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Stefan Draschan‘s photography project “People Matching Artworks” shows that life really does imitate art. The self-taught photographer used to find it irritating that people were getting in the way of his shots at museums in Paris, Munich, and Vienna. He slowly began to notice a pattern in his photographs of people complementing and even mirroring the works of art, whether through their position, clothing, or hairstyle. Even though the shots look staged, the viewers are completely unaware that their picture is being taken. Draschan says, “It feels beautiful, as it is some unseen eternal string subconsciously connecting through the centuries.”

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This is one of my favorite ads of all time. It debuted on September 28, 1997, restoring Apple’s image after a slew of mediocre ads following the 1985 Lemmings flop. The copywriting paired with the art direction is just pure genius.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

How many times have you been inspired by an advertisement? Not many brands can pull this off. This is the ad that got me interested in the career of advertising. And don’t we all want to change things? Don’t we all want to leave this earth feeling as though we made a difference? We all can make changes. It’s up to us to dream the big dreams.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageFrom top: Alexander Wang x Giorgio De Chirico, Balenciaga x Salvador Dali, Chanel Haute Couture x Peter Blake, Fendi x Paul Vezelay, Jil Sander x Pablo Picasso, Stella McCartney x Damien Hirst, Steven Meisel x Olafur Eliasson. 

Christos Mouchas via Ubicouture

The point about art is it’s all in its interpretation. Art is something that you encounter, and you know it’s in a different kind of space from the rest of your life but is directly connected to it. … It’s a great privilege to be near art because when you’re near art, you can be another kind of person, and it allows you to think differently about things that you have never done.

Andre Wee

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

 Goethe, 1749-1832

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”    — Steve Jobs

Designer Charis Tsevis has built a graphic monument to Jobs that hammers home his giga-influence on computers and product design: a ten-thousand-pixel wide photo collage that forms Steve’s face out of the products he has created.

via GOOD and Co.Design

And that ever-present black turtleneck. RIP Steve Jobs, we’ll miss you and your vision.

 

Richard Feynman on beauty. I’ll let the video speak for itself.

The Feynman Series is a companion project with The Sagan Series, a collection of videos that pays tribute to the man that brought astrophysics (and science in general) to the masses – Carl Sagan. (And if you’re not familiar with the series, you owe it to yourself to check it out immediately, starting with this).

Visit artist Charmagne Coe’s website here.

Already, you are mine. Rest with your dream inside my dream.
Love, grief, labour, must sleep now.
Night revolves on invisible wheels
and joined to me you are pure as sleeping amber.

No one else will sleep with my dream, love.
You will go we will go joined by the waters of time.
No other one will travel the shadows with me,
only you, eternal nature, eternal sun, eternal moon.

Already your hands have opened their delicate fists
and let fall, without direction, their gentle signs,
you eyes enclosing themselves like two grey wings,

while I follow the waters you bring that take me onwards:
night, Earth, winds weave their fate, and already,
not only am I not without you, I alone am your dream.

-Pablo Neruda

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