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…
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America’s last linotype newspaper

“The Saguache Crescent” newspaper in Saguache, Colo., has been printing its news the same way since the 1800s.

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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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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.

(via Fubiz)

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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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These weird and wonderful bike designs were produced by product designer Gianluca Gimini, based on designs he had solicited from friends and strangers over several years…

“I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made.”

He sees these designs as proof that sometimes our brain allows us to believe that we understand something when we really don’t.

“There is an incredible diversity of new typologies emerging from these crowd-sourced and technically error-driven drawings.”

This anecdotal fact is amusing too: “Some diversities are gender driven. Nearly 90% of drawings in which the chain is attached to the front wheel (or both to the front and the rear) were made by females. On the other hand, while men generally tend to place the chain correctly, they are more keen to over-complicate the frame when they realize they are not drawing it correctly.”

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Velocipedia: Bikes drawn hastily from memory, realised by a product designer

“The most unintelligible drawing has also the most unintelligible handwriting. It was made by a doctor.”

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Indie magazines
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Making a sustainable independent print magazine

Kai Brach is the publisher, editor and designer of Offscreen Magazine. He has written about the lessons he has learned in a comprehensive Medium post: Indie Magonomics

Kai covers everything from sourcing content (“The hard truth is that most indie publications rely on a lot of favours by a lot of generous people”), to printing (“A lot of indies start with 1000–2000 copies. I started with 3000 for my first issue, but it did take me more than a year to sell them all”), to distribution (“Ask anyone who sells physical products and they will tell you that one of the most biggest challenges is getting the product from A to B. Shipping is hard”), and marketing (“…no matter how boring or old-fashioned it seems, email is still the most powerful marketing tool for most online businesses”), and finally, to making moneyContinue reading

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Movies with Mikey is a YouTube series by Mikey Neumann which deconstructs some of my favourite films, including:

Scott Pilgrim vs. World

Mikey presents: an underrated Edgar Wright classic, Scott Pilgrim. Bask in the editing insanity that Mikey puts into a Youtube show that practically no one watches.

Hugo

Mikey dives deep on not only one of the greatest films of the last five years, but also the birth of cinema as an art form. This is probably important. Or maybe it isn’t? Who really knows?

Fury Road

& The Cabin in the Woods →

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Movies with Mikey: Scott Pilgrim, Hugo & Fury Road

“Movies With Mikey is a comedic look at films by Mikey Neumann. Unlike other review shows, the aim of MWM is to celebrate film, not tear it down. Check it out or Mikey will be very sad and eat everything in the nearest Dairy Queen snack freezer.”

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Moog Werkstatt logo

The Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 is a patchable, 100% analog synthesizer whose design is based on classic Moog circuits. Assembly is extremely simple: Any user can quickly build this analog synthesizer with minimal tools and expertise.

It was originally created as a kit, to be the foundation for exclusive “Engineering VIP” workshops at Moogfest 2014. Werkstatt was created to be an educational tool, but it is also a formidable, compact analog synthesizer from Moog.

Analog synthesizers have long had their own maker culture born of curious engineers, physicists and hobbyists who have created and crafted their sounds through electronic experimentation. It is our goal to share our love for learning, music, and electronics by encouraging everyone to create the world they want to hear, one mod at a time.

Pitch Bend Mod

(via Wired)

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  • The Artiphon multiple instrument“A guitar is designed to be strummed; piano keys are pressed; drum pads are tapped; violins are bowed. But what if a single instrument could be played with any of these techniques? That’s exactly what we’re creating – one instrument that lets you be the whole band.”
  • Seaboard’s innovative piano keyboard“…a radically new musical instrument that reimagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface.”
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The Moog Werkstatt-Ø1: Synthesizer kit for makers and learners of all ages

“Through assembly and inspired investigation, the Werkstatt-Ø1 is an excellent platform for exploring the world of analog synthesizer circuits. A lifetime of experimentation, knob twisting, and sound design awaits.”

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Life on the Internet

That emoji does not mean what you think it means

Gizmodo: Since emoji are designed differently across platforms, sometimes your text messages might get lost in translation. But how differently might your well-intentioned emoji be displayed?

Grinning face with smiling eyes

The most widely misinterpreted is the “grinning face with smiling eyes” emoji, which—depending on the platform—can range from the rosy-cheeked cherubic face of glee to the anguished clenched-teeth look of constipation.

Same emoji, different emotion

That wide range between sentiment rankings was named “misconstrual” by the researchers. You can see how the 22 emoji tracked across platforms, with “smiling face with open mouth and tightly closed eyes,” “face with tears of joy,” “sleeping face,” and “loudly crying face” all having their own issues of interpretation. But “grinning face with smiling eyes” is still the clear winner when it came to sending the wrong message.

Sentiment misconstrual scores

Across-platform sentiment misconstrual scores grouped by Unicode. Each boxplot shows the range of sentiment misconstrual
scores across the five platforms. They are ordered by decreasing median platform-pair sentiment misconstrual, from left to right.

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The Old New World

Travel through a steampunk time machine back to 1930’s America in this fantastic animation by Alexey Zakharov that uses historic photographs with camera projection techniques to great effect.

(via Laughing Squid)

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The Old New World

It’s a travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine. The main part of this video was made with Camera projection based on photos.

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Toyota Setsuna logo

The Toyota Setsuna (Japanese for “moment”) is a roadster concept car made from cedar and birch and built using a traditional Japanese carpentry technique known as “okuriari” that doesn’t involve nails or screws but relies on perfectly carved joints to hold the components together.

The Verge: Toyota is thinking of the Setsuna as something you’d want to pass down to your kids — not as a beater first car, but as a family heirloom.

“As a family accrues time and experiences together with their car, lovingly caring for it and passing it on to the next generation, that car will acquire a new type of value that only the members of that family can appreciate.”

The boat-like body is made up of 86 hand-crafted panels of Japanese cedar across a frame of birch.

The company notes that wood’s characteristics change over time, depending on the temperature and humidity levels it is exposed to and how well it’s taken care of. The idea is that as the Setsuna ages, it’ll change and pick up the personalities of its owners and the lives they led. To that end, the car has a “100-year meter” embedded inside of it — a tracker for your grandchildren or great-grandchildren to know how old this machine is.

Telegraph: The use of metal has been kept to a minimum in the engineered parts of the open-top roadster, which is powered by six batteries that give it a range of 16 miles and a top speed of a rather lumbering 28 mph.

Toyota Setsuna plans

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Toyota Setsuna

Unfortunately, the Setsuna, which will be on display for five days from April 12 [2016] at the Japan Pavilion at Milan Design Week, is not authorised to be driven on public roads. — Telegraph

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Thunderbirds 1965 – Documentary

Behind the scenes on Thunderbirds 1965: a project to produce three new episodes of the classic television show Thunderbirds – exactly the way it was done in the 60s!

“Thunderbirds is a sixties view of the future and of America by people who had never been to either.”

3,378 backers pledged £218,412 on Kickstarter last year to resurrect Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic Thunderbirds using original voice tracks and retro filmmaking techniques.

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Canon’s The Lab: Decoy – A portrait session with a twist

A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it. To prove this we invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. ‘Decoy’ is one of six experiments from The Lab, designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.

A portrait session with a twist

Each photographer was told a different story about the life of their subject. Can you tell which image is of the millionaire, the recovering alcoholic, the lifesaver, the ex-con, the fisherman or the psychic?

THE LAB: DECOY - A portrait session with a twist

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Blacks and Whites board game

A ’70s Board Game Designed to Teach Players About Race, Housing, and Privilege

This 1970 board game, Blacks & Whites: The Role Identity & Neighborhood Action Game, created by the magazine Psychology Today used gameplay to teach adult players about racial privilege and housing.

Slate: The game, a sideways adaptation of Monopoly, allows players to choose white or black identities.”Black” players start the game with $10,000; “white” players with $1,000,000. Rules for each of the game’s four housing zones—in “Estate Zone,” players playing as black could buy “only when they have one million dollars in assets”—are calibrated to make it hard for the “black” players to climb out of their initial cash deficits. “The goal of the game is to achieve economic equality,” writes Swann Auction Galleries’ Wyatt H. Day, “yet the game is strategically designed to make a black win impossible.”

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Blacks & Whites: A ’70s board game about race, housing, and privilege

This satirical Monopoly-esque board game was made to underscore the socioeconomic disparities between Blacks & Whites. It was “designed for educational use… to give middle-class whites a taste of the helplessness that comes from living against implacable odds.” The game begins when 3 to 9 players select whether to play as white or black. White players are then instructed to begin with $1,000,000; black players begin with just $10,000. The goal of the highly controversial game is to achieve economic equality, yet the game is strategically designed to make a black win impossible. — Swann Auction Galleries

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Rio 2016

99u.com: How The 2016 Olympic Logo and Font were CreatedRoughly 18 months after the Rio 2016 logo was developed by Tátil Design, Dalton Maag got the prompt to design the full font.

“Our prompt was that the font had to be an exact replica of the letters in the logo,” says Maag, who knew it would be a challenge due to its reverse creative process. “Usually you make the font and then do the logo,” he notes. Dalton Maag had 3 letters — R-I-O — and 4 figures — 2-0-1-6 — to use as a roadmap.

“You could say, we already have the letters ‘R,’ ‘i,’ and ‘o’ and we want to make letters that look like them, so we could just expand on them. But the tricky thing is that we can’t use the same letters because they might not connect, or have the same weight and proportions, as with the rest of the letters in the alphabet. So we started using different words — ‘passion’ and ‘transformation’ — that had multiple ligatures to see how one letter could connect and match with another.”

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  • Channel 4’s surreal new brand identity — By creative dream team of 4Creative, Jonathan Glazer, Neville Brody and DBLG.
  • Sweden Sans — A national typeface meant to encapsulate fuzzy Scandinavian concepts — progressivism, authenticity, lagom (Swedish for “just the right amount”).
  • …and other posts tagged ‘typography’.
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How the 2016 Olympic font was created

“On this project we were extra careful to be super right, because it will be seen by billions of people. But we didn’t treat the project any differently than others were work on. I thought we would nail the concept much quicker, because we knew the design and just needed to expand on it. We didn’t realize we would have to create 23 different versions to get there.”

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Flag Stories

Flag Stories — a project by ferdio, an infographic agency.

Basically we started looking at all the flags in the world and squeezed all the data we could possibly gather in to a blank spreadsheet. The more we dug into it, the more stories we managed to reveal, so our plan is to keep digging and continuously adding new stories to the project.

Many, many more flag infographics at Flag Stories. (via Co.Design)

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  • The Flag of Planet Earth — Oskar Pernefeldt’s graduation project at Beckmans College of Design.
  • Airport CodesEvery airport has a unique three-letter IATA code. Some make sense if you know the city or the name of the airport and others, well, what the heck?
  • Mapping the Online Worldan atlas redrawn according to the number of registrations within each country’s internet domain* — whether .uk for the UK, .de for Germany, .cn for China, and so on.
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Flag Stories: Infographics revealing the hidden stories behind flag designs

“Sure, there are a lot of books and websites covering the different aspects of flags like history, demography and culture, through heavy text, but we wanted to add new aspects to this field by only looking at the graphics and telling the story visually. So we started this Flag Stories project to discover the hidden stories behind the graphics.” — ferdio

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Pepo watermelon slicer

The Pepo watermelon slicer is fun for kids and adults.

Product designer Avihai Ahurin has developed these clever ‘Pepo’ lolly-shaped cutters as a fun way to eat his watermelon, while avoiding waste.

(via fubiz.net)

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Ice lolly shaped cutter for watermelons

Product designer Avihai Ahurin has developed these clever ‘Pepo’ lolly-shaped cutters as a fun way to eat his watermelon, while avoiding waste.

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