The invention of the Polaroid camera was a big step in the advancement of photography. Aside from it being a nice and handy way of taking pictures, how much do we really know about the Polaroid camera?
The Man Behind the Polaroid
Edwin H. Land, American scientist and inventor, pioneered a breakthrough in photography when he devised an instant way of capturing images and printing them. When he discovered how polarization can be manipulated in photography, he created a camera that makes use of diffusion when transferring dye from negative to positive. Thus, the Polaroid camera was born.
Land’s first ‘baby’, the Polaroid Land Camera Model 95, was released commercially in 1948. Since then, people have been enjoying having their photos printed a minute after taking them.
Also known as Land Cameras, evidently named after their inventor, the first Polaroid camera was conceived under the partnership between Land and his physics professor George Wheelwright. They founded the Land-Wheelwright Laboratories in 1947, and later changed it to Polaroid Corporation when Land retired in 1982.
It was in 1963 when the company introduced the film pack called Polarcolor. This particular film had three layers of emulsion that responded quickly to red, green, and blue. It allowed Polaroid users to print the pictures they take in color by combining the complementary colors captured on film. On the other hand, the integral film, whose job was to print the photo minus the peeling of the negative from the positive, was launched in 1972 and built into the SX-70 camera.
Polaroid at Present
To date, Polaroid has given a wide range of products not limited to cameras. The company also offers matching equipment and accessories. What’s more noteworthy is that they’re still producing film even when everybody else is shifting to digital photography.
Even thou people are moving away, I still feel that Polaroid pictures are much more emotional. The entire process of taking the picture and seamlessly receiving in a few short seconds is blissful. I don’t look at it as receiving a picture, I look at it as receiving an instant memory. From then on every time you look at the photographs, your brain travels back in time and revisits the feeling/emotions you expressed.
Clearly, there are still a lot of people who patronize not just the brand but the uniqueness of its method of immortalizing something by taking a picture of it. And to prove just that, here are some stunning photos taken using the celebrated Polaroid camera. Oh, and for those of you whom are wondering you can still purchase an instant camera online.
L7m, was born in the countryside of São Paulo, in 1988. Since his childhood he had a strong magnetic pull to art. Testing out his talent in numerous contests, L7m won many awards. When he turned 13, L7m discovered the wonderful world of graffiti. Headed in a new direction, he began to experiment with new techniques and mixtures such as china ink, latex, pastel, and acrylic.
Today we collected a few of L7m’s beautiful murals for your inspiration. People in general have mixed feeling and viewpoints on graffiti. Without getting into a debate, I would like for you to simply focus on the artwork. I think the elegance, geometry, and colors of his work are undeniably beautiful.
At an early age of eight, Bryan was introduced to card-stacking by his grandfather. From then on he was hooked. This new exciting hobby led him to discovering new techniques on his own. His freestanding card structures are based on a grid-like arrangement, which can support up to 660 lbs per square foot! Keep in mind that he doesn’t use tape, glue, folding, or any other tricks you might suspect.
Berg has held the Guinness World Record for the Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards since 1992. Since then, Bryan has been commissioned numerous times to break his own records. He currently tours around the world showing off his incredible skills. Today we’ve collected a few of his amazing works for your viewing pleasure.
Clint Reid is a designer, an illustrator, and an avid coffee drinker, who lives in Durango, Colorado. Usually using his alias “Tillman Project,” Clint creates noteworthy pen and watercolor illustrations. He has been filling up sketch books like a mad man and because of this, many great drawing have come to life. Today we would like to share some of Reid’s illustrations from his personal projects, commission, and art shows.
Creating a unique/stylish design will result in more sales. This means hiring well-educated industrial designers who aren’t afraid to think outside the box, not cutting corners on packaging design, and using high quality durable materials to assemble your badass headphones. Today we collected forty skillfully constructed headphones for your inspiration. Every image is linked to its source. We hope this showcase will inspire and help current industrial designers.
AiAiAi TMA-1 Headphones
Eskuche Control v2 Headphones
Usually shopping bags have a logo or the name of the company on the bag. But what if you could gain attention of potential customers without actually having to talk to them?
Bagvertising has been around for several years. The idea of using a bag as an opportunity to market to new potential customers is pretty clever. In theory this type of advertising captures real people on the street and internet surfers who enjoy creativity. Today we collected twenty-five awesome bag advertisements from across the web. We hope you’ll find them inspiring. Enjoy!
You know you need to market your business, but you just don’t have the overhead to do it. In today’s online world, you really don’t need any savings to kick off a marketing campaign. Consider these ten ways to start marketing right away without spending a dime.
If you have a yen for writing, pen a few SEO-rich articles that relate to your business. You can submit them for free at websites like Squidoo.com and HubPages.com after creating a profile. People searching on the Internet for whatever it is your company offers will stumble across the articles and then hopefully click through to your website or online store. Plus, these sites have strong communities, which means that other members will read and share your content.
Take some time crafting a bio, particularly if you’re going to be the face of your business. Include both professional information that conveys your expertise and personal information that readers will relate to. Don’t forget to post a photo along with your bio. Update as necessary, but don’t change the wording too much. Keep a paragraph towards the bottom that mentions your accomplishments and refresh it as needed.
The blogging community is extremely tight knit and running your own blog is a great way to constantly post new information. Write about the topics that your target audience is interested in, even if it’s a little bit outside whatever product or service you sell. For example, if you make jewelry, your customers will also be interested in fashion and trends.
Europe’s museums are steeped in history and filled with literally millions of priceless pieces of art. Wherever your travels take you this summer, a stunning and awe-inspiring museum is apt to be nearby. The following is a list of the most noteworthy and a link to their mobile apps to guide your way:
The Louvre Museum, Paris
With 8 million visitors a year, The Louvre is the most well-known and most visited museums in the world. Housed in what was once a royal palace, the museum has a collection which spans eight thematic areas and features 35,000 works of art. The most famous of these is Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa, which is generally surrounded by camera-wielding tourists. The museum first opened its doors in 1793 and has been in a state of recreation ever since culminating with the addition of the now famous glass pyramid which serves as the main entrance.
The British Museum, London
The British Museum is the history and culture of humanity in one building. It has over 8 million objects in its permanent collection and is among the most comprehensive collections in existence. The museum also has the largest museum online database of objects numbering over 2 million which is free to access. Created in 1753, the museum’s collection moves from pre-historic to modern times. Visitor favorites include the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and Parthenon sculptures.
Architecture is all around us. The process of planning, designing, and constructing is an artform within itself. Just like we admire historical constructions, architecture plays an important role for future generations to witness our cultural achievements. The creative manipulation encompasses our intellectual ideas to become a reality with carefully planned drawings, specifications, and structures. If you’re an architecture lover or an aspiring architect, we’ve got a great treat for you. Today we collected sixty constructive quotes about architecture and architectural design.
“To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.” – Daniel Libeskind
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
“A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured.” – Louis Kahn
“In reality some images or drawings have a greater impact than many buildings that are built.” – Emilio Ambasz
“Form ever follows function.” – Louis Henry Sullivan
“A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head.” – Renzo Piano
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry
“Very often the opinion of the clients must be disregarded in their own interest.” – John M. Johansen
“I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.” – Tadao Ando
Probably one of the banes of sign designers in the US is the need for a number of signs to be compliant with ADA standards. It is a bane for some because such rules require that these signs follow certain color combinations, should use particular fonts, should have required elements on them and should have characters in sizes that are proportional to the size of the sign. In short, there are a lot of rules that need to be followed, and missing one or two of these can easily mean fines and penalties for the establishment using such signs.
A fundamental purpose of a stamp is to show the prepayment of postage. Every country around the world is required to have its own name on almost all types of stamps. This kind of denomination is done to indicate the monetary value. To prevent counterfeiting, stamps usually have a unique graphic design to aid clerks with quick recognition of appropriate postage. Plus, many customers simply expect stamps to carry a design.
In most cases stamps hold a rectangular shape. However, a number of additional shapes have been used such as rhombus, triangles, octagonal, circles, and various freeform shapes. Stamp design in general has evolved tremendously thanks to the advances in printing technology and aesthetical taste of designers. Like fashion trends, design fads come and go as countries try to imitate each other.
With WiFi hotspots popping up seemingly everywhere, it’s obvious that our world is becoming increasingly reliant on internet access. This can be GREAT in several different ways, but some drawbacks may cause some to question the viability of even using these access points. From coffee shops to school campuses, access can be had nearly anywhere, but are you really sure that your information is properly protected? Or, better yet, can you even access many of the sites you’d like to visit?
Online censorship is a common practice in several nations, but many don’t realize that many WiFi networks in the United States or UK will also do their part to limit access to certain websites. Companies and schools will often limit online access in an effort to avoid acting as a portal to “inappropriate” content. Social media outlets, particular subjects, and non-work related sites are often considered unacceptable and subsequently blocked. Those wishing to access these sites will need to use a third party network to do so.
In addition to accessibility, several security concerns lurk for those using a public WiFi access point. When using such an unsecured network your traffic can be easily snooped by other people on the same network. This is called “data sniffing” and is an old school hacking technique.
However, in addition to the more seasoned hackers lurking at your local cofee shop, many data sniffing tools have been made available to the general public, free of cost.
“Firesheep”, for example, exposed many of the risks associated with public networks, and caused many users to seek out encryption technology. This simple tool can be used by anyone, even amateur hackers to gain access to your online sessions. For example someone using Firesheep on the same public network could easily gain access to your Facebook account, read your private messages and post on your behalf. Kind of scary if you think about it, right?
For generations bathtubs held a boring rectangular shape. Thanks to the advent of acrylic thermoformed baths, more shapes have become available for consumers. Documented early plumbing systems for bathing go back as far as around 3300 BC. From hardened pottery to clawfoot tubs, people have experimented with different solutions to this sanitation problem for many centuries.
Today we’re able to enjoy bathtubs made from a variety of materials such as acrylic, fiberglass, wood, steel, cast iron, and etc. Not only do they serve functionally, but they also avail as stand-alone art fixtures for us to visually enjoy. The industrial designers behind these elegant tubs truly illustrate that bathtubs don’t have to be boring. They pushed their creativity to the max, and for that they deserve acknowledgment.
EAGO Luxury Clear Whirlpool Hot Tub
Duravit Blue Moon Bath Tub
Ofuro Bath by Rapsel
Sebastien Thibault is an accomplished illustrator from Matane, Gaspesie. He studied graphic communication at Laval University. Throughout his conceptual illustrations, Sebastien pays huge attention to objects, shapes, symbols, and colors. The multiple Lux award-winner starts every illustration with his brain, and after sketching multiple ideas he finalizes his work in Illustrator/Photoshop. He’s mainly contracted for editorial illustrations by magazines like Time, Wired, Boston Globe, Harvard Business, PC World, American Airlines, and many others. I think Thibault’s talent will positively influence any aspiring designer/illustrator.
Just as learning is a lifelong process, so is the road to bettering yourself as a writer. Even the most experienced and novice writers still manage to make their writing this year better than it was last year. There’s always an area to improve and tons of advice to be gathered along the way.
#1 Write regularly (whether you want to or not)
If you’re in a freelance position, as many writers are today, then it’s likely that you have the freedom to create your own work schedule. Though this is a blessing in most situations, freedom of this nature can also be a major ingredient for procrastination. And when it comes to writing, the longer you put it off the worse it gets. Going a week, for instance, without writing can be a major blow to your creative spirit, and will very likely create a writer’s block like you’ve never seen.
The remedy? Keep yourself busy with articles or other assignments to ensure that you write on the regular basis. Even if you can’t keep up with a 500 word a day minimum, try to at least push out a paragraph or two, even if its worthless, at least you wrote something.
#2 Use reading to spruce up on your grammar
It goes without saying that good grammar is part of good writing. Whether you self-publish or write for someone else, you have to take the time to ensure that what you create is presentable and worthy of being read.
If you can’t recall all the points made by your English teacher, or dread studying them on your own, a good remedy is to simply read (from educated sources). Reading overall is crucial to all writers, but more specifically if you read from sources that have a reputation for proper grammar and style usage, you’ll give yourself a prime opportunity to pick up on the grammar do’s and don’ts of the language (all without flipping through one page of a grammar textbook).