Nina Röder’s photography project Mutters Schuhe (Mother’s Shoes) depicts herself, mother and grandmother wearing the same outfit, in the same pose, in the same setting. All three sets are ‘based on pivotal moments or memories from Röder’s mother’s life’. For instance, the clothes that they are wearing belonged to her mum and ‘reference moments like Röder’s mother’s […]
According to med historian Dr Alun Withey, there were two reasons why men were growing beards with a vengeance by the mid-Victorian period. One had to do with its close association with manliness. The second reason was that the medical benefits that came with it. Now, now, this sounds vaguely ridiculous, but actually seems to […]
Being a self-confessed “word nerd,” I’ve got a fascination with typography and the different ways you can make a word look on paper. And in Ben Barrett-Forrest’s animated short, he delves into a (very) condensed version on the history of typography, tracing all the way back to Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the first […]
Life in Five Seconds takes 200 notable happenings in the world — historical events, inventions, lives, places, animals and icons — and strips away all the useless stuff to present the basic bits in beautifully minimalistic pictograms. Matteo Civaschi and Gianmarco Milesi from Milan-based design and ad studio H-57 are behind it. Clever.
In a fun ‘what-if’ twist, History TV channel Yesterday recently worked with a bunch of digital artists to give famous historical figures a 21st-century makeover. The results are amusing: Shakespeare looks positively preppy in his checkered shirt and flannel vest, while Marie Antoinette looks like a fidgety socialite. So, if clothes maketh the man, it […]
You can’t change the past. Or can you? Photoshop wizard Flóra Borsi has been doing for a while. Using humour and quick wit, the 19 year-old Hungarian artist puts a spin on famous black and white photographs. What would happen if Elvis Presley’s fans all had cell phones at his concerts? Well, take a look at Borsi […]
If you’ve ever been curious about Korean contemporary history but never had the motivation to read a book, here’s a video for you. Now you can learn about the basics of democracy in Korea via a simple video game style narrative. It’s amazing what you can learn in only three minutes.
I’m presuming that most of you haven’t experienced what Paris was like ninety-eight years ago. Maybe you’ve seen a few black and white images of the Eiffel Tower, but have you seen colored photographs of other aspects of Paris in 1914? Doubtful. Here are a few that make me think about how amazingly different life is after a hundred years worth of ongoing change.
Ladies who love history, English royalty and awesome knickers should check these ladies pants on Five Go Mad — they’re the top selling products on the UK-based site at the moment and it’s not hard to see why. We totally see the appeal in dressing up your derriere with the likes of Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. Of course, if you’re looking for something more contemporary, there are the David Cameron and Nick Clegg versions.