29.3.11

Victorian shoe


I found this here: http://hubpages.com/hub/vintage-victorian-flowers-and-fruit, to where I was directed to from here: http://wordplayblog.com/. Rather nice pages for Victoriana, so I am thinking that they will be good things to share.

I added the dark background, however you can find the original illustration here.

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27.3.11

Roberto Capucci

Despite a sparkling career Roberto Capucci withdrew from the world of haute couture in 1980 to follow his own path, which seems to have included creating a foundation for the promotion of apparel-art as well as staging annual fashion-art shows in various locations around the world, in "any city that will welcome me" as he says...









Read more about Roberto Capucci here.

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Swiss poster collection

The database maintained by the Swiss government is enormous, although I cannot say that it is altogether user friendly. Basically you have to know exactly what it is that you are looking for. Nonetheless, definitely well worth a visit.

Below are two posters linked from there: Armin Hoffmann (top), Ralph Schraivogel (bottom)



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The Rosetta Stone

Soldiers in Napoleon's army discovered the Rosetta Stone in 1799 while digging the foundations of an addition to a fort near the town of el-Rashid (Rosetta). On Napoleon's defeat, the stone became the property of the British under the terms of the Treaty of Alexandria (1801) along with other antiquities that the French had found. The Rosetta Stone has been exhibited in the British Museum since 1802, with only one break. Towards the end of the First World War, in 1917, when the Museum was concerned about heavy bombing in London, they moved it to safety along with other, portable, 'important' objects. The Rosetta Stone spent the next two years in a station on the Postal Tube Railway 50 feet below the ground at Holborn.


A valuable key to the decipherment of hieroglyphs, the inscription on the Rosetta Stone is a decree passed by a council of priests. It is one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation. The decree is inscribed on the stone three times, in hieroglyphic (suitable for a priestly decree), demotic (the native script used for daily purposes), and Greek (the language of the administration). The importance of this to Egyptology is, of course, immense.

More on the stone can be read on the British Museum's page here >>>



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20.3.11

Audubon's "Birds of America"



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Only two of the full collection found on wikimedia:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_America

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14.3.11

easy peasy design...

My apologies for having neglected this blog over the past few weeks. The reason is here:

For the past 2 years I have been teaching a web design class during the Spring semester. This is a course which a lot of non-design majors, particularly from our Faculty of Engineering, take together with our Visual Communication Design majors. In fact, usually the percentages go much in favor of non-designers. Last year I made small online tutorials for them, which are also linked to this blog somewhere. This year I decided to take things a bit further and started a full blown dedicated blog, where I am giving them tips, showing them resources, even some tutorials and such. 

I am having a really great time with the new domain -  which does not mean that I forgot all about this one. I will certainly come back to it. However, for now my blogging energies are focused there more than here and I hope that you will go and visit this new one also.

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