True to Type: Laying Letters at America’s Last Linotype Newspaper

Great Big Story: “The Saguache Crescent” newspaper in Saguache, Colo., has been printing its news the same way since the 1800s. Lay the letters. Ink. Press. Publisher Dean Coombs’ family has had the business for three generations, and has helped print out the weekly broadsheet on a linotype since he was 12 years old. See how the news is made the hard way.

“The future of the paper is… that it will be put out next week I’m pretty sure. Probably a week after that and it could be twenty years, it could be two years, I don’t know.”Dean Coombs

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  • Making a sustainable independent print magazine — The publisher, editor and designer of Offscreen Magazine writes about the lessons he has learned.
  • Facebook design — The Facebook Analog Research Laboratory is a printing studio and workshop. Its primary mission is to produce work that reinforces the values of Facebook.
  • Recovering The Doves Type from the bottom of the Thames — In 1916, the Doves Type was seemingly lost forever after it was thrown into the River Thames. Almost 100 years later, and after spending three years making a digital version, designer Robert Green has recovered 150 pieces from their watery grave…
Craft and creativity

America’s last linotype newspaper

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The Bubble Nebula

NGC 7635 aka The Bubble Nebula: Although it looks delicate, the 7 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and left of the Bubble’s center is a hot, O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and around 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud.

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Hubble Bubble

“The intriguing Bubble Nebula and associated cloud complex lie a mere 7,100 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia. This sharp, tantalizing view of the cosmic bubble is a composite of Hubble Space Telescope image data from 2016, released to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Hubble’s launch.” — APOD

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Balance

A collaborative film by Brandon Bray and Tim Sessler:

We humans we create, we work, we stay busy from birth to death and never rest. We build, aim higher, work harder, accomplish more, and to what end? “Balance” takes an abstract look at our modern world, the full and the empty spaces and time in which we live and choose to make our lives.

Great use of the Vertigo zoom effect.

The basic premise is simple: the move starts at a 45mm focal length and while the camera moves towards the subject you zoom out to the maximum wide angle, while keeping the subject at the exact same size. We achieved this effect with a Canon CN-E 15.5-47mm cine zoom lens and with the help of the RT Motion FIZ that allowed us to control the zoom even from far away.

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Balance: New York as you’ve never seen it before

“[…] aerial footage these days is perfect. Maybe too perfect? The horizon is always perfectly level, shots for the most part are very straight tracking or push-ins without much life or human feel to them — in other words the technical perfection nearly adds to how removed a lot of these shots feel. By adding even slight roll motions in combinations with tilts and pans you can change footage that feels mechanical and distant to something that feels a lot more natural and motivated.”

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Crowd Supply: Circuit Classics

Star Simpson: Forrest M. Mims III is a trusted name in the electronics world for good reason: his charming and engaging texts have drawn millions of people into the world of electronics for the first time. I am bringing some of those hand-drawn circuits projects to life by creating an exquisitely designed series of finely crafted and highly detailed boards. These are the Circuit Classics. They make a great gift for a first-time learner, an expert tinkerer, or even just as a fun conversation piece for your desk.

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RMS Titanic

Watch the RMS Titanic sink in real time over 2 hours and 40 minutes in this animation produced for a VR computer game in production, Titanic Honor And Glory.

The animation includes text frequently appearing with what is happening on board the ship. This also includes visuals of various interior rooms flooding, lifeboats launching, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon.

The game sounds fascinating

In our game, you’ll be able to explore the ship inside and out. You can access every room, corridor, cabin, and pantry, with as much interactivity as we can achieve. A tour mode is available where the player can simply explore everything at their leisure, but the main focus of the game is the story mode.

Beginning in the city of Southampton, England, which is being reconstructed on an expansive scale and with as much accuracy as our ship, the player is on the run from the police. He’s accused of a terrible crime, but most importantly, he’s innocent. He must pursue the true culprit, requiring the player to find a way onto the Titanic just before it departs.

Playing through all five days of the voyage talking to passengers, gathering clues, and unraveling a grand mystery all while avoiding detection from authorities, the hero, Mr. Robert Morgan, has no idea that his whole world is about to change. When Titanic collides with an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic, the player must race the rising waters to complete the mystery, prove his innocence, and, most importantly…. survive.

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Light-based media

Watch the Titanic sink in real time

The animation was created in Unreal Engine 4.

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Hearing Mad Max: Fury Road

Zackery Ramos-Taylor: First supercut of my “Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees 2016” series focusing on the various uses of sound throughout Mad Max: Fury Road.

This film uses sound to enhance and add texture to the story in order to create an auditory post-apocalyptic world full of chaos, adrenaline, and suspense. From hearing the sound of the protagonist slowly rising from the sand to mechanized vehicles exploding one after another, this film seeks to add sound to every action shown.

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A new map for AmericaHow the lower 48 could be realigned into seven mega-regions.

A New Map for America

Sources: ​Joel Kotkin​ (boundaries and names of 7 mega-regions)​; Forbes Magazine​; Regional Plan Association; Census Bureau; ​United States​ High Speed Rail Association; Clare Trainor/University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Laboratory.

Parag Khanna, New York Times:

To an extent, America is already headed toward a metropolis-first arrangement. The states aren’t about to go away, but economically and socially, the country is drifting toward looser metropolitan and regional formations, anchored by the great cities and urban archipelagos that already lead global economic circuits.

The 21st century will not be a competition over territory, but over connectivity — and only connecting American cities will enable the United States to win the tug of war over global trade volumes, investment flows and supply chains. More than America’s military grand strategy, such an economic master plan would determine if America remained the world’s leading superpower.

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Shape of things to come

A new map for America

“America is increasingly divided not between red states and blue states, but between connected hubs and disconnected backwaters.” — NYT

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