40 Years of Family Photos

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Back in 1975, photographer Nicholas Nixon snapped a photograph of his wife and her three sisters. A year later, an opportunity presented itself for him to line them up in the same way and snap another—an event that has since gone on annually for the past 40 years. The New York Times recently revealed the latest in the series, and all of the photos will …

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A travel inspiration web app pairs Instagram images with information

While developing a trip-planning support app called Tripovore, Paris-based designer and developer Benjamin Netter (winner of 2011’s Foursquare Hackathon) discovered that “pictures from Instagram give you a much better taste of travel locations than any professional photographers could give you. These photos are, most of the time, more realistic representations of the beauty of a place.” Putting Tripovore on hold, Netter began focusing his attention …

Wordless Web

Ji Lee's simple plug-in removes text from any site to let images stand alone

The endless stream of information available on the web can easily get clogged with an overload of messaging. To simplify your daily surfing sessions, former Google Creative Lab Creative Director Ji Lee—with the coding help of Cory Forsyth—has come up with the Wordless Web, a simple browser plug-in that takes any website and gets rid of the text, leaving only pictures. As longtime supporters of …