Anna Rosling Rönnlund, co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, asked Swedish students where they thought they fell on the global income spectrum. They guessed somewhere in the middle; they were wrong. After having 264 homes photographed in 50 countries and collecting 30,000 photos, she made this tool to help everyone understand the world – and how they fit in – a little better.
Want to see how people at your income level live in other countries? Of course you do.
It's the perfect antidote to Instagram-induced envy. Actually, I'd like to see someone curate a Selby or Apartmento-style lookbook from these images. Anyone? Read the rest
HoleRole created some nice blackout curtains using an age-old design trick: perforating them with patterns, in this case cities at night. Choose from London, New York, or night sky. Read the rest
Proselint isn't a grammar checker. It's a "style" checker, warning writers when their work is hackneyed, inconsistent or very obviously not great.
proselint places the world’s greatest writers and editors by your side, where they whisper suggestions on how to improve your prose. You’ll be guided by advice inspired by Bryan Garner, David Foster Wallace, Chuck Palahniuk, Steve Pinker, Mary Norris, Mark Twain, Elmore Leonard, George Orwell, Matthew Butterick, William Strunk, E.B. White, Philip Corbett, Ernest Gowers, and the editorial staff of the world’s finest literary magazines and newspapers, among others. Our goal is to aggregate knowledge about best practices in writing and to make that knowledge immediately accessible to all authors in the form of a linter for prose.
It's in rudimentary form at the moment, but expect it to turn up in web-based form fields and popular apps soon. See also Hemingway App, which does a similar thing but with an eye toward concision and brevity rather than general style. Read the rest
Do you dig women's vintage clothes? My wife Kelly Sparks is a fashion designer and stylist who has been a hardcore vintage and thrift treasure hunter since she was in high school. Kelly was asked to write a series of shopping guides on eBay and her first one, no surprise, is "The Thrill of the Hunt: A Personal Stylist's Guide to 10 Vintage Items Every Woman Needs In Her Closet." Read the rest
YouTuber Cut Video mashed up two remarkable videos showing models cycling through 100 years of fashion trends, decade by decade. Read the rest
This is Africa interviews Namibian designer and trendsetter Loux the Vintage Guru on contemporary African fashion trends that involve "black hipsters in tweed jackets and round spectacles, trilby hats, Oversize coats," and a wide array of vintage style. A wonderful interview with some really knockout photos, and a mini-documentary on African "sapeurs." [Photos: Harness Hamese and Lukas Amakali for This is Africa]
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Yesterday's bad haircuts are tomorrow's (or today's) cool haircuts in San Francisco's Mission or Brooklyn. (via Devour) Read the rest
Over at our sponsor Intel's My Life Scoop site, I wrote a short piece about my favorite men's style sites:
Since I was 14, I’ve dressed like, well, I’m 14. My daily attire has always been t-shirt, hoodie, jeans, and sneakers or boots. That said, I feel good when I dress up. My wife is a fashion designer and stylist. She helps, when I let her. And in recent years, that’s been more often. I’m not interested in trying to track the latest trends. I prefer classic, timeless, and well-made apparel. I like looking sharp, but I’d never want to peacock. If I wasn’t so lazy about my looks, and actually made the scene more often, I’d be tempted to buy more suits. William S. Burroughs wore a traditional suit almost every day. It enabled him to blend in, fade into invisibility to observe without suspicion. Of course, I’m no Burroughs. For lots of reasons. But I still wouldn’t mind the gentleman junkie’s three-piece gray flannel suit.
"Seeking Men’s Style
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Jake Von Slatt tells Boing Boing, "I got an email this morning from Flaminio Bovino, a young Italian designer who though I might like this amazing blimp lamp he made. He was correct!" Read the rest
Episode seven of Put This On
, a web series exploring how not to look like a slob, is really a stunner. This is the final episode in Jesse Thorn
and Adam Lisagor
's project, and I hope they continue to do many more. What you'll find in the video embedded above:
Field correspondent Dave Hill visits the annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, held each year on 11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy. He discovers a magical world, dedicated to the promotion of that most bookish of fabrics, and to the denigration of the sworn enemy of the wale: velvet.
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Then Roxana Altamirano brings a new Nerd Boyfriend segment, with an investigation of an icon of eccentric style, Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000 of Outkast.
Plus: a conversation with one of the world’s most elegant men, Gay Talese. He’s not just one of America’s most celebrated magazine writers and the man who invented the contemporary magazine profile. He’s also one of the best-dressed men in the world, the son of an immigrant tailor who imbued in his progeny a love of fine clothing. Besides that, he’s got his own lapel shape!