Wednesday, December 24, 2014

One Take - No PostProduction - Come Closer, Emmy Curl’s New MusicVideo

Filmmaker Nuno Barbosa pulls out the most visually striking Music Video. He uses the projection mapping technique for Emmy Curl’s latest single, Come Closer.

The whole video is one shot. No cuts. The director shoots multiple choreographed performances of the Portuguese singer-writer. Barbosa shoots front and side images of Curl, then again, under a special UV light, while she is covered with luminous paint. Finally, he projects those shots on her, and she performs her choreography one last time with slight changes and delays. The final result is a must-see. Words cannot express what was meticulously done.
"We want to show the imperfections and fragility of reality. The final result has an analogue feel that would have been impossible to achieve in a post-production environment." says Barbosa.


Music and Lyrics by Emmy Curl

Directed by Nuno Barbosa

Body Paintings by João Tiago Fernandes

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Unusual Christmas Ideas

If you are living in Lebanon, and are bored of the same gifts and ideas each and every year, skip the trend, the mainstream, and the traditional places you look at for inspiration, and scroll down for a few wacky ideas.

1- Recycle and make your own Christmas decorations

2 years ago, we researched and made a few decorations and adorned some of Beirut streets with them. Making them was fun, putting them up was fun, but discovering the next day that they were taken out overnight was more than depressing. I would definitely advise you to make some decorations with your little siblings, little kids, nephews and/or cousins. Just use them inside the house not on the streets.

Here are other examples on this Pinterest board.

Christmas Decorations in Beirut, 2012

source: 9GAG

2- Design a warmhearted video for your family or loved ones

Do not worry if you are not good with filming and editing. FADE IN has the workshop for you. The class is designed into 2 public sessions, each is 2 hours long, on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11, December from 6.30 to 9.30 PM. In addition to that, you get a third private session to finish your gift. In this workshop, you will formulate a story (not a slideshow), using your own pictures and videos, while learning professional editing to put them together for a fun surprise.

Fade In Christmas video workshop

3- Buy a Handmade gift from creative Lebanese Craftsmen

My friend has been running this place for some time, and it is definitely worth a visit. It is a shop in Badaro in the building of the Ministry of Industry. The Syndicate of Craftsmen in Lebanon operates it; it comprises the works of different skilled people across Lebanon.

Here are a few items that grabbed my attention:

4- 25 Handmade gifts under $5

If you are on a budget, do not worry, you can still make the gift. And guess what, a gift from the heart is worth a thousand gifts (even more). Go to this link and find a list of 25 gifts with their tutorials.

Fabric Scrap Keychain, tutorial

Bird Nest Necklaces, tutorial

 5- Put a smile on a stranger’s face

BlogBaladi shared this #heartbreaking picture on facebook. This kid, as well as many others (kids and adults), deserve to be happy in this world (during Christmas and any other time). When you are buying gifts for all your loved ones, remember this picture, and add a few more gifts for strangers who cannot afford one, or do not have loved ones to look after them.

source: blogbaladi

This list of ideas is not exhaustive.

If you have any other ideas, if you run a not-so-mainstream shop (mainstream shop owners can try too) that sells christmas gifts, please add them in a comment below or contact us on this mail and we would love to add them to the list above.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Movember: Why Should I Grow a Mustache for the 30 Days of November?

Movember is not a typo and not about growing a moustache. This alternative month (to November) is dedicated to raising awareness annually to men's often-ignored health issues, mainly prostate and testicular cancer. You can only grow a mustache if you learn more about the movement, and are willing to spark conversations and/or raise funds for men's health programs. Here is a useful link to the global movement

#photography by Greg Anderson, source: MailOnline

This is not just a man's movement. Women can also be involved by encouraging the men in their lives to be actively engaged in this.

Movember is global, and last year (2013), it was introduced to Lebanon.

last year's (2013) #movemberlb, source: Movember Lebanon on Facebook

So who is growing a mustache this year?

#movember #movemberlb #movember2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

5 Useful Tips Before Running Your Marathon

Join the #peacerunners this Sunday November 9, 2014 in an annual event organized by Beirut Marathon. Save the date and spread the word. If you are not registered for the race, you can still come and enjoy the event, or not. But stay clear off Beirut for all roads are closed.

In case of a successful registration, then here are some useful tips for you to make the best out of your marathon.

Infographic - Useful Tips Before Your Marathon

1- Rest Well

Jump to bed. Sleep early. Sleep for 8 hours a day. Do not run to exercise; it is too late. Save your energy for the race.

2- Run Lightly

Your exercise in the last 2 days should only be some jogging for 4 km a day. Make sure you only run on soft surfaces. Do not risk any last minute injuries.

3- Fuel Up and Hydrate

Eat the same kinds of food you have been eating the past few days. Do not risk trying something new. Eat a little more carbohydrates, just do not stuff yourself until bloated. 

4- Warm Up Before The Race

Do not just sit there waiting for the race to begin. Think about stepping out of your car on the way to the marathon, and running the last kilometer or 2 before getting to the race.

5- Study The Route

Check out the race path, and make yourself familiar with it. Then form a strategy, and don’t forget to find peeing places. 
“All the runners understand that you can’t run when you need the loo.”
- Paula Radcliffe, world record holder
Read more directly from Andrew Kastor, "the head coach of the Mammoth Track Club in Mammoth Lakes, California, and husband and advisor of two-time U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

5+ Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes and Ideas

Sure you can buy a costume for Halloween, or use last year's and save some money. But the real fun is to do it yourself. So here are some ideas:

1. Wintercroft Masks

This is not free, but it is cheap and looks very cool. Designer Steve Wintercroft has a whole series of inexpensive geometric mask templates of animals, skulls, stormtroopers (whatever that is) and faces, that you can download, print, and color, on this page:

Skull Mask

2. Bumblebee transformer

Well, you need a crafty dad to do this. We are not giving you instructions on this; we do not know how, but you can try. What this dad came up with is a big proof that with determination, good motives, and in this case a lot of skill, you can do a better costume than any other found out in the market.

3. Go Cute

Be an instagram star in your cyber and real life. Easy! Screenshot your instagram page, enlarge it, print it, and cut a frame out of it. Voila! you are a walking vintage image :p

instagram halloween costume

4. or Go Scary and zombify yourself

Watch this 13min tutorial of how to become a zombie using makeup.

5. Headless

If you are a kid, or an adult who can't go on all coaster rides, you can easily chop your head off and carry it around. You just have to pop your head out of a fake body taller than yours.

Headless Marie Antoinette

Head in a Jar Costume

6. Be lazy

We need to give him credit. I find this rather creative. Do your remember Wilson from Home Improvement? (Does Tim the Toolman Taylor ring a bell? Wilson was his neighbor whose face is always hidden mainly behind a fence)


Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Women to Remember in our Man-Dominated History on Ada Lovelace Day

The 14th of October marks Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Since the chosen date is claimed to be arbitrary, talking about women's achievements on the 17th should not be a big deal.

Our history is male-dominated - flooded with male figures who have done something, many times done nothing but claimed something anyway. Today we chose the stories of 5 women, among many, who should be a big part of our history.

1. Ada Lovelace

Ada was raised by her mathematics-loving mother, Annabella Milbanke, under a strict regimen of science, logic, and mathematics, making sure she doesn't inherit her father's volatile poetic temperament.

Ada Lovelace, image source:

Since her childhood, she had a love for machines, and later became close friends with the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Charles Babbage. The latter had sketches for the Analytical Engine, a complex device which "was to combine the array of adding gears of his earlier Difference Engine with an elaborate punchcard operating system." The design was never built but it had the "essential elements for a modern computer."

Ada worked on that project and she had the most elaborate and complete sketches of that engine, which gave her the title "the first computer programmer" (and she lived long before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates). The sketches were published in the "Sketch of the Analytical Engine, with Notes from the Translator", and they helped inspire Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers after almost a century.

2. Dr. Dian Fossey

Fossey founded the Karisoke™ Research Center in Rwanda’s Virungas Mountains in 1967, to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas, after her first journey to Africa in 1963; she spent her entire life-savings for that.

Dian Fossey, image source:

In 1977, she established the Digit Fund to raise money for gorilla protection, after her favorite gorilla, Digit, was killed by poachers. Dian was murdered a few years later in 1985.

In 1988, a movie was made based on her book, Gorillas in the Mist. Sigourney Weaver played her character, and later became the honorary chairperson of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

3. Sally Ride

Sally double majored in Physics and English at Stanford University. She was a superstar tennis player at college, but what she is famous at is being the first American Woman in space. In 2001, she established a company Sally Ride Science that creates educational programs and products aimed at encouraging the study of Science and Math among girls and young women.

Sally Ride, image source: Nasa


4. Maria Sklodowska

She is known as Marie Curie (Sklodowska is her maiden name). She and her husband Pierre were inspired by Henri Becquerel's discovery of radioactivity in 1896 to isolate polonium (named after Marie's country of birth) and radium. The latter was used to relieve pain, and Marie devoted herself especially during World War I, with the help of her daughter, to this remedial work. In 1929, Marie received a $50000 donation from the American friends of science. The gift was presented by US President Hoover, and she used it to purchase radium for her radioactivity laboratory in her native city, Warsaw.

Marie Curie, image source:

Marie's honorable works are apparent in the various awards she received in science, medicine and law. Among which are a half Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, which she won along with her husband for their "study into the spontaneous radiation discovered by Becquerel," who got the second half. She was also awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911, for her work in radioactivity.

5. Maria Telkes

Telkes has a doctrate in physical chemistry from the University of Budapest. She worked there as an instructor, then she spent 12 years working under Dr. George Crile on a series of experiments before they invented "a photoelectric mechanism capable of recording brain waves."

Maria Telkes, image source:

Maria is rather known as an innovator who worked to put the solar energy into use. In 1940, she teamed up with Eleanor Raymond, an architect, where they built the first solar-heated house. She used a chemical that crystallizes and keeps a constant temperature through retaining heat and radiating it back.

Friday, October 10, 2014

An Artist to Follow from Brazil: Lucas Rafael Desenhista

This series of articles is one that sheds light on artists, designers, craftsmen, and the like. It displays their work, shares their concerns and thoughts.

It is our delight to talk about a 247 square facebook fan from Brazil, Lucas Rafael Desenhista

Lucas Rafael Desenhista Self-portrait

Lucas is a painter, sculptor, animator and a teacher. ​Almost innately, he started off at a very early age. ​However, soon thereafter, his mother got sick, and he and his brother had to look for a job to sustain a living for the family. It was easier for his older brother, but Lucas was only 13 then​,​ which was a challenge. Eventually, he managed to find a small job as a tutor at his own school for other students with difficulties.

Self-portrait of Lucas as a kid

Two years later, he watched the movie Titanic. He gets inspired by Jack (played by Leonardo di Caprio) to draw. He made his first official drawing for a friend, and it was little time before he started getting commissions to draw others. 

Espera (the wait)

But peculiarly enough, and despite his remarkable ​perseverance and self-taught skills, ​Lucas still ​has not made​​ it to local exhibitions. ​Every time he applies, they ask him to fill out a form ​asking him to list other exhibitions, ​whether ​he has mentions somewhere, if he studied abroad... ​That leads to the undeniable question: ​How can ​one have such ​credentials if there is no first chance yet?


Dois Irmaos (two brothers)

​For Lucas, time passed, and art remained a secondary thing in his life. He worked as an art lecturer but he also had to work in restaurants, art stores​ and the like​ to sustain a living. ​Yet that does not hinder his ambitions and dreams, no matter the obstacles.

Siny Ribeiro

You can check his portfolio on deviantart

Friday, October 3, 2014

It's Adha! Let's talk about sheep!

Did you have to think of an idea to design a greeting card for Adha, and could think of nothing but sheep? Were you overloaded with sheep in greetings from random people and companies? Well I am not here to do you any favors. On the contrary, I am going to talk about more sheep. Here is a list of 10 non-Adha related sheep illustrations I could get my hands on.

1. Happy Independence day!

Lebanese Independence Day

It is not 22 November yet? Oh! But there are happy sheep in all banners around us. What are they celebrating then?
Illustration by Sareen Akharjalian

2. Sheep Monday.

Sheep Monday

I have no idea why Bruno Laurent called this drawing as such. But hey, I just realized some good news, this Monday is a holiday, so cheer up :D

3. Not good news for everyone.

Watercolor Animals

Is he disguising as a bee? Nice try, I hope it works. No, I truly do. I am more of a chicken fan, and my Adha is more about dates (I am talking about the fruits (tamer) - the only dates I can have with my wife in Eid, is when we're visiting relatives, and time is barely enough to visit them all :p).
Watercolor painting by Zoe Persico

4. It is Eid. Say goodbye to your diet. 

Wonder Cup

Eat everything. And when you feel you just cannot anymore, have some wonder cup. It improves sleep, increases appetite and maximizes strength and stamina. Illustration by Chya Chyi & Teh Pui Hun

5. From Fluffy Sheep to Packaged Meat.

FYP by Rosa Doyle

Now that you are full. It is time to feel bad about it. How could you? They are fluffy and cute. Don't you have a heart? This actually was Rosa Doyle's final year project (#FYP). People look at meat in the supermarket as food without associating it with the cute lambs they used to draw and sing about back in nursery.

6. If you do not feel sorry...

The Godfather Sheep

Meet this Sicilian Sheep by Alam Gómez. He will make you an offer you can't refuse.

7. You missed the reference / joke in the previous illustration?

MTS HDTV from Gael Lendoiro on Vimeo.

Then the sheep was right. You are gonna miss it. And it will hurt so bad.

8. Can you spot the sheep?

Bob Marley

You can stop looking now! There is none. It is an illustration of Bob Marley made with calligraphy patterns. The only sheep in this is the illustrator, Mister Sheep.

9. Count some sheep until you're fast asleep.

Counting Sheep

Hehe I know it rhymes :D I bet now after all these sheep, nothing else is on your mind. So rest assure you have plenty of sheep to count. Goodnight!
illustration by Little Oil

10. If that doesn't help, try getting a better mattress.


I have no clue if they sell good mattresses, but the sheep in their logo looks so cute, no?
designed by LIME design studio and Kathy Burlak

Happy Adha 2014 :D

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The First Annual Flora Festival in Lebanon 2014

Green Hand – Libanoticum Fiesta is an annual event organized to bring together the stakeholders, decision makers and other key people working on the conservation of the flora. It features the Ministries, Academic Institutes, Nurseries, Producers, Farmers, Beekeepers, Craftsmen, Artists, Musicians and Nature Lovers. Libanoticum Fiesta hosts a special Kids area, a gallery for flora photos and paintings, a resource library, specialized public sessions and a wide range of diverse activities, over a three-days-event.

مهرجان Fiesta Libanoticum هو مناسبة سنوية تنظّمها اليد الخضراء لجمع أصحاب المصلحة وصناع القرار والأشخاص الرئيسيين الذين يعملون على الحفاظ على النباتات البريّة. يضم الوزارات المعنيّة والمعاهد الأكاديمية والمشاتل والمنتجين والمزارعين ومربي النحل والحرفيين والفنانين والموسيقيين وعشاق الطبيعة. يضم أيضاً ضمن فعالياته منطقة خاصة للأطفال، ومعرض لصور النباتات واللوحات ومكتبة للموارد ومحاضارات متخصصة ومجموعة واسعة من الأنشطة المتنوعة، على مدى ثلاثة أيام.

This year the opening ceremony starts on Friday 5:00PM to 10:30PM, and the festival continues on Saturday & Sunday 10:30AM to 10:30PM. 

يفتتح المهرجان يوم الجمعة 3 أكتوبر 2014 في الساعة 5 مساءً حتى 10:30 ويستمر يومي السبت والأحد من الساعة 10:30 صباحاً حتى 10:30 ليلاً.

invitation to the annual Libanoticum Fiesta

 12:00PM - 1:00PM 

Ethnobotany in Lebanon: Traditional knowledge related to plants

by Marc El Beyrouthy, PhD
A Summary of the relationships that exist between people and plants, and how they are used, managed and perceived across Lebanon. This includes an overview of the use of plants for food, medicine, spices, dye, construction, cosmetics and a lot more.
النباتات الطبية في لبنان: المعارف التقليدية المرتبطة بالنباتات
بواسطة د. مارك البيروتي
تلخيص العلاقات القائمة بين الشعوب والنباتات وكيفية استخدامها. وهذا يشمل استخداماتها للغذاء والدواء والتوابل والصباغ والبناء ومستحضرات التجميل وغيرها.

 2:00PM - 2:30PM 

SPECIAL EVENT - Quarry Rehabilitation pilot project in Chekka by Holcim (The Gallery)

حدث خاص - المشروع الإسترشادي لإعادة تأهيل مقلع هولسيم لبنان في شكا (في الصالة)

 3:00PM - 4:00PM 

The Fascinating Journey of Botanists in Lebanon

by Bouchra Douaihy, PhD
A story overview of the journey of botanists who crossed Lebanon looking for and identifying its marvelous flora.
رحلة علماء النبات الرائعة في لبنان
بواسطة د. بشرى الدويهي
قصة مستعرضة مسيرة علماء النبات اللذين عبروا لبنان بحثا عن النباتات لتصنيف ثروته النباتية المميزة.

 5:00PM - 6:00PM 

Exploring Lebanon's Rich and Unique Biodiversity

by Rana El Zein, PhD
Discovering the captivating biodiversity of Lebanon and the reasons underlying its richness and uniqueness.
استكشاف تنوع لبنان البيولوجي الغني والفريد من نوعه
بواسطة د. رنا الزين
اكتشاف التنوع البيولوجي الآسر في لبنان والأسباب الكامنة وراء هذا الثراء الطبيعي المهم. 

 7:00PM - 9:00PM 

Libanoticum Painting Festival Awarding Ceremony (The Theater)

احتفال توزيع جوائز مهرجان الرسم (في المسرح)

 12:00PM - 1:00PM 

Wild flowers of Lebanon: Fascination and Passion

by Nisrine Machaka-Houri, PhD
Introduction to the biodiversity of Lebanon. A journey through major families of the Lebanon's wild flowers.
أزهار لبنان البرية: روعة وشغف
بواسطة د. نسرين مشاقة - حوري
مقدمة عن التنوع البولوجي في لبنان. رحلة للتعرف على أزهاره البرية.

 3:00PM - 4:00PM 

Music and Nature

by Mr. Peter Nehme
Impact of Music on Individuals of all ages and on society; Types of wood used in the production of Peter’s Music Instruments.
الموسيقى والطبيعة
بواسطة السيد بيتر نعمه
تأثير الموسيقى على الأفراد والمجتمع. أنواع الأخشاب التي تستعمل في صناعة آلات Peter’s الموسيقية.

 5:00PM - 6:00PM 

The Buzz about Bees

by El-Obeid Dany, PhD
Few people know the true concepts about honey bees. This presentation is about the life of the Honeybees considered as, secret, enjoyable and sweet.
نحل العسل المعجزة
بواسطة د. داني العبيد
الحديث حول نحل العسل. جولة مُصورة تحملنا إلى عالم النحل السري المُمتع والحلو.
يتخلل اللقاء مداخلة خاصة للأستاذ عبد الناصر المصري حول الأزهار البرية العاسلة.

 7:00PM - 9:00PM 

Libanoticum Photo-Shooting Competition Awarding Ceremony (The Gallery)

احتفال توزيع جوائز مسابقة التصوير (في الصالة)

 GreenHand Libanoticum Ride 

Prior to the festival, GreenHand is collaborating with Beirut by Bike and organizing a biking event to conserve the Lebanese flora, on October 2 at 8:00PM starting from Waterfront.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An Artist from Lebanon: Maria Bakkalian

Maria Bakkalian is a Graphic Design student at the Lebanese University. We met her earlier in the animation workshop that Alaa Kabalan hosted. She has just started a Facebook page, and we would like to encourage this young Armenian Lebanese talent. Check out her drawings and other artwork and follow her.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ramadan 2014: A Selection of Creative Inspirations

رمضان ٢٠١٤: افكار وتصاميم مبدعة

First, Ramadan Kareem dear reader. We wish you all the blessings for this holy month.
أولاً، رمضان كريم! نتمنّى لكم شهراً مباركاً

مخطوطة رمضان من تصميم حليمة أحمد

We collected a few exceptional designs celebrating or inspired by Ramadan. This post might not include your work, but please feel free to share your designs, illustrations or any creative artworks related to this occasion. If we like them, and we sure will, we share them with our followers on 247square's different social media platforms (Facebook, twitter, google plus…)
قمنا بجمع تصاميم مميزة مستوحاة من شهر رمضان. لربما لم نشمل عمل من أعمالك، لكن يسرنا أن نضطلع على تصاميمك، رسوماتك أو أي عمل مبدع من وحي هذا شهر رمضان الفضيل. ان احببناها، سنشاركها مع متتبعينا على صفاحات ساحة ٢٤٧ التواصلية الاجتماعية

Arabic Calligraphy خط عربي

designer (المصمّم):

Khawar Bilal (خوار بلال)

client (الزبون):

Wataniya Telecom, Kuwait - اوريدو للاتصالات

مبارك عليكم الشهر

عساكم من عوادة

في الحياة عطاء

Iftar Serving Container وعاء للافطار

designer (المصمم):

افطار شهي - Delicious Iftar

This container is designed of the phrase "Iftar Shahee" that translates to "Delicious Iftar" written in Arabic calligraphy.
الوعاء مصمم من الجملة "افطار شهي" بالخط العربي

Ramadan Kareem Tray (صينية رمضان كريم)

designer (المصمم):

KashidaDesign - كشيدة

صينية رمضان كريم - Ramadan Kareem tray

The handles of this tray are designed using Arabic Diwani reading Ramadan Kareem in the shape of the crescent.
صممت جملة رمضان كريم من الخط الديواني على شكل هلال

Sadaka Taşı Ramadan Campaign

designer (المصمم):

Fatih Öztürk

This campaign asks to help the hungry and poor.
هذه حملة تدعو إلى مساعدة المحتاجين

A Ramadan Calendar

designer (المصمم):

Haya Design

Ramadan Calendar

They designed an A4 printable calendar of the holy month with iftar & sohour timing for the following areas: Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Khobar, AbuDhabi. Email them here to get your copy | #hayacalendar
صمم دار التصميم هيا تقويم للشهر الكريم مع أوقات الافطار والسحور للمناطق التالية: دبي، جدة، الرياض، خبر، ابوظبي. ارسل لهم بريد الكتروني على للحصول على نسختك القابلة للنسخ

Ramadan with Patterns

designer (المصمم):

Maece Seirafi

This is a #typographic illustration of the word Ramadan in Arabic incorporating the stipple technique and pattern-making used for tattoos.

Ramadan Greeting

designer (المصمم):

رمضان كريم وعساكم من عواده

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