This cartoon is by the very talented Egyptian (female) political cartoonist Doaa Eladl. Egyptian women are organizing to call attention to sexual harassment which they say is reaching epidemic proportions.


This week in Kickstarter robots: steampunk bots that deliver flowers by artist Barry McWilliams.


illustrating Motion

Sketches around the break dance by Florian Nicole


Reggie Watts making fun of “big idea” presentations. See the video.

And another! 


Reggie Watts making fun of “big idea” presentations at Pop Tech 2011. See the video.


Interview: Lukas Large and the natural world, illustrated

I’ve long been a fan of Lukas Large’s Tumblr and its beautiful images of scientific illustrations. Each post is a single drawn image from the natural world (an animal, bones, a vintage anatomical drawing) with links back to the illustration’s source. The site is updated multiple times a day, and readers are also invited to submit drawings of their own or others’ work.

Scientific illustration is a wonderful blend of science and art, and Large’s site gives visibilty to some works that otherwise may have languished unnoticed in various medical journals or textbooks in dusty libraries around the world. It also helps draw attention to new artists working in this field (like the image above from Brooklyn-based George Boorujy).

I was curious to learn more about the man behind the website. Here’s a bit about his background and what he finds inspiring.

Michelle Riggen-Ranson: Where are you originally from? Where are you based now?
Lukas Large: I grew up in Stourbridge in the West Midlands in England and I still live there and work in the nearby city of Birmingham.  

What is your background/vocation?
I studied Genetics at University but I don’t currently work in anything to do with science.

Why did you start the blog?
My grandfather had a book with illustrations of birds by John Gould and I remember being fascinated by the beauty of the images. Ever since then I’ve had an interest in the art of natural history and this went hand in hand with a love of nature and science. 

The thing that prompted me to actually begin the blog was a visit to the "Images of nature" gallery at the Natural History Museum where they have an outstanding collection of scientific illustrations on show. This made me realize just how many amazing illustrations were out there. I thought it would be nice to start a blog that would feature these beautiful artworks that would hopefully increase interest and appreciation of them.

Read more…



Art for Wired charcoal illustration

Awesome way to show eco-friendly(-ier) practices as empowering and intelligent.


PopTech friend Perrin Ireland of Alphachimp Studios sketched portraits of PopTech 2011 speakers and Fellows in action, and we’ve compiled these pieces into a slideshow for your viewing pleasure. You may get a sense of the talks’ topics from the illustrations, but if they’ve piqued your interest and left you wanting more, we’ve conveniently included links to each of their stage talks as well.

  1. Tony Orrico explores line and shape with his actual body, creating works of visual art that record his own motion.
  2. Shahidul Alam describes how he started a number of projects to bring photography to the people.
  3. Milenko Matanovic is a community builder and visual artist.
  4. Paul Needham's organization, Simba Networks, makes solar energy available to the poor by using a pay-as-you-go pricing structure that eventually leads to electricity ownership.
  5. Unity Dow, a lawyer, high court justice in Botswana, and novelist describes seismic generational shifts between pre- and post-independence Africans.
  6. Saman Arbabi (who presented with co-host Kambiz Hosseini) started a satirical television show, Parazit, that uses use the power of satire combined with content from citizens on the street to expose injustices happening across Iran.
  7. Thomas Thwaites reverse engineered a simple seven dollar toaster into 400 separate parts and then set about recreating it entirely from scratch.
  8. Military strategists Captain Wayne Porter (who presented with Col. Mark Mykleby) presents highlights from their much-discussed paper, “A National Strategic Narrative.”
  9. Anne-Marie Slaughter shares her insights on the transformation of state and non-state actors.
  10. Katherine Kuchenbecker designs haptic interfaces, virtual objects and distant environments that feel real to the human touch.

See more.