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Tuesday, August 19, 2003
An archive of street art stencils, via dublog. Ruavista Magazine, 'Signs of the City', has extended visual essays on urban graphic representation around the world: billboards, graffiti, signage, etc. Visit Cairo, São Paulo and more. Talking of street art, Nissan recently ran a US poster campaign that appeared to be slathered in graffiti (images here, courtesy of Wooster Collective). The 'tagged' URL points to Electricmoyo.com, which is, guess what, a Nissan corporate site dolled up with layers of trendy graphics. Rob Walker's Slate article, 'Nissan's Game of Tag', reveals all: the 'doctored' posters trail an upcoming series of poetry readings and performance, sponsored by Nissan, naturally, as a way of bolstering their brand's underlying 'philosophy'.

Unsurprisingly, one doesn't really learn a lot from the website, either about the readings, or about Nissan. I longed for a nice simple specifications page, or a thirty word summary describing exactly what's going on, and where. Being a brand-building exercise, it doesn’t even seem like there’s a car to sell at all, which is a shame. After all, the presence of the word 'electric' in the URL makes anyone with an interest in automobiles sit up and take note. Vaguely related. Toyota are apparently thinking about building the Lexus concept car that appeared in the film Minority Report. Try out the Lexus Minority Report experience.

More futures. The Boeing 2707 was America's Concorde, an almost forgotten supersonic transport (SST) that went one better than both the original and the Tupolev Tu-144 by being bigger and faster. More information (and many links) on the 2707, the result of a program announced by Kennedy in 1963 and eventually abandoned, like so many things, in the 70s (you could even buy a plastic kit of the design). We're heartened to discover a site called Unreal Aircraft (read their take on the 2707): sections include 'Roadable Aircraft', twin fuselage planes and lost classics (more aviation white elephants). As a special treat, we've scanned our only picture of the Boeing 2707, comparing it with its supersonic siblings. Practically every day I hear Concorde powering over the skies of South London, and reach for my camera in the hope of catching an elegiac image (I'm thinking Wolfgang Tillmans here) before it's gone for good, some time next month. And every time I remember to do this just a few seconds too late.

Design things. We like the Mazellaneous book shelf at Elseware / Butter's Art Vending Machine / Gaffa Design links to various portfolio sites: in-duce, 21 inch, si-ste-ma and nicedotome / Hosenpants, a weblog / Apothecary’s Drawer, a weblog that is right up our street: 'an eclectic look at interesting science, arts, and culture sites' / Dutch firm What Architecture have an elegant site / art projects at Art-e-zine, featuring embroidery, altered books (courtesy of artist Jeanette Janson), personal journals, many pages of vintage images and much, much more. Recommended.

More blackout pics at Gothamist, an excellent photo series by John Wehr and various blackout related things at Gawker (who reminded us of this seminal Times Square panorama). And that’s enough about the blackout.

Several fair trade links: Fair Trade Federation, Subsidies Kill, Make Trade Fair, inspired by KickAAS, Kick All Agricultural Subsidies, a new campaigning weblog launched by the Guardian.

Did we mention the RV revival? A new book looks at Mobile America, and we recommend both this slide show at Slate and our own contribution, Tom Bentley's recent story on the Airstream caravan.