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Great book covers as animated GIFs

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Wonderful literary GIFs by Javier Jensen of Santiago, Chile.

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Judgey: Web game that lets you judge a book by its cover

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Judgey is a fun site that lets you rate a book's cover, then see if your rating matches up with its Goodreads rating. Great way to remind yourself of all the bad design in the world!

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IBM's lost, glorious fabric design


It's a pity that IBM hasn't made this fabric since 1950 or so, because I would rock a pair of pajamas in this pattern (or hell, a big suit!).

Textile, IBM, ca. 1950 [Angelo Testa/Cooper Hewitt]

Magazine covers, then and now

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Over at Medium, Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra look at the evolution of magazine covers. To paraphrase Mister Jalopy, I don't like the old ones because they're old, I like them because they're better.

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Photo book shows Eames' beautiful details

Eames: Beautiful Details
by Eames Demetrios
AMMO Books
2014, 408 pages, 12.5 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches
$41 Buy one on Amazon

One of my favorite speakers at San Mateo Maker Faire this year was Llisa Demetrios, granddaughter of Charles Eames. Her talk included very personal remembrances of times with her grandfather and with his wife Ray Eames. Llisa shared family photos taken at their iconic home, Case Study House #8, as well as playful letters from her grandfather in rebus form and rare snips of their short films. All very charming and enjoyable to get an inside look at Charles and Ray Eames. If you missed it, you now have a second chance to explore the personal side of the Eames in Eames: Beautiful Details.

The title is apt as the unusual format with 400 twice-as-wide-as-tall pages makes for panoramic layout spreads, not unlike the multi screen format of their films. You may think you have seen some of these images before, but not like this with extra detail and context. And as Charles Eames famously said, “The details are not the details; the details make the product,” or in this case, the book.

This elegant book is organized by chapters for each of the various aspects of the Eames’ work, e.g., graphics+textiles, furniture+experiments, toys+games, etc., with personal essays and quotes by three generations of the Eames family: Charles and Ray, daughter Lucia Eames, and grandkids. It’s like sitting down with the family and their photo album. The many candid (and cleverly posed) photos depict their proto-Maker life, with work, family and home all blended together in and around their lively house/studio: Charles at a Moviola at work on a film, Ray designing textiles and painting, then, later, the same space reconfigured as a giant play area for visiting grandkids with a mountain of boxes for stacking (and crashing!).

The Eames’ love of color, design and detail are evident in the book’s many full-page photos and generous layouts. Even lowly, everyday objects become a colorful kaleidoscope of tools, kites, flowers, textures, and more. You can tour the historic Eames house today, but it’s like a quiet museum. All that’s left now of the Eames’ original design office in Venice, CA is a memorial wall with a few photos. On the other hand, Eames: Beautiful Details is very much alive with the life and work, family and friends of Charles and Ray Eames.

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Skysphere: fantastic hang-out globular tower pad

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New Zealand designer Jono Williams built his otherworldly Skysphere clubhouse in around 3,000 hours from $50,000 in materials. No bathroom, but it has plenty of great amenities:

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Building looks like couple doing it doggy style

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Atelier Van Lieshout constructed this delightful building, titled "Domestikator," as the centerpiece of their large festival installation, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at the Ruhrtriennale music and arts festival in Bochum, Germany.

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Spectacular, swirling custom-built stone walls and furniture

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Stonemasons Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl of Ancient Art of Stone elevate the art of stonemasonry with carefully designed and positioned decorative stone walls.

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WATCH: NSFW Camgirl Odalisque by Hugo Arcier

Hugo Arcier's Camgirl odalisque "aims to establish a connection between classical nude artworks, odalisque figures (such as Ingres’ or Manet’s), and the more contemporary vision that camgirls represent."

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3D printed chess set where each piece holds a tiny plant

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After this Bauhaus-inspired pattern from XYZ Workshop is downloaded and printed, each chess piece is designed as a mini-planter.

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Watch: How "oldschool" computer graphics worked back in the eighties

YouTube personality TheiBookGuy produced an easy-to-watch, easy-to-understand explainer piece on how computer graphics worked in the 1980s.

In part one of a multi-part video series, he digs into the limitations of color on eighties-era computers and early game consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Commodore 64.

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Podzook: a simply stunning backyard office pod

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If you have room for a 3-meter diameter sphere on your property, you can escape without leaving your yard with the Podzook. Just close the gull-wing door behind you and work or relax.

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WATCH: NASA JPL tests gecko-inspired grippers in zero gravity

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory just released a video of their latest adhesion technologies designed for use in space.

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George Miller/Brendan McCarthy's original 1999 storyboard for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Why oh why did the "Erotic Mud Dance" not make the final cut?

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Tritensil: a usable spork


London's Map Project studio created the bio-plastic Tritensil for notorious tax-dodging luxury department store Fortnum & Mason, where it is provided as a disposable all-purpose cutlery item in the store's picnic hampers.

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The design story of NASA's "worm" logo, sadly retired

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Over at Display, Graphic designer Richard Danne tells the story of the fantastic "worm" logo he and partner Bruce Blackburn created for NASA in 1974. It was used for almost twenty years until the NASA administrator Dan Goldin unfortunately reinstated the previous "meatball" logo, developed in 1959.

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Shape these 120 colorful balls into perfect relaxation

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You could be lying around on this super-comfy mat of configurable balls if you have $8K lying around. Comes in blue, red, brown, and gray.

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