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Sara Halas

Sara is a university student/poet/green tea drinker from Australia. Her favourite magazine is The New Yorker, and her favourite author is Nicole Krauss.

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Solid Poetry: designer concrete with a twist

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Saturday 8 June 2013

Designers Frederick Molenschot and Susanne Happle are the brains behind Solid Poetry, concrete with a twist. During dry weather, it looks gray and boring. But add some rain into the equation and you get pavement with decorative patterns that stay like this for as long as there is moisture on the surface of the concrete. […]

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One Week of Art: a project by Japanese art collective Rinpa Eshidan

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By Sara Halas in Video on Friday 24 May 2013

One Week of Art is a project by Rinpa Eshidan, Japanese based artists who over the course of 7 days paint and re-paint a wall, shifting from black and white designs to vibrant and colourful ones. The opening scene is futuristic, making way for more nature based images before moving back into the future. The […]

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Brazilian illustrator Matheus Lopes

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By Sara Halas in New Illustration on Saturday 11 May 2013

Matheus Lopes is an illustrator/designer from Brazil who embraces mixed media and digital techniques to create vibrant artworks. What inspires me the most about him is the way he connects nature to mankind, such as in Unlimited Thought, which shows a child drawing on the pavement with an unrealistically big quill and butterflies coming out […]

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Twaggies: Tweets in pictures

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By Sara Halas in New Art on Saturday 11 May 2013

Twaggies is a website that takes funny tweets from Twitter, and creates quirky visual interpretations from them. It was launched back in 2009 by editor and web producer David Israel. More than two dozen artists and illustrators have since teamed up to make the site what it is today.

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Wrong Hands: Cartoons by John Atkinson

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By Sara Halas in New Art on Saturday 11 May 2013

John Atkinson is a cartoonist from Ottawa, Canada, who draws smart, humorous cartoons for his website, Wrong Hands. He started it up in 2011 and has been sharing puns in drawing form ever since. The story behind the title is funny too; he uses his right hand to control the mouse to create his drawings […]

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Panlexicon: The Thesaurus cloud

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Saturday 11 May 2013

Panlexicon is a tool for writers created by web developers Ben Sheldon and Rebecca White. It makes finding synonyms for words a breeze, instead of giving you a list to look through, like a Thesaurus, you get a Word Cloud where the most general terms appear in big letters and the more specific words in […]

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Best of Street Art from 2012

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By Sara Halas in New Art on Saturday 11 May 2013

Check out this collection of the best global street art from 2012. Where I walk past a staircase, window or pipe and see nothing particularly interesting, these artists see opportunity for creation. The way they use the environment of the street as a canvas for such compelling art work never ceases to amaze me. My […]

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Posters inspired by classic quotes by Evan Robertson

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By Sara Halas in New Illustration on Friday 10 May 2013

New York based graphic designer Evan Robertson has created posters inspired by his favourite quotes from literary geniuses such as Fitzgerald, T.S Eliot and Hemingway. Each time he came across a ‘little jewel’ of a sentence” he would ‘let the words be a springboard for an illustration’. He hopes to engage both the mind and […]

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Seasons: a web game starring a unicycling egg

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Thursday 11 April 2013

Remember that time you had a crazy dream about an egg riding a unicycle around the countryside? Now you can relive it and guide your friend through autumn, winter, spring and summer with Seasons, a cute little flash game created by web designer Vectorpark.

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January: create music with virtual snowflakes

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Tuesday 2 April 2013

January is an online music tool created by Disasterpeace, a musician who creates music mostly for video games. Walk through virtual snow and play the falling snowflakes like an instrument as they drop onto your tongue. You can even change the key, scale and size of the notes as you perform.

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The Asylum: save these poor mistreated toys

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Tuesday 2 April 2013

Defenseless toys have only one escape from the cruelty of humans: insanity. Want to help them? Enter The Asylum and find the correct treatment to cure each one. Will you give them the Rorschach test, analyse their dreams or watch them paint and play music? Travel deep into the patients mind and discover why Kroko the […]

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Bla Bla: an interactive movie for your computer

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Tuesday 2 April 2013

Bla Bla is an interactive experience that explores fundamental principles of communication between humans. The story progresses in a way based on your own interaction with the characters. My favourite scene involves making about twenty little cartoon men change the colour of their faces. Bla Bla was designed by Vincent Morriset, a computer programmer from […]

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Teenage emotions illustrated in scribbles by Rubyetc

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By Sara Halas in New Illustration on Friday 29 March 2013

This tumblr page of Rubyetc’s illustrations is the result of a talented artist combining notebook drawings with humor and teenage emotions. Whether she draws about a sad melon suffering from “meloncholia”, a moody swing set, or a girl folding herself up into an envelope, Rurubyetc’s bys work is sure to inspire even those who are no longer teenagers.

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BookMooch: a book lovers social media dream

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Thursday 7 March 2013

BookMooch is a website for avid readers who like giving away old books in exchange for ones they want to read. If somebody has a book on your wish list, they send it to you. If someone wants a book from your inventory, you send it to them. Membership is free, and has reached around […]

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