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“Thin Slices of Anxiety” Is An Illustrated Look At An Anxious Mind

Anxiety is one of those subjects that innately resonates with creative people. I’m not sure why the two go hand-in-hand, but if Gemma Correll’s The Worrier’s Guide to Life taught me anything, it was that this problem affects a lot more people than anyone realizes. Maybe it’s society’s relentless nature to make us work more…

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Illustrated Proof of the Oddness of NYC
Illustrated Proof of the Oddness of NYC

There used to be a popular website called Stuff Overheard in New York (that, surprisingly, is still up) that highlighted all the odd things locals and visitors stumble across while moseying around the city. Considering there are 8 million people living here from all cultures, economic backgrounds, and walks of life, it’s no surprise that…

“Endless Gravity” Shows the Beauty of the Ocean Floor Without Special Effects

There’s no place on Earth as mysterious as the ocean floor. Pitch black and still largely unexplored (we humans can only withstand so much pressure crushing our soft, fleshy bodies), the ocean floor is a lot like space–it’s vast, it’s mysterious and oddly beautiful. Endless Gravity, a short film shot by Alex Soloviev, is a…

This Instagram Account Combines Drake Lyrics With Yummy Cake
This Instagram Account Combines Drake Lyrics With Yummy Cake

Drake’s known for a lot of things: being emotional, coining YOLO, being emotional. But one thing he’s not known for is being sweet and highly caloric. Instagram account @drakeoncake combines two drastically different things and brings them together, like sewn-in dickies. Created by New Orleans backer @joythebaker, the account is cake porn combined with Drake lyrics. It’s so…

Art From Makoto Shinkai's
Art From Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

There’s a lot we love about animator Makoto Shinkai, whether it’s his pertinence for slow narratives or his obsession with melancholic atmospheres. But Shinkai is as much a master of creating stunning backgrounds as he is a storyteller. The Garden of Words, a short film about a lonely teenage boy and his relationship with a…

Little Animated Scenes of Ambience
Little Animated Scenes of Ambience

Today’s technology is sophisticated enough to make game design a legit art form. Designer Sandro Tatinashvili mostly design game backgrounds, but they decided to take a break and create these ambient animations of mini scenes. Together, each scene looks like it could be a part of a larger story, either a short animation or a video game,…

#TBT The Internet As It Was In 1996
#TBT The Internet As It Was In 1996

Ahh, 1996, a milestone year. The first flips phones were invented, Bill Clinton was reelected, Tupac was shot (or was he?), and America was introduced to a strange, new technology called the internet. This old school instructional video, converted from an old VHS tape, was what the average Joe needed to learn about connecting to…