Miriam Elia is a London-based visual artist, writer, radio personality and comedian. Her latest project, “We Go To The Gallery” (see below) is a sardonic look at the art world . If you’re intrigued by the sample, you can see more of the hilarious book on her website and even purchase a copy to give to that art-loving child in your life.
If you were educated during a certain era in the United States, you are all too familiar with the classic Reed-Kellogg diagrammatical system. The folks at Pop Chart Lab in New York , whose goal is “to render all of human experience in chart form”, have turned 25 famous opening lines from iconic works of fiction into a clever, color-coded piece of wall art. If you’re so inclined, you can purchase your own version right here.
For those of you lucky enough to have avoided the Reed-Kellogg System in school, it dates from 1877, when it was created by two sadists named Alonzo Reed and Brainerd Kellogg.
Every flier has endured those tedious, unimaginative flight safety videos while awaiting take-off. Most of us barely acknowledge the drill. Virgin Atlantic has taken heed and created a new animated, pre-flight safety film that manages to be entertaining and informative too.
Illustrator, teacher and Fulbright scholar Emma Fick has created a marvelous digital sketchbook of her life and travels in Europe. “Snippets” is a charming, whimsical and introspective pictorial journal of observations of European culture and life on the road from the perspective of a discerning, imaginative young American. Fick is a keen observer and talented artist too.
Earlier this month we shared a very clever New York City coffee map based on subway stops. Now the creator, Android developer Nimal Banerjee, has expanded the original Manhattan- only map to include the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. But it seems that once again Staten Island is snubbed.
San Francisco is unquestionably one of North America’s favorite destinations for travelers. It is also well served by public transit and is quite easy to get around. But who doesn’t love a fun, practical and even whimsical navigational tool that folds like origami, is water and wind resistant and tear proof .
The Open Company has just released its 2014 Guide to San Francisco map which is brilliantly designed, looks great and is utilitarian too. Best of all, it costs just $12 including shipping.
Calling himself “The Roving Typist”, C.D. Hermelin visits parks in New York City where he writes impromptu stories for strangers for a fee. Story patrons provide some ideas on what they’d like in a story and pay what they choose for the finished text.
You can find out more about “The Roving Typist” in the short film below. If you’d like your own story, and can’t visit Hermelin in NYC, you can visit his website and order your own short story.
This March 11th will mark the 10th anniversary of the horrendous Madrid train bombings in which 192 innocent people from 17 different nations were murdered by terrorists. Paris-based, Italian photographer Ciro Prota has organized a moving photographic memorial book to commemorate the tragedy. Prota enlisted 192 photographers to each create a separate photograph in the name of an individual victim. The moving Projet 192 is a powerful memorial to every family touched by the events of 11-M as it is known in Spain.