The Atomium basically what’s left of the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. It’s a structure heavily influenced by the Atomic Age and the Cold War. The building is neato, and a major tourist trap, but there’s also a surprise, totally unpublicised exhibition of mid century artifacts, all in blazing orange. This is that exhibition’s super sick logo. Highly recommend.
This is one of those things you dig up when you’re snooping around your parents’ basement. Other than the cover, the book itself is pretty lame. It kind of reads like it was written by someone’s very weird and isolated uncle, and talks about women only in terms of sexual harassment, as if they are foreign creatures. I don’t know how it got there, but I can wildly speculate and hope that it was just a joke gift, since my dad has been a computer geek since before it was cool. Still, the cover is classic, clarifying the magnificent roots of today’s startup scene.
- Hugh Laurie and Stephen Colbert say words you can say on cable but not on US network television. It NSFW, duh.
- Herb Alpert’s famous album cover “whipped cream lady” is now 76, and still amazing.
- Unf, this tumblr of illustrations and design from the post-war era is on point.
- Rooney Mara is not one of those actresses that is deemed “likeable”, whatever that means, but this T Magazine profile unravels a bit of her personality.
- Ever had trouble finding the page that actually allows you to delete your Facebook account? This site has direct links to that page, and the delete pages of many other of your accounts.
- Similarly useful, Unroll.me allows to see all the lists you’re subscribed to via email, and easily delete the ones you don’t want. I had over 50 subscriptions!
- Harvard Business Reviews discusses the best female leaders, and what makes them less visible.
- Beautiful video on the rich, high-born history of velvet. It has always been that luxe fabric that just looks polished to me.
- Designers on Twitter have been going gaga lately over typehunting.com, and it’s obvious why – it’s gorgeous.
- The so-called “beauty factor” is still a major issue for women in positions of power. Accurate.
Some really legit lettering on the side of this gas grill. I wanted to purchase it just because of this decal.
Another book-inspired wallpaper! This one was created while I was reading Stephen Hawking’s brilliant (obviously, dude is the prototypical genius) book A Brief History of Time. If you know anything about quantum physics and the topics discussed in the book, you’ll probably guess that despite my best efforts I know almost nothing about the topic. As designers often do, while reading I let my mind wander to a more visual place and began to think of old textbooks and science manuals from the 1950s and 60s.
Remember how the best part of science class was getting to draw the diagrams of all the different elements? That’s what this wallpaper is about.
Everybody knows Japanese beauty products are the better and more cool than western ones. Here are a few examples:
I found these hair dye packages at Osaka Supermarket the other day and was blown away at how different the branding is from similar western products. Instead of simply showing a sultry model sporting a “The Rachel” or other similar layered 90s hairstyle, like most western brands of hair dye, these show princesses, cute schoolgirls, and women sporting pope hats made of foam. Small details in the packaging like beading around call-outs and tiny images of baked goods help give the products their poppy, enjoyable feel. They’re clearly more fun to use than “Herbal Essences”, whatever that means.