Lately, art history majors have become something of a pop culture punching bag. Not only has the phrase become short-hand for “unemployable in today’s economy," they’ve also been ridiculed by President Barack Obama on national television. But will the gentle art of aesthetic study finally get the last laugh?

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Werner Herzog Motivational Posters are the Best Thing on the Internet

The director with a cult following gets a tribute fit for guidance counselor office walls

Looking for a little inspiration this afternoon, but don’t actually want to be uplifted? Well, then get a boost from the solemn Teutonic prose of legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog via the genius Tumblr project Herzog Inspirationals. Take comfort and advice from the man for whom getting shot in the gut was NBD as you learn about the humble simplicity of the chicken or the inner life of birds.

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7 Essential Ways You Can Help Women Now

Marches and donations to Planned Parenthood are just the beginning.

Photo of the 2017 Women's March by Amandalynn Jones/Wikimedia Commons.

Women from nations from all over the world gathered over the weekend for the 2018 Women’s March.

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LA’s Old Billboards Get A Second Life as Sick Surfboard Bags

A new campaign by RAREFORM and Lamar Advertising called Art Lives taps iconic graphic design Milton Glaser for a series of upcycled goods.

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Do you ever wonder “where do all the lonely, no longer relevant, billboards go?” Well, rather than the dumpster, several are now being repurposed into surfboard bags, hand bags, and other accessories—and it’s all for a great cause. Recently, RAREFORM, a Santa Monica-based company that repurposes billboards into bags and accessories, partnered with Lamar Advertising Company, the nation’s largest billboard advertising company, to launch #ArtLives – an Artist Series. The project is a fun and quirky sustainability campaign meant to give commercial art works a second life as your new favorite accessory.

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China’s Sprouting Headwear Trend is a Goofy-Fun Way to Raise Environmental Awareness

The newest craze to take China by storm has a distinctly natural feel.

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Just as the western world prepares for the great withering of fall, in China a new nature-inspired trend has quite literally popped up. As the Times reports, a fairly new practice of inserting sprouts, vegetables, fruits, flowers, and all kinds of organic (and non-organic) ephemera has become all the rage—and is designed to make people’s heads look like vegetable gardens. “It’s fun, but I guess it’s also about protecting the environment, to show that you care about nature,” says street vendor Mao Wenli, 50, who the Times caught up with in downtown Beijing.

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A Floating Garden Blooms On NYC’s Most Toxic Waterway

A new design project on the Gowanus Canal promises to clean water and pave the way for NYC’s floating future.

The Gowanus Canal is one of the country’s most infamous superfund sites, a label designated to hazardous areas requiring long-term and extensive clean-up. Balmori Associates, an NYC-based design firm, is one of the precious few to see potential in the notoriously polluted waterway. Recently they designed, fabricated and launched a floating landscape called GrowOnUs, meant to produce food and filter pollution.

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