What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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"With its low rise and columnar steel frame, Crown Hall looks like what the Greeks might have built for Zeus, had they known about I-beams." The story of Mies van der Rohe's SR Crowne Hall. Photo above by Corey Gaffey.
Volker Schlöndorf's 1979 film from the novel by Günter Grass, The Tin Drum tells the story of Oskar Matzerath, who in the third grade, decides that he won't grow up. The story unfolds in Danzig before, during and after the Second World War. It's a brilliant adaptation of a ground-breaking novel.
Criterion offers an excellent transfer of the film and it's also available on iTunes. Read Schlöndorff's German Fresco, an essay by Eric Rentschler. Günter Grass talks about the book and film in this 1991 Paris Review interview with Elizabeth Gaffney. Here are some interesting notes on film's re-release (pdf) from Schlöndorff and Grass, plus excerpts from the filmmaker's shooting diary. "...we must compose the images that the reader sees. A memorized Danzig, evoked by signs." Criterion's Three Reasons feature on the film. A fabulous poster for the film by David Punkert and Grass's own illustration for the first American edition of the book. The original cinematic trailer.
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.
"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.
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.
We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.
A great resource to solve a design problem by coming at it from another perspective, and not just if you're a comic book artist, although I'm thinking this is practically holy scripture, if you are. Here's a scan of Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work.
For lots more on Wood's life and work including his infamous Disneyland Memorial Orgy Poster from 1967 and how that came to be, by publisher Paul Krassner. "He accepted the assignment and presented me with a magnificently degenerate montage."
The image above, from the set of Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis, might just be the best motion picture production still ever, "There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator." Here's the trailer for the restored masterpiece. Tons more on the 1927 film here. Also check the amazing original 32-page program for the film from 1927.
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.
There was one way to obtain alcoholic beverages legally during the prohibition years: through a physician's prescription.
So you know. Attitudes to Potentially Offensive Language and Gestures on TV and Radio: Quick Reference Guide. (pdf) The best part is the ranking of offensiveness for "General Swear Words and Body Parts.".
jake Kerridge's 20 best spy novels of all time is pretty solid and perhaps they allowed only one per author but you simply can't leave out George Smiley.
This beer bottle prank Is a lesson in fluid mechanics.
This is Paper. Lovely site.
So you know, who drinks what, where.
Field Notes own Aaron Draplin lays out a pretty solid top five, design-wise.
Operation Avalanche trailer. Can. Not. Wait.
"Worked as a hand-made collage, it has nothing to do with autogenerated schemes retaining one single color by frame, hence the amount of work it represents. Readable from the outside to the inside of the circle, it reproduces the colors of a 360° circle inside every single frame, from the beginning until the end of the movie." La couleur des films.
Beyond by Studio Roosegaarde "is made of 3D clouds and Dutch light which give new dimensions to Schiphol Airport." Fab.
A hand-drawn map of Detroit from 1790.
Room Portraits, by Menno Aden.
"As he came around to my desk to view the layout I was working on, his soft-natured brief critique was all I needed to remind me to be persistent in the refinement process. Reduction of content can make all the difference in the outcome of a design." A Firm Turn Toward the Objective: Josef Müller-Brockman 1948-1981, by Joanne Meister.
"All 1,000 rocks have been crafted in pairs – so every rock has a twin. 500 Rocks will be gathered at our venue in a massive, sprawling display... The other matching 500 rocks will be stealthily tucked into random locations around Grand Rapids." #RockAroundGR
"Many of these original books focus on life's lessons, joys, and curiosities. Gackley cleverly takes the books' classic covers and turns them into unforgettable, edgy, politically incorrect parodies that speak to the bad little kid in all of us." Bad Little Children's Books.
Related to the last, an embroidered alphabet by Grace O'Leary.
Know Your Font.
Teaser trailer for the film Split.
Posters and excellent typography in the portfolio of Scott Woolston.
My Son, The Prince Of Fashion, by Michael Chabon. Great piece.
The surreal subjects of Sicioldr.
Teaser trailer for the film Fences.
A memorial to the only known giant octopus-ferry attack in the tri-state area.
In the bag.
"It's the perfect spot for what's been a brutal political season—it's violent and unrelenting and (literally) backwards." Audi's Duel.
Have an idea for a LEGO set?
A nicely illustrated piece by Allison Meier on Robert Ridgway's color codification system for birds, that eventually became Pantone. Related, Color in a New Light at the Smithsonian.
"...does not signal striving. Maybe this is why people wear it on weekends or days off; it's not associated with work, even though it's supposedly utilitarian." What Fashion Anthropologists Think About the Relentless Cargo-Shorts Boom. by Drake Baer.
Flesh is the new issue at Lapham's Quarterly.
"To be a Graduate is to be part of a well-curated, well-crafted collection of hotels that reside in the most dynamic University towns across the country. Every site and property celebrates and commemorates the youthful optimism of school days and cultivates the spirit of each community in a bright new way."
This City is for Riding. Comparing biking in Tokyo, San Francisco, London, New Delhi, Shanghai and Kabul. Great piece by the always-observant Jan Chipchase.
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