Most of us can take access to books and information for granted. However, for people in areas of conflict, war or natural disaster access to information is often an insurmountable problem. The NGO Libraries Without Borders has partnered with the French designer Philippe Starck to create the Ideas Box, a pre-packaged, portable multimedia center and library. The ready-made system consists of five modules that ship on two standard shipping palettes.
Each of the color coded modules serves a specific function. The yellow module is the system hub, which provides a central desk and check-in area.
The orange module stores books, games and activities.
The green IT module has tablets. e-readers and video cameras.
The blue module is an integrated cinema with sound system and a portable generator.
While the grey modules convert to tables with USB and wifi, as well as seating for 24 people.
Libraries Without Borders has tested the first Ideas Box at a refugee camp in the Congo and plans to test four other units over the next year at other camps.
I don’t usually promote random Kickstarter projects, but this interactive kid’s map created by Berlin-based Simon Schuetz is a terrific concept. American children in particular are woefully ignorant when it comes to basic geography, but a fun map like this could go a long way at home or in a classroom.
I don’t know who is behind the anonymous blog Professional Library Literature but I think that they’re overdue for a sabbatical . These hilarious pulp fiction book parodies will surely ring true for our librarian readers, professional students and library habitué.
I was tickled to see that the Netherlands Board of Tourism has revived its 2013 “Original Cool” travel marketing campaign. The three new episodes, which will once again be hosted by Mr. Cool himself, Pim de Koel, are target at Americans who need a little help reaching the level of cool inherent in being Dutch. I’ve got the facial hair and biking bits down, now I just need to focus on the cheese.
Geoff Tompkinson is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and videographer who specializes in timelapse and hyperlapse videos. He has created stunning films in locals as diverse as Istanbul, Venice and the U.S.. His newest work is a stylish video called “New York Noir” which is a captivating hyperlapse video using selective color treatment to a brilliant effect.
While most of the world has been attending to the conflict between Putin’s puppets and Ukrainians struggling for some semblance of self-determination, the gifted French street artist Seth GlobePainter and his Ukrainian friend Alexsey Kislow decided to enliven Kiev with a mural titled “Renaissance”. The polychromatic piece took a week to complete, with imagery hinting at a hopeful future for Ukraine. Seth and Kislow plan to buoy spirits with more wall art around the city in coming weeks.
images © Alexey Kislow and Marie Meneau
I was recently researching India travel guidebooks and stumbled across the beautiful, hand-crafted books from the Love Travel Guides series. Founder and publisher, Fiona Caulfield, believes that “Falling in love with a city is just as exciting as falling in love with a person”. Her passion for Indian travel is clearly evident in these gorgeous, carefully curated travel books for some of India’s most popular tourist sites.
Each book in the Love Travel Guides series is handmade in India. They are printed on handmade paper in Jaipur and produced by local designers. The book covers are hand -loomed in Andhra Pradesh and each guide is available with either khadi cotton or Mysore silk pouches.
Ten percent of the profits go to socially and environmentally responsible travel projects in India. You can purchase copies directly from the publisher here.
A couple of years back you may have seen the hilarious parody of Jay Z and Kanye West called B*tches in Bookshops (see below) that was written and performed by La Shea Delaney and Annabelle Quezada. Now the pair are back with yet another biblio-video parody, this one is titled Hardcover Bound 2 (see below).
May be NSFW
After his controversial residency in NYC last Autumn and a rejuvenating sabbatical in the Seycelles , Banksy has surfaced with two new and very different pieces. The first appeard in Cheltenham, England (coincidentally near the British Government Communications HQ) depicting three nefarious characters bugging an old phone booth. The second piece appeared on Banksy’s website and shows two lovers bathed in the glow of their smart phones.
By the way, I made up the part about the Seycelles; Banksy never tells me where he’s been.
I’m hopelessly strung out on coffee, but I can live with the shame. However, when I’m traveling, I sometimes find myself at a loss on the correct way to order a cup of joe. And when it comes to ordering local coffee specialties, I’m lost at sea. This handy infographic from the folks at Cheapflights UK may help all of us coffee fiends when we’re on the road.