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With the socio-cultural rise of China and India over recent years, we are constantly being told that sooner our later the gap between east and west will need to be bridged. A new project by entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh and illustrator Noma Bar is setting out to do just that by helping non-Mandarin speakers pick up some of the language’s basic building blocks. ShaoLan and Noma developed a set of easily recognisable illustrated symbols which both individually and in conjunction with each other help learners create a set of words and phrases.

This week sees the launch of an ambitious one-month Kickstarter campaign to raise £75,000 for a Chineasy book, which it is hoped will open up this innovative approach to language-learning to a much wider audience. Whether they make it or not (and we sincerely hope they do) it’s great to see illustration harnessed for such potentially significant ends.

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy (Mouth)

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy (Door)

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    Noma Bar and ShaoLan Hsueh: Chineasy (Roof)

Further reading:

www.chineasy.org

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The mining town of Chiatura, Georgia, surrounded by steep cliffs, is criss-crossed by a network of aging Soviet-era aerial tramways that are still in use today. In the early 20th century, after the U.S.S.R. annexed Georgia, Soviet authorities were intent on extracting the vast manganese deposits beneath Chiatura. In the 1950s, planners began work on what locals call the "Kanatnaya Doroga," or "rope road," that still connects almost every corner of the town. Today, while some of the cars have rusted away, 17 of the aging tramways remain in service. Photographer Amos Chapple (who previously took us inside Iran and Turkmenistan) recently visited Chiatura, where he became fascinated with the cable cars and the locals who operate and ride them daily. [20 photos]

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You know that feeling you get when walking near a watery patch (the beach, a river, that flooded bit of land) snacking on something and you can feel a presence hanging somewhere above and, looking up, see a big old seagull tracking you, ready to dive-bomb your chips. So you walk a little faster, uncomfortable. Well that is the feeling photographer Rafael Halin’s images induce; that sense of knowing something is there or is about to happen but he has seen it first and has captured it moments before.

His photos are moody, slightly ominous, dark yet strangely beautiful. We are pulled into the atmosphere, we want to know what is going to happen. He is master of the ‘not quite revealed’ with images seeming to appear out of the mist, shifting between playing the watcher or catching him at work, showing the stranger moments of human behaviour. Are we unsettled by the woman illuminated by the suction-packed meat behind her in the supermarket, or the man wandering along the roof-top of a decrepit building, or just intrigued, curious to know what will happen next?

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    Raphael Halin: Perros

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    Raphael Halin: Finland

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    Raphael Halin: Errance

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 Sandy Kim, who takes great photos in the process of documenting the kind of carefree life your parents always worried you&#8217;d have, is having an art show at the Ever Gold Gallery. She&#8217;ll be showing all new work, much of which features the aformentioned topless girls (and some dudes, for you girls and you, ahem, San Francisco men). Sandy&#8217;s been taking photos for the magazine for awhile, so she has our stamp of approval. If you need more encouragement, take a gander at these images she sent us that serve as a preview of the show. C&#8217;mon, San Francisco! It&#8217;ll be fun!<br />
Opening for Sandy KimSeptember 5, 7-10 PMEver Gold Gallery441&#160;O’Farrell StSan Francisco, CA, 94102evergoldgallery.com(415) 796-3676<br />
More of Sandy&#8217;s work

If you live in San Francisco and like photography, topless girls, or having a good time, you have only one place to be tonight: Sandy Kim, who takes great photos in the process of documenting the kind of carefree life your parents always worried you’d have, is having an art show at the Ever Gold Gallery. She’ll be showing all new work, much of which features the aformentioned topless girls (and some dudes, for you girls and you, ahem, San Francisco men). Sandy’s been taking photos for the magazine for awhile, so she has our stamp of approval. If you need more encouragement, take a gander at these images she sent us that serve as a preview of the show. C’mon, San Francisco! It’ll be fun!

Opening for Sandy Kim
September 5, 7-10 PM
Ever Gold Gallery
441 O’Farrell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
evergoldgallery.com
(415) 796-3676

More of Sandy’s work

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Innocuous spheres by day, the carefully handmade holes dotting these coconut shells are hard to even see until they light up at night, morphing from muted balls to bright orbs.

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Back in July, I blogged about WILD, a gorgeous, sweet picture book about a feral child who won't be tamed. At the time, the book was only available in the UK, but as of today, it's out in the USA, too! Here's my original review:

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Boulet's comic strip about his childhood experience of sleeping in the back of his parents car is beautifully enhanced by cycling animations. Good work! (Thanks, Matthew!)

Our Toyota Was Fantastic

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If you play hidden object games very much, you will encounter the same objects all the time. Across many games from many developers, the objects seem to come from a same collection of photos.

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