7.3 Billion People, One Building After a year and a half of writing Wait But Why posts, I’ve noticed a theme: humans seem to come up a lot. Sometimes we talk about where humans came from or where we might be going or how we’re all related; other times we look at how we interact and communicate and form relationships. We’ve talked about rich humans and famous humans and baby humans and dead humans and humans from all over the world.
The Default of American Fiction Can No Longer Be White and Male In my earliest stories, my characters were always white, the situations always some refashioning of a story by a white writer. I believed, subconsciously, that this was what it meant to write American fiction. Those earliest stories were based on what I was reading in writing and literature courses; in four years, I read exactly one story in a writing course that was written by a South Asian writer. For my first attempt at a Bangladeshi story, a piece set during the 1971 Liberation War, was generally well-received as a subject matter by my classmates, but I felt as though the story had entered the classroom on a temporary visa; it needed to leave as soon as its time had expired. I thought I was writing American fiction—fiction that would be accepted by American journals and publishers—by not writing about Bangladesh.
Designer Creates Clever Brand Logos By Combining Two Different Objects Into One Kochi-based designer Shibu PG has come up with an interesting project in which he combines icons of two different objects into one unique logo based on the brand name. The logo in each case is a visual representation of the brand name. For example, the logo for Bird Vision is an aesthetically designed symbol of a bird and an eye. The logo for Owl Rider is a clever combination of an owl and a cyclist.
Google AutoDraw Turns Your Rough Scribbles Into Beautiful Icons For Free Google’s latest A.I. experiment is a web-based drawing tool called AutoDraw that converts your rough scribbles and doodles into beautiful, symmetrical icons/clipart that you can download for free. It works on your phone, computer or tablet and uses artificial intelligence to guess and suggest a more polished icon or symbol to replace your drawing. The program uses the same technology found in Quick, Draw! – an online game developed by Google that uses neural network artificial intelligence to guess what a user has drawn (it’s like playing Pictionary against a computer). The AI learns from each drawing, increasing its ability to guess correctly in the future. AutoDraw also lets you draw freehand, without suggestions.
15 Clever Examples of Interactive Print Ads You would think print advertising is void of innovation today, but that's actually not the case. In fact, many brands are finding new ways to merge the digital and physical world through magazine and newspaper ads. Download Now: Free Ad Campaign Planning Kit What Is Print Advertising? Print advertising is a form of advertising that uses physically printed media to reach potential customers. The 40 best free web fonts It's time-consuming to cut through the ocean of free fonts online, especially web fonts, to find the real gems that punch above their price tag. With this in mind, we've rounded up the greatest free web fonts from around the internet to get you started. There are various methods to source and license web fonts, including subscription-based models such as Typekit and Fontspring, which boast libraries of quality typefaces that are becoming increasingly popular with professional designers. If you're on a tight budget, however, or are just looking to experiment on a smaller project, there are plenty of good web fonts available at no cost if you know where to look.
The Heinlein Maneuver The incredibly generous letter in question — sent by Heinlein just two days after being asked for help and directly responsible for two of Sturgeon's subsequent stories ("And Now the News" and "The Other Man") — can be read, in full, below. (Source: Speech excerpt via And Now the News, letter via 'New York Review of Science Fiction No. 84'; Image: Robert Heinlein in 1976, via Wikipedia.) Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colorado11 Feb 1955Dear Ted, What this job really calls for is a meeting of the defunct Mañana Literary Society. Almost all writers need cross-pollenation—myself most certainly!
Craig & Karl illustrate animal-packed Sticker Art books for NHM Combining a few of our favourite things – walruses, stickers, and dynamic illustrations styles – a series of new books illustrated by transatlantic duo Craig & Karl ticks a lot of boxes. The Sticker Art paperbacks series is published in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, and comprises Ocean, Jungle, Woodland and Savannah. Ostensibly aimed at younger children (we’d wager their appeal to be far wider), the books feature eight different animals each, and encourage readers to create their own sticker-by-number animal portraits using Craig & Karl’s illustrations as a guideline. The bold, blocky style typical of Craig & Karl’s work is perfectly suited to the task, and will surely delight yummy mummies and cool dads as well as their creative offspring. As well as the portraits and stickers, each animal in the book is accompanied with some fun and informative facts. The Sticker Art series is published by Francis Lincoln Children’s Books, with each in the series priced at £4.99 each
New website Logobook archives logos going back to the 50s Created by a group of Swiss designers, who are now located around the world, Logobook aims to serve as both a resource and an inspiration to design fans. Currently in beta phase, its creators are adding to it all the time. “At the moment Logobook.com is mostly a reference tool for designers and businesses to not only find inspiration but also to build awareness of what has been done before, and by whom,” says Seymour Auf Der Maur, the site’s editor. “In future, we would like to grow the database of original designs, and ultimately to build a strong community of contributing businesses and designers that will help push identity design into new areas, encouraging more innovation and less repetition.” The logos featured on the site come from a variety of sources.
Avant-garde and modernist magazines - Monoskop Inside back cover of Blok 6-7, Warsaw, 1924. Back cover of MA 8:1, Vienna, 1922. Back cover of Noi II/1:6-9, Rome, 1924. Introduction What is the relevance of avant-garde magazines printed on aging paper to a society which views the world in real time and through networked digital lenses? Rebuilding a Legacy: The Gastrotypographical- assemblage Article by Richard Anwyl March 05, 2008 The original wall circa 1966 (top) and details of the gastro-typography (above). Each day our world changes, the old quickly vanishing, displaced by inspired new designs, new perspectives and brilliant imaginative creations. Society seemingly demands it, our fascination and appetite for embracing the new apparently endless. Who of us is not awed by the scale of Dubai's architecture, amused by the latest television commercial, drawn to the value and logic of the Prius Hybrid automobile or the aesthetic and functional design of Apple's iPhone?
The Electrotyping Process Ellenor Alcorn: The Bryant Vase was completed in 1876 by a team of skilled artists working for Tiffany and Company. They worked for more than a year, meticulously chasing the sterling silver. Tiffany made a second vase for presentation using the electrotyping process. To make an electrotype, molds are taken of each section of the vase. A flexible molding material is applied to the surface —in this case, gutta-percha, the sap of an East-Indian tree. The mold hardens, leaving a precise impression. True Random Number Service Perhaps you have wondered how predictable machines like computers can generate randomness. In reality, most random numbers used in computer programs are pseudo-random, which means they are generated in a predictable fashion using a mathematical formula. This is fine for many purposes, but it may not be random in the way you expect if you're used to dice rolls and lottery drawings. RANDOM.ORG offers true random numbers to anyone on the Internet. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs. People use RANDOM.ORG for holding drawings, lotteries and sweepstakes, to drive online games, for scientific applications and for art and music.
April 2007 - Vol 01 No 04 - Facsimile Magazine Two years ago Sister Mary Corita left Los Angeles' Immaculate Heart Convent, where she had been a nun for thirty years, to become Miss Corita Kent, artist. Cortia's art certainly is not in the kind of style you'd ever envision a nun's, even a former one. But Corita is an unusual person. Her medium is the serigraph, or silk screen print, which bombards the eye with Dayglo colors, pithy quotations from numerous sources (Camus, Peanuts, Beatle John Lennon, Rabbi Abraham Heschel, to name a few), and a generous sprinkling of ad slogans. Corita's art can be found in the permanent collections of thirty-seven museums.