Monthly Archives: October 2017

Museum Match Game

Vienna-based photographer Stefan Draschan has been having some fun serendipitously capturing museum goers with complimentary attire matching artwork in a clever series. The images, shot in major art museums around Europe, create an amusing, aesthetic dialogue between viewer and painting.

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USA: Word On The Street

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Spooky Stories & Inconceivable Tales

Inspired by pulp periodicals and pop culture, Massachusetts-based illustrator Stephen Andrade creates brilliant retro-style magazine covers for imagined publications. Andrade cleverly incorporates contemporary television, cinema, and literary references in his 40s and 50s style cover art.

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Napoleon’s Kindle

Unlike our maniacal Emperor wanabee, Napoleon Bonaparte was a devoted book lover. He was such a serious reader that in 1803 he commissioned the creation of the wonderful traveling library pictured above to take on military campaigns. The leather-lines, velvet-trimmed … Continue reading

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Mind Your Metro Manners

The Los Angeles subway system thought it was a novel idea to use a Sailor Moon-inspired anime-like character named Super Kind Girl to star in a new series of PSA videos encouraging good public transportation manners. Each of the bilingual … Continue reading

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

This week, Chinese dissident artist and human rights activist Ai WeiWei launched a multi-site, crowdfunded project in New York City titled “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”. The three centerpieces of the project utilize metal fencing materials and are located in … Continue reading

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Bookstore Taboo

Tabook is an amusing short film that takes on the silliness of cultural taboos. In Amsterdam-based director Dario van Vree’s animated short a young woman endures the pitfalls of book browsing in a puritanical society. The cheeky film was created with … Continue reading

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Libraries On Wheels

Rural communities in Zimbabwe seldom have their own libraries, so in 1995 educator Obadiah Mayo founded the Rural Libraries & Resources Development Programme to bring books to the countryside. Today, his organization has fifteen donkey-powered mobile library carts that each … Continue reading

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Monsters In Philadelphia

With Frankenstein and Dracula, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker created two of history’s most memorable monsters. Two hundred years after Frankenstein was published, pages from Mary Shelley’s manuscript will make their only appearance in the United States, to be displayed for the first … Continue reading

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Isn’t It Romantic

England’s famed Lake District has recently been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage region, but it has long attracted literary tourists and nature lovers. The Craig Manor Hotel on beautiful Lake Windermere has produced the charming infographic below … Continue reading

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