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Classic picture books as color wheels


Arthur Buxton writes, "Here's a tribute to three classic children's books - The Snowman, Where the Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Using custom software, I've reduced each page in all three books to its main five colours proportionally according to size, then arranged each resulting chart in sequence."

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Miniature midcentury media center (Just add iPad Mini)

DuMont is the latest design from Jeffrey Stephenson: "Watch I Love Lucy reruns or use as a Pandora box. For me it locks together two devices that are bluetooth tethered and travel around together anyway. Another one of my products for a parallel universe."

Landscape alphabet (c.1818-1860)

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In the 19th century, Charles Joseph Hullmandel illustrated a glorious series of landscapes shaped as the letters of the English alphabet. You can see them all in the British Museum's online collection: The Landscape Alphabet (via Juxtapoz)

Door based on rotating squares

Klemens Torggler's designed a thoroughly wonderful and mind-melting door system based on rotating, interlocking squares. There are several variations on the theme on his site, but the one above is the most elegant and polished of the lot.

Klemens Torggler`s doors and paintings (via JWZ)

The Haunted Mansion, the Haunting, and "Boo" vs "Brr" in spook-house design


Long Forgotten, the very best Haunted Mansion blog on the net, has a stellar piece on the influences that went into the Haunted Mansion's scary corridor of doors, and the delicate balance the corridor strikes between two different kinds of scariness, called "Boo" and "Brr." The piece starts from the premise that the Imagineers who designed the Haunted Mansion were heavily influenced by the 1963 classic horror film The Haunting (the film adaptation of Shirley Jackson's horror novel The Haunted of Hill House, later remade as a 1999 film with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Liam Neeson). This isn't a very controversial idea, as there are many parallels between the Mansion and The Haunting, though Long Forgotten finds some particularly subtle and fascinating lifts I'd never seen mentioned before.

More interesting, though, is the way the corridor -- and the Mansion itself -- slides from "Boo" to "Brr" as you pass through it, and the ways that subsequent fine-tunings and renovations have changed this calculus. As with all of Long Forgotten's pieces, it's a very well-argued and illuminating piece of design criticism that made me rethink something with which I'm very familiar in a totally new light.

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Archway of books


Vivs Ngo snapped this wonderful shot of Los Angeles's Last Bookstore, an exuberant temple of the bookseller's faith.

Creating a font from a classic comic

Typographer Nate Piekos describes how he created a 21st-century typeface from a 1980 issue of Elfquest—just in time to begin lettering the comic series’ conclusive installment.

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Cthulhoid damask wallpaper (also fabric & wrapping paper)


Megan Rose "Rosalarian" Gedris has created a cthulhoid damask pattern that's available on Spoonflower as a wallpaper, fabric, and gift-wrap. If you like this, don't miss her zombie brains pattern.

I Love Craft (Cthulhu Damask) (via IO9)

Pirate Cinema and Homeland covers shortlisted for the Kitschie for best cover


The Kitschies are a British award for science fiction and fantasy; every year they choose some marvellous books to honour. This year, I'm proud and pleased announce that they've shortlisted the UK editions of my novels Pirate Cinema and Homeland for the "Inky Tentacle" award for best cover. Both covers were designed by the studio Amazing15 for my British publishers, Titan Books. I'm indebted to the judging panel and the Kitchie volunteers -- thank you!

Mezzanine and stairs made out of dismembered pianos


Back in 2012, Tim Vincent-Smith inherited a pair of unserviceable upright pianos. He took these to bits, and using "nose to tail carpentry," used their every morsel to build a staircase and mezzanine in box-shaped room. The deconstruction process was an education into the craft, skill, complexity and ingenuity of piano manufacture, and the end result was a gorgeous piece that enriched the life of Vincent-Smith's client, a cellist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Hoefler vs Frere-Jones

The most famous contemporary typeface designers are at legal loggerheads over ownership of their foundry, Hoefler & Frere-Jones. [Fast Co Design] Rob 6

Brilliant NSA scandal illustrations


Stephen Levy's Wired feature How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet is a masterful summary of the NSA scandal to date and its fallout, but even better are Christoph Niemann's, Zohar Lazar's, and others' graphics, which are the best NSA-scandal illustrations to emerge since Hugh D'Andrade's NSA/ATT eagle.

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Scott Albrecht: woodworking, collage, and typography art show in NYC

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Brooklyn-based artist/designer Scott Albrecht has a new show of his wonderful woodworking, collage, and hand-drawn typography opening tomorrow (1/9) at New York City's Ace Hotel. We have two of Scotty's pieces hanging in our home and they inspire us every day! The first thirty people at the opening (7-9pm) will receive a limited edition screen print. The exhibit, titled "Everything In Between," runs until January 31.

Below are several pieces from the show. See more of Scott's work at his site: ScottyFiveAlive.

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Futuristic armor for organs


Viaframe's renders of armor for your organs are sure pretty. I think they'd be a little terminal for everyday use, but they'd make great canopic storage for the old burial chamber-oonie.

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Gorgeous silver Star Wars rings


Jap does a gorgeous line of Star Wars rings in silver and gold. There's no pricing info and they date from 1999, so I fear they're long gone, which is a pity, as that R2D2 ring is particularly inspired (and there's also a seemingly extinct line of Alien vs Predator and Planet of the Apes rings).

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