A modern fairytale for women (on Tinder)

Girl meets boy. Girl travels the world with boy. Happiness ensues.
Tinder’s ad for the paid version of its dating app, Tinder Plus, follows one woman as she travels to some of the most romantic locations with her new online beau. (…) Dating in the digital age, it is safe to say, is certainly different than what our parents experienced. One minute the heroine’s at a football match in London’s Wembley Stadium, and the next thing you know, she’s in front of the Louvre in Paris.

How Tinder Told the Thoroughly Modern Tale of a Woman Swiping Right Around the World – Ad Week, 17 August 2015

One could wonder whether a girl cannot travel alone without a man around her.
Or, if you want to think positive, whether a girl (or a human being in general?) cannot travel without love.
I personally like the second interpretation better.

The video also aims to combat the perception that Tinder is losing favor with women. “We’ve heard about women having great experiences on Tinder every day,” Guen insists, noting that nearly half the app’s user base is female. “We wanted to amplify this.”
Message received.

How Tinder Told the Thoroughly Modern Tale of a Woman Swiping Right Around the World – Ad Week, 17 August 2015

(Nonethelesse, I’d rather travel without Tinder).


How to build sandcastles – Happy hands, happy mind

My career started when I was a child and I built my first sandcastle on the beach in Genoa, where I grew up. Making things has always been a pleasure for me – happy hands, happy mind – and making sandcastles was my training in fantasy. Now, as an architect constructing buildings like the Shard, I have to think about the final result, but as a child making castles of sand I didn’t, they were ephemeral.
I have four children; the oldest is 50 and the youngest 16, so I have been making sandcastles for a long time. There is no age limit – you can enjoy making a sandcastle however old you are, although it helps to think like a child.

Then [when you’re done] put a little flag or anything else you can find on the sandcastle, just to make it visible to people running on the beach. Go home and don’t look back.

Renzo Piano, Tuesday 14 July 2015

How to build the perfect sandcastl - Son of Alan

Two Kinds of People (surviving the modern age)

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There are only 2 kinds of people in this world, those that find this blog hilarious and those that have no sense of humor whatsoever.

I was the creator of Kim Jong-Il looking at things, an Art Director by day and a heavy sleeper by night.
From Lisbon, Portugal with love.

2 kinds of people

(I’m definitely a “pic-on-the left” person. But when it comes to sudoku. In which case, I’d rather scribble. Or have a gelato)


How does it make you feel? Awkward? Embarrassed? Like you’d want to run from the room screaming if someone started talking about their monthly bleed? Now imagine how you’d be feeling if men had periods instead of women. We think it would be pretty different – in six significant ways. 1. The monthly bleed would be a sign of manliness 2. Coming on would be celebrated 3. Periods would be called… periods! 4. Sportsmen would take their periods seriously – very seriously 5. Sanitary items would be a human right 6. Tampon adverts would be turbo-charged

WaterAid – If men had periods

1.25 BILLION WOMEN do NOT have access to a toilet during their period. What if it wasn’t so?

Life suspended over the abyss – Six invisible cities


Anastasia – Joe Kuth

“At the end of three days, moving southward, you come upon Anastasia, a city with concentric canals watering it and kites flying over it.
Such is the power, sometimes called malignant, sometimes benign, that Anastasia, the treacherous city, possesses; if for eight hours a day you work as a cutter of agate, onyx, chrysoprase, your labor which gives form to desire takes from desire its form; and you believe you are enjoying Anastasia wholly when you are only its slave.”


BaucisBaucis – Matt Kish

“After a seven days’ march through woodland, the traveler directed toward Baucis cannot see the city and yet he has arrived. The slender stilts that rise from the ground at a great distance from one another and are lost above the clouds support the city. You climb them with ladders. On the ground the inhabitants rarely show themselves: having already everything they need up there, they prefer not to come down. Nothing of the city touches the earth except those long flamingo legs on which it rests and, when the days are sunny, a pierced, angular shadow that falls on the foliage.”


LeandraLeandra – Joe Kuth

“Gods of two species protect the city of Leandra. Both are too tiny to be seen and too numerous to be counted. One species stands at the doors of the houses, inside, next to the coatrack and the umbrella stand… The others stay in the kitchen, hiding by preference under pots or in the chimney flue or broom closet, they belong to the house…
If you listen carefully, especially at night, you can hear them in the houses of Leandra, murmuring steadily, interrupting one another, huffing, bantering, amid ironic, stifled laughter.”


OctaviaOctavia – Joe Kuth

“Now I will tell you how Octavia, the spider-web city, is made. There is a precipice between two steep mountains: the city is over the void, bound to the two crests with ropes and chains and catwalks…Below there is nothing for hundreds and hundreds of feet: a few clouds glide past; farther down you can glimpse the chasm’s bed…
Suspended over the abyss, the life of Octavia’s inhabitants is less uncertain than in other cities. They know the net will last only so long.”


ValdradaValdrada – Joe Kuth

“The ancients built Valdrada on the shores of a lake, with houses all verandas one above the other, and high streets whose railed parapets
look out over the water. Thus the traveler, arriving, sees two cities: one erect above the lake, and the other reflected, upside down…
Every face and gesture is answered, from the mirror, by a face and gesture inverted, point by point…The two Valdradas live for each other, their eyes interlocked; but there is no love between them.”


ZobeideZobeide – Matt Kish

“From there, after six days and seven nights, you arrive at Zobeide, the white city, well exposed to the moon, with streets wound about themselves as in a skein. They tell this tale of its foundation: men of various nations had an identical dream. They saw a woman running at night through an unknown city; she was seen from behind, with long hair, and she was naked. They dreamed of pursuing her. As they twisted and turned, each of them lost her. After the dream they set out in search of that city; they never found it, but they found one another; they decided to build a city like the one in the dream. In laying out the streets, each followed the course of his pursuit; at the spot where they had lost the fugitive’s trail, they arranged spaces and walls differently from the dream, so she would be unable to escape again.”

Seeing Calvino is an attempt by the artists Leighton Connor, Matt Kish, and Joe Kuth, to “see,” through the creation of illustrations responding to and exploring the ideas in the texts, the work of writer Italo Calvino. The tumblr began in April 2014 with illustrations of Calvino’s Invisible Cities.

Selfless and strikingly beautiful period

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i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that. but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.

Period – Rupi Kaur

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Dream, wonder, discover, dunk and twist

The “wonderfilled” Oreo & the artists

"Play With Oreo", Wonder - March 2015

The “Play With Oreo” campaign, which launched in January, continues this month [March 2015] with a lovely new set of out-of-home ads featuring groovy illustrations from 10 artists.

The artists were given words to play off—functional ones like “dunk” and “twist,” as well as more emotional ones like “dream” and “wonder”—and asked to come up with a scene that brings those words to life. The only requirement was that the scene include a character with the Oreo cookie wafer as the face/head.