What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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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. More on Wood's life and work including his infamous Disneyland Memorial Orgy Poster from 1967 and how it came to be, by publisher Paul Krassner.
Our Summer release from Field Notes is The Byline Edition. It's a Reporters Notebook, reimagined with the help of John Dickerson of Face the Nation, the Whistlestop podcast, and a soon-to-be-published book on the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history. Bylines are available in 2-Packs and as part of a year-long subscription now.
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.
From the pebbly matte steel skin to the zippery feel of the margin controls and the interchangeable "golfball" element, the Selectric stands as an icon of industrial design and a shape that still defines an era of modern business. Check how it fits in the timeline history of the IBM Typewriter. The man responsible for the Selectric, and in many ways for corporate America embracing Modernism and design driven communications, is Eliot Noyes. Maybe you don't know him? Maybe you should.
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.
Basically an excuse to post this seminal image from The Seventh Seal and a link to The Bergman Archive, a comprehensive collection of materials from the estate of Ingmar Bergman, including lots of videos, photos, posters, scripts and correspondence. All well organized and presented.
I've just spent a long while staring at the artwork of Josh Keyes and I now expect you will do the same. It's an over-simplification to say that Keyes' work is a metaphor for the conflict between nature and the modern world but that's as good a place as any to start thinking about it. Oh, and it's beautiful and constantly surprising too.
This is a new entry in our occasional series on type. The consistent beat of Century Schoolbook as it marches across the page is what makes it feel so sensible and familiar in both text and display situations. The vintage (but not old-timey) feel of it seems just about right for a new wave of popularity. Suggested pairing: Futura Std Book, all caps with extra letter-spacing. We used Century Schoolbook for A Drive into the Gap and here's what Bryan had to say in the end notes.
Century Schoolbook is one of 221 typefaces designed by American typography titan Morris Fuller Benton (1872-1948). Century Schoolbook is based on Benton's father Linn Boyd Benton's Century typeface, created for Century magazine in 1894. The younger Benton's version was created at the request of textbook publisher Ginn & Co., with the intent of improved legibility. Century and its variants were originally published by American Type Founders. Formed by a merger of 23 foundries in 1892, ATF quickly became the dominant force in American typography until the mid-20th-century, largely thanks to the Benton's typographical and technological innovations. Century is often cited as the first true typeface "family," a concept quickly embraced by type designers, foundries, and users.
As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check out 2001 in 569 GIFs and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.
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.
All the Wolf covers by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and Tom Muller, together in one post.
Speaking of SD and David Pasquesi, here's the film that pretty much sums up the short-attention spans that drive our company at Coudal Partners, Regrets: Hobbies.
Teaser for Gas, SD's short film starring David Pasquesi and Marc Grapey. Nice!
It's Friday, so Tina's weekly Link Pack is up.
A Visual History of the Corvette Logo, by Rain Noe.
RIP illustrator Jack Davis. One look at this poster for Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye and you'll recognize his one-of-a-kind style.
American vacations of the 1900s in color.
One more, the evolution of Star Trek in television and film.
Related to the last, test flight of Star Trek's U.S.S. Discovery.
"While many fan-made fonts exist based on the logos and title sequences of popular movies and television series, Star Trek is one of the very rare franchises which at one point had officially released fonts." Typography, The Final Frontier.
Khyati Trehan's lovely series on The Beauty of Scientific Diagrams "looks at experimenting with typography, lettering and illustration while paying tribute to the history of science. Via Quips.
"For almost 12 years in the 1920s and '30s, William Sansome Tucker spent time working on his experiments on Kent's idyllic coast, creating enormous concrete shells as tall as a house to try and listen for enemy aircraft. Known as Sound Mirrors, it was technology that ultimately led to the invention of radar."
Yayoi Kusama has illustrated a contemporary version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen.
I don't buy many films on disc anymore, but I will but this one, The New World from Criterion New 4K digital restoration of the 172-minute extended cut of the film, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and director Terrence Malick.
The 2,900-mile East Coast Greenway will pass through 450 communities in 15 states.
Switzerland is the imaginary building of this new hotel.
"All this Lego analysis had me eager to build something, so I recreated the above chart with Legos." Statistical analysis of 67 Years of Lego Sets, by Joel Carron. Fab.
A bit of excitement on the Blue Line last night. Thanks JD.
The man who beat Pac-Man.
On an undesirable lot in Mexico City, architect Yuri Zagorin Alazraki created a stacked home and lush garden.
Star Trek Planetary Glassware.
The true size of countries on a globe.
"My father's artistic works are his unimpeachable defense!" Stanley Kubrick's daughter writes open letter to moon landing conspiracy theorists.
A very interesting painting technique by Haris Lithos. Very.
Industrial handmade lamps by WO & WÉ.
Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova "stages atmospheric shots of pastel-hued swimming pools, full of pristine waters and blood-red bathing caps." Fantastic stuff, lots more here. Thanks Marshall.
Photographer/curator Alfred Stieglitz's 291 predated and informed Dadaism, and is absolutely a work of art in its own right. The University of Iowa has made the entire 19-issue series available for download.
"A City of Dust by Lewis Bush taps into this ongoing decay as he explores London's streets, looking for signs of that never-ending transformation, whether through wear or redevelopment. New layers standing on the foundations of the old."
Keven McAlester's short film compares what the same streets in downtown Los Angeles looked like in the nineteen-forties and today via split-screen.
So you know, all about Chekhov's Gun.
Lovely ad for Heathrow airport, The First Flight.
So you know, how a tennis ball is created.
New feature short for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Mercury on the Horizon.
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