PIVOT allows you to see what places looked like in the past… with a simple click

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 26 March 2015

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If you’re a history buff and have always wondered about the city you live in – in particular what it used to look like a hundred years ago – now there’s an exciting new app that will show you the world through a tunnel of time. PIVOT allows you to look into the past simply by pivoting your smartphone to access a virtual tour or to see what a place near you looked like in the past.

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Past made present in these colourised photos from history

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Friday 25 July 2014

We delighted to bring you a new wave of instalments in the rising trend of colourisation, the art of bringing historical photos into the modern day by applying the realistic colours that were leached out by the black and white photographic processes of yesteryear. Moments in history from as far back as the 1800’s are […]

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Three generations of women in the same outfit uncovers history for photographer Nina Röder

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 2 June 2014

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 […]

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Falling sick? In the Victorian age, you might grow a beard on doctor’s orders

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Thursday 22 May 2014

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 […]

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The entire history of typography in five minutes!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 11 October 2013

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 […]

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Life in Five Seconds: Everything in pictograms

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 14 June 2013

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.

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Famous historical figures get updated for the 21st century

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 7 May 2013

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 […]

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Flóra Borsi has photoshopped herself into history

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 1 May 2013

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 […]

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Korean contemporary history in just three minutes

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Tuesday 5 February 2013

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.

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Paris in Colour: a century ago

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By Yasmin KC in New Photography on Friday 4 January 2013

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.

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Now you can be a royal ass with these classical knickers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Saturday 10 November 2012

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.

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