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Design History

Dazzle Camouflage Gives Warships an Unlikely Disguise

October 22, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while ever since seeing it on Graphic Hug a while back but it kinda fell off the radar. Dazzle camouflage was a technique used during both WWI and WWII to obscure aspects war ships.

At first glance Dazzle seems unlikely camouflage, drawing attention to the ship rather than hiding it, but this technique was developed after the Allied Navies were unable to develop effective means to disguise ships in all weather.

Dazzle did not conceal the ship but made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery. Its purpose was confusion rather than concealment. An observer would find it difficult to know exactly whether the stern or the bow is in view; and it would be equally difficult to estimate whether the observed vessel is moving towards or away from the observer’s position.

RISD also has a super cool online gallery on the topic. Great stuff. On a related note, and from a different war, see also Quaker Guns. (via graphic hug)

 

 



Design History

Dieter Rams Radios for Braun

October 20, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Three radios designed by Dieter Rams for Braun between 1959-1963. While you’re at it, why not brush up on Rams ten principles for good design. (via annelinnting)

 

 



Animation History

Pražský Orloj turns 600

October 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The Prague astronomical clock turned 600 this week, and why not celebrate one of the world’s most complex clocks with a craaaazy projected animation. I walked past this clock almost every day in 2004, wish I could have seen this first-hand. Projection work by Macula. (via kottke)

 

 



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)