I haven’t quite made up my mind about these new takes on the New York City subway map from the Brooklyn-based Triboro Design team. The duo explain their design choices by saying, “we chose the most inappropriate colors that we could think of. Meanwhile every inch of the poster has been redesigned to make it more refined, precise, and (to our eyes) beautiful.” You can see more detail and purchase prints at Triboro Design.
When I was in Reykjavik last month, I stumbled upon Greek street artist INO working on this mural for the 2016 Wall Poetry festival in Iceland’s capital. On a break, he told me that he was planning to title the piece “Officially Nobody”. If you’re in town, the mural is on Grettisgata by Klapparstigur.
I’ve been following photographer Sebastian Erras’ wonderful projects for a few years now. You may remember his brilliant series that focus on the floors of various of European cities. Now he has turned his camera upward towards the beautiful storefronts and facades of Paris. The video below provides a window on Paris Re-Tale and you can see more of the photos here.
Distriboto is a brilliant project in Montreal that re-purposes old cigarette vending machines to dispense comic books, zines, poetry, stories, mini-CDs, pins,and assorted original artworks. Collaborating with more than 1,000 local artists and writers, the project loads old vending machines with items that all sell for $2.00, with $1.75 going to the creators. The machines are found around Montreal and Quebec City in bars, clubs, libraries, performance spaces, and cafés.
I continue to be amazed by the endlessly imaginative ways in which book artist Brian Dettmer transforms discarded books. His latest series Dodo, Data, Dada plays with the concept of the changing place of the printed book in our culture. Dettmer says, “The physical book no longer has the monopoly and authority it once had. They now lie like furniture, hidden in basement boxes, or displayed on a shelf to signify intellect while they collect dust”.
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Britain-based, Azerbaijan-born photographer and filmmaker Vugar Efendi has created two terrific videos pairing scenes from films with paintings that provided the inspiration for the shots.
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Tagged Film, paintings
Tom Gauld created this brilliant print for the London comic book store Gosh!s 30th anniversary celebration. Prints are available on their website.
If you have ever been gouged by a shady currency exchange, you will applaud the “Honest Prague Guide”. Along with producing helpful short videos on visiting the Czech capital, this tourism Robin Hood actively confronts Prague’s tourist parasites and tourist traps. Take a look at his video calling out the city’s most egregious currency diddle. You can follow his antics on Facebook and on his Youtube Channel.
Montreal-based Instagramer Olivier Martel Savoie has been traveling the world for the last two years visiting libraries and taking terrific photos with just his trusty iPhone. His series #olive_libraries covers beautiful institutions from Budapest to Boston.
“Without libraries what have we ?” Ray Bradbury
all images ©Olivier Martel Savoie
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Tagged Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Russia, Sweden
One of my all-time favorite London bookshops, Heywood Hill in the heart of Mayfair, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the purveyor of antiquarian, rare, secondhand, and new books has launched “the worlds first major literary prize focused on readers of books, rather than writers.” The winner of the unique contest will receive The Library of a Lifetime : one newly published hardcover book per month for life, delivered anywhere in the world.
To enter the competition, simply fill out the online form and tell Heywood Hill which book published in English since 1936 has meant the most to you.