There's a light in the sky

The best magazine articles ever, linked via Me-fi where there is spirited discussion and many additions. See also the comment thread here for more suggestions. One that was missed out, Reyner Banham’s 1955 essay on The New Brutalism from the Architectural Review / the Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest / the Nieman Journalism Lab, ‘a collaborative attempt to figure out how quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age’ / architectural photography by Paul Riddle and Andy Stagg.

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The very fine Smoke is having a re-think. We know how you feel / Abandoned Stations / Romanian photography / Blurb’s Photography Book Now competition reveals that there are almost as many monographs as there were weblogs a decade ago. Some highlights: The Making of a Miniature Firearm; Late 1970s London Counter Culture; On Leave; NIMBY. For the most part, it also demonstrates that photographers are not graphic designers (nor should they be).

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We were unaware of the great DesignbyMe service offered by Lego, with hand-packed bespoke kits available (at a premium) / Red Eye, A visual diary documenting a flight from New York to Berlin (with a layover in London) / Vinyl Engine, turntable information / a history of adventure games / Racer, the physical recreation of a classic video game / Beetroot Blog / a history of the Priddy’s Yard gunpowder store, with lots of old maps / Straw Dogs, a very visual weblog / music gear at 247.com. Not quite a replacement for Music Thing.

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The highly designed life at lox papers, including a library of modern covers. These blogs represent little bubbles of ultra-curated visual lifestyle, where nothing is out of place. See also I like it so what, sweet little photographs, little big magazine and many more / the ‘burbs, a tumblr / Crumbler, a tumblr / work and things by Frank Chimero.

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Lots of great hand-drawn pictures of things with flashing lights at the Newly released UFO files from the from the UK government. What’s remarkable is the quiet patience and courtesy of the MoD responses (‘I am afraid I am unable to offer any explanation or comment in respect of the hypothetical questions in your letter’), especially when the enquiries came from the likes of bufora, the Merseyside Anomalies Research Association, the Truthseeker’s Review, or on writing paper with an alien letterhead. See also Space Invader Couch (via, appropriately enough, Space Invading).

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