A Brief Survey of Experimental Comic Books

Comic book properties are constantly being licensed in the entertainment world, but some of the most interesting transformations are still happening in print. Artists, designers, filmmakers, and writers are pushing the boundaries of the medium by exploring the structural characteristics of comic books, narrative innovations, the dynamic integration of word and image, and complex subjects. We took a look at 10 different experimental comics, inspired by a tactile book for the blind that we spotted on Co.Design (featured after the jump). See how a once niche product has gradually shifted to an experimental medium. … Read More

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15 Beautiful Off-Grid Homes We’d Like to Live In

The idea of eschewing electricity, running water, and the white picket fence is a terrifying prospect for the average American. Based on the number of modern off-grid homes in remote locations that rely on the sun and wind for energy, others clearly disagree. Earlier this week, we were charmed by an efficient, beautiful home located in the middle of a cornfield. We feature it past the break, along with other sustainable houses far from the rat race. These stunning, alternative abodes make a strong argument for unplugging and creating a green oasis away from it all. … Read More

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Incredible Reading Rooms Around the World

We love libraries, have a soft spot for bookmobiles, can’t get enough of bookstores, and we really enjoy bars we can read in. We’re always in search of cozy, beautiful places to curl up with a good book, so when we saw that New York-based modern furniture company Vitsoe was opening a pop-up reading room in their downtown store, we went searching for other unique reading rooms around the world. Comfort, intimacy, atmosphere, and a great view play a big part in the design of these bookish spaces. See more in our… Read More

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Blueprints of Light: Illuminated 3D Perspective Drawings

This stunning installation by the London art collective United Visual Artists (UVA) uses light to create 3D constructs, repurposing space in innovative and compelling ways. With the aptly titled Vanishing Point, spotted at Architizer, UVA re-imagines and restructures the 2D designs of Renaissance architects, using laser beams to manifest 3D perspective environments that register as spectacular blueprints of light, revising architectural conventions and making art out of planning. Take a look at photographs of the installation, currently on exhibit at Berlin’s Olympus Photography Playground, below. … Read More

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The Most Playful Libraries in the World

We could write volumes about our love for libraries — and, well, we kind of have. During our Internet travels, we’ve stumbled across some pretty amazing places for book lovers. After spotting an especially playful library on Colossal, we were inspired to seek out other lighthearted libraries that emphasize imagination, fun, and bookish wonder. The most well-read, creative people know that adventure and play can be a wonderful tonic for the soul. Click through for more playful libraries for literature lovers of all… Read More

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10 Incredible Repurposed Train Stations

The heyday of railway travel may have passed, but the nostalgic allure of architecturally striking infrastructure has ensured that it’s not the end of the line for many historic station buildings. We recently learned that Union Station in Denver, which opened to passengers in the late 19th century, will be transformed into a trendy hotel, with adjoining restaurants and a beer hall, by 2014. Click through to see how other train stations have been repurposed into thriving cultural centers, libraries, and… Read More

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Monstrous Vintage Covers of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’

Mary Shelley was only 21 years old when she published her first (and greatest) novel, Frankenstein. A small London publishing house quietly issued 500 copies in 1818 of the gothic novel about a scientist who invents a monster that vows revenge on his creator after being rejected by society. On March 11th, the book was finally publicized — to the shock and horror of many. Images of the lumbering creature have evolved and endured through cinema and literature in the 195 years since Frankenstein was born. We’re celebrating this anniversary by looking back at several vintage book covers that reveal a fascinating history of bringing Shelley’s “modern Prometheus” to life. … Read More

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Mind-blowing Recreations of Everyday Objects Made from Paper

Artist Vincent Tomczyk sees himself as part craftsman and part engineer, constructing what he considers to be “biographies of people, experiences, and interpretations of intangible ideas.” The artist’s incredibly realistic sculptures are mind-blowing recreations of everyday objects made from paper. However, Tomczyk wants us to see the emotion and expression contained within — free of its function. This is perhaps best seen in Tomczyk’s chairs, which are full of personality and contain the creases, gaps, and blemishes that develop from years of use. He’s currently creating more chairs in his studio. See more of Tomczyk’s impressive objects, which we first discovered on Colossal, in our gallery. … Read More

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Cheeky Paintings of Pop Culture Icons on Junk Food Packaging

Who knew the Les Misérables Broadway banner image of Cosette could look so satanic with a McDonald’s logo in the middle of her forehead? Ben Frost, apparently. Website Who Killed Bambi? introduced us to the artist who paints pop culture characters on different kinds of packaging. Junk food, cereal boxes, tiny pharmaceutical containers, and more are covered in Frost’s cheeky redesigns. The artist imagined Linda Blair from The Exorcist as the “hostess with the mostess” on a cheery Twinkies package and painted a depressed Mickey Mouse pondering his failures on a box of Xanax. See more icons Frost painted for pop culture posterity in our gallery. … Read More

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Gorgeous Vintage Postcards of Incredible Architecture Around the World

The postcard has quite the storied history. The first known picture postcard was sent from Vienna as a souvenir, but images of the sparkling new Eiffel Tower in 1889 gave impetus to the postcard, leading to the little convenient cards’ golden age at the turn of the century. The tourist images of time past serve as glossy memories we cherish today. To help you over the hump, we’ve rounded up some of the best architectural nostalgia. From 3 1/2 x 5″ renditions of Oscar Niemeyer’s glorious graphic structures to obscure designs in Casablanca and Tijuana, click through to check out vintage shots of the most incredible retro architecture in the world. … Read More

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