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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Frederic Goudy

Frederic Goudy - you may not know his name, but you have probably used a typeface (or "font") designed by him. In his lifetime, he created over 110 typefaces and is the grandfather of 20th century type. Here is a nice 1942 Popular Science article about him.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Historical Photos are always fascinating to me.

Amazing photos of the flood of 1910 in Paris.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Everything old is new again.

A great series of the Walls of China. Where was this series found? Polar Inertia, of course.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Something to think about...

Found this interesting map of the States renamed with countries with similar Gross Domestic Products. I have seen more beautiful maps, but this one really makes you think about what GDP stands for and what share the US has in the world economy.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Look Book

A great little feature on New York Magazine - The Look Book. Every week a simple portrait, a short interview, and, for a midwestern boy like myself, a fascinating view of people that I will probably never meet.

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World War II Posters

Northwestern University has a great collection of over 300 World War II posters mainly used as propaganda during the war years.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Color photos before color photos were invented!

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii invented a clever camera that shot three black and white negatives through red, green, and blue filters in rapid succession. While there was no way to create a color photographic print at the time, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii developed a triple projector that would project the three transparent plates through red, green, and blue filters to reconstruct the color view. The images show a fascinating view of Russia at the dawn of the 20th century.

Here is another link to a ton of his images. Amazing.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A view of Beijing - a city of confusion & wonder

Colors Magazine features the city of Beijing, China - one of the most fascinating cities I have ever visited.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Yet another folding furniture video...

I know very little about product design, but I know about living in a small apartment and this folding chair and table would work quite nicely.

Maybe we could even get the awkward European guy to come live with us and unfold the furniture for us...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Why am I not this smart?

An entire music video illustrated with dice.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Let the fun begin!

Do you like Google?
Do you like Google Image Search?
Do you like images made out of text?
Then you will love this!


Somethings are so simple...

...that you want to punch yourself in the face.
This is one of those things.


Friday, June 1, 2007

Amazing Architectural Supermarkets

Okay, why can't supermarkets here in the States be like this? Seriously.

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$100 Million anyone?

Damien Hirst has revealed his latest work entitled "For the Love of God" today. It is a human skull encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. It is for sale for 50 Million Pounds (about $100 Million USD). If nothing else, he can make the news...

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