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The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition announces the latest winners–and experimental typography abounds.<p>Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the <i>50 Books | 50 Covers</i> competition has continued to carry on the tradition of awarding the …

Gertrude Stein’s “Word Portrait” of the Love of Her Life, Illustrated

“Some one who was living was almost always listening. Some one who was loving was almost always listening.”<p><b>Gertrude Stein</b> (February 3, 1874–July 27, 1946) and Alice B. Toklas had one of creative culture’s greatest love stories and were among literary history’s most influential power couples. Their …

Literature

David Mitchell buries latest manuscript for a hundred years

Author of Cloud Atlas delivers his new work – which won’t be read until 2114 – to Oslo’s Nordmarka forest as part of the Future Library project<p>David Mitchell, a regular contender for the Man Booker prize, is used to his novels being picked over by the critics. So it’s something of a relief, says …

Fight mosquitoes by growing your own repellant

<b>Fight Mosquitoes with Plants!</b><p>The best plant-based alternative to the chemical mosquito repellent DEET is oil of lemon eucalyptus. This plant is among …

Stunning Victorian Cyanotypes of Sea Algae by Anna Atkins, the First Female Photographer and a Pioneer of Scientific Illustration

Beautiful blueness from a trailblazing woman in science.<p>English botanist and photographer <b>Anna Atkins</b> (March 16, 1799–June 9, 1871) is considered the first woman to take a photograph and the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images. This she accomplished in an era when …

The best houseplants to clean the air in your home, as recommended by NASA

Easy to care for, resilient, and a quick way to inject some nature into your living room - no wonder houseplants have recently made a comeback. But did you know they also clean the air in your home? A NASA study found that a plethora of plants neutralise the chemicals found in furniture, household …

New from Ikea: A Hydroponic Countertop Garden Kit

With the introduction of Ikea’s new Krydda/Växer Cultivation Kit, it’s official: your countertop hydroponic garden is no longer a mere trend. The …

Gardening

The DIY Origins Of Script Typefaces

A new book from Laurence King delves deep into the rich typographic history of script fonts.<p>Script fonts may have a reputation for being the curlicue go-to for wedding invitations and inspirational aphorisms, but their use is actually much more varied. Think of the dramatic flourishes of 1970s ads …

A Zero-Judgment Cheat Sheet To Typographic Terminology

Gothic. Serif. Kerning. Leaning. Solidus. Quaint. Typographical expertise requires learning a whole other language. Luckily, this new $29 poster from Pop Chart Lab makes it easy. And it’s a pretty minimal investment to never misunderstand when someone is talking about your “crotch” again.<p><b>Buy it …

Waterstones book of the year is Coralie Bickford-Smith's debut The Fox and the Star

Inspired by the poetry of Blake, Bickford-Smith’s picture-book fable about grief is awarded top prize for its ‘great physical beauty and timeless quality’<p>Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train might have sold in eye-watering numbers over the last year, but …

Literary Prizes

Margaret Atwood writes graphic novel superhero, 'part cat, part bird'

Created to support a conservation charity, Angel Catbird will be a three-part series debuting in 2016<p>Part cat, part bird, heavily muscled and wearing nothing but a pair of tight feathery pants, a new superhero is due to make his comics debut next autumn, courtesy of the Booker prize-winning …

How A UI Can Help Treat Anxiety And Depression

MIT’s Facebook for Depression needed to employ some smart UI thinking to become a successful app outside of a research setting.<p>Earlier this year, Robert Morris, an MIT graduate working on making health care accessible to everyone through technology, told us about his dissertation project: Koko, a …

Explained: The Secret Language Of New York City’s Signage

When you walk down the streets of New York City, you aren’t walking just through the present. You are surrounded by the canyon walls of the past, and the signage around you–the building names, the business signs, the faded slogans–are actually fossils, peeking out from the strata of decades gone by …

Artist Imi Knoebel: 'If you want to stay alive, you have to do something radical'

He kickstarted German punk, went on a mission to rescue Joseph Beuys and escaped the eastern bloc pursued by guard dogs. In a rare interview, one of Germany’s leading artists relives his extraordinary adventures<p>Imi Knoebel is surrounded by so many colours he has lost count. “I have 600, maybe 700,” …

Palermo

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust review – exquisite curiosities

<b>Royal Academy, London</b><br>Joseph Cornell’s ‘poetical theatres’ conjure up intense worlds of mystery, devotion and longing<p>Joseph Cornell (1903-72) had the mind of a visionary and the methods of an archivist. He accumulated odds and ends from the real world – a bird’s egg, a marble, a foreign stamp, a …

Rob Ryan: 'My art isn't very edgy, but I’m not that kind of artist'

Whimsical, melancholy and heartfelt, the intricate works of Rob Ryan can be found in households across the UK in prints on the wall, books on the shelves and on mugs in the kitchen.<p>Now Yorkshire Sculpture Park is to exhibit the first retrospective of Ryan’s work. Hand-drawn and either …

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are my plants turning yellow?

1/3<p>New post submission Icon<p>Even the greenest of thumbs are sometimes puzzled by their plants’ yellow leaves, but that yellow pattern can actually …

Bruno Munari Will Make You Fall In Love With Books All Over Again

A Kindle is no match for the Italian artist and graphic designer’s mixed-media tomes.<p>With some books, reading on a screen is virtually the same as on paper. Swipe or turn a page and you’ll see words organized into sentences organized into paragraphs organized into chapters. Not so with the work of …

Felicity Powell obituary

Medals are usually given as accolades – for military heroism, for public service, for achievements in various spheres, a traditional and often unremarkable form of expression. The artist and curator Felicity Powell, who has died aged 53 of cancer, worked in many mediums: she trained as a sculptor, …

Image of the Week: the world’s largest cyanotype

This week’s Image of the Week shows a section of the world’s largest cyanotype, created by artists Melanie King, Constanza Isaza Martinez and Andres …

How Legendary Illustrator Maira Kalman Stays Creative

We caught up with the whimsical illustrator about productivity, creativity, and why her spirit animal is a “tiny, delusional bird.”<p>You’ve probably seen illustrator Maira Kalman‘s whimsical, wryly funny work, whether you know it or not. Her supersaturated gouache paintings have graced countless <i>New</i> …

These Interior Sets Full Of Street Junk Are Nicer Than Most Living Rooms

Anyone who’s ever lived in large city knows the feeling of discovering some amazing piece of furniture on the street, and has probably thought it wouldn’t be difficult to furnish an entire room, or even apartment, only using those street finds. Photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker …

10 Techniques From Professional Artists For Breaking Through Creative Blocks

These strategies can help you get unstuck and start thinking and working creatively again.<p>Danielle Krysa had a successful career as a creative director for an advertising and branding agency in Canada. She was proud of her professional work, but she was secretly making her own art on the side. …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

What Is A Swale?

PHOTO: Amy Stross<p>March 27, 2015<p>An important part of sustainable farming includes learning how to maximize use of the land and its natural resources …

Waste Not – Want Not: Regrowing Food from Kitchen Scraps

from Whole Foods via Cookingstoned.tv<p>Spring is in the air, and I catch myself daydreaming about sun on my back and dirt under my fingernails. <b>I can’t</b> …

More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes, and Travelogues of Great Artists, from Kahlo to Calder to Saint-Exupéry

“Letter writing is probably the most beautiful manifestation in human relations, in fact, it is its finest residue.”<p>Virginia Woolf aptly called letter writing “the humane art.” But what amplifies the humanity and immediacy of words is the addition of art itself — how instantly alive Van Gogh’s …

Love Your Project Pad: Stitch a Custom Embroidered Notebook Cover

It’s a rule: the better my notebooks, planners, and project pads look, the more likely I am to use them. And, the more I use them, the less likely my project and work schedule is to crumble into a disorganized mess, so everybody wins! Is your project pad looking less than inspiring? A stylish and …

Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius

Creativity is linked to an inability to filter out sensory information, a new study says.<p>Endlessly distracted by the sounds of your open office? Blame your own creative genius. A new study from Northwestern University psychologists finds that creative brains have a harder time filtering out …