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February 27 2014


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Student Work – Anastasia Ovsyannikova

Designed by Anastasia Ovsyannikova | Country: Russia

“Packaging of meat chips for teens. The flavor lineup includes: pork, beef, chicken and rabbit. It’s a fancy and healthy snack, an alternative to the ordinary chips, chocolate and other unhealthy snacks.

Small handy pack for usage while on the run. Each pack contains vinyl stickers in order to sticker bomb everything around. Visual idea is to combine street characters and stickers.”


Olympics' Branding To The World: Russia Is One Big Happy Family, Dammit

The quilt pattern splattered all over Sochi has way more to do with political maneuvering than Russian design history.

Even if you've barely side-eyed the Olympics coverage this year, you've probably seen it: the bright rainbow of mismatched, patterned diamonds that shows up on the sides of arenas, behind the podium, on clothing, and even on the medals

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Sochi Uncovered

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are finally underway after months of controversy-fuelled build-up; these games are probably the most politically turbulent since the Cold War summer Olympics boycotts of 1980 and ’84. Destined to be remembered as the Rainbow Games thanks to a backlash from the civilized world against the Russian establishment’s appalling anti-gay stance, Sochi 2014 has attracted unprecedented media attention. Not much of it has had anything to do with sport, and even less attention has been given to the venue itself.

Sochi won the competition to host the games in 2007. That same year, Dutch duo Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen set out on a mission of “slow journalism”, making frequent trips to the resort, getting to know the people and their way of life, and documenting the changes that come with winning the Olympic bid. The most you’ll see about Sochi on mainstream TV is a quick once-over package, some scenery shots and a few quirky facts and figures, but The Sochi Project – and accompanying publication, An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013) – by Hornstra (photography) and van Bruggen (texts) is something altogether different. They have been there from the beginning, way before the camera crews flew in a couple of weeks ago, and as a result have pieced together what may be the definitive companion piece to the main event. It’s certainly an eye-opener.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Adler, Sochi region, 2011

The railway line from Sochi to Sukhum in Abkhazia hugs the coast. Behind it rise the hotel-style sanatoriums of Adler. Ordinary hotel rooms are marginally cheaper, which is immediately apparent on Adler’s seafront. The beach is full of overweight bodies sweating beer and spirits, bare torsos, noisy eaters surrounded by drunken bluster and tacky music. The locals have little choice but to put up with the visitors.

Well-heeled Russians take refuge in Sochi’s fancier hotels or opt for Italy, Turkey or Thailand. The Games may bring a level of quality that will discourage cheap tourism, but more likely the city will just become more expensive, chaotic and crowded.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

To begin with, without the Winter Olympics, few people outside Russia would have heard of Sochi. The Sochi Project dubs the resort on the Black Sea coast “the Florida of Russia, but cheaper” and for cheaper, you might substitute a few less complimentary adjectives. As van Bruggen puts it, “Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the Games than Sochi”. It’s fair to say it was a very unusual choice of venue. The climate is subtropical, for a start. Crammed full of sweaty sunbathers in the height of summer, it’s a ghost town in winter, and along with people, something else you won’t find a lot of is snow – not until you head into the mountains anyway. Just getting there is an ordeal; by land it’s a 37-hour journey south from Moscow through the back of beyond, and on arrival, it might be tempting to brave the return leg sooner rather than later. Sochi is 20 kilometres from the war-zone of Abkhazia, a breakaway Georgian territory. The blinged-up properties of the Russian Riviera elite stand in uneasy contrast to neighbouring Soviet sanatoria.

This is also the most expensive winter games by an Olympic mile – estimates put the total cost in excess of US$50 billion. The troubled regions on the other side of the Caucasus mountains may not see much meaningful investment, but Sochi is getting a whole new lease of life. Hornstra and van Bruggen have chronicled the economic developments brought by the Winter Olympics, and explore the cost of this investment, not least from the point of view of civil liberties amid brutal crackdowns from the state in the run-up to the games, fearful of political unrest being televised around the world.

The Sochi Project website, www.thesochiproject.org, contains a number of photojournalism articles, as well as a shop stocking special edition books, posters and photographs focusing on various aspects of the long-running investigation. You can also donate to the project, which is a crowd-funded venture.



Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Sanatorium, Matsesta, Sochi region, 2009

Matsesta, a village just inland from Sochi, is renowned for its sulphur baths, its name means ‘fire water’. There is a treatment for every ailment and busloads of visitors arrive each day to improve their health. Outside the sanatorium an entire industry has developed of old ladies selling honey, herbal teas and birch-bark scenes.

Young Dima had burned his legs at his parents’ barbecue party and his doctor prescribed a visit to Matsesta. The treatment involved sitting with his burned legs under running sulphurous water for six minutes, three times a day. His nurse said that any longer and the remedial effects of the water would be worse than the complaint.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Rosa Khutor, Sochi Region, Russia, 2013

Rosa Khutor is an alpine ski resort in the Krasnaya Polyana valley, 25 miles from Sochi. Its main investor is Vladimir Potanin, an oligarch who has put $2.2bn into the development. Modern, eclectic, and flashy, it is a small embassy of planet Moscow in the Caucasus, President Putin’s dream of a new Russia has become reality.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Gimry, Dagestan, 2012

The road to Gimry‚ a centuries old center of the anti-Russian resistance‚ winds through stunning scenery. We stop to photograph the village from the other side of the valley. Then two cars pull up and men in leather jackets get out. We are under arrest. ‘Can’t we go to Gimry?’ I ask the leather jackets. ‘Of course not,’ one of them replies curtly.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

All images: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
(Aperture, 2013). ISBN 978-1-59711-244-4
© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery
Captions courtesy, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen

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February 10 2014


Student Work – Barysheva Yana

Designed by Barysheva Yana | Country: Russia

“Elixir was chosen as the brand name as it is widely known to represent eternal life, immortality, and well being. The brand logo was then set out in a clear and sharp font representing an up market professional appearance that will appeal to a broad consumer market.

In addition the logo includes the Latin slogan In Aqua sanitas this is taken from the Latin saying ”In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas” . “In whine there is truth In water Their is health”. This combined with Elixir adds to the overall feeling of health, youth and vitality. To complete the Logo the words Vitamin Water are clearly displayed to insure the consumer understands and relates to the product and its contents.

The brand is divided into 3 varieties each with, A different symbol, Animal, number, vitamin content, and subtitle name that all directly represents the benefits of the individual products. The symbols, numbers, and animals have been carefully selected and combined to create visually attractive graphics. Each with deep symbolic meaning, enabling consumers to relate to the benefits of each product on offer.”

Represented buy the unicorn, the plant, and the number 8. The Unicorn symbolizing the spirit of purity, innocence, and youth. 
Legends containing the unicorn states that only a young pure female could attract a unicorn to become visible and be of this reality. The plant symbolises new life vitality and prosperity. And the number 8 in numerology represents youth.

This product contains 10% of your daily vitamins E and B12. E is a natural antioxidant and B12 Supports natural energy production and reduces tiredness and fatigue. Helping the consumer feel youthful and full of vitality.”

Represented buy the Deer the Moon and the number 3. The Deer is a symbol of the human soul, sanity, love, serenity, grace and piece. The moon is a sign of perfection beauty and peace the symbol of cyclicity (the quality of recurring at regular intervals and revival) And the number 3 in numerology represents piece and tranquillity .

This product contains 10% of your daily vitamins B6 and A. Vitamin B6 has many benefits in the body including support for the Nervous system, brain function and the formation of red blood cells. And Vitamin A helps Bone metabolism Skin and cellular health Antioxidant activity. Helping the consumer feel tranquil and healthy.”

Represented buy the bear Fire And the number 1. The bear symbolises kindness, courage, heroic strength, and greatness. Fire is a symbol of vital energy, fertility, the personification of the sun, man, and is one of the primary elements of the universe. And the number 1 in numerology represents power.

This product contains 10 percent of your daily vitamins C and K. Vitamin C contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue Vitamin C increases iron absorption. And vitamin K contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones and blood. Helping the consumer feel strong and powerful.”

“The product design incorporates an innovative concept allowing the consumer to drink from a provided stylish glass rather then having to drink out of a bottle. This design has three main components the bottle, the glass, and the plastic sleeve each with a different function, and layers of graphics.

The bottle is designed to fit seamlessly inside the glass which is held firmly in place buy the plastic sleeve. when all three components are in place the logo is formed of the three transparent layers which can be seen through one another: the symbol on the glass, the logo on the bottle and the animal and the logo on the sleeve.

When the product is disassembled each item is left with an individual layer of graphics but all still directly relates to the brand.”


Ranking The Architecture Of The 2014 Winter Olympics

More skating palaces!

Thousands of the best athletes in the world have descended on Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics, ready to duke it out for international acclaim and a one-pound metal disk. In the run-up to the actual sports, though, no one really wanted to talk about the folks who might be taking the podium. Nope, the main focus was on how effing expensive these Olympics have been.

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February 07 2014


Google takes a shot at Russia’s anti-gay law with new doodle for Sochi Winter Games

Google has taken a shot at Russia’s controversial anti-gay law by expressing its support for LGBT olympians in its latest doodle commemorating the Winter Games.

Screen shot 2014 02 07 at PM 12.51.55 Google takes a shot at Russias anti gay law with new doodle for Sochi Winter Games The color of the doodle, which features images of athletes in various Winter Games events, is modeled after the Rainbow Flag — a symbol of LGBT pride. The doodle also quotes the Olympic Charter as saying that there should be no “discrimination of any kind” in the Olympic games — and is linked to search results for the set of rules and guidelines governing the Olympic games.

Thumbnail image via Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

February 05 2014


Sochi Winter Olympics commence inside Populous-designed stadium

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games get underway this Friday with an opening ceremony inside a Fabergé egg-inspired stadium by sports architecture firm Populous. (more...)

February 02 2014


Alexander Gronsky Photography

Alexander Gronsky basé en Lettonie, a commencé sa carrière en tant que photojournaliste. A chaque voyage en Russie et ailleurs, il accomplit de nombreuses séries de photographies montrant les lieux reculés et la dimension poétique qui en ressort, notamment la nuit ou à l’aube. A découvrir dans la suite.

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January 29 2014


Cetranger – How To Be

Originaie d’Izhevsk en Russie, le duo de photographes / réalisateurs Maxim et Katia Mezentsev a imaginé le clip pour illustrer le morceau How To Be de Cetranger. De superbes images prises dans le froid, mettant en avant la flore luttant contre le gel, s’adaptant à des températures négatives. A découvrir en vidéo dans la suite.

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January 28 2014


Futuristic Styled Apartment in Moscow

Les décorateurs d’intérieur russes de chez Geometrix Design ont imaginé cette maison à Moscou avec pour seul mot d’ordre : le futur. Et ils ont merveilleusement réussi à rendre compte de la dimension futuriste avec un jeu sur les formes cubiques des objets et des murs en relief. Plus d’images dans la suite.

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January 27 2014


Top of the World’s Weirdest Tower

Focus sur le recensement des tours les plus étranges et loufoques du monde, sorties de l’imaginaire des architectes. Entre le Klimwand Climbing Tower, les tours San Gimignano ou encore l’Hôtel Ryugyong en Corée du Nord, voici une sélection en images à découvrir dans la suite de l’article.


Klimwand Climbing Tower, Wunderland Kalkar, Allemagne.

Un château d’eau en maïs, Rochester, Minnesota.

L’Hôtel Ryugyong, Pyongyang, Corée du Nord.

Puffer Fish Tower, Chine.

La maison de Nikolai Sutyagin, Arkhangelsk, Russie.

Les tours Pigeon, Libye, Iran et Egypte.

La tour de Zizkov Télévision, Prague.

La tour Genex, Belgrade, Serbie.

La tour de Pise, Italie.

Les tours San Gimignano, Italie.

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January 23 2014


Cities From The Sky

Voici de nombreuses vues impressionnantes prises depuis le ciel sur des lieux et des pays aux 4 coins du monde. New York, les pyramides d’Egypte et l’Arc de Triomphe à Paris sont assez reconnaissables mais il y a également des vues plus surprenantes comme ce cliché au milieu de l’Océan Indien. A découvrir dans la suite.

New York, Etats-Unis.

Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis.

Shanghai, Chine.

Mexico, Mexique.

Barcelone, Espagne.

Amsterdam, Pays-Bas.

Venise, Italie.

Spoorbuurt, Nord des Pays-Bas.

Turin, Italie.


Moscou, Russie.

San Francisco, États-Unis.

Paris, France.

Seattle, Etats-Unis.

Chicago, États-Unis.

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January 15 2014


Wowhaus converts a Moscow road into a riverside park

Russian studio Wowhaus has transformed a four-lane highway beside Moscow's Moskva River into the city's first year-round park, featuring rows of trees, fountains, cafes and artists' studios (+ slideshow). (more...)

January 14 2014


January 10 2014


Asif Khan designs a "Mount Rushmore of the digital age" for the Sochi Winter Olympics

Over 170,000 visitors to this year's Sochi Winter Olympics will be able to have their faces scanned and recreated on the facade of a building as part of an installation by London designer Asif Khan. (more...)

January 08 2014


Meet the 73-year-old Russian biker-granny, Anna Petukhova

Meet the 73-year-old Russian biker-granny, Anna Petukhova

Anna Petukhova is no ordinary granny. This 73-year-old is ‘the most unusual postwoman in the Kaluga region, Russia’. Completely solo, Anna delivers post, pensions and food on her personal ATV to 11 half-abandoned villages. She started working as a postwoman in 1995 and ‘for many people she gives the only chance to communicate with the outside world’.

Take a look at these pics of Anna Petukhova in action and see if your granny could do such a thing!

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The post Meet the 73-year-old Russian biker-granny, Anna Petukhova appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

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