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Airship Ahoy! Superb Steampunk Paintings

What could possibly be better than traveling in a dignified steam powered airship, surveying the prosperous land below through small paned windows, while wearing your finest victorian fashions? It’s hard to think of anything that would top such an experience, and Vadim Voitekhovitch’s steampunk oil paintings bring this fantastic alternate universe of the past to life with a realism that almost makes it tangible.


Voitekhovitch creates a world for us filled with 19th century people and painted in a weathered 19th century fashion. The place is absolutely packed with air traffic of a lighter-than-air kind, right alongside tumblehome warships, sleek submarines, steam powered busses and even walking transports. It’s a world full of discovery, prosperity and a whole lot of ingenuity. You can see more of this German based artist’s large collection of work at DeviantArt.

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The best web and mobile fonts of 2012 are … | VentureBeat

Web and mobile typography continued to boom in 2012, with more and more typefaces making their way directly to the browser.Thanks in no small part to the lovely nerds at Google, web fonts that the consumer doesn’t have to download are now legitimately A Thing. Google’s ongoing Web Fonts project is now home to more than 600 typefaces, all of them free and Internet-friendly.Also, we’ve got the @font-face rule in CSS3, which makes displaying new and interesting faces directly in the browser much easier on everyone.Just don’t use fake bolds and italics and we’ll all be fine.Also, you can check out last year’s mobile/web typography round-up if you’re particularly interested in watching trends change over time — or if you want to pick up some still-hot free typefaces for your work in 2013.

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Roland Barthes: Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (1980-) [FR, EN, PT, GR, HU, ES, IT, CZ, RU, PL] — Monoskop Log

A graceful, contemplative volume, Camera Lucida was first published in 1980. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach established Camera Lucida as one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag’s On Photography.

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App sales soar in 2012 | Technology | The Guardian

App sales soar in 2012

Apple’s App Store generate millions in revenue, but games publishers also make decent profits

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Working with Color: Create a Monotone Design Scheme – DesignModo

Working with Color: Create a Monotone Design SchemeCarrie Cousins  •  Design  •  December 18, 2012  •  1 CommentCreating a dark color scheme can result in a beautiful, elegant design.There are a variety of ways to do it, from creating pop with sharp contrast or working with a more monotone color palette, which we will focus on here.The No. 1 thing to keep in mind when working with a palette of dark colors is readability. Dark color schemes can sometimes overwhelm the rest of the page, making content difficult for the user to understand. When working with dark colors, keep in mind that contrast is vital – even when working with a monotone palette.

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Where OS X security stands after a volatile 2012 | Ars Technica

2012 was an “exciting” year for OS X security—at least if you’re a security expert or researcher. There were plenty of events to keep people on their toes. Although Apple took some egg on the face for some of them, overall, the company came out ahead when it came down to keeping users safe.

At least that’s the opinion of some security researchers who followed OS X developments throughout the year.

via Where OS X security stands after a volatile 2012 | Ars Technica.

‘Inventing Abstraction – 1910-1925,’ at MoMA –

In the second decade of the 20th century, abstraction became the holy grail of modern art. It was pursued with feverish intent by all kinds of creative types in Europe, Russia and elsewhere, responding to assorted spurs: Cubism and other deviations from old-fashioned realism, the beautiful whiteness of the blank page, communion with nature, spiritual aspirations, modern machines and everyday noise.

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Darpa_2013 calendar stars Boston Dynamics’ LS3 bots (Wired UK)

ooking for a last-minute gift for a robotics fan? This Legged Squad Support System (LS3) calendar stars BigDogs, rather than dogs.

It’s the creation of Daan van Dijk, a Dutch designer who spotted some images of the Boston Dynamics robots on Twitter. “Here are military robots (with still unknown future goals) on one hand, and on the other the images reminded me of something else; the pictures I take of my cats,” he said on his Tumblr. “The makers had formed a relation of some sorts with these LS3s, reminiscent of a living dog with its owner.”

He went on to question how a future with these robotic animals would look. “By coincidence (I was looking to find a resemblance to photos of dogs) I came across a self initiated calendar with pictures of her dogs some lady made and distributed,” he said.

“I made the calendar she, or enthusiasts like her, would possibly make in a near future about her LS3s.”

You can buy the calendar over on It costs £12.29, which van Dijk says simply covers the costs of the printin

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This interactive guide will help you understand your blog’s typography – The Next Web

Typography is finally emerging as a key element of Web design with the rise of Web fonts, but now many designers are finding themselves a bit overwhelmed with all of these new choices. Sticking with defaults, like Helvetica, Georgia and Arial, is no longer necessary in most cases, but embracing the complicated world of typography is confusing enough to make any novice’s head spin.

To help ease this transition, designer Tommi Kaikkonen has created an interactive guide on perfecting your blog’s typography. In the event that you don’t have a blog of your own, many elements of this guide should still help you start understanding how to use layout, visual hierarchy, line height and color in your favor.

Some of the finer details in the guide, such as implementing small caps, many not seem immediately necessary, but are worth considering after you have your layout and fonts in place.

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