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October 30 2013


Various & Goulds Modern Witches printed with Match Ignition Paint

Vimeo Direktwicthes

Various & Gould schreiben mir: „Anfang letzten Jahres sind wir bei einer Materialrecherche auf Streichholzfarbe gestoßen und haben sie uns über viele Umwege auch besorgen können. Ist ziemlich dickflüssiges, geruchsintensives Teufelszeug! Da wir die Farbe nicht nur irgendwie als billigen Effekt einsetzen wollten, sondern thematisch motiviert, hat es dann noch eine Weile gedauert, bis wir die richtige (quasi ‘zündende’) Idee hatten. Dieses Jahr haben wir dann endlich mit einer Serie zum Thema Hexen begonnen und eine Auswahl lebender und unangepasster Menschen porträtiert. Menschen, die einfach irgendwie einen Unterschied machen, wie z. B. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova von Pussy Riot, Lana Wachowski, Malala Yousafzai oder Edward Snowden.“

For this new series, Various & Gould portray a selection of known, living and nonconformist people who cross borders and act as pioneers on controversial social issues.

The idea that these people might have been persecuted and burned as witches in earlier times, is a mere speculation here. But the fact that they still have to fight for their ideas, their freedom, their dignity or in some cases even their lives, even today, is indeed a reality.
In this respect, the Wanted Witches series can be seen as a homage to the portrayed people and as a reference to the intolerance of today’s supposedly enlightened society where free thinking people are still being scapegoated and demonized by the public.

During the process of printing these portraits, a particular color was used that allows – as if by witchcraft – the ignition of matches on the actual artworks. By using these matches and candles the observers are invited come in contact with the images themselves.


July 04 2013


Underground Popup-Shop for Zines and Comix

Youtube Direktzines

In Brooklyn hat ein Popup-Shop für Fanzines, Indie-Art und Underground-Comix aufgemacht. Könnten Do You Read Me? in Berlin ja auch mal machen, schicke Sache und der Zine-Automat ist pures Gold! Animal New York haben obiges Video gedreht, hier die offizielle Seite mit jeder Menge Bilder, Snip von der New York Times:

The Newsstand [is] a pop-up shop that has transformed an ordinary subway space into a store for independently published magazines, books, comics and zines. In a digitalized world, it is a small haven for printed media. Underground, without cellphone service, people are moved to engage, said Lele Saveri, the Newsstand’s manager. “I never get someone on a phone and reading,” he said. “They are focused on whatever is in their hands.”

The Newsstand, open until July 20, carries selections from some of the city’s best-known specialty bookshops: magazines and journals from McNally-Jackson in SoHo; zines and photography books from Dashwood Books on the Lower East Side of Manhattan; comics from the Desert Island bookstore in Williamsburg; art books from Ohwow in Greenwich Village. The stores selected the offerings, a kind of “staff picks” for the tight space.

No Porn, Just Books and Zines

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
The Underground New York Public Library

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June 20 2012


Letterpress Artshow in NYC

Schöne Print-Ausstellung im ADC New York, für die sie Sprüche auf der Straße aufgeschnappt haben und zu Prints auf alten Druckmaschinen verarbeitet haben. Von Behance: „ʻNew York Typesʼ an exhibit held at the Art Directors Club in New York as part of New York Writes Itself. A project we created for The Village Voice. The exhibition brought to life the real words heard on the streets of New York.“

Youtube Direktletter

March 14 2012


Encyclopaedia Britannica goes out-of-print

Die Encyclopaedia Britannica, eins der ältesten heute noch aktiven Printprodukte der Welt – vielleicht sogar das älteste –, wird nach dem Ausverkauf der letzten Auflage ihr Printgeschäft aufgeben und nur noch digital in verschiedenen Formen existieren. Print is dead, sag ich doch: After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses: „In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project.“ Hier der Blogeintrag der Britannica-Redakteure: Change: It’s Okay. Really.

January 05 2012


January 04 2012


Behind the Scenes of a 1992 National Geographic Cover-Story

Youtube Direktgeo, via Petapixel

Ziemlich faszinierende Mini-Doku über die Entstehung der 1992er National Geographic Coverstory „The Sense of Sight“, in der Fotograf Joe McNally blinde Menschen in New York fotografierte. Der Clip zeigt dann den kompletten Prozess inklusive Illustratoren und Layoutern.

December 17 2011


Bookmarks for Dezember 17th: 1966 Batman-Intro in Lego, International Food-Art-Incident and Saddam, Googles L-Team

Youtube Direktbatman

Sweden Is Lending The Country’s Twitter To Citizens | Geekosystem: In a weird but awesome move, Sweden has started a campaign where its official Twitter account, @sweden, will be taken over and operated by a different Swede every week.

Occupy Goes to Washington, Finding Politics is Complicated | Threat Level | Even by Occupy Wall Street standards, the Washington, D.C. situation is messy and uncertain.

Artist Michael Rakowitz on How His Saddam Hussein Dinner Party Became an International Incident | Artinfo: When a dinner of venison topped with date and tahini sauce was served on plates taken from Saddam Husseins private collection at Park Avenue Autumn for Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitzs project „Spoils“, the assorted art-world diners didn’t bat an eye – but now New York Citys Iraqi mission has, turning Rakowitzs piece into an international incident. The controversy, exploding on the eve of the U.S.s supposed withdrawal from Iraq, has had reverberations touching the artist, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and president Obama himself. As Iraqi artifacts, the plates have been confiscated by the Iraqi mission after a cease-and-desist letter was sent to the restaurant, and were presented by Obama to the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Google CEO’s inner circle: Meet the L Team | Reuters: The most powerful group at Google Inc used to be known simply as "The OC," short for operating committee. Now, it goes by a more telling name: „L Team“ short for Larry’s Team.

Parting Shot: ‘Go Freelance,’ The Board Game About Being a Comics Freelancer
What If… Herge Created The X-Men?
ARYZ x MONTANA LiSBOA | Silkscreen Print on Vimeo
The Command Line Crash Course – Controlling Your Computer From The Terminal
awesome Gmail Tips : Gmail as you have never known it before
Mars Attacks Portfolio of Roughs Published ~ 1982
Web Symbols typeface
StarCraft changed my life

Early sound recordings heard for first time: Scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California together with digital conversion experts at the Library of Congress and curators of the work and industry division of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History have succeeded in playing some of the earliest experimental sound recordings by Alexander Graham Bell.

Bradley Manning Had Secrets | Adam Butcher – Writer. Director. Filmmaker: The story of Bradley Manning, not as a Wikileaks ‘hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis-of-conscious and a crisis-of-identity. Animated in a rotoscoped pixel-art style and using dialogue from Bradley’s online conversations, the film explores issues of personal and political secrets, digital identity and alienation.

Changing Contours of Global Order, Professor Noam Chomsky – YouTube: Professor Noam Chomsky presented a lecture „Changing Contours of Global Order“ a look at our drastically changing world, and the implications for domestic and world order on 4 November 2011. This was a free public lecture and was Professor Chomskys only public appearance in Melbourne, Australia.

Art Spiegelman Lecture at SHU – YouTube: SHU ComicsAnimation has uploaded a good, long video featuring Art Spiegelman giving a lecture – it features discussion about Maus, the Holocaust in the media and the craft of creating comics.

Adrian Frutiger – Ein Leben – YouTube: Mit Schriften wie der Univers und der Frutiger hat sich Adrian Frutiger schon zu Lebzeiten ein Denkmal gesetzt. Seine Schriften haben den Alltag geprägt und sind zum Beispiel auf den Euro Scheinen wieder zu finden. Einer der größten Designer des 20. Jahrhunderts ist den meisten Menschen vollkommen unbekannt. Dieses Interview soll das ändern.

Mozilla Reinvents Web Video With Popcorn 1.0 | Webmonkey | Popcorn is simply a JavaScript library that aims to simplify the process of adding external data culled from around the web to your video. To give an idea of what’s possible with Popcorn, Mozilla is showcasing the movie One Millionth Tower, a documentary film about an apartment building and how residents imagine the future. One Millionth Tower premiered online last weekend at If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the Underwire blog.
One Millionth Tower uses some tricks beyond Popcorn (like WebGL for some 3D elements), but most of its coolest effects — like the way the environment in the film changes based on the real-time weather conditions and time of day at the Toronto high-rises where the documentary was filmed — are all courtesy of Popcorn.
If it happens to be snowing in Toronto when you watch the film, it will begin snowing in the virtual world of One Millionth Tower.

July 28 2011


Bookmarks for July 28th: Pandamix, Vintage Australian Lithographs, Mister Cartoon @ the MOCA

Australian Landscapes: 1860s lithographs of Australian bush scenes by EV Guérard accompanied by excerpts of turgid hyperbole served with saccharine verbiage.

Selected: Selected is a series of animated gifs where Mike Guppy replaced the main character with an marching ants outline.

Pandamix Vol. 06 – Clearly It Is Summer 320k by MassNerder on SoundCloud
Space Trek: the quiet despair of the Starship Enterprise
Mister Cartoon : Art In The Streets on Vimeo: Mister Cartoon talks about his artwork in Moca's Art In The Streets Show.
‪Kosmonautenkult in der DDR‬‏ – YouTube
Dangerous Minds | Freddie Mercury’s eyeball jumpsuit

Unbound: The Crowdfunding Cargo Cult – Telegraph Blogs: Cargo cult thinking in technology products might have worked in the past, when customers really didn’t know any better and you could overwhelm them with slick marketing campaigns, but things are different now, thanks to online reviews and word-of-mouth. Yet they still try, wasting millions and millions on modern-day equivalents of wooden radar towers, or rather, yet more iPhone and iPad imitators.

Marvelous Destroyers: The Fungus-Farming Beetles | Wired Science | Witness the spread of so-called bark and ambrosia beetles, a collection of 7000 species whose expansion beyond their native ranges threatens trees around the world.It's not the beetles' fault, of course. They've simply happened upon a brilliant life strategy: Rather than eating bark, which tends to be full of toxins produced by trees to discourage predation, they eat fungus that eats bark. It's one of the animal kingdom's greatest and most unappreciated symbioses.

All The Beatles’ albums in sixty one minutes: Steve McLaughlin’s “Run For Your Life” takes all of the Beatles’ officially released UK albums and compresses them into 61 minutes by speeding them up 800%. The result is trippy, maddening and at times quite beautiful. Of course, it would be impossible to do anything to the Beatles music without slivers of beauty jutting out here and there.
McLaughlin’s Beatles methy mix has been wedded to video excerpts from Bollywood and Lollywood films in addition to fragments of documentaries, experimental films, fractals and animation.

‪Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations‬‏ – YouTube: Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.

"Moveable Type" Offers Letterpress Classes Out Of A Truck | Co. Design: Designer Kyle Durrie is bringing the joys of old-school graphic design to people across the country, one town at a time.

Online commenting: the age of rage | Technology | The Observer: The worldwide web has made critics of us all. But with commenters able to hide behind a cloak of anonymity, the blog and chatroom have become forums for hatred and bile

July 15 2011


Bookmarks for July 15th: Astronaut-Training, Half-Life, Donkey Kong, British Wrestling Posters

‪HALF-LIFE – Singularity Collapse‬‏ – YouTube
Welcome to Titusville on Vimeo: Welcome to Titusville shows the impact of the 30 year Space Shuttle program on the residents of Titusville, a city that lies only a few miles from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
‪2D Photography Rube Goldberg‬‏ – YouTube
Leica Lenses (English) on Vimeo: Every Leica lens is hand-crafted and goes through meticulous manufacturing processes to uphold the quality and precision that Leica defines and customers have come to expect.
‪How It’s Made: The Impossible Project‬‏ – YouTube: How It's Made takes us through how The Impossible Project manufactures its Instant Film for Polaroid cameras.
‪John Lasseter – A Day in a Life – Full Length Documentary‬‏ – YouTube

‪Silverback Gorilla turns cameraman at Durrell‬‏ – YouTube: Ya Kwanza the conservation Trusts 27 year old silverback gorilla became adept at snapping close ups of himself with a high definition camera which was encased in an indestructible box and covered with tasty honey and oats. 

‪Let’s take back the Internet!‬‏ – YouTube: In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Charta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.

Online Schools | State of the Internet 2011: Like any classic hero, the Internet grew from humble beginnings as a tiny speck to become the legend that it is today. The very first “instant message” wasn’t even a whole word before it broke the entire system, but it sparked a fantastic fire of possibilities. Now, we can IM friends from our phones while we browse Facebook and send a few tweets about our indigestion from last night’s cheesesteak, perhaps while taking care of that indigestion. We can email our friends in Paris and Tokyo from the MoMA and even send photos to Mom and Dad, too.<br />
Thirty-something years ago, this was stuff for sci-fi nerds.

NASA’s Glorious History of Training Astronauts | Wired Science |

Space Shuttle Discovery – 360VR Images

Computer teaches itself English so that it can play Civilization

David Byrne’s 1987 Predictions for the Computers of 2007: I don't think computers will have any important effect on the arts in 2007. When it comes to the arts they're just big or small adding machines. And if they can't "think," that's all they'll ever be. They may help creative people with their bookkeeping, but they won't help in the creative process.<br />
The video revolution, however, will have some real impact on the arts in the next 20 years. It already has. Because people's attention spans are getting shorter, more fiction and drama will be done by television, a perfect medium for them. But I don't think anything will be wiped out; books will always be there; everything will find its place.

The Secret History of Donkey Kong: Donkey Kong is perhaps the greatest outsider game of all time. It broke all the rules because its creator, the now-legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, didn't know them to begin with. It not only launched the career of gaming's most celebrated creative mind, it gave birth to the jump-and-run platform genre as we know it, and established Nintendo as perhaps the industry's longest standing superpower.

british wrestling posters – a set on Flickr

PAS House – A House made for Skating: Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective.

The Humor Code: Deconstructing the Science of Funny | Underwire |

Tweet to Metal « PRINTERESTING: Last week, to mark the 125th anniversary of the linotype machine, Portland’s Stumptown Printers (with the help of some friends at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry) celebrated with a twitter-based letterpress project. 

6 Ways to Bring Civility Online | The Art of Manliness: 1. Remember that there are real people on the other side of the computer. 2. Never say something to someone online that you wouldn’t say to the person’s face. 3. Use your real name. 4. Sit on it. 5. Or don’t respond at all. 6. Say something positive.

June 22 2011


New York Times-Candle smells like Dead Wood

Eine Kerze, die wie frisch gedruckte Zeitungen riecht. Ich habe ja lange bei einer Tageszeitung gearbeitet und weiß ziemlich genau, wie das riecht. Ich würde mir das Ding jedenfalls nicht in die Bude stellen. Als Kommentar auf die Zukunftsaussichten von Print ist das nun umgesetzte Konzept des verstorbenen Designers Tobias Wong allerdings ziemlich grandios.

The designer-artist Tobias Wong, who passed away in 2010, thought of himself, more than anything, as an observer. […] One of his last concepts was The New York Times candle. Within the current fascination with scents and, especially, experimental scents, Wong proposed producing a candle with the fragrance of newsprint inspired by The New York Times, an institution he greatly admired and with which he had a longstanding relationship. This project, though in progress, was never actualized.

Various Projects and Josée Lepage of Bondtoo were close collaborators and friends of Wong’s. We have realized his Times of New York candle in a limited editon of 1000.

The scent of the candle is newsy, with hints of guaiacwood, cedar, musk, spice, with “a powdery note and velvet nuance,” meant to mimic the aroma of black ink on newsprint.

Tobias Wong’s The Times of New York candle (via Gizmo)

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Library Perfume

May 23 2011


The Musalman: Last handwritten Newspaper in the World

(Youtube Direktwrite, via MeFi)

Superinteressanter Clip über die indische Zeitung The Musalman, die letzte handgeschriebene Tageszeitung der Welt. Urdu, die Sprache, in der The Musalman erscheint, „entstand als Bildungssprache zur Zeit des Sultanats von Delhi und des Mogulreichs auf dem südasiatischen Subkontinent (Pakistan, Indien) als perso-arabischer Schriftstil der Standardsprache des Hindi-Urdu-Dialektkontinuums“ (Wikipedia).

Aus einem Artikel vom Business Standard:

Why Urdu? The decision was taken by Arifullah’s grandfather Syed Azmathullah when he founded the paper in 1927. “There was no voice of Muslims in the south,” Arifullah explains, at that time. Indeed, in 1927 the paper was inaugurated by Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, president of that year’s Congress session. Much later, Indira Gandhi as PM is said to have remarked during a press conference that The Musalman with its Hindu reporter and The Hindu with its Muslim reporter together provided a picture of secularism in India. The Musalman’s chief reporter is still Hindu.

Making The Musalman is simple but laborious. It is a broadsheet folded to make four pages. […] “We are not able to afford” full-time Urdu reporters, the editor says, so the material often comes in English. Three translators turn it into Urdu. The katibs then write the copy out on paper with quills and ink, three hours per page, and paste all the items on a form. If a mistake is made or a news update arrives, the page is rewritten. The form is turned into a negative, which is used to make the plate for printing.

Handmade newspaper – Chennai’s The Musalman is the last handwritten Urdu paper, hier ein altes Posting auf Wired über The Musalman

May 17 2011


Prepress-Hulk smash Twitter with Print-Expertise

Ein Hulk in der Druckvorstufe twitter seinen Designerfrust. Sowas wie Clients from Hell mit lila Hosen, in Grün und SMASH. Super!



January 11 2011


Xavier Antin prints a Book on 4 Printer-Generations

Schönes Projekt von Xavier Antin, der ein Buch auf vier Druckern aus vier Technik-Generationen gedruckt hat. Das Ergebnis würde ich mir gerne mindestens mal auf High-Res-Scans ansehen oder gleich live mit einem Fadenzähler, aber man kann nicht alles haben.

A book printed through a printing chain made of four desktop printers using four different colors and technologies dated from 1880 to 1976. A production process that brings together small scale and large scale production, two sides of the same history.

* MAGENTA (Stencil duplicator, 1880)
* CYAN (Spirit duplicator, 1923)
* BLACK (Laser printer, 1969)
* YELLOW (Inkjet printer, 1976)

Just in Time, or A Short History of Production (via Interweb3000)

October 26 2010


Oil Spill-Charity-Poster printed with Oil Spill-Oil

(Youtube Direktoil, via Gizmodo)

Happiness Brussels haben BPs Öl an Louisianas Stränden gesammelt und damit ein Charity-Poster gedruckt. Der Print geht so, die Idee ist allerdings großartig!

Limited edition of 200 posters, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster. The oil was picked up on the beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Oil & Water do not mix

October 20 2010


Flaming Lips’ Wanye Coynes Blood-Print

(Youtube Direktwayne, via Miss Cakehead)

Wayne Coyne von den Flaming Lips hat ein Poster mit seinem Blut gedruckt. Die Idee ist nicht neu und hatte ich hier schonmal, aber es sind die fucking Lips und warum die fucking Lips immer eine Erwähnung wert sind, sieht man zum Beispiel in den folgenden beiden Videos, das erste ist ein Promo für den vierten March of 1000 Flaming Skeletons, das zweite der Clip zu „She don’t use Jelly“.

Wären wir alle ein bisschen wie Wayne Coyne, wäre die Welt ein besserer Ort. I mean it.

(Youtube Direktskeletons)

(Youtube Direktjelly)

October 13 2010


Printing with Lego. Die Motive könnten ein bisschen spannender sein, aber ich mag die Idee. Sehr. (via Coudal)

Tags: Design Lego Print

October 02 2010


How Ink is made

(Dailymotion Direktink, via Honki)

Schönes Video über den Herstellungsprozess von Druckerfarbe. Mir persönlich eine Spur zu „erhaben“ darherkommend, wer schonmal in so nem industriellen Prozess selber Farben in riesigen Kesseln angerührt hat, der weiß, dass das ziemlich unromantisch und ein Knochenjob ist. Aber wurscht.

September 22 2010


The Future of the Book

(Vimeo Direktbooks, via Core77)

Ideo, eine Design-Beratungsfirma, hat sich dieses schöne Konzept für die Zukunft des Buchs ausgedacht. Das Ding ist in drei Teile gegliedert: Nelson, Coupland und Alice. Nelson spiegelt die Beziehungen der Texte untereinander wieder, Coupland ist sowas wie die Amazon-Empfehlungen basierend auf dem persönlichen Social Graph und Alice bietet neue Perspektiven auf Narration und Storytelling. Schönes Ding! Gemessen an meinem eigenen Leseverhalten könnte einiges davon eintreffen: Ich lese die Hälfte aller Bücher, Magazine und Comics mittlerweile digital (und damit ist die Zeit am Rechner nicht mit eingerechnet, ich benutze mein iPad vor allen Dingen als eReader) und ich bleibe nach wie vor bei dem alten Spruch von Dr. Egon Spengler: „Gedrucktes ist tot.“ (Im Sinne von „tot“ wie Vinyl, als Liebhaberobjekt immer noch wertvoll und interessant, als Massenmarkt aber vorbei.) Time will tell.

Nelson reinforces books as critical thinking tools, providing multiple perspectives, references, and current conversations on a single subject. The layers of information beyond the book itself provide greater context and encourages a deeper dive into the book throughout history and into the future.

Coupland addresses the challenge to stay on top of the thinking and writing in our world and professional field that so many of us feel. Readers can easily keep up with “must-reads” by following what colleagues are reading and interact with them through “book clubs” and other social layers (discussions, suggestions, lists, purchases) to help each other share and learn.

Alice explores new ways for users to interact and affect written narratives by introducing non-linear and game mechanics to reading. By introducing the reader’s active participation, this concept “blurs the lines between reality and fiction.” Certain interactions allow the reader to transcend traditional media by utilizing geographic location, communication with characters, and user contribution to storyline and plot.

IDEO’s Future of the Book

September 18 2010


Linotype: The Film

(Youtube Direkt, via Swiss Miss)

Schöner Trailer über die Linotype Setzmaschine, die ich mir auch mal im Museum in Aktion angeschaut habe. In dem Ding werden auf Tastendruck ganze Zeilen aus Blei gegossen: A Line Of Type –> Linotype.

Linotype: The Film is a documentary about Ottmar Mergenthaler’s amazing Linotype typesetting machine and the people who own and love these machines today.“

September 16 2010


Video-Tour thru an Evil Printshop

(BlipTV Direktprint, via Printeresting)

Am letzten Freitag hatte die Druckerei Evil Prints in St. Louis Tag der offenen Tür und oben ist das Video davon. Print is evil!

Last Friday Evil Prints opened up it’s doors to the public to see what kind of debauchery goes on in their large space above Vandeventer Ave. Beer, chili and cookies were served. Print making was demonstrated and prints were sold.

Tags: Design Evil Print
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