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Art House

Martha Stewart take note!

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Art House

Martha Stewart take note!

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My favorite Stanford posters

A few particularly well-designed ones, I gleaned them discretely (respectfully, after the event) from around campus. Curiously, I did not attend any of these three events.  Perhaps they were too well designed.

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My favorite Stanford posters

A few particularly well-designed ones, I gleaned them discretely (respectfully, after the event) from around campus. Curiously, I did not attend any of these three events.  Perhaps they were too well designed.

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Borderland: Comics on Human Trafficking

Olga Trusova and Dan Archer are just about to publish Borderland, a book of comic-illustrated stories of people who have been trafficked.  She is a Stanford graduate, a Fulbright fellow, who’s researched trafficking in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and beyond.  He

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Borderland: Comics on Human Trafficking

Olga Trusova and Dan Archer are just about to publish Borderland, a book of comic-illustrated stories of people who have been trafficked.  She is a Stanford graduate, a Fulbright fellow, who’s researched trafficking in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and beyond.  He

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Art California, more from the Mission

Further proof of my Touristhood, from further adventures around the Mission….

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Art California, more from the Mission

Further proof of my Touristhood, from further adventures around the Mission….

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Good Law Information Design

I have been rooting around the internet for well designed legal information.  There has to be a better way of learning how the government and courts work aside from navigating the muck of huge ugly coursebooks.  10 point Times New

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Good Law Information Design

I have been rooting around the internet for well designed legal information.  There has to be a better way of learning how the government and courts work aside from navigating the muck of huge ugly coursebooks.  10 point Times New

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Sukkah City

Fall is coming, that means religious holidays are almost here!  Start preparing your Sukkahs, New York City wants the most inventive ones for a Sukkah City.  Religious design, take note.

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Sukkah City

Fall is coming, that means religious holidays are almost here!  Start preparing your Sukkahs, New York City wants the most inventive ones for a Sukkah City.  Religious design, take note.

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Art California: Mural Alley of the Mission

Over Mark’s clucks of anti-tourist disapproval, I went photo-crazy in the Mission District of San Francisco.  Whole alleys full of bizarro murals!  I don’t regret it, tourist or not.  Go find it, the Clarion Alley Mural Project, grown out of

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Art California: Mural Alley of the Mission

Over Mark’s clucks of anti-tourist disapproval, I went photo-crazy in the Mission District of San Francisco.  Whole alleys full of bizarro murals!  I don’t regret it, tourist or not.  Go find it, the Clarion Alley Mural Project, grown out of

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Superluxe San Francisco

A new kind of storefront art, reminiscent of Jon Rubin‘s cadre out of Carnegie Mellon University.  Tucked between uberwealthiness outposts of San Francisco, a glossy art project, from MFA Crystal Chou, it’s Superluxe.  Thanks to Mark for the heads up.

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Superluxe San Francisco

A new kind of storefront art, reminiscent of Jon Rubin‘s cadre out of Carnegie Mellon University.  Tucked between uberwealthiness outposts of San Francisco, a glossy art project, from MFA Crystal Chou, it’s Superluxe.  Thanks to Mark for the heads up.

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Lucy’s Egyptian Applique Collection

Lucy brought out her collection of pillows, wall hangings and fabrics from Egypt.  There’s whirling dervishes (which is a nice clean image good for later print design), the name Lucy, and all kinds of renderings of the Koran opening.  I

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Lucy’s Egyptian Applique Collection

Lucy brought out her collection of pillows, wall hangings and fabrics from Egypt.  There’s whirling dervishes (which is a nice clean image good for later print design), the name Lucy, and all kinds of renderings of the Koran opening.  I

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A Notebook Week

This notebook video from Ayse Birsel reminds me of my own sketchbook, just 90 degrees cleaner.  Somehow mine always ends up warped, coffee brown and filled with strange messy drawings that I don’t remember ever making.  I’ll have to do

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A Notebook Week

This notebook video from Ayse Birsel reminds me of my own sketchbook, just 90 degrees cleaner.  Somehow mine always ends up warped, coffee brown and filled with strange messy drawings that I don’t remember ever making.  I’ll have to do

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How We Are, on social networks

A brief foray into social psychology-online friendshipology.  Lots of images, hardly any jargon, highly recommended Power Pointing! The Real Life Social Network v2, by Paul Adams View more documents from Paul Adams.

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How We Are, on social networks

A brief foray into social psychology-online friendshipology.  Lots of images, hardly any jargon, highly recommended Power Pointing! The Real Life Social Network v2, by Paul Adams View more documents from Paul Adams.

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Miriam Singer’s Daydream Maps, Philadelphia Airport Art

Philadelphia International Airport is cursed as an Eastern Seaboard airport, but really it has to be the least miserable of the LGA/JFK/NWK choices to be trapped in.   The passageway into the international terminal has the gorgeous flock of birds hanging

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Miriam Singer’s Daydream Maps, Philadelphia Airport Art

Philadelphia International Airport is cursed as an Eastern Seaboard airport, but really it has to be the least miserable of the LGA/JFK/NWK choices to be trapped in.   The passageway into the international terminal has the gorgeous flock of birds hanging

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The Beechview Project: The Questions

Thanks to the URA and Councilwoman Rudiak’s office, I’m officially beginning my Beechview Project — art & interviews to be displayed in the windowfronts of 1601 and 1619 Broadway Avenue in the heart of the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  I’ve

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The Beechview Project: The Questions

Thanks to the URA and Councilwoman Rudiak’s office, I’m officially beginning my Beechview Project — art & interviews to be displayed in the windowfronts of 1601 and 1619 Broadway Avenue in the heart of the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  I’ve

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The Umbrellas of Montreal

A few days in Montreal was enough to revive my Jacques Demyism, thanks to my Katie Trumpener musical class for introducing me to his masterpiece Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, and his peculiar Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, otherwise I would have

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The Umbrellas of Montreal

A few days in Montreal was enough to revive my Jacques Demyism, thanks to my Katie Trumpener musical class for introducing me to his masterpiece Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, and his peculiar Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, otherwise I would have

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Hunting in the USSR and other travel instructions

I visited the Boston Public Library and found all these travelogue posters there.  The most strange: Ireland’s poster.  Could they find no actual image of the country to recommend it?  Instead, just an arrow and a map.   1930s  Ireland, come

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Hunting in the USSR and other travel instructions

I visited the Boston Public Library and found all these travelogue posters there.  The most strange: Ireland’s poster.  Could they find no actual image of the country to recommend it?  Instead, just an arrow and a map.   1930s  Ireland, come

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Stained Glass Brooklyn Subway

Courtesy of the Broadway Junction stop, here are some sunset stained glass windows from the New York City Subway.

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Stained Glass Brooklyn Subway

Courtesy of the Broadway Junction stop, here are some sunset stained glass windows from the New York City Subway.

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Pittsburgh Strange Art: Star Trek Quilts

We stopped in Wildcard in Lawrenceville what now is a long time ago, and I found these Star Trek quilt-wall hangings at the back of the store.  So Excellent!  All by Elliot McNally.

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Pittsburgh Strange Art: Star Trek Quilts

We stopped in Wildcard in Lawrenceville what now is a long time ago, and I found these Star Trek quilt-wall hangings at the back of the store.  So Excellent!  All by Elliot McNally.

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They Draw And Cook

Illustrated Recipes from They Draw and Cook, I must start on my own contributions to this fabulousness!

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They Draw And Cook

Illustrated Recipes from They Draw and Cook, I must start on my own contributions to this fabulousness!

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Ebru, or Turkish Marble Painting, in Stop Motion

I took these little stop motion blips last month at the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh‘s presentation on Ebru, or marbling, down at the Pitt Union.  I won the drawing for my choice of a painting — after winning the

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Ebru, or Turkish Marble Painting, in Stop Motion

I took these little stop motion blips last month at the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh‘s presentation on Ebru, or marbling, down at the Pitt Union.  I won the drawing for my choice of a painting — after winning the

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Random Pittsburgh, Embroidered Bridge

Over Panther Hollow, someone has embroidered the Schenley Bridge, or really the fencing alongside the bridge’s walkway. Somehow the threads survived the winter, they’re still there, and no one seems to really mind.

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Random Pittsburgh, Embroidered Bridge

Over Panther Hollow, someone has embroidered the Schenley Bridge, or really the fencing alongside the bridge’s walkway. Somehow the threads survived the winter, they’re still there, and no one seems to really mind.

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Felted Mason Jar

Ksenia reports that Philly hipsters have brought the Mason Jar back to the streets, them and the Amish, so why not?  A tutorial on felted mason jar insulating cover from Wee Folk Arts.

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Felted Mason Jar

Ksenia reports that Philly hipsters have brought the Mason Jar back to the streets, them and the Amish, so why not?  A tutorial on felted mason jar insulating cover from Wee Folk Arts.

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Art of Recycling in Kenya

I found the Italian book by Annelise Della Rosa at the library, full of great & strange projects coming out of social-public-artworks in Kenya.  Flipflops, who knew?

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Art of Recycling in Kenya

I found the Italian book by Annelise Della Rosa at the library, full of great & strange projects coming out of social-public-artworks in Kenya.  Flipflops, who knew?

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Pittsburgh Art: Nailed & Riveted by Robert Villamanga

In the BNY/Mellon Building, on the walkway out of the Steel City train station, giant metal birds, babies, Mexican wrestlers!  And a grasshopper — All courtesy of Robert Villamanga.  More information at the Society for Contemporary Craft

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Pittsburgh Art: Nailed & Riveted by Robert Villamanga

In the BNY/Mellon Building, on the walkway out of the Steel City train station, giant metal birds, babies, Mexican wrestlers!  And a grasshopper — All courtesy of Robert Villamanga.  More information at the Society for Contemporary Craft

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Freedarko’s Spectacular The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac

At the local library, I found this treasure from these people.  I don’t know any of the players except a glancing obsession with Vlade Divac (with his Serbian telepathy!), but I’ve spent lunch with this book & could not care

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Freedarko’s Spectacular The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac

At the local library, I found this treasure from these people.  I don’t know any of the players except a glancing obsession with Vlade Divac (with his Serbian telepathy!), but I’ve spent lunch with this book & could not care

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Mini Dictators

Babies as Dictators… My Baby Revolutionary calendar preceded it by 5 years, but I am still devoted to keeping that project offline, lest it inspire babies of the world to rise up in a massive baby movement.  But maybe if

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Mini Dictators

Babies as Dictators… My Baby Revolutionary calendar preceded it by 5 years, but I am still devoted to keeping that project offline, lest it inspire babies of the world to rise up in a massive baby movement.  But maybe if

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Maira Kalman in Philadelphia

While in Philadelphia walking around Penn’s campus, we bumped into a Maria Kalman exhibit at their ICA.  There must be Maria Kalman in the air all up the East Coast, somehow her books are populating every book store I trespassed. 

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Maira Kalman in Philadelphia

While in Philadelphia walking around Penn’s campus, we bumped into a Maria Kalman exhibit at their ICA.  There must be Maria Kalman in the air all up the East Coast, somehow her books are populating every book store I trespassed. 

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Vancouver Faces : First nation art

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Vancouver Faces : First nation art

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Information is Beautiful

I discovered this book by David McCandless in the Co-op bookstore in Cambridge.  I cannot get enough of his graphs, more are at his website and his flickr scrapbook.

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Information is Beautiful

I discovered this book by David McCandless in the Co-op bookstore in Cambridge.  I cannot get enough of his graphs, more are at his website and his flickr scrapbook.

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Recycled Plastic Monsters from Pittsburgh

From undergraduate students in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, lots of  plasticwares Frankensteined into insects, monsters, beasts!  The two just above, and the two just below, they are my favorites.  But there was a whole institutional hallway to choose from…

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Recycled Plastic Monsters from Pittsburgh

From undergraduate students in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, lots of  plasticwares Frankensteined into insects, monsters, beasts!  The two just above, and the two just below, they are my favorites.  But there was a whole institutional hallway to choose from…

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Neighborhod Art, Kutluğ Ataman

In my search for good neighborhood art, there’s Kutluğ Ataman, from the Pittsburgh show a few years back at the Carnegie International.  He’s a Turkish artist-documentarian, and his exhibit at the Carnegie won its main prize. It was room-large, a

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Neighborhod Art, Kutluğ Ataman

In my search for good neighborhood art, there’s Kutluğ Ataman, from the Pittsburgh show a few years back at the Carnegie International.  He’s a Turkish artist-documentarian, and his exhibit at the Carnegie won its main prize. It was room-large, a

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