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Rise of the Mashup

A constantly recurring theme I'm seeing in viral design work is the idea of mashups. You know, taking 2 unrelated things and putting them together for fun and mischief. Mashups seem to have many elements that appeal to our senses: The unexpected, humorous situations, cult classics and nostalgia. I've already seen a few mashups come across as ideas for ds106 assignments and I think that's great. It causes us to stretch, think outside the box, and create a new visual story for items and ideas that have already existed in our culture. Here are some of the more compelling mashups I've come across recently:

Daniel Polovoy's Photo Collages

#### Star Wars meets The Princess Bride

#### Sci-Fi Children's Books

#### Iron Pooh

#### NES Electric Guitar

Perhaps I'll need to just start challenging myself to take two or more ordinary things and make something amazing with them.