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Paintings or Photographs?

The guys over at Gizmodo have compiled a list of amazing hyperrealistic paintings that can easily pass off as photographs. 

Rub your eyes all you want, but these images are actual paintings created by really talented artists. 

Click here to view the full list of paintings. 

 
Raphaella Spence: Empire State. 2012, oil on canvas 

 
Hubert De Lartigue: Sushi. 2010, acrylic on canvas 

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Renaissance Portraits Re-Imagined As Realistic Photographs

Award-winning photographer Mark Abouzeid has re-imagined paintings from the Renaissance era photo-realistically, giving us a new perspective from which to view art from the past.

Turning the flat dimensions of the old paintings into fascinating images with life-like features and details, Abouzeid has “defined a new direction for photography using the past to redefine the present and inspire the future”.

View more of his work from the “The New New World” series below and check out more of his brilliant creations on his website.

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32 Of the most beautiful typeface designs released last month

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Anyone who’s tried their hand at designing a typeface will know it’s a wildly difficult process, and to actually come out at the end with something attractive takes an extreme amount of skill, taste and patience.

Type design isn’t for everyone, but typography is, and nearly every designer works with it every day. This is exactly why Type Release creator Sean Mitchell is here to share with you a list of 32 beautiful typefaces, all of which were released over the last month.

These are his findings…

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How Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution at Google

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Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.

Great design is not something anybody has traditionally expected from Google. Infamously, the company used to focus on A/B testing tiny, incremental changes like 41 different shades of blue for links instead of trusting its designers to create and execute on an overall vision. The “design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data” led its very first visual designer, Douglas Bowman, to leave in 2009.

More recently, however, it’s been impossible to ignore a series of thoughtfully designed apps — especially on iOS, a platform that doesn’t belong to Google. Google+, YouTube, Gmail, and Maps are consistent and beautiful — in stark contrast both to Google’s previous efforts and even Apple’s own increasingly staid offerings.

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We went to Google looking for the person responsible for the new design direction, but the strange answer we got is that such a person doesn’t exist. Instead, thanks to a vision laid out by a small team of Google designers, each product team is finding its way to a consistent and forward-looking design language thanks to a surprising process.

They’re talking to each other.

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Unraveling The Logic Behind Logos

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The Sirens in Greek mythology were dangerously devious creatures similar to mermaids that lured sailors close to shore to be shipwrecked.

They also sparked Starbucks’  twin-tailed mermaid logo that is now renowned across the globe, helping to attract millions of people to the high-end coffee shop daily and devouring them with the café’s ambiance.

Logos are the heart, mind and soul of a company’s brand. For the lucky ones, whether it’s a word, color, picture or phrase (think Nike’s “Just Do It”), the logo might even be an emotional token to the customer, evoking a heightened sense of brand loyalty.

That’s one reason why customers often respond with initial rejection, perhaps even outcry, when companies undergo major logo changes. In some cases, like Tropicana, the backlash can be so overwhelming it prompts the company to revert back to its old ways.

“Whenever there’s a new logo rollout half the people freak out,” said Steve Douglas, founder of Logo Factory.

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