The Year's Recap: Top 20 Posts On UrbanPeek in 2012

The Year’s Recap: Top 20 Posts On UrbanPeek in 2012

2012 was a sensational year on UrbanPeek and it all comes down to some of the most extraordinary work of creative designers, photographers and artists as well as the tech innovations, concepts and analysts reports featured here weekly. To sum up an amazing 12 months, here are some of the most popular posts our readers showed great passion for sharing and spreading this year. Enjoy!

1. What Happens in Bookstores at Night [VIDEO]

January 11, 2012 - Sean Ohlenkamp and wife Lisa, after organizing their own bookshelf at home, they re-gathered their efforts for Type Bookstore in Toronto, Canada. They spent sleepless nights of animating books with a crew of over 20 people. The creation resulted in Joy of Books, with music produced especially for the short film by Grayson Matthews. The animation is definitely the perfect marketing for the Canadian bookshop. Watch the video


2. The World on a Water Drop by Markus Reugels

January 21, 2012 - Representing a live example of experimental photography taking a leap forward with creations as Liquid Art by Markus Reugels, by capturing liquids in motion, he produces amazingly artistic images showing-off the physics of the material. Part of his photography series, called Refractions creates images reflected on drops of water.


3. The Result of Thousands of Stickers Given to Thousands of Kids

January 12, 2012 - Yayoi Kusama’s legendary installation, Obliteration Room, where thousands of children were given colorful stickers and unbridled freedom in a stark white room… More photos


4. Luminarie De Cagna’s Cathedral of Light Made From 55,000 LEDs

February 4, 2012 – 55,000 LED lights is what it took to build this breathtaking cathedral at the Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Created by Luminarie De Cagna, the building is entirely established out of LEDs, adding to the town of Belfortstraat a glowing psychedelic aura. The result is arguably beautiful enough to make anybody impressed. More photos


5. The Scale of the Universe – from Micro to Colossal by Cary Huang [An Interactive Flash]

March 25, 2012 – The Scale of the Universe in an inspiring interactive animation by Cary Huang, displaying an entertaining and detailed comparison between different creatures and objects that exists within our universe. Try it yourself! Press Start, wait shortly for it load, use the right/ left scroll bar for zooming in and out, and click on any object for some brief info, Enjoy the knowledge!


6. A Sweet Time-Lapse Video of Lisbon, Portugal by José Costa Barbosa

March 23, 2012 – Photographer, director and editor José Costa Barbosa made this heart-warming time-lapse video of Lisbon, Portugal, showing a corner of Europe many of us might not be familiar with. Watch the video


7. The All-Villas Reethi Rah Resort in Maldives by One&Only

March 7, 2012 – The Indian Ocean has always acted as a heat buffer, absorbing, storing, and slowly releasing the tropical heat that creates the amazing weather The Maldives have, making it one of the top tourism destinations for traveler seeking ocean-side privacy and warmth. Today we’re featuring a photo gallery of one of the most breathtaking resorts, that blends the optimum weather, beaches, exclusivity and luxury, The Reethi Rah Resort located on the largest island of North Malé Atoll, Maldives. The full gallery


8. Top 10 World’s Richest Countries in 2012

March 9, 2012 – Forbes magazine published an article recently on the richest 15 countries in the world and the surprise was that on top of this list is the Arab state of Qatar. Qatar topped a list that classifies countries on the basis of per capita gross domestic product, where the annual per capita income in it exceeds 88 Thousand  Dollars. Read more


9. Astronaut Andre Kuipers Shares Stunning Images of Earth from Space

April 11, 2012 – In space, 28,000 km/h, 400 km above Earth, Dutch astronaut and physician Andre Kuipers is currently on a 191-days research mission at the International Space Station. Lately, he’s been sharing with the world some of the most amazing views of our beloved home planet up from his perspective. Don’t feel surprised to know that the breathtaking imagery is shot using only his Nikon D3S and not a sophisticated satellite photo-snapping device. The spectacular views of the universe’s constant activity and the spectrum of colors it offers is absolutely magnificent. Full gallery


10. A Bug on A Bike by Tustel Ico

April 9, 2012 – Photographer Tustel Ico of Borneo, Indonesia, captured a brilliant macro shot of a Praying Mantis sitting on two budding leaves which made it look like a bicycle ride. Just amazing! Full size image


11. Dubai’s Fog makes a Skyscraper City in the Clouds

April 19, 2012 – Over the past decade, Dubai‘s Skyline has quickly developed to be one of the most iconic in the world, featuring the highest skyscraper on the planet, the Burj Khalifa at 828 meters (2700 feet) high.  Twice a year, the city gets a thick layer of fog, in March and September, during season change. The moisture in the morning cools and the fog start to appear with the towers of the city penetrating the carpet of fog. British developer Ian Powell, from Brighton, has been able to use his work site visits to take amazing pictures of the skyline over the last eight years. Full gallery


12. Instagram Socialmatic Hardware Camera Concept by ADR Studio

May 8, 2012 – Over the past 2 years Instagram, a smartphone-based application, has gained extreme popularity as a photo-sharing service that adds a little vintage touch to the users images and publishes them online in a community that has already reached a whopping 50 million users… Concept gallery


13. Project “Blow Job” by Lithuanian Photographer Tadao Cern

May 17, 2012 – Have you ever stuck your head out of the car window as a kid to get the roller-coaster-like feel of winds blowing through your teeth and gums?! I’m sure you’ve enjoyed it at least once. Lithuanian photographer and artist Tadao Cern decided to recreate the look of peoples faces enduring gale-force winds through this hilarious photo-shoot entitled, Blow Job. Full gallery


14. The Unique Toys of Child’s Own Studio

May 26, 2012 – Wendy Tsao, a talented lady from Vancouver, BC, came out with an outstanding idea of turning drawings of kids into real toys using the child’s own imagination. The result overcame any expectations. Full gallery


15. 40 Images from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

July 20, 2012 – The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest for 2012. gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Full gallery


16. How Information Overload is Negatively Impacting our Brains [infographic]

August 5, 2012 – From your personal computer to your smart phone and tablet, most people do not recognize the importance of just switching off anything digital and taking a break! This excellent infographic by shows how acutely information overload affects productivity. Full Infographic


17. A Heartwarming Time-Lapse Video of Egypt’s Beautiful Alexandria

September 30, 2012 – Egypt-based photographer, director and editor Abd El Rahman Gabr, of Koree Films, has teamed up with photographer Mohamed Chehimi to create this heart-warming time-lapse video of Alexandria, Egypt‘s 2nd largest city. Watch video


18. 10 Most Hated Cities in the World

September 2, 2012 – The following cities within the countdown are not hated for being the worst cities in the world – as a mater of fact, a couple of them are ranked as the most livable – it’s because they’re the most bugging and annoying cities to visitors according to a survey underwent by CNNgo. Read more


19. Unbelievably Realistic Pencil Drawings of Sparkling Eyes

September 30, 2012 – This jaw-dropping talent of pencil sketching of the Eye, overtook my attention with the determination it took to reach such a level of detail and accuracy. More here


20. 20 Insane Perspective Shots Taken With The Awesome GoPro Camera

October 21, 2012 – GoPro, the notorious, small, wearable, waterproof and shockproof camera, built specifically for extreme sports athletes and fans. Founded by Nick Woodman, he was inspired to start a company dedicated to adventure photography after a 2002 surfing trip to Australia. More info & photos


Thank you so much for stopping by Urbanpeek and making this year our first big one in our blog’s 18 months of age, some huge things are coming in 2013 and we can’t wait to share them with you. To make sure you don’t miss anything be sure to follow UrbanPeek on Facebook and Twitter. Happy New Year!

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