically intricate as origami — the Japanese art of paper folding — so how could you go wrong with a design based on it? We’ve noticed a lot of origami inspired products and designs lately so we rounded up a few of our favourites to admire and praise.
Created by blackLAB architects, this bench combines clean white with exposed wood and metal. Plus it folds and creases as seamlessly as paper.
2) Make Kiosks
Make Architects created these kiosks based on the efficient and functional concept of folding paper. They open to reveal the kiosk inside and close to become sculpture-like when not in use.
3) Kafolda: a Fold-it-Yourself Spoon
This spoon is mailed to you flat. You are in charge of folding it into the perfect shape — with crisp corners to reach right to the edges of a flat container.
These doors fold and rotate to open and close, looking as light as paper.
This rug does not actually fold or bend like origami, but it sure looks like it does. An optical illusion for your floor!
Let us know which one of our 5 Origami-Inspired Designs you like best in the comments!
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