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Retrato ausente // Absent portrait (by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1945)

Retrato ausente // Absent portrait (by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1945) | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it

“When I work it´s by impulse. Not in the sense of planning a photograph in advance.
I work by impulse. No philosophy. No ideas. Not by the head but by the eyes.
Eventually inspiration comes. Instinct is the same as inspiration, and eventually it comes.”
(Manuel Alvarez Bravo)


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How We Read the World Now: from infographics to the arts to photography
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Striking Collages Replace Guns from Vintage Photos with Life-Size Flowers

Striking Collages Replace Guns from Vintage Photos with Life-Size Flowers | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it

A French creative who goes by the name Mister Blick fuses vintage black and white photographs with colorful illustrations of flowers. The monochromatic pictures depict men at war, and we see them among the trenches and fighter jets. But, instead of guns in their hands, Blick has seamlessly replaced them with luscious blooms. It gives the illusion that the soldiers are fighting with these larger-than-life petals and stems rather than bullets.

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A truly fine #Collage can take #VisualThinking up several notches, blasting all boundaries of perception and challenging our notions of reality.

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Dogs Rule Nonchalantly: When Dogs, Art, and Kickstarter Collide | Dancing Dog Blog

Dogs Rule Nonchalantly: When Dogs, Art, and Kickstarter Collide | Dancing Dog Blog | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it

A visual thinker bridges art with stories.

 

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Mark Ulriksen from Mary Haight's Dancing Dog Blog

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New Photographers: The Ones To Watch

New Photographers: The Ones To Watch | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
To celebrate the launch of the Next Photographer Award, we asked our judges to pick the very best up-and-coming photographers, who they deem the 'ones to watch'.
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The only black girl in an all-white town

The only black girl in an all-white town | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Photographer Carrie Mae Weems is subverting black stereotypes and filling in the gaps of an underrepresented history... Earlier this year, she broke through another barrier when she became the first African-American woman to be given a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, and, just last year, Weems was the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’sLifetime Achievement Award.Earlier this year, she broke through another barrier when she became the first African-American woman to be given a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, and, just last year, Weems was the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’sLifetime Achievement Award.

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Carrie Marie Weems defines herself through her #photography.


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Transform: Theo Eshetu | Tate

Transform: Theo Eshetu | Tate | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Theo Eshetu film and in conversation as part of Transform: artists' film and video at Tate Britain, 22 September – 3 November 2014
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"A pioneer of video art, this rare screening of works by London-born Ethiopian artist Theo Eshetu presents his unconventional, uncompromising and visionary practice since the 1980s"

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Are You a Visual Thinker? You Might Be a Genius, Too

Are You a Visual Thinker? You Might Be a Genius, Too | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
This video will make you feel way better about having a messy desk.
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In Case You MIssed It: The Argument All Visual Thinkers Will Love :)

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Autism Care on Twitter: "Visual thinking is common in approximately 60%–65% of the general population.

Autism Care on Twitter: "Visual thinking is common in approximately 60%–65% of the general population. | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Visual thinking is common in approximately 60%–65% of the general population. http://t.co/o4uCtJtwkH
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Get Your Quick And Dirty Arts Education With Haiku Reviews - Huffington Post

Get Your Quick And Dirty Arts Education With Haiku Reviews - Huffington Post | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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This month, Laurence Vittes and Peter Frank give their quick takes on performing and visual arts.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 11, 4:08 PM

Update on what's happening in the performing and visual arts.

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Art as luxury goods is the art of irrelevance | Charlotte Higgins

Art as luxury goods is the art of irrelevance | Charlotte Higgins | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
While theatre and fiction confront the real world, art fairs like London's Frieze are a symbol of society's grotesque inequalities
Next week is known in the art world as Frieze week.
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I thought this was a very interesting opinion.

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Going, Going, Going Viral, Part 1 - LENSCRATCH

Going, Going, Going Viral, Part 1 - LENSCRATCH | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
As someone who shares the work of a different photographer every day, I often make an effort to choose projects that might not have seen the light of day or haven’t had significant exposure.
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Sacred Space: New Technological Mandalas by Leonardo Ulian

Sacred Space: New Technological Mandalas by Leonardo Ulian | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it

London-based artist Leonardo Ulian has completed a new body of work titled Sacred Space.

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A fascinating union of tradition, art, technology, and the 21st Century.

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The evolution of the GIF

The evolution of the GIF | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: While not directly correlated to knowledge sharing, GIFs do contribute to the "smart web" by creating a new way to communicate ideas, add dimensions to conversation, and provide irony and other editorial flavor.
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I reflect on these things as I do on a fire in a fireplace. They seem to resonate best on G+ and Tumblr.

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Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Fashion in Leaves is ongoing personal project by Malaysian illustrator and artist Tang Chiew Ling that explores various forms of leaves and flowers as if they were fashion sketches.
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A bit of weekend charm. Click through for more.

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Seeing Beauty Where Others Do Not

Seeing Beauty Where Others Do Not | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
For more than 60 years, Marc Riboud has collected the humor, grace, anguish and beauty of fleeting moments around the world.
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In Case You Missed It:

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Lost in Visualization: Creating Pictures Worth a Billion Words - Wired

Lost in Visualization: Creating Pictures Worth a Billion Words - Wired | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Data visualization has been a topic for a long time now, but it is only recently that this trend has started transforming the way we grasp the increasing amount of numbers, keywords, stats and indicators bombarding us.
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Seeing data in the 21st Century

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Color-coded photography by Emily Blincoe

Color-coded photography by Emily Blincoe | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
We've already featured talented Austin-based photographer Emily Blincoe a couple of times on iGNANT. Her output is amazingly creative and never fails to make us
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Every #photograph is amazing.

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A Met Exhibition Spotlights a Lauder Trove of Cubism

A Met Exhibition Spotlights a Lauder Trove of Cubism | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Leonard A. Lauder, the cosmetics tycoon, tells the story behind some of the Cubist works he recently donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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"Just by looking," the collector reflects, you learn what's good."

(Great Sunday Read, with more #art works after the click through)

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Exclusive Interview with Israeli Photographer Sharon Avraham

Exclusive Interview with Israeli Photographer Sharon Avraham | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Sharon Avraham is one of the most dynamic emerging photographers in Israel today. A co-founder of Midburn, the Burning Man regional event in Israel, his love for art and community have run deep for some time. Based in beautiful Ein Vered, a little north of Tel Aviv, he runs an artistic intentional community called “David Ranch.”
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This photographer does it all. Click through to see more of his multi-faceted journey.

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The best of infographics: designers pick their favourites - The Guardian

The best of infographics: designers pick their favourites - The Guardian | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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The best of infographics: designers pick their favourites

David McKendrick, director, BAM London

FAX color check: shirts on black

Edward Tufte is someone who inspired me (I ripped him off) numerous times at art school. I have never seen anyone ever come near his data visualisation. It got me though my degree. If I had to pick one thing it would be his T-shirt graphics. He has used these for loads of mental brainy things, but I used them for picking colours and in fact still do.

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Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay

Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Last Spring, Lorde Tweeted the photo above and wrote, “i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real.

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Mario Pires's curator insight, September 15, 9:46 AM

Frank Multari gives yet another perspective from the endless debate about photoshoping faces. 

Martin Lea's curator insight, September 16, 12:33 PM

whose side are you on with this ?

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James Kerr Q&A: For the Glory of GIF - Canadian Art

James Kerr Q&A: For the Glory of GIF - Canadian Art | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
In the past few years, GIF-based art has exploded worldwide—and Canada is no exception. Here, a Montrealer details his view of the medium.
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Are GIFs a serious art form? As maker James Kerr weighs in on the work and his competitors, one of his pieces is screening at the Tate Museum. This is a great article, with links to some to the frontrunners in the field, and definitions of some of the new standards. Definitely worth a read!

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Going, Going, Going Viral Part 2

Going, Going, Going Viral Part 2 | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Today’s post continues to explore the phenomenon of “going viral.” A big thank you to Clay Lipsky, Sabine Pearlman, Ben Marcin, Haley Morris Cafiero and Julia Kozerski for their contributions and stories.

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Data visualisation success hinges on solid storytelling skills

Data visualisation success hinges on solid storytelling skills | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Learn more about the value of data visualisation. Tableau's Jock Mackinlay explains why data is inert and worthless without the twin practices of visualisation and storytelling.


This is a quick piece that makes some valuable points. Frankly, I'm not a hard-core data head. Yet I love looking at spreadsheets, bar charts, line charts and other visual displays of data in order to make meaning of the material and spot trends. 


There is a whole science to displaying data in meaningful ways (see Edward Tufte's work) that we don't need to go into here. But what I like about this article is that it points to the fact that all the data in the world is meaningless until you can tell the story about what it is saying and what it means.


Storytelling and data go hand-in-hand.


Truly, those of us in the field of business storytelling need to build our data skills. And data-geeks need to develop their storytelling skills. Sounds like a match made in heaven!


Here's another aspect of storytelling that this article alludes to: yes, we all know it takes time to share a story and in this fast-paced world, it is not uncommon to hear "But who has the time?! Just give me the data to share. We've got to get moving!"  Ahhhhh -- huge mistake! Taking the time to share a story in the beginning makes projects go much more quickly. 


That sounds counter-intuitive, but I experience this phenomenon again and again.


Read the article for additional points on how the marriage of data and storytelling make for better decision making. They are worth remembering.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


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The Complete Guide to Colour Psychology | Visual.ly

The Complete Guide to Colour Psychology | Visual.ly | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Amara presents the complete infographic guide to colour psychology. Covering the theory behind different colour psychology, cultural meanings, connota

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Exploring the inner realm of intuition, consciousness and creativity
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 11, 4:11 PM

Meaning of color...

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Hey 'Starry Night,' Say 'Cheese!' - New York Times

Hey 'Starry Night,' Say 'Cheese!' - New York Times | Visual Thinking for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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ARE you thinking of seeing the big fall art exhibitions, including the Magritte show at the Museum of Modern Art or the Balthus show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
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Fascinating perpective on capturing an iconic image.

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