Wednesday 29 May 2019

The Glorious Boredom of a long walk in Japan (2019)

A great piece in WIRED by Craig Mod on a long walk he has just finished in Japan (HERE). 

Sunday 26 May 2019

De Divina Proportione (1498)

An illustration from De Divina Proportione, a mathematical treatise by the Franciscan friar Luca Pacioli (1445-1517). The Italian text is followed by sixty polyhedra, drawn filled or empty, and influenced by Leonardo da Vinci. Of the three copies written during the author’s lifetime, only two remain. The copy held by the Bibliothèque de Genève is the presentation copy of the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, whose coat of arms and motto adorn the manuscript.

The whole volume in a high-resolution scan is HERE.

Monday 20 May 2019

Don Letts' Record Box

From the excellent John Peel archives, a record box put together by the British film director, DJ and musician,  Don Letts.

Paul Rand Archive

The Letterform Archive has just received a significant accession of material from the personal archive of the American graphic designer Paul Rand. Above from an advert for Westinghouse. Archive HERE.  

Saturday 18 May 2019

MV GAZANA (May 24th 1971)

On 24th May 1971, when I was 9 1/2, I went with my class from St Saviours primary school in Great Sutton to see a ship being launched at Cammell Lairds ship yard in Birkenhead. It was the single biggest man-made object I had ever seen close up. 

Neither the launch, nor the vessel, was particularly noteworthy. But to me this was a day I have never forgotten. 


Friday 10 May 2019

Dimensioned (2019)

Dimensions.Guide is a reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of everyday objects. It is a public research project founded by the architect Bryan Maddock. HERE.

Monday 6 May 2019

Here Grows New York City (1609 - 2019)

A fantastic time lapse visualisation of the development of New York City, from 1609 to the present day. By Myles Zhang. The video is HERE.

Sunday 5 May 2019

Hand with Book (1506)

By the incomparable Albrecht Dürer (Nürnberg 1471 - 1528 Nürnberg), a study from 1506 of a hand gently holding open a thick book. Copyright the Albertina Museum Vienna: HERE.