Congratulations to Viola Davis on her Emmy win, the first for an African-American actress in the drama category. The ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ star grew up hungry and poor. Now, giving back is her greatest reward. (READ MORE)
Zecc Architects, along with interior designer Roel van Norel, designed a compact “recreationhouse” in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The cabin’s clean, modern design creates a strong connection to the surrounding woods and features privacy shutters that change its look. Photography by Stijnstijl. All images courtesy of Zecc Architects. (MORE)
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In 1965, the first U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam. Ten years later, Saigon fell. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon (now Ho Chin Minh City) effectively marking the end of the Vietnam War. The Fall of Saigon was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (also known as the Viet Cong) on April 30, 1975. This event started the transition period leading to the formal reunification of Vietnam into a socialist republic, governed by the Communist Party of Vietnam.
The fall of the city was preceded by the evacuation of almost all the American civilian and military personnel in Saigon, along with tens of thousands of South Vietnamese civilians. The evacuation culminated in Operation Frequent Wind, the largest helicopter evacuation in history. In addition to the flight of refugees, the end of the war and institution of new rules by the communists contributed to a decline in the city’s population.
According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the number of U.S. military fatal casualties in the Vietnam War was 58,220 (as of April 29, 2008).
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Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22am, April 15, 1865, one-hundred fifty years ago today. This portrait of the 16th President of the United States by contemporary artist Wayne Brezinka is currently on loan at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2014 — May 6, 2015. Brezinka’s 4 ft x 5 ft portrait is part painting and part three-dimensional collage of cardboard, rope and several artifacts he collected from the 1860s.
Here’s a fascinating “video tour” of Wayne Brezinka’s “Lincoln”:
In 2011, consumer electronics company Sonos, known for their smart system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components, retained Bruce Mau Design (BMD) to help re-think their brand identity.
Now, in 2015, Sonos continues to grow exponentially and numerous competitors have entered the market as wireless audio becomes more commonplace. Last year, BMD and Sonos pushed harder to signal Sonos’ leadership, relevance, and dedication to the music experience.
This new iteration of the Sonos visual identity advances the idea of the modern music experience into a rich diversity of expressions. The new identity launched internally with a BMD-designed brand video and is now making its way to the public.
An unintended benefit of BMD’s new logo design for Sonos is a visual effect evoking a sound vibration that appears on screens when the graphic is scrolled. Laura Stein, creative director on the Sonos rebranding, told Fast Company that there wasn’t a whole lot of science behind it, and it was a kind of “happy accident” that the logo vibrates and that this complements the original intention. (MORE)
The BBC assembled a “We Are the World”– style cast of globally famous musicians to sing the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” with its 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra for a spot promoting the network’s newly launched BBC Music venture.
The network has dubbed the ensemble — which sings in a classically fantastical array of settings, from a jungle-scape on a stage to a hot air balloon — the “Impossible Orchestra.”
Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Brian Wilson, Florence Welch, Stevie Wonder, Brian May, One Direction, Chrissie Hynde, Baaba Maal, Dave Grohl and Sam Smith are among the dozens of performers who comprise the ensemble.
“All of the artists did such a beautiful job, I can’t thank them enough,” Brian Wilson told The Guardian. “I’m just honored that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”
The BBC has created a charity single of the song to raise money for its BBC Children in Need campaign. A physical copy of the CD is available for purchase in the U.K. and on Amazon, and it’s also available for download and streaming.
See the original story at RollingStone.com.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the massive overnight British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. Key, an American lawyer, watched the siege while under detainment on a British ship and penned the famous words after observing with awe that Fort McHenry’s flag survived the 1,800-bomb assault.
After circulating as a handbill, the patriotic lyrics were published in a Baltimore newspaper on September 20, 1814. Key’s words were later set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” a popular English song. Throughout the 19th century, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was regarded as the national anthem by most branches of the U.S. armed forces and other groups, but it was not until 1916, and the signing of an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson, that it was formally designated as such. In March 1931, Congress passed an act confirming Wilson’s presidential order, and on March 3 President Hoover signed it into law.