Illustrator Natsuki Otani designs some gorgeous artworks that are rich in color and texture. She is from Tokyo, studied at Norwich University College of the Arts and is currently working in England as a freelance illustrator. Her most recent work is a collaboration with Urban Outfitters, Sketchbook Magazine and The 405. She was also featured in the April 2010 edition of Computer Arts Magazine (Dazed and Confused, seen below). Here are examples of some of her work.

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The 1950′s. The dust finally settled from World War II, however there were clashes between communism and capitalism that dominated this new decade. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. It was the decade of music by Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Bobby Darin, Connie Frances, Johnny Mathis and of course, Elvis Presley. Jazz singers and legends Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus dominated that scene.

In the art world Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning became the influencers in the earlier part of the decade, while Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko dominated the latter half. With its roots in dadaism, Pop Art was born. With icons from television, photography, cinema and comics used in artwork and propaganda towards the end of the 50′s.  Also there was the emergence of  ’Swiss Graphic Design’ and typography which shapes aspects of design even today.

What has become known as ‘mid-century modern‘ was in full effect in the 1950′s and apparent in most homes. Here we take a look at 1950′s interior design with it’s clean lines, minimalism and unexpected colors like pastels that were heavily used in latter part of the decade. A big change from the more puritanical 40′s which were reflected with Early American, American Victorian and 18th Century American furniture that had mahogany, blue and dark green color palette.

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This Sunday, January 9th from 3PM to 6PM is the 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York City!

The requirements for participation are…

1) You’re willing to take off your pants on the subway.

2) You’re able to keep a straight about it.

Sounds simple enough.

If you plan on showing up for this event you have to take your pants off, even if your a member of the media.

Here’s a look at the 2010 Event…

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Details on the Event:

When: Sunday, January 9 at 3:00 PM, Sharp! (Over by around 5:30)
Where: Six meeting points spread out all over New York City. Details below.
Bring: A backpack/bag and a metro card.
Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc)

You can RSVP to the event on the No Pants Subway Ride 2011 Facebook Event Page.

Will you be attending?

A guy by the name of Bradley Lewis built this amazing replica of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Light Saber, with a removable blade (which is powered by batteries), and a spring loaded crystal chamber mechanism, complete with the cool ‘wheeeeer’ sound. Awesome!

Watch the light saber in action…

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You know you want one.

via technabob

On online drawing app that mimics real life drawing class.

The idea of the 30 Second Drawing App is based on a special training method introduced in the book The Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. (Highly recommended for those who think they can’t draw.) This training overheats your language function by rapidly showing complicated visual information. In result, you will be able to draw with your activated right brain mode.

You will also improve in recognizing aspects of figures in a short amount of time, and be able to draw accurately with minimum lines. Drawing a large of number of sketches in a small amount of time is a good exercise especially for beginners. In an actual life drawing class, a nude model is used and the model changes position every minute or so.

Check out the online drawing app here. Have a pencil ready and piece of paper in front of you, wait for the figure to appear on screen and start drawing.

Wow! Nike’s Better World website is the best site design we have come across in ages! Scrolling down through the site you will notice the multi-layered dimensions that lend such fluidity to the overall design. Normally scrolling is viewed as a pain in the ass, but the design here makes it all worth it.

Here are some screenshots to whet your appetite.

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This new graphic print from Nathan W. Pyle, ‘Ghost’, takes a funny spin on the infamous scene from the movie Ghost where Demi Moore senses the ghost of Patrick Swayze as she forms her pottery.

This print will soon be available for voting on Threadless.com. We say Vote Up! This would be awesome on a t-shirt.

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