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London Design Legends

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This month sees the exhibition and monograph launch of Anthony Burrill’s at the KK Outlet. Burrill’s simple yet playful letterpress posters has become synonymous with the British design scene and beyond – even adorning the walls of 40 Wooster Street. Also in London, the Design Museum celebrates it’s 25th anniversary. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, the museum hopes to encourage everyone, regardless of their background, to appreciate and understand the value of design.

Eye-Bending

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An Icelandic designer living and working in Berlin, Siggi Eggertsson recently installed a show at Spark Design Space in Reykjavík that overloads the eye with its pixelated, graphic, colored repetition. He covered literally the entire space with exception of the ceiling – floors, walls, pillars and stairs – in a pattern that bends and tests perception, faces and imagery coming and going from visual views. The wallpaper is made up of a set of eight posters, which – when combined in different ways – form the intensity of pattern. On view through April 11.

Learning Type

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Parents obsessive about typography can now teach their little ones about serifs and sans serifs as they learn the alphabet. Italian company Loodus recently rolled out a cute, wooden alphabet puzzle toy that corresponds each letter to a font that starts with the same. (H is for Helvetica, C is for Century Gothic, etc). Choose from monochrome shades of blue, green or red.

Design in Times Square

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The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts worked with New York’s AIGA to create October’s Midnight Moment – when, at 11:57pm every night of the month, a short film by designer Andrew Sloat will be projected on all the screens in Times Square. Sloat’s film shows a series of cards with letters, which change manually in a flipboard style, reading excerpts of the US Constitution. The final showing is tonight.

Wes Anderson World

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Everything Wes Anderson touches becomes part of his carefully calibrated, engaging world. A new filmographyThe Wes Anderson Collection, by writer Matthew Zoller Seitz is no exception – the book itself meticulously designed, taking readers through the creation of each of Anderson’s films, woven with an in-depth interview by the author. The website for the book is even a journey into the Anderson style, with a terrific animation and video essays on each film.

Colorful Climb

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Proving that a little color can go a long way, a group of Syrian students recently painted a vibrant colored pattern onto the longest public stairs in Syria, completely transforming the drab concrete into a beautiful statement. With hopes to bring a little light and color to the politically embattled nation, architecture academic Salmo al-Bata organized a crew of volunteer students to paint the path in shades of green, blue, yellow, orange, pink and red.

New NYC.gov

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Government websites are typically hard to navigate, loaded down with information and legal speak. So its refreshing to see New York moving in a direction toward usability, with the launch of the new NYC.gov this month. The site has slimmed down much of the information into more digestible sections, directing users quickly to 311 links and resources. Immediate information that impacts residents is much more accessible – all the fun stuff about parking, garbage collection, school closures, and updates on the MTA.

Skate Art

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The Sk8room in Brussels is a gallery and skateboard producer working with artists to use skateboards as a canvas. Their most recent collaboration is with Ai Weiwei, who created a series of three boards with imagery of his past installations, along with inspirational quotes. Prior artists who created editions for Sk8room include Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, and John Baldessari.

Found History

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A wonderful resource of vintage photography is being published on a daily tumblr, as National Geographic celebrates its 125th anniversary with “Found.” Many of the photos are unpublished or have rarely been seen, providing a great historical glimpse into various cultures and pastimes (image above of Rio de Janeiro, 1955). If you fall in love with something – much of the imagery can be purchased in print form here.

Spatial Reasoning

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Illustrator Ben Newman and Quantum Physics professor Dr. Dominic Walliman recently completed a terrific new book that runs through all the wonders of space, guided by a cat astronaut. Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space is a journey for kids interested in the topic, covering gravity, extraterrestrial life, and the solar system in a fun, digestible and beautifully illustrated format.

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