Literary London

Geoffrey Chaucer (1434 – 1400 ) ,  Upper Thames Street Charles Dickens (1812-02-02 – 1870-06-09 ) , 48 Doughty Street Sigmund Freud (1856-05-06 – 1939-08-23 ) , 20 Maresfield Gdns NW3 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-05-22 – 1930-07-07 ) , 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood, SE25 Virginia Woolf (1882-01-25 – 1941-03-28 ) , 22 Hyde […]

Universities on strikes in France

During the past months, french universities have been on strike as a reaction against the government’s decision to slowly privatise superior education. In order to physically block unis, students throughout the country have erected, often on a daily basis, amazing installations made out of chairs. I can’t help seeing it as an echo to Eugène […]

Wooster Collective: Henk Hofstra’s “Art-Eggcident” in Leeuwarden

Dutch artist Henk Hofstra (who’s Blue Road we featured in April of last year) is back with a new environmental art project called ‘Art Eggcident’ in Leeuwarden, a city in the north of the Netherlands. Yesterday, several large eggs (each 100 feet wide) were spread on th Zaailand, one of the largest city squares in […]

Soccer Field

via A pretty uncommon soccer field in Munich’s Olympiapark. If I remember right, a commercial was filmed there. What you see is part of the Olympiaberg (Olympic Mountain) which is constituted mainly out of debris from the Second World War. It is now part of the shaped landscape of Olympiapark.

Marcel Duchamp, Mile of String

In 1942, Andre Breton organised a retrospective exhibition of Surrealist art in New York: First Papers of Surrealism. For the vernissage Marcel Duchamp created this installation – a gigantic web – called the Mile of String. He and Breton furthermore arranged for a number of children to ball in the room thereby making it very […]

benedetto bufalino: urban escape

To help celebrate the Lyon Light Festival, France-based artist and designer Benedetto Bufalino created Evasion Urbaine (Urban Escape). Created with lighting designer Benoît Deseille, the artist explains that “With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically coloured fish; an invitation […]

Moholy-Nagy: Painting/Photography/film, 1925

p39 “What is typo-photo? Typography is communication composed in type. Photography is the visual presentation of what can be optically apprehended. Typophoto is the visual presentation of what can be optically apprehended. (…) Until recently typeface and typesetting rigidly preserved a technique which admittedly garanted the purity of the linear effect but ignored the new […]

Seven Secret Alphabets, Anthony Earnshaw

Yesterday, at the library, I found this sweet book of illustrative lettering developed by Anthony Earnshaw, English surrealist painter. I really like how far he pushes the thing, using perspective for the sharp end of the letter A, and even more the narrative sequencing between letter E and F. The whole thing looks like a […]

The Education of a Graphic Designer, edited by Steven Heller

P113, Michael Worthington “Consider how writting has evolved through various technological advances (carving in stone, painting on paper, mechanised printing, etc…) It has always been a magical tool: has always had the ability to reconstruct images, meaning, events from an abstracts platform across space and time, between best friends and total strangers. Even though the […]

What is Graphic Design? Quentin Newark

P100 “It is not entirely clear who first used the term “typophoto” but in 1925, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy announced that the combination of typo and photo was “the new visual literature”. “The difference between word and image, and word on their own, especially en masse, is that images are comprehended more immediately _ Word and image […]

Banana Wall

Banana Wall At the opening of his exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York, Stefan featured a wall of 10,000 bananas. Green bananas created a pattern against a background of yellow bananas spelling out the sentiment: “Self-confidence produces fine results”. After a number of days the green bananas turned yellow, too, and the type disappeared. […]

Cultural Consumption and Everyday Life (Cultural Studies in Practice), John Storey

P28 “Myths are the stories societies live by. They provide ways of conceptualising and understanding the world, and therefore they are crucial to a society’s efforts (always in the interests of dominant groups) to construct and maintain a sense of self-identity (in terms of acceptable sameness and unacceptable difference). For Barthes myth attempts to become […]

The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau

The Practice of Everyday Life examines the ways in which people individualise mass culture, altering things, from utilitarian objects to street plans to rituals, laws and language, in order to make them their own. Published in French as L’invention du quotidien. The Practice of Everyday Life begins by pointing out that while social science possesses […]