Thursday, September 25, 2008


Happy link sampling.

LIFE Magazine Reborn Online
Time and Getty Images are planning to resurrect LIFE, the prestigious photojournalism magazine, as an online-only photography website. The new site is scheduled to launch early in 2009 with 6 million images from the LIFE archive, and then will have around 3,000 new images added each day by Getty Images. Via ArtsJournal.

A Year in Paintings
Diana has a lovely post this week about her friend Abbey Ryan, who is celebrating the first anniversary of her Daily Painting Project. Abbey's work is utterly beautiful -- be sure to also check out her gallery site for more loveliness, too. If you can tear yourself away from Diana's wonderful blog, that is ...

Design Inspiration From Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
Alice Rawsthorn reviews Cold War Modern: Design 1945 to 1970, an exhibition opening today at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. "We show this period to be one of high contrast in terms of its optimism and anxieties," said Jane Pavitt, who co-curated the exhibition with David Crowley. "This age of incredible technological acceleration and competition between the superpowers provided not only the threat of global annihilation through the arms race, but resulted in human achievements without parallel - man walking on the moon. This duality is clearly reflected in design." Wish I could see this one!

The Vintage Office
A Flickr group devoted to cool vintage office supplies and furniture -- snappy staplers, clackity typewriters, chairman of the board leather chairs, and more. Lots of great stuff. Via Aesthetic Outburst.

Online Medieval Cookery
Interesting news for the historically inclined foodie -- Forme of Cury, a rare medieval cookbook compiled by King Richard II's master cooks in 1390, is in the process of being digitally photographed page by page by the University of Manchester's John Rylands University Library so it can be uploaded to the internet. The recipe book, written in Middle English, has instructions for around 205 dishes cooked in the royal household, such as blank mang (a sweet dish of meat, milk, sugar and almonds), mortrews (ground and spiced pork), and the original quiche, known in 14th century kitchens as custard.

Meomi is the name of design team Vicki Wong (Vancouver) and Michael Murphy (LA). Their artwork has been featured in numerous illustration and design books, while their characters have appeared on clothing, toys, merchandise, and magazines worldwide. Super cute and clever work, guaranteed to make you feel happy. Via Cindy (thanks!)

The Tiny House
Intriguing IHT article by Steven Kurutz about the small house movement, which aims to minimize "... one's footprint - structural as well as carbon - by living in spaces that are smaller than 1,000 square feet and, in some cases, smaller than 100."

Ten Best Stress Busters
From Whole Living magazine, a list of 10 ways to beat stress naturally. I don't know about you, but for me once it's fall it's all a bit of a blur for the next few months, so I find this to be timely advice ...

The beautiful still life above was styled by Hannah Simmons. Via Desire to Inspire.

Profit Illustration

If you happen to pick up the October issue of Profit Magazine, you'll find this collage illustration by me accompanying a piece about the mistakes several entrepreneurs (interviewed for the article) made while establishing their businesses, and what they've learned from them. My concept was the battered ship making it safely home to port after enduring storms and other disasters along the way.

Bookshelf: Billy Collins

I'm really looking forward to Ballistics, the new book of poetry by Billy Collins. A distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, Billy Collins was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006. You can read some of the poetry in Ballistics here.
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