28.2.11

Kahn + Selesnick's imaginings of future selves...












http://synapticstimuli.com/exoplanetary/, via Reality Sandwich

Kahn + Selesnick's blog can be found here: http://kahnselesnick.tumblr.com/

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25.2.11

The Depero Museum

The Depero Museum in Trento, Italy holds over 3000 objects which were gifted to the city by the Futurist artist/designer in 1957. Fortunato Depero's work (1892-1960) covers a broad range of art and design disciplines, ranging from stage/costume design, to furniture to graphic design. Designboom visited the museum and has put a substantial image collection on their excellent blog:

Images below show costume design for 1920s avant-garde theatre/performance (top); a display stand for Campari from 1926 (middle); and furniture design (bottom).




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Jan Meemelink: Botanical Prints

Index for over 4.500 flower and fruit prints, each with an extensive description and illustration, arranged by plant family:



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Container List

A rich blog maintained by the Milton Glaser Design Study Center, featuring weekly graphics and ephemera from the design archives at the School of Visual Arts. Excellent resource including several important collections such as Steve Heller's. Not only Milton Glaser's output but the whole epoch, including the output of the likes of Seymour Chwast and Ivan Chermayeff is represented:
http://containerlist.glaserarchives.org/

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22.2.11

The Voynich Manuscript

This is a handwritten book thought to have been authored in the early 15th century. It consists of 240 pages, most of them with illustrations. The author, script, and the language remain unknown and thus it has also been described as the world’s most mysterious manuscript.

Below are two pages showing botanical illustrations. The full book can be viewed here: http://voynichcentral.com/gallery/



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17.2.11

From 1887: "Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 1, Issue 1"

Brilliant! A page by page archive of a typographic journal/resource published in 1887 in New Zealand, edited by a Mr. Robert Coupland Harding (1849–1916), is available at the New Zealand Electronic Text Center. All of the original and unabridged text in html format, and then each page has a huge sized jpeg image such as the one linked from below, so please be sure to click on the tiny thumbnails on the top left:


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16.2.11

Map Typography from the early 20th Century

A selection of images from the blogpost entitled Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Typography published on the BibliOdyssey blog earlier this week in which title pages, headings and letterforms of maps issued between 1880 and 1920 by the Sanborn company are shown. The images below are from the Virginia map from October 1907 (top); the South Carolina map from June 1919 (middle); and the Washington DC map from1903 (bottom).




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Medieval Christian Book Bindings from the Walters Art Museum

Beautiful online exhibitions from the collection of the Walter Art Museum in Baltimore can be found here: http://thewalters.org/

I found these Christian Medieval book bindings in their rare manuscripts collection. Below, from the top is the cover of a bible of which the artist is William de Brailes (English, active ca. 1230), and the binder is Léon Gruel (French, 1841-1923) (top); a gospel created by T'oros Roslin (Armenian, active 1256-1268) (middle); and the cover of the The Mondsee Gospels by Othlon of Regensburg (German, active ca. 1030-ca. 1050).




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13.2.11

Apothecary Pharaphernalia

Not much need for a lot of words...

More of these can be seen on an auction page at Antique Helper.




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11.2.11

Non-Lorem Ipsum Text Generators

Here are a few great little alternatives for dummy text which you may wish to check out - if (like me) you are tired of using boring old Lorem Ipsum all the time:
http://johno.jsmf.net/knowhow/ngrams/index.php
http://www.malevole.com/mv/misc/text/
http://www.blindtextgenerator.com/lorem-ipsum
http://www.adhesiontext.com/
http://www.dummytextgenerator.com/
http://www.lorizzle.nl/

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Bembo...

... is the name of the typeface which Francesco Griffo, working for the Aldine Press under Aldus Manutius, cut for Venetian scholar Cardinal Pietro Bembo in 1495.


One of the noteworthy things about Bembo is the  fascination which contemporary graphic designers show for this 500+ year old typeface. Below are an anonymous poster based upon Bembo (top), "Bembo Type Work" by *Xantiel (middle), and "Font Poster" by creativespirit18 (bottom); all found on a forum thread of ultrabold.net.




And of course no post on the influences of Bembo on contemporary graphic design would ever be complete without a link to that utter delight Bembo's Zoo:


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U.S. Panoramic Maps

The Panoramic Map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are non-photographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective.

Below are three beauties from the website of the U.S. Historical Archive. The two above show St. Louis, Missouri from 1884 and 1848, while the one below shows Exeter, New Hampshire from the year 1896.




And then below is another really great one, depicting San Francisco in the year 1860, which I found on a very nice site called Historic Maps Restored.


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7.2.11

The Kelmscott Press

William Morris established the Kelmscott Press at Hammersmith in January 1891. Between then and 1898, the press produced 53 books (totalling some 18,000 copies). Kelmscott was the culmination of Morris's life as a craftsman in many diverse fields. He set out to prove that the high standards of the past could be repeated - even surpassed - in the present. The books Morris produced were therefore medieval in design, modelled on the incunabula of the fifteenth century.

Below are the title-page & opening from Rossetti's "Ballads and Narrative Poems", published in 1893 (top); the end of the preface and opening of "The Nature of Gothic", published in 1892 (middle); and the opening from "The History of Godefrey of Boulogne", published in 1893 (bottom).




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6.2.11

ECM Music

Founded by producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, ECM has issued over a thousand albums spanning many idioms, including standard-setting jazz recordings by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others:

Importantly, for the field of graphic design Ecm has also pursued a consistent visual language based upon an interpretation of Swiss Style in its album covers. Very clean typography, often coupled with very beautiful , minimalistic photographs... Unfortunately the ECM site shows only small thumbnails. However a google image search will give you nice results, 4 of which I have linked to here:




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5.2.11

Tigre Milena's "Virtual" Victoriana

Tigre Milena, aka. Doni Parlanti is a high powered professional in a field completely unrelated to Victorian fairy tales.

In her "other" life Tigre is an avatar in the virtual world of Second Life®, where she shows skills and talents which have nothing whatsoever to do with the demands of her "Real Life" job: Tigre sets up complex scenes (which are actually lived-in locations within her own virtual home), populated with the costumed avatars of her close friends as well as her own "alt" avatars. She then takes virtual photographs of these scenes and proceeds to re-create them as 19th century inspired illustrations, which she does in fact "dedicate to all the great Victorian illustrators of children's books". The outcome is simply stunning, as the images below will show. Small wonder, since before all else Tigre holds a degree in arts and crafts. Since Tigre does not have a dedicated domain for these beauties I am going to link all of the series to here:



"Bedtime Tales"



"Where's the cheese?"



"Charades" (inspired by the book Vanity Fair (1848) by William Makepeace Thackeray)



"A scrub in the tub"

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4.2.11

David Trautrimas


David Trautrimas takes the components of familiar household appliances and transforms them into ironic/iconic architectural landscape paintings such as top secret Cold War era military outposts or residential building sites. The images below are "Micro Re-Instigator" from the The Spyfrost series (top), "The Fishing Complex" (middle) and the "Coffee Pot Towers" (bottom) from the Habitat series.




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The Visual Telling of Stories

http://www.fulltable.com/CA/index.htm: Fabulous resource on mid 20th century living, told through all kinds of visual material, mostly advertisements and editorial design. Here is what Chris Mullen has to say about his own site:

"Welcome to Chris Mullen's website, The Visual Telling of Stories. You can go to the main gate or shuffle about in the Samplers till you get some hang of the place. It was started in 1996. Material is added every day. It is far bigger than you could ever imagine. I don't blame you for backing out, with a polite cough. I'll never know."

And this is no exaggeration at all - the place is huge! But nonetheless nicely manageable through a clear menu which is separated into well defined categories, which will take you to wonders such as these:



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3.2.11

Musical Ephemera

Schubertiade Music deals in musical autographs, antiquarian music, music books, prints, photographs & paintings of musical interest, and rare musical ephemera. The collection covers a range from Dadaist concert posters designed by Tristan Tzara, to autographed score sheets by composers throughout the ages from Beethoven to Bing Crosby, to signed photographs of the likes of Fred Astaire and Josephine Baker.

Unfortunately the images provided are not of the greatest quality and their previews on the site are on the small side. (Note: the images are actually much larger, so make sure you right click on what you see in the pop up widow and "view" the actual image). This said, it is a great specialty collection which is well worth checking out.

The images below are the cover of the score sheet of Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata from 1806 (top); a primer of braille music by Edward Jenkins from 1956 (middle); and the cover page of a 3 page stapled typed plan to "Lose Weight The 'Satchmo' Way" by Lucille Armstrong, compiled for Louis Armstrong, from 1970-71 (bottom).




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Fashion Art by Daniel Widrig

Daniel Widrig studied architecture in Germany and the UK. After graduating from the Architectural Association in London with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism in 2006 , he joined Zaha Hadid Architects where he worked on several major international projects. Since establishing his own studio in London, Widrig has been working on architectural concepts, products, objects and experimental furniture editions. His work has won several awards such as the FEIDAD Merit Award 2006, the Swiss Arts Award 2007. In 2008 Daniel Widrig won the Rome Prize. He is currently artist in residence at the German Academy, Villa Massimo in Rome.

Below are a few examples of Widrig's investigation into fashion art. The two images above are from the Escapism series (2010/11), shown at the Paris Fashion Week with Iris van Herpen and MGX. The image on the bottom is from the Crystallization series (2010) shown at the Amsterdam Fashion Week, again with Iris Van Herpen and .MGX.




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