Just how influential is Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now? Well, here’s something quite unexpected: it has even inspired Filipinos to pick up surfing. It was at Baler, a fishing town in northern Philippines, where the surfing scene was shot, and the locals who watched the actors surf were intrigued. “When the filming finished, some of […]
How did we ever miss this? Utah-based concept designer Timothy Anderson did a pretty cool series of 60s-styled pulp novels for sci-fi movies such as The Matrix, Alien and Blade Runner. The tagline for Blade Runner is gold: ‘IT’S TOO BAD SHE WON’T LIVE. BUT THEN AGAIN, WHO DOES?
Random House, The Footpath Library, and BMF have joined forces to re-gift the gift of reading to homeless and disadvantaged Australians. The Mailbooks for Good project is simple: buy a book, read it, and post it to a charity for free. Each book features a cleverly designed dust jacket which transforms into a pre-paid, pre-addressed […]
We love paper, we love books, we love folding stuff and Vermont-based Etsy seller Luciana Frigerio, who folds pages in paper books so they open to reveal words or symbols, makes simply splendid stuff. We have a soft spot for the book universe: that’s the one with the infinity loop carved on it.
Public librarians in Michigan, Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner, have been holding the book fort for over a decade and know a thing or two about awful library books. So much so that they’ve set up a site of actual library holdings — from their travels, snooping in library catalogs and hearing from library staff […]
Bookshelf Porn is the perfect inspiration blog for any bibliophile. The site features a unique and diverse collection of bookshelves, libraries, and bookstores from all over the world. Even if you aren’t particularly interested in books, this blog will give you the urge to read.
BookMooch is a website for avid readers who like giving away old books in exchange for ones they want to read. If somebody has a book on your wish list, they send it to you. If someone wants a book from your inventory, you send it to them. Membership is free, and has reached around […]
The shortlist for The Diagram Prize – which awards the oddest book title of the year by popular vote — is out and there are six nominees on it. So, what is more odd: the fact that a competition to find the oddest title actually exists, or that these book titles are really quite odd? […]
Sometimes we just want to flip a table and go take a hike, far, far away from work. Furniture designer Chen Liu — who flipped a bunch of cut up yoga mats to make both a book and a chair — may actually convince us to sit still and zen out our need to flee. […]
Rachel Federman’s latest book answers the age-old question: ‘Is your dog a genius?’ Now you can finally find out whether your dog is extraordinary or just an average-Joe mutt. We know you’ve been dying to find out. Woof woof.
Not sure whether to read a book or inspect some art for inspiration? Russell Cobb, a celebrated illustrator based in the UK, offers a creative compromise: experimenting with canvases, he has come up with a colorful and striking ‘book painting series which is just lovely.
Photographer John Schabel’s latest book is a collection of photographs taken between 1994 and 1996 entitled Passengers. Shot with a 35 mm Nikon film camera and a telephoto lens, taking these same photographs today would most likely land you in jail. Since airport security has increased after 9/11, attempting to photograph planes at an airport […]
If you’d like to read archetypical nightmare design stories, one needs only type in the URL “Clientsfromhell.net” and you’ll find a tonne. If you want to find some unique nightmare design and art stories, though, I’d advise reading Anne Applebaum’s new social history of Stalinist Eastern Europe. In it are tales of dreadful state-artist collaborations, […]
I have to admit, this is my baby. It’s a 208-page book collecting black and white illustrations I completed between the years 2002 and 2012, and it includes everything from house party flyers to zine covers to pieces for the New York Times and GQ. A theme within it: that we live in a fantastically […]
When Tell Ritterbach set to work on designing a bookmark, he wanted something better than the run-of-the-mill ones that get slotted between pages. The result is Book Hook, a classy, triangular chunk of wood — available in beech, oak or birch wood — that you can set your book upon with no fear of damaging […]