John Thomson’s Remarkable Photographs of China from the 1870s

Portrait of Young Manchu Woman in her Wedding Dress.

John Thomson (1837-1921) created work that was ground-breaking and pioneering. Far more pioneering than an innovative coiffure or a teen’s product placement on YouTube.

Thomson was an Edinburgh-born photographer who travelled to China in the late 1860s. From 1870-71, Thomson travelled extensively in China photographing the people he met, documenting their customs, lives, costumes, and traditions. Thomson feared much of China’s culture would be swamped by the expansion of Empire and the opening of trading routes.

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A Manchu lady wearing a coiffure.

Thomson travelled with a camera the size of a large packing crate. He used the collodion process or wet plate process which was a time-consuming and difficult. Thomson hoped his work would bring an appreciation of the rich diversity of ethnicity and culture to Victorian Britain. That he succeeded and his works are still held in high esteem today is testament to Thomson’s pioneering work as a photographer.

Mandarin and Son.

A Mandarin’s house.

Old Chinese woman with elaborate hair style.

A Pekingese chiropodist.

A painter at work.

Manchu lady having her hair styled.

Manchu Lady and her Maid.

Three men, two older with beards, one younger with a moustache.

A Cantonese boat girl.

A man, with laden panniers, selling fruit outside a house.

A tradesman selling vases on the street.

An old Mongol woman and her horse.

A Nightwatchman, Peking.

Manchu women buying flowers for their headdress.

Prince Kung, now about forty years of age, is the sixth son of the Emperor Tao Kwang, who reigned from A.D. 1820 to 1850. He is a younger brother of the late Emperor Hien-foong, and, consequently an uncle to the reigning Emperor Tung-che.

Camel sculptures on the road to the Ming tombs.

Island Pagoda.

Amoy, Fukien province, China: two Manchu soldiers with John Thomson.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/10/john-thomsons-remarkable-photographs-of-china-from-the-1870s/

Artist Hilariously Reveals What’s Happening Outside The Frames Of Famous Music Album Covers

The covers of the most famous music albums are iconic in their own right. The images are often very powerful and game changing, and become associated with the artist, the music, and the era itself, and the most original ones of them all dictate the trends for decades. Some of these images are even considered perfect. Which is why nobody in their right mind would want to add something a little extra to them, you know, to make it better… right?

More: Instagram h/t: boredpanda

Apparently, somebody came up with the idea and executed it, and that somebody is Igor Lipchanskiy (previously featured). And to be frank, he adds to them in a way that makes the original art a little bit funny. The mockery is, of course, all for good-hearted fun, and in reality, Igor has nothing but respect for these legendary artists. Though it’s something nobody has ever asked for, despite this fact, it sure is something that is entertaining to look at.

Though it’s obvious that these artists are familiar to most, perhaps the face of Igor Lipchanskiy is familiar to you too? It might be possible, since Bored Panda has featured articles of his a few years ago, which you may find here, here, and here.

Here’s how he funnily described his hobby: “My name is Igor and I live in cold Russia. In between dismantling of an AK-47 assault rifle and training of the home bear, I like to listen to music and when I peer into the cover of the album I find a place for myself there.”

Other than the quote above, the Volgograd-based artist didn’t reveal anything more about himself. On the other hand, there’s boatloads of fun trivia about the original albums and their artists.

Here’s some interesting facts about some of these albums. Beyonce’s album titled “I Am… Sasha Fierce” refers to the performer’s alter ego, and according to her, she’s “not like her in real life at all.” Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth is an an extensive musician’s anthology of extensively covering his works. And did you know that the title and the cover of the famous Abbey Road album was chosen because of the laziness? The overall photoshoot lasted 30 minutes, as the band recorded right near the famous crosswalk.














SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/artist-hilariously-reveals-whats-happening-outside-the-frames-of-famous-music-album-covers/

“Before I Forget”: The Colossal Pop Culture Artifacts From the Future Past by Ruben Kos

Rbnks is the motion graphics & animation studio of Ruben Kos, based in the centre of Utrecht.

“At Rbnks we are always looking for creative solutions that leave a big impression. Our small club of designers and animators tell little stories through design and motion that will inspire your brands. We are specialized in creating awesome explainer videos and motion graphics to clarify, explain or promote your product or company. With our knowledge in 2D and 3D motion we create anything that match your thoughts and ideas.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/before-i-forget-the-colossal-pop-culture-artifacts-from-the-future-past-by-ruben-kos/

Artist Shows Us What Famous Characters Would Look Like In Real Life

Cartoon characters are far from being realistic and most of us can’t even imagine what they would look like if they existed in real life. That’s when artists come to the rescue and show us what famous characters would be like if they were more human.

Hossein Diba went beyond just drawing these characters in 2D, this artist makes full characters using 3D software and the result speaks for itself. The 3D models are full of tiny details and hard work, perfectly transforming the cartoon characters we all know and love.

Click here and here for Hossein’s previous articles.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/artist-shows-us-what-famous-characters-would-look-like-in-real-life/

Hilarious Dictionary of Finnish Language And Culture

Instagram account @SuomiDictionary collects funny and clever Finnish words and sayings and translated them to English language. Check out some of our favorites below, and don’t forget to follow them for more!

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/hilarious-dictionary-of-finnish-language-and-culture/

‘80s Pop Culture Icons as McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

McDonald’s launched the Happy Meal across the US in 1979, and it will forever feel very ‘80s. (Especially if you grew up in the 1980s.) Like so many ‘80s icons, the Happy Meal’s combination of tasty concept and slick packaging make it a design classic. The Toy Zone, a toy retailer, worked with CGI artist Jan Koudela to cook up imaginary Happy Meal toys and boxes in the style of our favorite and most iconic ‘80s screen heroes.

Top Gun

“Sometimes serving your country and quietly believing yourself to be “the best of the best” is not enough. Sometimes you want a trophy that says TOP GUN on it, too. When you’re casting that kind of arrogance, only one man will do: The Cruiser!”

More: The Toy Zone, Jan Koudela

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Matthew Broderick wasn’t a bad boy. Okay, so he nearly triggered global thermonuclear war in WarGames. And he became the poster boy for playing truant as Ferris Bueller. But these against-type roles worked just because he looks kind of smart and reasonable.”

The Shining

“Do you remember the Batman Returns Happy Meal? Millions of traumatized ‘90s kids can’t forget it. As it turned out, Batman Returns wasn’t a kids film, nor very ‘happy.’ “I think I upset McDonald’s,” recalls director Tim Burton. “[They asked] ‘What’s that black stuff coming out of the Penguin’s mouth. We can’t sell Happy Meals with that!’”

Sadly, a Stephen King Happy Meal would probably suffer the same fate. A shame, cos Dads in McDonald’s across the States would have loved tearing a tiny, ax-wielding Jack Nicholson out of the Happy Meal box and yelling, “Here’s… Ronny! McDonny!” at their confused offspring.”

The A-Team

“Our A-Team project posed a unique problem for our design team: which member of the “crack commando unit sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit” would be in the box? Leader ‘Hannibal’ Smith might have been our choice in the ‘80s. But, since his most iconic feature is his thinking cigar, we decided that wouldn’t cut it in a kid’s toy for the ‘20s.

With B.A.’s gold chains, muscles, and mohawk, it had to be Sergeant Bosco Baracus, instead. After all, “Bad Attitude” famously prefers milk to less unwholesome drinks and was tricked onto a plane when Murdoch pulled the ol’ switcheroo on his burger. Drink your milkshake, sucka!”

The Breakfast Club

“There’s a whole other piece to be done about “X Molly Ringwald Princesses.” But in the meantime, we’ve chosen her Breakfast Club character for our Happy Meal take on John Hughes’ Brat Pack-defining high school movie. After all, she was affectionately labeled a ‘princess’ by Brian (the Brain), played by fellow Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall.

The Princess and the Brain are put in detention with three other high school archetypes (The Criminal, The Athlete, and The Goth ‘Basket Case’). The Princess’s only crime? Skipping school to go shopping. Guess she was too old to pick up the My Little Pony bookmark that was in Happy Meals at the time (1985), though.”

Knight Rider

“The ‘tough guy with iconic vehicle’ franchise was hot stuff in the 1980s. But while Street Hawk had awesome graphics and Airwolf had that theme tune, Knight Rider had a not-so-secret weapon: The ‘Hoff.

David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, an undercover FLAG agent with a talking Pontiac Firebird called KITT. (Acronyms were also big in the 1980s.) This was the show that made Hasselhoff a household name. And his perpetual low-buttoned shirt gave a preview of Hasselhoff’s next iconic role in lifeguard soap opera Baywatch.”

My Neighbor Totoro

“Disney and McDonald’s have been partnering up for as long as children have been eating processed food, but we really wanted to see them get onboard with Studio Ghibli. Disney and Studio Ghibli have a history of quibbling, but whatever side of the fence you fall, this collab is fire. Now, if there’s one thing the world’s not short of, it’s Totoro merchandise. But McDonald’s is short of intercultural toys. Sure, McDonald’s Japan has its own range of locally-inspired ‘Happy Set’ toys such as Cinnamoroll and Sumikko Gurashi. (You can even swap your toy for a book if your kids are more literarily inclined.) But what does an American have to do to get a slice of kawaii with their burger?”

Blade Runner

“McDonald’s wasn’t the first fast food joint to issue a movie tie-in kid’s meal. Burger Chef released a Star Wars Funmeal in 1978 when there was still only one Star Wars movie! But imagine if McDonald’s continued the science-fiction streak that began with the 1979 Star Trek Happy Meal tie-in by putting a grizzled Harrison Ford/Rick Deckard in lunchboxes…

The original Blade Runner came out three years after Star Trek. The Philip K. Dick adaptation achieved only moderate box office success at the time, and it took years to develop first a cult and then a mainstream following. For this reason, TheToyZone reckons the Blade Runner Happy Meal toy would be super-valuable and hard to find these days – a bit like those pesky replicants.”

Labyrinth

“You can tell a lot about a person by asking them to name one iconic movie from the ‘80s. If they say Labyrinth, they’re probably a bit of a dreamer, a bit of a dancer, and a lot of a David Bowie fan. Bowie wasn’t the world’s greatest actor, but he wore a wig and bizarro-costume like nobody else. That’s why Labyrinth is his most memorable screen role.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/80s-pop-culture-icons-as-mcdonalds-happy-meal-toys/

This Artist Creates Thought-Provoking Illustrations About Modern Day Issues

FadiToOn (Fadi Abou Hassan) is a widely published and award-winning freelance cartoonist. He lived as a refugee in Syria until the uprising in 2011, and is known for his many cartoons commenting on the everyday life and political events in Syria and the Middle East in general. His cartoons focus on human rights, women’s rights, and political violence taking place in the country. He is very critical of the political elite in Syria.

“I am a widely published and award-winning cartoonist/illustrator currently based in the UK.

I work as the organizer of “Children in war,” an international cartoon exhibition focused on the suffering of children in war and conflict areas. The exhibition is produced in cooperation with the Norwegian cartoonists’ Gallery, Norway 2015.

My cartoons have been published in various print and online outlets, including Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Al-Arabi (London), The New Arab (London), Alroya (Muscat, Oman), Al-Seyassah (Kuwait), Amta (Norway), Samora (Norway), Numer (Norway), Samtiden (Norway), Courrier International (Paris), Le Monde (Paris), New Internationalist (Amsterdam), Aljazeera.net (Qatar), Amnesty International’s website (Denmark), and Toon pool (Germany). I also published my cartoons online on the Dutch website Cartoon Movement and on the French website Cartooning for Peace. I’m also editor-in-chief of Cartoon Home Network International.

My cartoons have been exhibited in different cities, like Drobak, Oslo, Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris, Trento, Ramallah, Lisbon, Madrid, Meknes, Damascus, Tokyo, Rome, Doha, etc. In June 2018 I won the third prize of the World Press Cartoon, (One of the most important international cartoon festivals in the world), in Portugal. In September 2018 I won the Third Prize of the political cartoons contest ‘Libex 2018 in Italy.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/this-artist-creates-thought-provoking-illustrations-about-modern-day-issues/

This Artist Creates Hilarious Combinations Of Popular Characters In Iconic Scenes

Many fans get excited when movies or TV shows feature characters from different franchises or even universes. These mash-ups are intriguing: the characters interact with each other in really unique and interesting ways, the fandoms get to mingle, and many more plot possibilities open up.

One of the best (and the most successful) examples of this is Marvel’s Avengers, or any other comic book interpretation, for that matter. But fans want more and more.

Which is why it’s great to have digital artists like the Hungarian PixelFaker.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/this-artist-creates-hilarious-combinations-of-popular-characters-in-iconic-scenes/

The Beauty Ceremony of the Traditional Kosovar Wedding Face Painting


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A Kosovar Bosnian bride Sellma Demirovic has her face painted by Aziza Sefitagic on her wedding day for a traditional ceremony in the village of Donje Ljubinje, Kosovo.

The tradition, whose origins date from beyond living memory, is virtually viewed by almost all residents with universal pride as it has come to symbolize this place’s special identity. The bride has her face painted to prevent bad luck during the wedding ceremony. Donje Ljubinje is situated in the Shar mountains that form the border between Kosovo and Macedonia.


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/the-beauty-ceremony-of-the-traditional-kosovar-wedding-face-painting/

Artist Mixes Up Paintings With Pop Culture, and It Makes Us Want to Look Twice

According to Ertan Atay: “There are collages in anachronism, neo dada and surrealist styles in my works. I can say the main theme is pop art collages. I like to bring different objects together. And I like to combine unexpected things with the simplest and humorous language by blending my work with both emotional and humorous language. I can say I’m happy as long as I create. Other than that, I love creating special feelings that bring people together. I am happy to make many people from different countries of feel the same thing.”

More: Ertan Atay, Instagram

My starting point is the though of “Everything that attracts attention and make one want to take a second look is special.” I like to make difference in perception. I am interested in painting, Renaissance paintings in particular and i like to put them together with modern times. But apart from this, i have satirical photo manipulation works and different tryings.





















































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/artist-mixes-up-paintings-with-pop-culture-and-it-makes-us-want-to-look-twice/