Facebook’s walls get a stunning illustrative facelift

Top illustrator Geo Law was chosen as Facebook’s internal Artist in Residence to brighten up its bare walls.

We’ve seen some incredibly cool office murals over the years. Specialising in doodling office mural art works, illustrator Geo Law was recently commissioned by Facebook to complete a few installations in their offices. Armed with his trusty Uni-Ball Posca markers, it took him a total of 3 days.

“The team involved wanted me to embody all of their quirks as engineers, coders, programmers and self confessed nerds into the mural as a homage to the team ethos of the company,” explains Law. “Armed with my posca pens in hand I covered a huge range of imagery and topics from famous names in computer sciences to science fiction.”

“They specifically wanted the office murals to reflect a lot of the team’s personality and company mantras,” he continues. As well as focusing on the social network’s partnerships with a wide range of apps, Law has certainly brought plenty of personality to Facebook’s walls.

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Funny, Animated Short For Facebook’s 11th Year Will Put A Smile On Your Face

Facebook turns 11 this year, and it has released an animated short that celebrates friendships.

Collaborating with design production company Buck and creative audio studio Antfood, Facebook pays tribute to friendships in an amusingly adorable animation, titled ‘Facebook – For All That Friends Do’.

The video will put a smile on your face as it portrays the happiness of having a friend who goes through life’s many situations with you—sharing an umbrella, giving the last bite of food and getting up to all sorts of funny acts.

Facebook – For all that friends do from Buck on Vimeo.

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This Phone Lets You Send Smells, Not Texts

We have all sorts of ways to communicate with one another: text messages, emails, Gchats and, according to my sources, even phone calls. We live in a word-heavy world, and why not? A sentence, both spoken and written, is a highly efficient way to transmit a lot of information with very little time and effort. But words aren’t necessarily the best way to express every idea. Logistically speaking, verbal and written languages have cultural barriers that are sometimes insurmountable. Emotionally speaking, sometimes words just don’t do justice for what we’re trying to convey.

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Full-sensory correspondence is still a long way off. We’re just now beginning to explore how powerful virtual touch could be in connecting with each other. But there’s one sense that’s been notoriously missing from the landscape: smell. “When you think about how important the olfactive is in almost every type of communication, its absence in global communication is sort of astounding,” says David Edwards.

Edwards is the always-buzzing mind behind Le Laboratoire, the Paris innovation tank and research facility that brought us Wikipearls and Le Whaf. The group’s most recent invention, the oPhone, is aiming to make olfactory communication commonplace by transmitting odors much in the same way you send text messages.

This little cartridge contains olfactive information that can produce hundreds of odor signals.

It’s a basic idea. Humans have long bonded over smells, both good and bad (there’s nothing like a smelly subway car to force intimacy). It’s strange then, that no one has been able to channel scents into a more digestible form of communication.

There’s one big problem when it comes to doing this, says Edwards: “Odor transmission to date is not smart,” he explains. “If I give you the odor of a pizza, I have a difficult time immediately after giving you the odor of the sea and then giving you the odor of a cactus.” Basically what Edwards is saying, and what we already know from letting trash sit in our apartments a day too long, is that odors linger. Which makes it hard to craft any sort of cohesive and decipherable olfactive narrative.

The oPhone solves this problem with its main innovation: the oChip. This little cartridge, about the size of a fingernail, contains olfactive information that can produce hundreds (and soon thousands, says Edwards) of odor signals. The idea is that these chips can be installed in the oPhone, and via a bluetooth-connected app called oTracks, scents can be sent to yourself or an oPhone-carrying friend with the push of a button.

Edwards and his small team have been prototyping the oPhone for the better part of a year. The most current version, unveiled at the WIRED UK conference, is a system of sorts that uses four cylindrical oPhones that can each be loaded with up to eight scent chips. This allows for what Edwards calls an “odor symphony,” or the ability to craft a multi-odiferous message with actual context. “These are pretty subtle odor signals that allow me to create sentences, paragraphs and essays, if you will, of odor messages,” he says.

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800+ Free High-Quality Photos All in One Place

You may have noticed our love of free photos. We write about the topic quite often. And we even give out a few free photos ourselves (you can find them in our freebies section).

With this post, we’re continuing the trend.

If you’re looking for a convenient, singular source of great photos to use in your design projects, head over to Pexels — an image-based search engine that only features copyright-free public domain photos. This site has a boatload of truly free, no-strings-attached images.

Pexels looks for cream-of-the-crop photos from other great sites like Unsplash and Gratisography, and then pulls them all together in one spot. Finding photos by subject is easy because the site takes the time to tag each image it features.

The search engine has over eight hundred free photos, with thirty new photos added every week.

Go yo original

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Here’s A Great Idea For Creating Passwords That Are Easy To Remember But Hard To Hack

In the past couple of months, security researchers have discovered huge numbers of hacked passwords for popular websites posted to the net, available for hackers to use and abuse.

One of the things made obvious is how many people use the same, easy-to-guess passwords for their online activities, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

The most popular passwords are “123456” or the even more clever “123456789” or the ever-popular “password.” (Here’s a list of the top 25 passwords to avoid.)

After we wrote about 2 million more user names/passwords found on the net this week, we heard from computer security expert Neal O’Farrell, executive director of The Identity Theft Council.

He offered this excellent tip about how to create easy-to-remember passwords that are hard for hackers to guess:

Don’t use passwords, use passphrases.

He explains it this way:

A passphrase is a short sentence that’s easy for you to remember – that describes something about you and your life, for example – but that a hacker would have a very hard time knowing or guessing.

For example, the phrase could be something like “I graduated from Notre Dame University on June 1st 2002.” Pick the first letter from every word in that phrase, making sure you include the upper and lower case, and keep all the numbers.

That would give you the following password: “IgfNDUoJ1st2002” That’s a massive 15 characters and includes upper and lower case letters and numbers. Change the “I” to the symbol “!” and now you’ve made it even harder to crack.

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