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One of the most universally recognisable symbols of our time, loved by everyone from ravers to Fatboy Slim to a whole world of texters, and everyone in-between, the sunny yellow smiley face burst onto the scene in the early 60s designed as a motivational tool in an insurance company, of all places. Fast forward to the 90s, a time of great cultural change, which in turn generated a wave of new trends and symbols. Did the smiley face make the cut into its 4th decade? And just how popular were smiley faces in the 90s? Let's take a look.  THE ORIGINS OF THE SMILEY FACE Having been around since 1963, the smiley was created by graphic artist Harvey Ball. He...

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Street art is a powerful, albeit sometimes illegal, creative form of public expression that has been around for centuries. It’s an in-your-face, immediate way for an artist to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas to a wide audience. Street art appears in many forms, from graffiti to murals, and it has become an important part of urban culture. Many cities have dedicated street art areas and competition for wall space in such areas can be intense. One notable example being Wynwood Walls in Miami.  But what exactly defines street art?  THE ORIGINS OF STREET ART Street art has its roots in graffiti, one definition of which being: writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place...

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