The news that Penguin is planning to relaunch the Pelican imprint will doubtless have many book designers salivating. In the past decade, boosted by Phil Baines’ excellent Penguin by Design, the company has embraced its position as both design icon and leading commissioner of new work. Today, it’s all Pinterested up, fully tapped into the digital stream of imagery and reflecting the micro-trends in visual style and retro graphics. Our very Pelican Project will hopefully survive to inspire.
Dark Art: Spectacular Illusions from the Golden Age of Magic, the story and imagery of tricks from the collection of Zack Coutroulis / what feels like hour after hour of Transformers transforming / Toilets, a photography project by Agnes Sanvito / Heather David, a flickr page, Classic Film, a flickr page / Art Crazed, a fantastic flickr page / photography by Erik Wahlstrom / The Urba Car Story.
More Russian urban exploration / ‘Nothing here will come to pass’: we like this repurposed imagery from the NY World’s Fair of 1964 / OH’s Urban Trawl on ‘Poundbury’s Hidden Reverse‘, a review of Albert Speer – Architecture 1932-1942. ‘Krier’s project at its root is to both de-Nazify classicism and Nazify modernism’.
Art Skool Damage, a weblog about pop culture, art, etc. / Dita von Teese talks about collecting cars, hats and lingerie / a tumble of tumblrs: Swedes in Stockholm; Aesthetic Flow; MidCentury Morbid; 21st Century Relics; Aliquippa; The Importance of Being Modernist; Surplus Plus (we especially like their Shorpy Photoshop fights).
Ian Martin, always worth a read, writing on the ‘new’ British city. ‘This ‘urban vibrancy’ is really social cleansing‘. What does a real community sound like? ‘Not a gurning ukulele ensemble doing a version of You Got the Love in a pop-up Great British Bake Off tent behind a Michelin-starred gastropub, you doughnut.’ / sort of related, Skatepark row sinks Southbank redevelopment / the big stuff: Architectural Metabolism, a weblog / see also: the 25 greatest architectural photographers working right now, a click-baity list that somehow includes Moby and the manipulations (i.e. art) of Victor Enrich but omits countless others (David Grandorge, Sue Barr, Edmund Sumner, Filip Dujardin, Sergio Pirrone, Valentin Jeck, Joel Tettamanti, etc. etc. etc.) / related, A subjective atlas of modern architecture, the amazing architectural archive of (included) photographer Nicolas Grospierre.
Crap Paint Jobs, photographs by Louis Porter over at Picdit. Incidentally, Porter’s Mirror of the World project pre-dates Eric Oglander’s Craigslistmirrors project by quite some time. Porter’s site is full of small observations, built up into large scale works. Some samples: 101 John Smiths; Bad Driving; Rupture and Repair; Newport Power Station; Unknown Land. Recommended / related: Cura Magazine, perfectly pitched at modern creative sensibilities.
‘He likes tea. With lots of Manuka honey. A lot of honey.’ Things we learned about Prince / True Facts that Sound False / Jay Leno commissions retro-looking scooters: the Decopods / a blizzard of historical Citroen imagery over at The Culture Engine / The High Life, paintings by Yvonne Jacquette on show at tmn
Auto Aerobics, a project by Chris Labrooy (via Phaidon) / cinegaze, a blog dedicated to Australian Cinema and Television / This Must Be The Place, a tumblr of classic film stills / all that was still turned into frantic movement: Gif My Ass / Of Mistakes, a tumblr / Dark Silence In Suburbia, a tumblr well worth following / Stanley Kubrick’s Annotated Copy of Stephen King’s The Shining / Stephane Goin, a tumblr travelogue of Americana / the Appendix, ‘a quarterly journal of experimental and narrative history’.
So where exactly does your phone come from? A project by Fredrik Stabenfeldt / beautiful collage art by Crystal Isabel Fischetti / the Colani Sea Ranger, 1979 / take the Butterfield Diet / The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards / Typeset in the Future, the fonts of sci-fi / concept designs at Tuvie / Mehrzeller Concept Caravan (via The Culture Engine).
If we were twittering types, we’d disseminate this one far and wide: the Playmobil Furnished Shopping Mall, presented in its current catalogue as ‘a girl’s dream brought to life in the Modern Shopping Centre’. Ah, someone else has done exactly that / obsession of attraction, a tumblr that assembles and presents art / reg0lith, more tumbling and art / FYUglyCars, celebrating the underdogs / Queuing Theory, another tumblr / the problems of bit rot, an early (1998) look at the future of slowly decaying data / Wally Wood’s 22 panels that always work.
Make your own space. Following on from the space simulator built into a caravan, we trawled around to find this list of ‘five homemade flight simulators‘. Alternatively, if you have a spare £3.25m you could buy this South London mansion, complete with attic-based spaceship playroom. Presumably you bring your own software – either something retro like this or something rather more contemporary / A Necessary Incompleteness: ‘buildings and structures that are activated or inhabited even though their construction is not complete’ / Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie / A Journey Round My Skull is the flickr set of 50 Watts / a celebration of the singles released by Duran Duran. See also Hungry Like the Wolf, isolated tracks / Magpile Awards, the best independent magazines of 2013 / Ant Attack City, rendered in Minecraft. The original.
Syracuse University Libraries is host to a number of digital collections; The Plastics Collection; Street & Smith Dime Novel Covers; Belfer Audio Archive; Marcel Breuer Digital Archive; The Gerrit Smith Broadside and Pamplet Collection; The Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs. Treasure troves all.
The Gough Map of Great Britain: ‘The Gough Map’s paleographical and linguistic evidence helps to reveal its significance as a visual depiction of an English island-realm, and its reflection of changing relations between England and Scotland a century on from when it appears first to have been composed.’ / Searching through Spotify’s least loved songs / a true example of Carchitecture / Mojo Relic, a short 1970s-era film celebrating the completion of the ‘House of the Century,’ designed by Richard Jost and Ant Farm. Here’s a 1973 article by Germano Celant in Domus about Ant Farm and the house / house versus rock.
From way back: Logarithmic Maps of the Universe, rendering it as a 26mb gif / Pentagram have produced a beautiful printed version of the celebrated ‘Coyote v. Acme’ lawsuit / Cave to Canvas, an artblog / Eliza John, more art and painting / Assembly VR demos / Lego in your browser / the Null and Void / The Dye House, two creative places/space.
Perspective, Tragedy, Disaster, Virtues, Capitalism, Shopping, Utopia, Relationships: all in The Philosopher’s Mail, an Onion-esque romp through the ennui, isolation and soul-crushing misery that is the daily news. That web design is meant to be rather familiar and the intentions of the project are laudable: ‘The Philosophers’ Mail starts with human nature as it is now rather than as high-brow news outlets might want it to be. It accepts that it isn’t strange to be fascinated by Simon Cowell’s lifestyle, unnerved by a Romanian family begging on a train; thrilled to have sex with Jennifer Lawrence and bored by news of yet more trouble in Africa.’ If you can’t beat them, join them, transforming the ‘guilty pleasure’ that is the Daily Mail’s website into something positive.
A solid chunk of things / Lists of Note is a new book from the man who brought you Letters of Note (the book of the ongoing and highly recommended website) / Van Life, custom campers / inappropriate design re-appropriation / someone else’s flickr slice-of-life: A.Galassi. Evocative / Save the Gerund and Screw the Whale, a tumblr / James Russell’s website is a rich treasure trove of mid-century modern design, art and illustration / illustrator Niall Grant / a plethora of plotter videos / 20 questions at The Proust / favourite for the next five minutes, a tumblr for the easily distracted / Basement Fever, a music blog / the return of Slowdive / Valentines-esque guitar noises by Black Seas / desktop Magrathea: make planets with Outerra.
A thoroughly depressing gallery of pictures: Syrian heritage in ruins: before and after. Related, Dresden, before and after; Third Reich Berlin, then and now; WWII Coventry, then and now; San Francisco: Before and After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire; London’s Piccadilly during the second world war and now; Chelsea, then and now; New York Crime Scenes Then and Now; LA Riots, then and now; Bullitt locations in San Francisco, then and now (could do with being updated again, actually); London TV and film locations, then and now. Update, The New York Filming Locations of The Godfather, Then and Now, at ScoutingNY (via Kottke).
Other things. Arnold Lobel’s great The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments / the Rijksstudio lets you browse, collate and curate your own selection of works from the Rijksmuseum / VirginaModern, contemporary design in VA / a tumble of tumblrs; Experimental Garage, all fighter planes and supercars; Jackitallin, art, design and things; Car Interiors, fairly self-explanatory; vintage racing cars at Motorhome; Noisy Thoughts, art, design, gifts, etc. / My Love Haunted Heart, a blog about ‘vintage gothic romance’.
Above is a piece called 43 prepared dc-motors, 31.5kg packing paper, by Zimoun / photography by Neil Craver / the first CGI head, 1974, versus an online demo from last year. See also the Digital Emily Project / Google’s new Music Timeline is a visual representation of sonic genres (via The Guardian) / new music: Haraket / nice 30 years of Mac thingy. Skip to Kottke for a more comprehensive history post / The Solar System for Tourists, a new map from Herb Lester, with words by Matthew De Abaitua / art by Mr Gone / Collecting Nancy Drew /