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Loopism: Illustrator and Animator Ori Toor

Before clients and corporate gigs, there was the divine muse. It flowed through artists, guiding their hands to create masterpieces in paint, ink, and pen. Now projects are planned—work is reviewed, revised, and approved. Rarely do we enjoy the free flow of creativity. But for illustrator and animator Ori Toor, there’s no other way to work. read more...

In Saturn’s Rings with Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren

Many of us wanted to be astronauts when we were kids, but very few of us actually became one. Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren wants to make our childhood dreams of space exploration a reality. read more...

Designing with Data: Nicholas Felton

Nicholas Felton is an icon in the world of data visualization and an information-design expert. He has spoken at countless conferences, he co-designed Facebook’s Timeline, and in 2011 Fast Company named him of the 50 most influential designers in the United States. read more...

Having Fun with Every Frame

Italian animator Emanuele Colombo is known for his effervescent characters and crisp style. The self-taught freelancer has worked for some of the world’s biggest brands and has devoted time to nonprofit organizations like Greenpeace and Change.org. This artist strives to change the world, one animation at a time. read more...

Erykah Badu: Freestyle Mac

Erykah Badu is awash in creative energy. She conjures the stuff from thin air, whipping up hooks and melodies with little more than a basic backing track. Think soulful freestyle riffs and lyrics punctuated by the boom and clack of a jazzy drum kit. Yet even a steady stream of creativity like Badu’s can be diverted—for days, weeks, months, or years. In fact, five years passed without a new Badu album. Some said she had writer’s block. Some said she had lost her groove. Turns out the vibe was alive the whole time—it simply needed a new channel to flow into. read more...

Brian Eno: Let There Be Light

Brian Eno paints with light. And his paintings, like the medium, shift and dance like free‐flowing jazz solos or elaborate ragas. In fact, they have more in common with live music than they do with traditional artwork. “When I started working on visual work again, I actually wanted to make paintings that were more like music”, he says. “That meant making visual work that nonetheless changed very slowly”. Eno has been sculpting and bending light into living paintings for about 25 years, rigging galleries across the globe with modified televisions, programmed projectors and three‐dimensional light sculptures. read more...

Suisun Diesel Fuel Spill

At 6:30 p.m. on April 27, 2004, at least 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into the Suisun Marsh. The fuel was bound for Sacramento and Reno via a 14-inch Kinder Morgan pipeline when it pushed its way through a crack and settled over 20 acres of marsh. Operators at Kinder Morgan noticed a drop in pressure soon after the pipe burst. They shut down the line and sent a work crew to look for the leak the following morning. It did not take long to find it. There was enough fuel in the marsh to fill two backyard swimming pools—enough to drive one dozen fully loaded rigs from San Francisco to Los Angeles 43 times. read more...

Thailand: Human Beehive

The Chatuchuk weekend market in Bangkok, Thailand, is a vast labyrinth of more than 15,000 cell-like stalls, and it buzzes with the combined voices of more than 200,000 shoppers. The sharp smell of new clothes, perfumes, rubber and strange food marry to form an intoxicating fume that hangs in the air like fog. It is dizzyingly hot as bargain hunters scour the endless shops—their hands tearing through mountains of T-shirts, racks of knock-off jeans, piles of watches, lacquered dishes, rice-paper lamps, cell phones, compact disc players, everything imaginable. Merchants scream at the crowds through megaphones at a speed and pitch that defies description. Food vendors deep-fry, sauté, boil, peel and serve everything from coconuts to noodles to grasshoppers. The market sprawls across 35 acres. An estimated $750,000 will change hands in less than two days. It’s the largest market of its kind in the world and humanity’s best impression of a beehive. read more...

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