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January 7, 2011

Welcome to the very first Friday Finds of the new year! Every Friday our intrepid staff contribute their favorite links from the week. See below to get a sense of where our browsers have been pointed lately.

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Day 72, from 500 Days of Bow Ties.
Day 72, from 500 Days of Bow Ties.
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A video still from the Continental Picture Show series by Alec Soth.
A video still from the Continental Picture Show series by Alec Soth.
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A Photoshopped image, prepped by photographer Henry Hargreaves.
A Photoshopped image, prepped by photographer Henry Hargreaves.
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Versioned Thonet No. 14 Chair
Versioned Thonet No. 14 Chair
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Francoise Mouly in her office at The New Yorker. Photo © 2010 Sarah Shatz
Francoise Mouly in her office at The New Yorker. Photo © 2010 Sarah Shatz
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Eggbot, a CNC plotter for creating Easter Eggs on a small scale.
Eggbot, a CNC plotter for creating Easter Eggs on a small scale.
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Fieldofschemes.com is the companion website to Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit, by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Fieldofschemes.com is the companion website to Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit, by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
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Day 72, from 500 Days of Bow Ties.
Day 72, from 500 Days of Bow Ties.
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friday things organized neatly

Jaime: Things Organized Neatly

I enjoy the fascinating and eye-pleasing photographs compiled on this Tumblr site, from orderly arrays of kitchen tools to creepily clinical images documenting former Death Row prisoners' requests for their last meal before execution.

Alexis: Alec Soth's Continental Picture Show series

A video still from the Continental Picture Show series by Alec Soth.
A video still from the Continental Picture Show series by Alec Soth.

Photographer Alec Soth is known for his amazing images of American landscape and culture.The Continental Picture Show series is a wonderful project that Alec is working on for the New York Times Opinionator blog, in which he travels around the US filming and taking still photographs for stories that interest him. Each one is very different but shows a beautiful glimpse into the quirkiness of American culture today. I especially love the Iowa Bird Story. 

 

Jordan: Star Wars Characters Invade New York

A Photoshopped image, prepped by photographer Henry Hargreaves.
A Photoshopped image, prepped by photographer Henry Hargreaves.

I didn't get caught in the epic blizzard that hit Brooklyn and New York over the holidays, but the general consensus seemed to be that it was like an extended scene straight out of Hoth. In lieu of actual Tauntauns taking over the streets, Williamsburg-er Henry Hargreaves photoshopped Han and Luke into the snow. There are a few other shots, but that's definitely the best of the bunch (although Boba Fett waiting for the bus is pretty funny).  via Design You Trust

 

Sam: Versioned Chairs

Versioned Thonet No. 14 Chair
Versioned Thonet No. 14 Chair

Sam Jacob of FAT recently shared this project of his which is on view through february in London at The Gopher Hole. Not unlike a game of Exquisite Corpse, the participants in the Versioned Chairs project first drafted a text describing an iconic chair. Without any reference to the original, that text was translated into a drawing, which was then translated into a 3D model. The result? What started as this ended up as this. The Versioned Chairs enable us to contemplate the characteristics that drive a design to become iconic. When we encounter a Thonet no. 14 chair or a Barcelona chair, are we responding to its aesthetic or semantic qualities? If two designs can share the same physical data points, but veer so wildly in their appearance, what does that tell us about the creative process? While their use as seats may be nil, The Versioned Chairs are not only entertaining as artifacts, but as a tangible investigation of the design process.

 

Miyoko: Ten Best Articles on CNC Milling

Eggbot, a CNC plotter for creating Easter Eggs on a small scale.
Eggbot, a CNC plotter for creating Easter Eggs on a small scale.

Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson (@chr1sa) Tweeted a link to this list of the Ten Best Articles on CNC Milling, including one authored by writer and Dwell contributor Bruce Sterling. The list highlights some stellar projects, such as a CNC crafted vase table and several food applications (one to carve a pumpkin, the other to decorate an egg).

Aaron: Field of Schemes

Fieldofschemes.com is the companion website to Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit, by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Fieldofschemes.com is the companion website to Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit, by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.

Too often in the world of design blogs we focus single-mindedly on the aesthetic import of buildings without paying closer heed to their financial and civic impacts. Thankfully Neil deMause over at Field of Schemes is doing his part to shed light on the political, geographic, and economic skullduggery that often comes with sports stadiums. Though a handful of high design or green stadiums capture the public's attention for a nanosecond, the deals made to get them built--often the league rooks the city out of taxpayer funds while politicians on both sides grandstand--get less play. Nationals Stadium in Washington DC, home of my beloved Nats, is a perfect example of both. Tune in to one of the best building blogs out there as deMause strives to keep 'em honest.

Amanda: Interview with The New Yorker Art Editor Francoise Mouly

Francoise Mouly in her office at The New Yorker. Photo © 2010 Sarah Shatz
Francoise Mouly in her office at The New Yorker. Photo © 2010 Sarah Shatz

My favorite find this week, thanks to Maud Newton, is this fascinating q&a with Francoise Mouly, the famously reticent (and hugely influential) publisher, designer and editor.

 

Amy: 500 Days of Bow Ties

Day 72, from 500 Days of Bow Ties.
Day 72, from 500 Days of Bow Ties.

I don't know anything about Aaron C., other than the fact that he's a friend of a friend, and that he is a dedicated man. 500 days of Bow Ties, going strong since October 25, 2010. Let's cheer him on through March of 2012.

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