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The Best Infographics Of 2012

The Best Infographics Of 2012 | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
THE QUEST TO VISUALIZE THE DATA AROUND US CERTAINLY DIDN’T SLOW DOWN IN 2012, BUT THE YEAR DID SEE A REFRESHING NUMBER OF NEW APPROACHES AND APPLICATIONS. HERE ARE OUR 29 FAVORITE PROJECTS OF 2012.
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The Year in Illustration

The Year in Illustration | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
A selection of notable art created for the Opinion section in 2015.
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Samples of the work that inspires us all to be better #visualcontent providers.

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Lessons in Conveying Complex Ideas with Simple Graphics from the World’s Best Information Designers

Lessons in Conveying Complex Ideas with Simple Graphics from the World’s Best Information Designers | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
What Frank Zappa's life has to do with the afterlife of gadgets, whale songs, and the black market for body parts.
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From the amazing mind of Maria Popova. Though not new, this post is so rich with creative visual innovators and links to them that it is worth a revisit for for inspiration alone.

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Breaking The Fifth Wall: Visual Essay On Our Perception

Before you assume that you are sensing in real-time, and that it is your own body looking at this page, let science reframe your conception of self. Through experiments such as Botvinick & Cohen’s, over the past two decades, neuroscientists have discovered that our senses are not necessarily confined to our own bodies. ~ Victor Gorchev


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Timeless and provocative.

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Art-Sheep Features: Alex Gross Comments on Society’s Obsession with A Consumerist Lifestyle

Art-Sheep Features: Alex Gross Comments on Society’s Obsession with A Consumerist Lifestyle | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

by Agape Charmani 


"...Discussing issues such as globalization, technology obsession and consumerism, (Alex) Gross asks us an important question through his work. If we were to stop having all those superficial needs, with what would we be left with?

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These Beautiful "Mental Maps" Of Cities Help Your Brain Regain What It Has Lost To GPS

These Beautiful "Mental Maps" Of Cities Help Your Brain Regain What It Has Lost To GPS | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
We're getting to a point where we can't navigate even our own neighborhoods without the help of smartphones. Here's an antidote.


"The more we drive with GPS—or walk down the sidewalk staring at directions on a smartphone—the less we're able to navigate on our own. Relying on navigational tech might even make the hippocampus, the part of our brain that handles memory, shrink a little.

set of maps from designer Archie Archambault might help us rebuild the mental maps of cities that we're starting to lose. Instead of a literal grid of streets, he maps out neighborhoods and the basic parts of a city the way someone who lives there might think of it, or at least the way they probably did before Google Maps existed."


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The Annie Leibovitz portraits a bank is using to make it seem human

She has photographed Queen Elizabeth II and John Lennon naked next to Yoko Ono, just hours before his death. But Annie Leibovitz’s next project has taken a turn for the corporate, after she was hired by the Swiss bank UBS to help rebrand the bank.
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See the winners of BJP & theprintspace's Showcase Competition - British Journal of Photography

See the winners of BJP & theprintspace's Showcase Competition - British Journal of Photography | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
This year Joseph Ball, graduate of the BA photography programme at Falmouth University, was selected as the best in show at the Free Range Graduate Shows by BJP’s editorial director Simon Bainbridge. In addition to Ball, photographers Nic Rue and ...

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For Mobile Messaging, #GIFs Prove to Be Worth at Least a Thousand Words

Animated, looping images are experiencing a surge on mobile devices, growing an industry and providing textless messages for millions of users.
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Though hardly at the high-end of #gif aesthetics, this article once again showcases the demand for #visuals as a communication device. Worth a read.

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Connected Communities and the Rise of Visual Literacy

Connected Communities and the Rise of Visual Literacy | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

At certain critical moments in our collective history, technologies arise that completely redefine the way that we communicate with one another. Communication is the fiber that holds our society together- it permeates the barrier of individuality and enables us to work together towards common goals. Communication shapes our society, and whenever communication is fundamentally altered by technological advances, society is altered in turn.....(more)

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A great Sunday read from Dave Krugman on the possibilities of moving to a new level of networking - visually.

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30 Eye-Popping Web Design Examples to Inspire Digital Marketers

30 Eye-Popping Web Design Examples to Inspire Digital Marketers | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

In this post we have drawn inspiration from over 13 million web design examples and picked 30 you can use to make a killer first impression.


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GIF Six Pack: World Emoji Day

GIF Six Pack: World Emoji Day | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

Images courtesy the artist Anne Horel.
Ring the bells! It's World Emoji Day and today we found out that in 2016 we will have 38 brand spankin' new emoji.

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What we're really thinking on World Emoji Day.... (takes a click)

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Photographer Shows Homeless In A New Light To Remind Us They’re People Too

Photographer Shows Homeless In A New Light To Remind Us They’re People Too | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

Photo and Quotes Aaron Draper


“The goal of Underexposed is to make the homeless as visually appealing as possible in a society that is visually demanding”


“When it comes to social activism, you achieve greater public awareness by communicating hope as opposed to hopelessness”

“I use lighting as a way to interest the viewer in the subjects shown in Underexposed”


According to endhomelessness.org, there were 578,424 homeless individuals in the US in 2014. Of those, 177,373 “lived in a place not meant for human habitation such as the street or an abandoned building”; about 50,000 of those 578,424 are homeless veterans. 

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In a world now dominated by visual content, this approach is brilliant and provocative. Can it work?

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Now You Can Turn Your Photos Into Computerized Nightmares With 'Deep Dream'

Now You Can Turn Your Photos Into Computerized Nightmares With 'Deep Dream' | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?


Have you ever wondered how your computer sees the world? Spoiler alert: it's the stuff of psychedelic nightmares, as the internet found out last month when Google revealed that in order to sort and categorize images online, it uses an artificial intelligence program that looks for patterns and sometimes gets things wrong, finding random dog faces, swirls, and hands where there are none. (more)


Now you can produce your own psychedelic images with the Psychic VR Lab interface and Deep Neural Net Dreams

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The fact that I didn't Scoop this days ago is proof of how my weekend went, not of the potential importance of the story. Come on folks, help the developers. Upload an image, and tag it #deepdream.


Then sit back and leet the surrealism sink in.

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Indelible Images From a Fashion Photography Icon

Indelible Images From a Fashion Photography Icon | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
Three separate retrospectives this season, in New York, London and Boston, celebrate the five-decade career of Hiro.
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The Formidable, Fragile Beauty of Warming Landscapes | PROOF

The Formidable, Fragile Beauty of Warming Landscapes | PROOF | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

“There’s some vulnerability in the vital relationship between men and his natural surroundings. Human beings are behind climate change, the ones that provoked a rise in the planet’s temperature. Stopping this process of global warming makes us all responsible in different levels. It demands a deep change of mind and responsible use of energy sources.”


~ Fernando Moleres

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Amazing Captures of Beauty and Irony

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25 Of The Most Clever And Powerful Social Awareness Campaigns

25 Of The Most Clever And Powerful Social Awareness Campaigns | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

Samuel Masters for Art-Sheep


"As every day we are bombarded by advertisements and targeted by a variety of marketing strategies, we can appreciate the overwhelming power and impact a clever and to-the-point ad can have on our lives. It is, therefore, natural that this kind of power should and would be employed in making a…

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Morning Links: ‘Peace for Paris’ Edition | ARTnews

Morning Links: ‘Peace for Paris’ Edition | ARTnews | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

Morning Links: 'Peace forParis" Edition

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In Case You Missed it: The story of Jean Julien's "Peace for Paris' #VIral Image. ( and other art news ). Confession: I'm a little behind. ;)

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The citizens of the world must condemn the brutal murder of innocent victims. Barbaric acts like this must be repudiated whenever they happen.

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The psychology of visual UX

The psychology of visual UX | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

"Storytelling in Web design guides the user experience, incorporating all types of media to craft a logical and emotional narrative out of thin air.... 


"The “picture superiority effect” says that visuals can convey up to six times more information than words alone.

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Great, comprehensive article. Not to be missed. #visualthinking

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TopRank Marketing Releases A Content Marketing Triple Feature for #CMWorld - Newsroom

TopRank Marketing Releases A Content Marketing Triple Feature for #CMWorld - Newsroom | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
RT @toprank: TopRank Marketing Releases A Content Marketing Triple Feature for #CMWorld http://t.co/tQ8wgktnEH http://t.co/2c9yPCQbNN

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From sex pot to the story of the stars: your best still lives – in pictures

From sex pot to the story of the stars: your best still lives – in pictures | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
A puffin on a watermelon, a bunch of juicy physalis, a tangle of wires and a can of Coke – here is a selection of your lovely still livesThe heat is on: share your artworks about summer Continue reading...
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Call for artists...

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The 16-year-old #gif star who’s melting the #art world

The 16-year-old #gif star who’s melting the #art world | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

Philip Intile is entering his last year of secondary school. He already has his eye on a potential career path: one that loops on and on and on.

He’s only 16, but Intile is an artist (known as Pi-Slices in the world of gif art). He’s a gif-maker and the founder of GIF Artists Collective, a group of digital artists whose “gif art” was recently spotlighted by Tumblr, the micro-blogging platform that houses much of their work – gifs of sliding rays of sun, gifs of brains melting into a slippery pink ooze, gifs of abstract crystals morphing shape and shifting colour.

Gifs, those moving pictures (“Harry Potter-like” as one gif artist described them) that endlessly loop on social media sites like Tumblr, Reddit, imgur and more, have previously been confined to the role of quick reaction or speedy punchline – something from Ru Paul’s Drag Race (an American reality competition television series) or a pratfall from YouTube, repeated over and over and over.

The GIF Artists Collective wants to change that.

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Don't let anybody fool you. GIFs have arrived, and advertisers are eager to welcome new talent.

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30 Creatives Whose Smart, Funny and Innovative Work Keeps Advertising Interesting

30 Creatives Whose Smart, Funny and Innovative Work Keeps Advertising Interesting | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
They make the work you wish you'd made. Work that makes you think, makes you laugh, makes you feel, and—perhaps most of all—makes you jealous. It's also work that works, and keeps clients coming back for more. As part of Adweek's Creative 100, we've chosen 30 rank-and-file agency creatives, from copywriters and art directors up to executive creative directors, who are making some of today's most creative and compelling advertising—setting the gold standard for the industry.
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Instagram Search is a Sign of Things to Come

Instagram Search is a Sign of Things to Come | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

"...When information becomes structured it also becomes portable and can be exported anywhere as well as imported anywhere. This means that if you’re serious about marketing anything you need to focus on:

  • Quality
  • Relevance
  • Value

These are the three key requirements that enable social sharing to take place and information to be indexed in places beyond its point of origin. It also then allows further resurfacing to occur based upon:

  • Context
  • Relevance
  • Usefulness..." 
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Great Article from David Amerland on the daily increases of search capabilities on the web, in the case of instagram - fettering out visual information by 6 key factors. A quick, inspiring read.

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26 Brilliant Minimalist Print Ads

26 Brilliant Minimalist Print Ads | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it

Leonardo da Vinci once said: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and even after 500 this rule is still widely used in design and advertising. It may sound a bit contradictory, but simple things often require much more brain power to create than the most complicated stuff.


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Lindsay Adler’s 10 Day Creative Challenge Aims To Take Your Work To Another Level

Lindsay Adler’s 10 Day Creative Challenge Aims To Take Your Work To Another Level | Images in 21st Century Communication | Scoop.it
What do you do to continually push yourself and develop your work? Often it can be tricky to figure out how best to push ourselves, as well as keep the momentum up to continually do so. The best photographers I know are constantly pushing, challenging themselves a little each day and now one of them has given us the chance to up our game - welcome to the next 10 days of the 'Stay Out There' Lindsay Adler challenge.

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Photo by Lindsay Wagner

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