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  • Through The Years: Street Art That Got People Talking

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    On toilet walls, on subway trains – both inside and out – on apartment doors, along alleyways and in children’s playgrounds – nowadays every major city in the world is plastered with hundreds of thousands of pieces of graffiti and street art. A piece may be good, excellent even, but if you don’t stand there and study it it won’t have any more effect on you than a single speck of paint on a Jackson Pollock canvas. As this list shows, for a piece of graffiti or street art to stand out it must be special audacious, and always in the public eye.



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  • Mervyn Peake: An Illustrator and Writer Ahead of his Time

    What do I care for the symbolism of it all? What do I care if the castle’s heart is sound or not? I don’t want to be sound anyway! Anybody can be sound if they’re always doing what they’re told. I want to live! Can’t you see? Oh, can’t you see? I want to be myself, and become what I make myself, a person, a real live person and not a symbol anymore. (from Gormenghast.)



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  • Hotels in Phuket: 3 Awesome Design Concepts

    Design is important. As you are readers of Noupe, one of the best design magazines this side of the milky way, you are certainly aware of that. Recently I had the chance to take a deeper look at three design-oriented hotel concepts over here in Thailand. And I saw that design sometimes just isn’t enough. For a hotel to be successful it must have a strong concept that appeals to an increasingly wide range of people from all over the world. I went to check the Millenium Resort, the Pimnara Hotel and the Color Kata Hotel, all three located in Phuket, Thailand. And this is my story…



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  • Street Art In Thailand: Chiang Mai Graffiti

    The meaning of a street artist’s work comes not only from its content, but also the laws, politics and religion, both official and unofficial, that govern the region. In Chiang Mai, in Thailand, street art is not necessarily illegal – the streets are filled with trash, good luck symbols and homemade signs – but many natives will tell you it is a form of expression that has no connection whatsoever with their country. They claim the few working artists are either westerners or Thais – mostly students – obsessed with western culture. But…



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  • What You Do Not Know About Bangkok’s Colors But Should…

    If you can fight your way through Bangkok’s crowds and traffic, its sweltering heat and black smoke you will find colors so bright, so alien that you will think you have found  Marioland. The Thais’ love for colors is deep and omnipresent wherever you look. The following showcase is a tribute to one of the most colorful cultures throughout the world. It will provide you not only with pictures in bright colors, bit also information about the meaning behind it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing and photographing it.



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  • Saul Bass: The Evolution of an Artist

    The film titles, the American graphic designer, Saul Bass designed between 1954 and 1995 not only helped bring graphic design to the attention of Hollywood, and to the forefront of the sixties art movements, but revolutionized the way we watch films. From being regarded as an annoying legality – the only way to give credit to the hundreds of people that worked on the set – his minimalistic, conceptual sequences helped film titles become an integral part of the story and…



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