Beluga whale gives a mochi offering for the New Year

A Beluga whale perches its chin on the edge of a holding tank at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium located in Yokohama, Tokyo. The orange on top of the whale’s head symbolizes an offering of a rice cake (mochi) during a New Year’s aquatic performance at the aquarium. In Japan, rice cakes are traditionally eaten on the first day of the new year. via Hungeree.
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Carpinteria Foothills Residence in California

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“the program asked for a master suite, one guest room, a study for two, a more contained den and an informal open living space they could share with their children and grand children. The site strategy was to separate the guesthouse, pool and pool house from the main house, by locating them amongst the oaks on a lower terrace.”

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Cata by Francisco Palacios Reyes

Daily Inspirations no. 332

Today we’re starting the show with several cool photos. Check NatGeo penguins, Andy Mahr‘s brilliant landscape shot as well as a beautiful lady washing dishes in 50′s calling. From today’s illustrations my pick would be the robber by Michal Dziekan and Seagus by Lucas Leibholz …that one is kinda cute :). Next I would like to recommend The public image by Wes Nijssen which you’ll find between typography artworks. I am sure you’re busy so I won’t slow you down too much with this intro … the last recommendation is from our freebie section. Get brilliant “precious” Photoshop type styles by Graphic River. Worth it. Enjoy!

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Incredible Commercial Advertising Works by Christian Stoll

Do you recall those print ads at bus stops, in magazines, and Internet? Some are quite moving thus making us interested to actually pause and see what and why something is being advertised. Those beautiful Photoshoped images are created by advertising agencies for well known brands. Commercial advertising is a thriving economical phenomenon that will only keep growing. It’s simple really; How will a potential consumer buy your product if he or she does not even know it exists.

Fresca

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  • Agency: Venables,Bell and Partner, San-Francisco
  • Cleint: Coca-Cola Company

Wire ball

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FORTUNE Magazine, New-York

Dupont

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  • Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, New-York
  • Client: DUPONT

American Express

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  • Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, New-York
  • Client: American Express

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Top 10 Aerial Photos by Klaus Leidorf

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Klaus Leidorf takes aerial photography to “scary” new heights.

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I Got 99 Problems, But Creativity Ain’t One

As designers, we have moments where it seems impossible to come up with one more creative idea. How do we stay creative after years of designing, completing project after project, being creative day in and day out? There are many lists available that help us get beyond the creative block. I refer to some of them below. Yet, I have found three ‘activities’ that if I do them regularly and plan them into my weekly schedule, my creative juices remain active and fueled. If I become negligent in any of these three areas, I find myself gritting my teeth and having to grind it out to get through yet another creative project. The three activities:

  • Awaken Our Senses
  • Get Physical
  • Stop!

Awaken our Senses

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Have you noticed the sunset (or sunrise) recently? Have you heard the crunch of the fall leaves below your feet? Did you smell the recent approaching rainstorm? Or feel the softness of your clothes this morning? If not, it’s time to awaken our senses.

We often take the creativity and beauty around us (and within us) for granted. In our mission to get things done, the sunset goes unnoticed, the crunch of the fall leaves isn’t heard, and we put clothes on simply to cover us, not to feel them.

A year and a half ago I moved to an apartment overlooking a small pond on a golf fairway. In the distance are the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I’ve lived here for two years. This past year I noticed herons coming and going, watched incredible lightning shows as the afternoon storms approached, and enjoyed the many shades of pink and red as the morning sunlight began to hit the mountains in the distance. And, I’ve wondered where I was last year? I don’t remember any of these last year…except maybe for the morning sunlight on the mountains. Yet, I’m sure herons came and went, afternoon storms displayed their fantastic lightning shows, and the sun still came up every morning. I missed the beauty last year. I missed the moments of stunning creativity. And, my work suffered.

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Beautiful Pictures of Dubai You Might Never Seen Before

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In this post we showcased beautiful pictures of Dubai you might never seen before. Dubai is one of the 7 Emirates (states) which make the country of UAE (United Arab of Emirates). Dubai developed a huge, modern business market in middle east which consists of minicities like internet, media, knowledge, attracting business houses, festival cities, students and tourists from all over the world. The scale of development is phenomenal. Some of these dubai pictures showcase the phenomenon.

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Daily Inspirations no. 331

Guys, first of all we are wishing you a Happy New Year 2012. Keep being creative and of course loyal to Cruzine mag as well .). So, let’s dive into the World of creativity again … Today’s photography brought us some quality pieces such as Celebrity by Michael Muller or a hungry bear diving looking for food by Sebastien Kunert. My picks from today’s illustrations are the Farewell-Kingdom by Sonja Wimmer and Nightly Visits by Bao Pham. I like the style, originality and the sense for detail. Old school artists are going to love the oil painting by Esao Andrews. You’ll find that of course in the art and digital art section. Let’s check the ad section … well, got to say … hunters gonna dig the Coffee Inn: Forest Fairytale by Not Perfect | Y&R; Ain’t a hunter myself … and I dig it too actually .). Anyway, do not forget to check all 36 inspirations … and we would appreciate if you’ll drop a comment as well. Enjoy!

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Fantasy scenes by Raphael Lacoste

Raphael was the Art Director at Ubisoft on such titles as Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed, winning a VES Award in February 2006 for his work on the “Two Thrones” cut scene from Prince of Persia. Wanting to challenge himself in the film industry, Raphael stepped away from the game industry to work as a Matte Painter and Senior Concept Artist on such feature films as: Terminator Salvation, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Death Race, and Repo Men. As of 2009, Raphael has returned to the video game industry, working as a Senior Art Director for Electronic Arts and now Ubisoft.

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Ice Typography

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Beautiful and transient frozen typography installations by a Vancouver environmental artist.
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Amazing Castle Photography

The first photography collection of 2012 will be dedicated to history and to be exact, to amazing castles. We made sure to pick the best photos we could find on the net, and I strongly hope you’ll enjoy the collection as much as I did. Feel free to drop us a comment .).

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Blackfield

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Blackfield is an impressive installation made up of over 12,000 steel cut plants that when viewed on one side are all black, but on the other all in color. See more at collabcubed.

20 Cute Animals for Happy New Year

New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count is incremented. “Happy New Year!” That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. Here we have picked 20 Cute Animals from Cutest Paw for Happy New Year.

Baby Guinea Pig

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All Smiles

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Playful

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Fluffy Hamster

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A Google Earth Puzzle

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Looking at the world through via Google Earth offers striking images of the diversity of our planet and the impact that humans have had on it.

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