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Design History

Visualizing One Million

October 5, 2010

Christopher Jobson

One Million by Hendrik Hertzberg is a new edition of a 1970s book that helps the average joe comprehend just how large one million is. Each of its 200 pages has 5,000 dots and occasionally individual dots are highlighted for their statistical significance. (via fastco)

 

 



Art History Photography

Twenty Million Pixels of the Birth of Venus

October 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

For four months only HaltaDefinizione is offering an interactive gallery of 10 masterpieces photographed with their high-definition technology. Up to 1,000 photos are stitched together to create each work, allowing you to zoom in and examine centuries old paintings millimeter by millimeter. Ooh Paul Biro can use it to hunt for some latent Boiticelli thumbprints!

 

 



History Photography

Because all of these things around me are my metaphors

September 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

A few of many photos taken from inside Ray Bradbury’s home by LA photographer Zen Sekizawa for Listen to the Echos: The Ray Bradbury Interviews by Sam Weller.

Since Listen to the Echoes was released a little over a month ago, many people have asked about the full-page photographs at the front of each chapter in the book. Here’s the story. Ray Bradbury is a pack-rat. A borderline hoarder. The man saves everything. His west Los Angeles home is museum of his life. Everything is there, from the many autographs he collected as a teenager in Hollywood; to the shelves and shelves of books gathered over a lifetime; to rooms overrun by toys. There are matchbooks going back to the 1940s. Political buttons for candidates he supported in the 1950s. Fan letters written to him throughout his career. Original, hand painted animation cels from a range of classic Disney films, given to Bradbury personally by Walt Disney himself. It’s all in the house.

I have asked Bradbury a few times, “Why do you hold on to everything?”

The answer: “Because all of these things around me are my metaphors.”

 

 



Art History

Vintage Argentinian Funeral Cars

September 1, 2010

Christopher Jobson





Fernando Aguerre found these wooden-bodied, vintage Cadillac funeral cars while exploring an old barn in Argentina. Estimated to have been built sometime in the 1940s their creator is unknown. More photos on Jalopnik. (thnx Jorge)

 

 



Design History Illustration

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

August 25, 2010

Christopher Jobson

In a follow up to yesterday’s post, Moonshot could soon best Alphabeasties as preferred bedtime reading material.

 

 



History Photography

Fantastic Finds at Vintage Printable

August 18, 2010

Christopher Jobson

A veritable wealth of awesome over at Vintage Printable (appears heavily under construction at the moment).