101 Interesting Facts About Pixar That You May Not Know

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Want to know more about the film studio that brought us movies like Up, Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.? This video by 101Facts provides you with the cool facts about Pixar.

Did you know that Pixar was known as the computer graphics division of Lucasfilms in the 1970s? They were in charge of developing technology for filmmaking. The video goes on to reveal the history of Pixar before moving into details about their famous films.

Watch the video below to find out more about Pixar.

Tin Toy made in 1988 by Pixar was the first computer animated film to receive an Academy award.

Animator and film maker, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar.

Pixar films have grossed over $9.5 billion worldwide.

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Brilliant Cover-Up Designs Transform Embarrassing Tattoos In Amazing Ways

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We have admired tattoos that are statement-making, creative and striking. Now, here are some brilliant cover-up designs that have given embarrassing tattoos a new life.

Whether it is tattoo mistakes we may have made in our teens, or dated designs like a cartoon character, these cover-ups will completely hide away bad decisions without the need to endure multiple laser removal procedures.

Scroll down, and head over here, to view more cover-up tattoos.

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The Cheeky ‘Boob Scarf’ Lets You Hang A Pair Of Bare Breasts Down Your Front

If you are looking for a fun novelty gift this holiday season, you would want to take a look at the cheeky ‘Boob Scarf’.

Created by designer and seamstress Beth of BoobsRus, these playful fleece scarves make it look as though their wearers have a pair of bare breasts hanging down their fronts.

Since its debut, the Boob Scarf has not only brought laughter to many people, but has also helped to raise breast cancer awareness—in fact, US$1 from each scarf sold is donated to breast cancer research.

Customers would be able to choose among several nipple colours, and have the option to add tattoos or nipple rings—the original Boob Scarf is available for purchase here.

Would you leave your home in a scarf like this?

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Bold Tattoos Feature Intricately Etched Interpretations Of Famous Masterpieces

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Art lovers looking for exquisite tattoos can consider the works of OOZY.

The South Korean tattoo studio specializes in linework and dotwork that resemble the intricate etchings of classic draftsmen, while depicting modern reinterpretations of famous masterpieces.

The illustrations feature detailed hatching and stippling, with a glitchy twist on the works of artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Gustav Klimt.

Check out OOZY’s designs below, and follow the artist here for more works.

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Designer Creates Clever Bicycle Storage Solution By Hanging It From The Ceiling

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About a year ago, designer Sinéad Geraghty from Dublin, Ireland conjured up the idea for ‘Stowaway’, a space-saving bicycle storage product that enables owners to safely hang their bicycles from the ceiling.

Inspiration for the design came about when Geraghty started feeling annoyed with three bicycles cluttering the narrow hallway in her house.

Now, the easy-to-use solution is being sold on Kickstarter.

Watch the video below to learn more about how ‘Stowaway’ works.

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Designers’ Advice On How To Make Branding Emotionally Engaging

Diesel’s SS15 Preview collection by Vasava

For designers who are tasked with creating the branding for a product, service or organization within a deeply saturated market, you definitely have to make an effort to establish an emotional connection with your audience. Once brands form an emotional connection with their target audience, the result is brand loyalty and a deep personal connection.

Creative Bloq speaks to leading designers about how to create standout branding in tough market conditions.

Find the voice of the brand.

Bruno Selles, co-founder of Vasava, explains that the key to improving branding engagement is to “celebrate the differences, embrace the originality and let the brands speak their very own language”. By building brand identities in an inventive and unpredictable manner, designers can avoid the standardized solutions and explore what makes the brand special and outstanding in the market. Building on what makes a brand unique is one step towards success, no matter how crowded the market.

Be clear about what you want to say so that you nail it.

Having a clear understanding of what you are trying to communicate will make sure that your audience listens. Director of Shillington US, Holly Karlsson suggests developing an intimate knowledge of your target audience. This means going beyond the stereotypes to figure out what resonates with them and taking note of what does not.

View the branding project like a short story.

Freelance designer and founder of BP&O, Richard Baird, views branding project like short stories that designers are excited about and capable of writing or talking about in a variety of situations. He suggests “fostering and enhancing a genuine emotional connection… from the recounting of process”. Stories about process should be written and told honestly, with good intention, character and passion. In this way, it is self-assured and insightful, not reworked or post-rationalized.

Other tips include working closely with the brand’s intended users and being authentic. Head over here to read on.

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A Visual Guide To Italian Hand Gestures To Help You Pass Off As A Local

The team at Mr Porter explores the expressive depths of hand gestures deeply embedded in the Italian language in a simple video.

Inspired by Milanese graphic designer Bruno Munari’s famous beginners’ guide, titled Supplemento Al Dizionario Italiano, the video demonstrates a series of gestures that have been in use for over 60 years, attesting to their enduring quality in Italian culture.

Check out some of the gestures below and find the full article here.

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This Brilliant Carry-On Luggage ‘Reinvents The Wheel’ For Hassle-Free Travel

As air travel gets more common and frequent, whether for the purpose of work or play, packing well has become necessary for a good, fuss-free travel experience. To achieve this, your carry-on luggage would play a crucial role.

The team at New York-based Shalgi Design Studio has created what they believe to be “the world’s best carry-on bag”—the G-RO has become the most funded luggage on Kickstarter since launching on the crowd-funding platform.

Its stand-out feature would have to be its brilliantly designed, patented “all-terrain” wheels—not only are they stronger and last longer than the regular luggage wheels, they also roll easily over all kinds of surfaces and make your luggage feel lighter by shifting its center of gravity.

It is designed for both leisure and business trips—in addition to a spacious compartments for clothes and other personal belongs, it comes with an external compartment so that its user would have easy access to work items.

To top off its impressive list of great features, the G-RO also has a built-in tablet stand and charging station with two USB ports—and if you go for the Optional Electronic Module, you would be able to charge all your gadgets at the same time while on the go.

Find out more about the G-RO in the video below, and head over here to pledge for it.

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Brothers Rescue Eagle Caught In Trap, Take Epic Selfie With It

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This might just be the best selfie of the year.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher from Chelmsford, Ontario, were out shooting grouse when they stumbled upon an eagle that had its talon caught in a trap, according to local paper the Sudbury Star. After several attempts to free it, they finally calmed the bird by putting a hoodie over it before releasing the trap.

Once the eagle was freed, the pair posed with it for an awesome selfie. “I was surprised by the size, and that it’s such a beautiful bird. When you see the eyes up close, they’re really amazing,” said Michael.

Check out their photo above.

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The Secret, Symbolic Meanings Behind Soviet Era Prison Tattoos

“In the world of Russian gang tattoos, images of a church or monastery means that the person is a thief. The number of steeples on the church indicate the number of convictions.”

During the Soviet era from the 1960s to 1980s, imprisoned Russian criminals often wore their tattoos as declarations of their credentials, ranks and achievements.

The tattoo ink was made from “a mixture of ashes, urine, and scorched rubber”, and applied with a modified electric shaver.

Factorialist has put together a list to help you understand the interesting symbolic meanings behind certain prison tattoo designs.

From ironically religious symbols to portraits of Lenin or Stalin, it details the meanings of the various designs, which are based on their placement on one’s body.

Scroll down to view some of them, and head here, for the full list. For more secret meanings of prison tattoos, check out our previous feature.

“A professional criminal wears two eight-pointed stars, just below the collar bones. The same tattoos on the knees tells a different story. Stars on the knees show a disdain for authority, meaning, ‘I bow to no one.’”

“Having a tattoo of Lenin or Stalin over your chest or vital organs could protect you, as it was believed that prison guards would not shoot an image of a revered leader.”

“A bracelet tattoo on the wrist means the owner has served over five years in prison. Little crosses tattooed on the knuckles are tallies for trips to the “zone,” that is, to a prison or labor camp.”

“Erotic tattoos are punishing tattoos. These images are meant for prisoners who’ve lost a card game, collaborated with the authorities, or broke a gang’s code of honor.”

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