Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

Waiting for Godot


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You & Me Me & You

Graphic artist Anthony Burrill recently created an enormous typographic mural in Leeds, England. The short documentary below explores the ideas behind the artwork and its meaning to the designer. You&Me and Me&You shows Burrill’s signature letterpress typography blown up to … Continue reading

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Hope Lines

Philadelphia can be a difficult place to live even in the best of times. Although it can be a wonderful destination for visitors, America’s “cradle of liberty” also suffers from one of the nation’s worst poverty rates and has been … Continue reading

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Das Neue Europa

In the aftermath of World War I, many politicians, political scientists, philosophers, and even cartographers offered innovative proposals to restructure Europe. P.A. Maas, an Austrian publisher, suggested a wildly creative way to re-imagine Europe as a political entity. “Does anyone … Continue reading

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Reasonable Expectations


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Super Books

This Sunday, millions of people in the U.S. and around the world tuned in to watch the annual Super Bowl. Each year, a large percentage of the viewers watch just to see the often clever and funny commercials. On his … Continue reading

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Cool Beans

Under a range of glacier capped volcanic mountains, and fronted by dramatic black sand beaches, little Vik is a must visit destination on Iceland’s stunning south coast. The village’s newest attraction combines two of my favorite things—a micro-roastery and a … Continue reading

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Telling Stories About Heroes

I was dead chuffed to stumble upon the wonderful short film “Troll Bridge” which was based on an original short story of the same name by the late great Terry Pratchett. Directed by Daniel Knight, the movie was created after … Continue reading

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Every day is Caturday in my house

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The Geography of Happiness

Just in the nick of time, the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute has opened the world’s first museum dedicated to that elusive thing we all need more than ever. The museum is located in the heart of everyone’s favorite Nordic capital. which currently … Continue reading

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