What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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"While I was building the 1000 watt LED light, a little over a year ago, I never imagined it would be flying on a drone." (Make sure to watch the second half of the film.)
A nod to William Friedkin's under appreciated film Sorcerer. Check this tribute video including the terrific Tangerine Dream score, a blog devoted to the film, and the theatrical trailer Finally, Friedkin answered an hour's worth of questions after the film was shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Several years ago, on a whim, we asked people to read their favorite short poems into our voice mail for a project we called Verse By Voice. And lots of people did, creating a poetry meme!. To get the idea, here's novelist Zadie Smith reading Frank O'Hara's Animals.
It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our new Field Notes Quarterly Edition for Fall, Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy.
A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.
"In 1966 Norman Rockwell really needed a spacesuit and NASA didn't want to give him one." Now, that is a lede. An excellent, illustrated article by Darren Garret, The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art.
There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.
It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.
In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.
The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.
A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.
Other recent features are listed on Page Two.
Nice illustrations by Rune Fisker.
Related to the last, Köln Domfenster.
Love these three pics of Gerhard Richter's Stained Glass for the Cologne Cathedral. On my bucket list.
A polyhedra calendar system, designed with mathematical precision and finished in high quality European sycamore, Dodecal. Unfortunately, the first edition is sold out.
I am pretty much in agreement with Kurt Vonnegut's own report card, for which he graded his novels, except I'd say he's a bit hard on Breakfast of Champions.
Like The Seventh Seal if it involved aliens, mopeds, and you moved it from Sweden to the Salton Sea: STRFKR's music vid for Open Your Eyes.
in the NYT, Dan Barry tells the amazing story of Maury "Pro" Lerner, minor league baseball star turned mob hit man.
Polish Space Stamps.
Handwritten box score from Game 1 of 1908 World Series, Chicago vs. Detroit.
Best engagement pics ever.
From photographer Charles Freger, Mardi Gras Indians.
Camp Sundown is a sleep away camp for kids allergic to sunlight.
Dinara Kasko makes some pretty sweet geometric cakes.
Austin Light removes one letter from famous movie titles and illustrates the results.
So you know, Grant Snider's helpful Proofreader's Marks, including one for "Horribly Wrong Font."
Time-lapse footage of 52,000 books being reshelved in preparation for the reopening of the Rose Main Reading Room at the NYPL. Hypnotizing.
Final trailer for Arrival.
Famous movie titles, translated.
It sure would be nice if they parked right in front of the new HQ.
I'm not proud to say that this is statistically accurate.
Trailer for Gore Verbinksi's A Cure For Wellness.
Full Moon in Mountain Shadow.
A Bar on North Avenue, by Roger Ebert. "O'Rourke's was the ultimate singles bar, it was said: You went there with a date, and came home alone."
Dodecahedron + Calendar = DodeCal.
"'You know how a surfer gets excited when the waves are good,' he says, 'The same goes for me when there's not a cloud in the sky and the sun is out.'" Rusty Wiles, firefighter turned artist.
Excellent interactive feature from Radio Free Europe, Budapest: 60 Years After The Uprising.
Dave and Frank from 2001, at 1/6th scale. Want.
With their intricate line and often ghoulish tone, the works of Irish artist Harry Clarke are amongst the most striking in the history of illustration and stained glass design.
Vice President Joe Biden gets permission to drive a Corvette, immediately does a burnout.
"I pledge allegiance to the flags of GT America, and to the foundry for which they stand, many glyphs in one font, indivisible, with spacing and kerning for all." GT America builds a bridge between the American Gothic and European Grotesque typeface genres. Beautiful type family and great site too, from Grilli Type.
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