douglas wilson

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

making a car out of cake!

Found this a few days ago - such an amazing and lovely advert for a car!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

simple & brilliant!


The colour of every flag of every country in a mathmatical pie chart. Really a simple and great idea.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday Fantastic.


You must visit the British National Archives of public information films. Simply fantastic - especially the 1940's through the 1960's.

Also, two great articles about Super Sonic Airliners and amazing Communist Gothic: Architecture by Yakov Chernikhov.

And finally, the best and most understandable discription of the rules of cricket ever. Using pies. Seriously.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Probably the coolest thing ever!

Art Links from Design Observer...


Two beautiful pieces by English artist Antony Gormley. Here and here. Allison and I saw the piece with the massive wings driving somewhere in England - we didn't know what it was, so it is neat to finally place it in context.

Also, someone just paid $72.8 MILLION for a Rothko painting - amazing.

And, whether or not Andreas Gursky is out of ideas really doesn't matter to me - his work still impresses me.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

rainy afternoon happiness = whimsy and colour


You must check out the work of Miroslav Sasek - an amazing Czech illustrator that did the great "This is..." childrens book series. His whimsical illustrations are some of my most favourite of all mid-century illustrators. Also, having visited many of these cities, it is a wonderful way to remember them - even if I wasn't there in the 1960's.

If (or when) I find out that we are having a child, I will buy every book in this series.

See:

This is.. on Wiki
His official website
And one more...

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

hand dryers and the internet - together at last...

Thanks to my good friend Frank Chimero I have been made aware of a bit of "blog activity" (I still think blogs are quite silly) about my Hand Dryers.

Click away.

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And Frank also directed me to this.

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An on-going list...

(I hope this doesn't make me seem too greedy)

I wish that graphic design was easier to explain to my mother.
I wish that more Americans traveled internationally.
I wish that I traveled more internationally.
I wish I had more bookshelves.
I wish that I had a garden this year.
I wish the air conditioning worked in my Volvo.
I wish that politics were less political.
I wish that more parks were created in more cities.
I wish there were more hours in the day.
I wish more people cared about more than themselves.
I wish I was better at playing the banjo.
I wish to visit Antarctica some day.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The histories of people I've never met...


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Originally uploaded by onpaperwings.
I have been collecting old slides from estate auctions and flea markets for years and finally, this past weekend, I amassed them all into a collection. Some of the best are on my Flickr account.

These images are so fascinating to me. They are from another life - a life that has all but been forgotten and the memories purchased by me for a few dollars. I find it strange that photographs are so easily disgarded. I would like to think that someone cares about these people and they want to remember them. But, it also makes me think about how cyclical life is - and maybe one day someone will find photos of me and think "I wonder what kind of life this person had?"

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In 24 hours...


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Originally uploaded by onpaperwings.
I have always been amazed at the fact that 24 hours from now I could be walking the streets of Tokyo. Or sitting in the Sydney Opera House watching a performance. Or viewing works of art at the Louvre.

International travel is much easier than most people think. I used to think that Tokyo was beyond my reach - but it certainly is not. Yes, this takes money, but not as much as people think.

Save your money and I hope to see you in Tokyo some day soon.

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