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Artist Spotlight: Jun seo Hahm

(2 hours ago)
Delightfully weird characters created by Seoul, Korea-based artist Jun seo Hahm. More images below.

Artist Spotlight: Tayfun Gülnar

(3 hours ago)
A selection of new paintings from Istanbul, Turkey-based artist Tayfun Gülnar (click here for previous post). More images below.

The Swiss scientist

(11 hours ago)
I FEEL nothing. I think nothing. I get straight into my car and drive, not knowing exactly where I should go. No one is waiting for me at the end of the journey. Melancholy has become apathy. I need to drag myself onward. Five minutes later, I’m outside a castle. I know what happened here; […]

Inflatable Geometric Dome Explores the Transformative Nature of Colour

(16 hours ago)
“Fabric Prism” by art collective Pneuhaus (aka Matt Muller, Augie Lehrecke and Levi Bedall) is an interactive installation made from an inflatable, light-sensitive membrane of their own design. Constructed earlier this month as part of PVDFest 2016 in Providence, Rhode … Continue reading →

Typographic Graffiti That Changes Throughout the Day

(21 hours ago)
Graffiti artist DAKU has created a typographic piece in the Lodhi colony area of New Delhi. Words associated with life and the passage of time are mounted perpendicularly, casting shadows that shift along with the day’s light like a sundial. … Continue reading →

Artist Spotlight: Christer Karlstad

(2 days ago)
Paintings by artist Christer Karlstad (previously featured here). More images below.

On Being a Dad

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta Being a dad is messy … not just the many spills and broken dishes and dirty kitchens and finger-painted walls you have to clean up, but messy because nothing ever goes as planned. It’s messy because you start out with the best of intentions, hoping to be super dad and loving and […]

Zen Habits Book Now For Sale

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta UPDATE: The book is now sold out. I recommend my new book, Essential Zen Habits. I’m happy to announce that I’m offering my Zen Habits book to purchase, for the first time since I put it on Kickstarter at the end of 2014. The book is called, “Zen Habits: Mastering the Art […]

What Productivity Systems Won’t Solve

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta If you’re like me, you’re always looking for the perfect productivity system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist. The problem isn’t with the productivity system — the problem is that none of them can solve a few really important (and related) problems: Procrastination Fear of uncertainty Fear of discomfort For example, at the top […]

All You Need, You Already Have

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta There is a famous stone water basin (or “tsukubai”) outside of the even more famous Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, with four characters that read: “ware tada shiru taru.” This is a Zen saying that can be translated in a number of ways, all to do with contentment. But my favorite translation is: […]

Some Days, You Just Have Nothing

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta Yesterday wasn’t a great day for me. I woke up late after too little sleep. Someone I love is mad at me, and doesn’t seem to want to talk to me, which put me in a down mood. I couldn’t get focused to do any writing, so I answered emails, read stuff […]

Let Go of Stress: Nothing to Cling To

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta Stress is a killer. It contributes to health problems, unhappiness, depression, relationship problems, and more. We’re always going to have some stress in our lives, but how can we manage it? By finding the cause, and working with that cause. In my mindfulness experiments, I’ve found that the root cause of stress […]

Two Ways to Form Habits Effortlessly

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta Forming new habits can be life-changing — if you start meditating, create a simple exercise habit, and eat more vegetables, you health and happiness can be transformed in a matter of months. But sticking to a habit can be difficult, because life gets in the way. And we get discouraged when the […]

The Biggest Reason We Don’t Stay on a Regular Exercise Habit

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta There are so many benefits to exercise, from cancer prevention to brain health, from heart health to better weight management, from stronger bones to less stress and more happiness … so why is it so hard for most people to stick to a regular exercise habit? It turns out that there’s really […]

Training to Be a Good Writer

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta I’m not going to claim to be the world’s greatest writer, but I do think I’m reasonably competent. I’ve been training for 25 years as a writer, and I make a living as a writer. For those who are just starting out as writers, I’d like to share my training. I didn’t […]

Lao Tsu, China – 6th century B.C.

(3 days ago)
Paulo Coelho Based on my message earlier this week – about the different languages of God – I would like to share with you this week some of the prayers that point in the same direction: “For there to be peace in the world, the nations must live in peace. For there to be peace […]

Graphic Designer Spotlight: Bráulio Amado

(3 days ago)
Gorgeous poster designs by Bráulio Amado, a Portuguese graphic designer based in Brooklyn, New York. More images below.

10 Illustrators React to Brexit

(3 days ago)
Pep Montserrat   Jean Jullien created the memorable illustration, “Peace for Paris,” in response to the terrorist attacks last year. Now a number of illustrators (including Jullien) are similarly responding to last week’s EU referendum in the form they know … Continue reading →

Artist Spotlight: Marie Thibeault

(3 days ago)
A selection of paintings by San Pedro, California-based artist Marie Thibeault. More images below.

Sunwheel Made Up of Hundreds of Gold Plates

(3 days ago)
Portuguese-Italian collective Moradavaga have built a shimmering sunwheel for the annual Festa de São João do Porto (Festival of St John of Porto) in Portugal. Measuring eight meters in diameter, the piece is the result of hundreds of gold plates, … Continue reading →

Surreal Self-Portraits by Japanese Photographer Izumi Miyazaki

(3 days ago)
Japanese photographer Izumi Miyazaki transforms mundane objects and situations into delightfully surreal self-portraits. See more images below or on display at Wild Project Gallery in Luxembourg from June 30th to July 30th.

Illustrator Spotlight: Jeff Ostberg

(4 days ago)
Jeff Östberg is a Swedish illustrator currently living and working in Stockholm. More images below.

Meticulously Embroidered Cubes by Artist Richard McVetis

(4 days ago)
London-based artist Richard McVetis painstakingly hand-stitches intricate patterns of dots and crosses onto wool cubes in an effort to turn the passage of time into something that can be seen and touched. More images from “In Pursuit of Time” below.

Life is full of surprises

(5 days ago)
Yesterday I was starting to climb Le Saleve (Haute-Savoie) and in a small village I saw this house. It happens that it is true! The text reads “The Valkyrie were composed here.” “Here lived Two Immortals : Richard Wagner (1856) – John Ruskin (1863 – 1864).”

Photographer Spotlight: Susan Worsham

(5 days ago)
A selection of photos from “By The Grace of God” by photographer Susan Worsham. More images below.

Artist Spotlight: Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

(5 days ago)
Mind-melting sculptures by artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, from Chiba, Japan. More images below.

Photographer Spotlight: Jason Travis

(5 days ago)
A random assortment of images by Los Angeles photographer Jason Travis, from his Tumblr. More photos below.

Gold-Fused Sculptures Made From Remnants of Shattered Porcelain

(6 days ago)
According to Korean tradition, artisans have a habit of destroying and discarding imperfect pieces. Since 2001 Korean artist Yeesookyung has taken these porcelain fragments, creating beautiful, imperfect sculptures by fusing them with gold leaf in the Japanese tradition of kintsugi. See more images … Continue reading →

Photographer Spotlight: Quentin Shih

(7 days ago)
Photos by Quentin Shih, who splits time between New York, Paris, and Beijing. More images below.
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