Thursday, January 22, 2009


Welcome to this week's buffet — enjoy.

Smile! Polaroid is Saved!
From the Independent story by Emily Dugan: "If all goes to plan, the Polaroid factory in Enschede, Amsterdam, will soon be making film again thanks to its new owner, an eccentric Austrian artist and businessman named Florian Kaps. Mr Kaps, 39, has dedicated the past five years to instant photography. He set up, the biggest Polaroid gallery on the web, and the first ever Polaroid-only art gallery in Vienna, called Polanoir." Yay for eccentrics! Via Swiss Miss.

Ada Lovelace Day
Conceived by Suw Charman-Anderson, Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. This could be a woman who is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, is involved in developing software or hardware, or is a tech journalist or a tech consultant — but also any woman who creates, invents, or uses technology in an innovative way, such as in animation, gaming, developing hardware, tech project management, or using tech to do science. How do you support this great idea? Simply pledge to publish a blog post on Tuesday March 24th about a woman in technology (past or present) whom you admire. The goal of Ada Lovelace Day is to have 1,000 people do the same, and the great news is that there are 1,164 so far who are participating (of which I'll be one, too). The main link above takes you to info about the day, find out more about who Ada Lovelace was here. Via Cabinet of Wonders.

Ampersand is a brand new and beautifully designed online magazine by Kansas City Art Institute student Ramzy Masri. It explores the connections between design, art, music, fashion, literature and photography. Lots of good stuff! Via Design Observer.

Free the Blue Room
Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of Domino, takes a look at the White House decorating challenge facing the new First Lady — how to show reverence for the past without living in it. So far she's picked the fantastic Michael S. Smith as her official interior designer, so she's off to a great start!


The lovely people at Ruby Press report that this February will mark the launch of, an online outlet by the creators of Net-a-Porter. The will offer luxury items at a hefty discount. The site isn't up as yet, but you can bookmark it for now and sign up for email updates.

There's Something Up in Blogville
Thought for the Week, the blog of the London-based design firm johnson banks, is sensing a sea change in blogs these days. Some interesting observations about the future of blogging.

Design*Sponge Garden Columnist
Grace over at the always fab Design*Sponge blog has a new garden columnist — Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua. You have to check her out because not only does she know her stuff, but she's unbelievably funny, too!

Pim Pam Pum
Pim Pam Pum is a fun little online memory game that uses images from Flickr. Type in a word (such as "flower") and your puzzle will feature images with that tag. Via How About Orange.

The lovely image above is from the portfolio of photographer Roland Bello. Via the awesome Simple Lovely.

Atelier: Jason de Caires Taylor

This ethereal photograph is not a record from a deep sea archeological expedition, but rather an underwater sculpture by artist Jason de Caires Taylor. Called Vicissitudes, the piece is made up of life-size casts taken from a group of children of diverse ethnic backgrounds, and is located in the world's first underwater sculpture park, off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies. Taylor’s work not only comments on the adaptive nature of children to their surroundings, but also explores the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment — eventually these sculptures will become artificial reefs and attract marine life. You can see more of Taylor's work here. Via Cherry Coloured.
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