Why you’re seeing a face in this purse – Pareidolia

Have you ever looked at the moon and noticed a face? Or even thought the front of a car looks like it’s smiling at you? Well that’s the science of Pareidolia (par-i-DOH-lee-a)

Can you see the face in the bag - pareidolia - Image source (MSN.com)Pareidolia explains why people see faces within random patterns.

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According to vox, Pareidolia is Greek from beyond the image. It is caused by the brain trying to make sense of pattern. Even Leonardo Da Vinci made reference to this phenomenon in his notes.

“If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms” – Da Vinci

Sometimes you don’t see them unless someone else points it out to you and then, as if by magic, you are hit by the revelation (or some just don’t s get it)!

Pareidolia however is not exclusively about seeing faces. It’s also when we see other patterns and shapes which form letters or other things we are visually familiar with.

Here are a few of our favourite examples. 

 

#iseefaces #iseefaceseverywhere #iseefacesinplaces @iseefacesinthestrangestplaces

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#iseefacestoo #iseefaceseverywhere #iseefacesinthestrangestplaces #iseefaces #DallasArboretum

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Emmerdale’s Summer Fate – Behind the scenes

It’s time for another epic soap land disaster, and this time is over at Emmerdale.

So take a look behind the scenes of the creative little promo trailer. I personally love the contrast and use of black juxtaposed with the happiness and light portrait by the some of the characters, not forgetting play on words in #SummerFate.

Nice one Emmerdale!

Head over to itv.com to watch the behind the scene vid for the trailer.

#SummerFateThe choices we make are the paths we take. Who will meet their #SummerFate? Watch #Emmerdale from 7pm all this week (3 – 7 Aug) to find out…

Posted by Emmerdale on Monday, 3 August 2015

 

The choices we make are the paths we take. Go behind the scenes of the mysterious promo to learn more on what’s to come…#SummerFate

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Petition · European Parliament: Save the Freedom of Photography! · Change.org

On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament might destroy photography. The Freedom of taking photos in public places is under attack. Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground – This is called Freedom of Panorama. When you were on vacation, you could take a photo from the London Eye and share it with your friends on Facebook*. If someone wanted to pay you for using this photo, that was okay as well. Both is about to change may destroy photography as we know it.   Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, tried to bring the Freedom of Panorama to all countries of the EU , as few countries like France and Italy don’t have such law yet. In the majority of countries such as the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, you’re safe to take, publish and sell photos of public buildings when taken from public grounds.   However, the current draft turned the proposal upside down .  Instead of bringing the Freedom of Panorama  to the few countries that don’t know such law yet,  it would take it away from all those who do . With this, Street-, Travel- and Architecture-Photography would be dead as we know it. It is impossible to find out the architect of every public building in order to ask for permission before you can publish and possibly sell the photo.   I therefore call on the members of the European Parliament to Not limit the Freedom of Panorama in any way and instead to Bring the Freedom of Panorama to all member states of the EU so that the European Citizens can be assured to act within the law when taking and publishing photographs from public buildings anywhere in the European Union. This is necessary to embrace our European Culture and Art!   For the media, please see:  https://www.facebook.com/Sumfinity/posts/502360496584684 *As Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, points out, even the private upload of a photograph on Facebook would need the consent of the architect, as with the upload you grant Facebook a license to commercially use the photograph.

Source: Petition · European Parliament: Save the Freedom of Photography! · Change.org

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Top Major Lazer Kinetic Typography Motion Graphics

Do you may remember way back in 2010 when I created Urban Maestro’s kinetic typo for Adidas Kreps? Well that was my first outing into the world of Kinetic Typography and my first full length animated music video!

Creating it took about 4 weeks (including crashes during rendering!), so whenever I hear another epic piece of work from one of my favourite “electronic music groups”, Major Lazer, I can’t wait to see their “official lyric video” offering for said tune.

So with their up and coming Tour, and our love for kinetic typo motion graphics, I have put together this playlist of our Top Major Lazer animated vids.

Enjoy!!

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Academic subjects alone won’t ‘set every child up for life’

After working in eduction for a number of years, it was becoming clear to me that creativity and the arts were being suffocated and pitted against traditional academic subjects such as English, Maths and Science.

Maybe it was due to government incentives and league tables, but for whatever reason. Creative art departments and, classes were being cut and courses being dropped in favour of triple Sciences, which as an artist, was frustrating to witness.

The Guardian takes a look at this subject in their article: Academic subjects alone won’t ‘set every child up for life’

Employers are crying out for recruits who are creative. The notion that arts and music are not seen as ‘hard’ enough subjects is damaging to the economy

Source: Academic subjects alone won’t ‘set every child up for life’

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Flags – What We Can Learn From Flag Design

For as long as I can remember I have always loved flags! I used to spend hours looking at my giant atlas of the world with the flags in the back. What the do the colours mean? What is the history of the flag? What do the stars, triangles, diagonals mean? What is the story of the badge coat of arms? So many people hold their flags with pride knowing the country they are from whilst without knowing what they represent. For many it’s part of their identity, but what are we identifying with?

These thoughts also come into many aspects of design. Be it logos or architecture, these things in some way represent us and attempt to illustrate what we stand for.

Roman Mars is also obsessed with flags — and after you watch this TED talk, you might be, too.

“These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.”

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