All Streets by Ben Fry shows the landscape that emerges from the act of drawing only the streets in the lower United States. The data is sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Tiger data set and created the 26 million road segments that comprise the full image. Stunning.
Artist Nina Katchedourian embarked on a project, as part of her series on uninvited collaborations with nature, where she mended spiderwebs that appeared damaged or incomplete. Using thread and although she worked carefully the repairs did cause extra damage. The spider’s reaction to the unsolicited repairs was great.
The morning after the first patch job, I discovered a pile of red threads lying on the ground below the web. At first I assumed the wind had blown them out; on closer inspection it became clear that the spider had repaired the web to perfect condition using its own methods, throwing the threads out in the process. My repairs were always rejected by the spider and discarded, usually during the course of the night, even in webs which looked abandoned.
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The Natural History Museum in London has an exhibit that features Antarctic qualities such as 24 hour darkness and frigid cold temperatures. Ice Station Antarctica challenges kids to see if they are up to the challenges faced in the extreme Antarctic environment. The bearded kids are from posters advertising the exhibition, shot by Paul Thompson, whose work is really quite stunning. Why do the kids have beards? Don’t all arctic and antarctic explorers have beards?
d-barcode in Japan design barcodes for the items you see on the supermarket shelf. These are the little flourishes of design that take the banal and make it fresh and that keeps me smiling everyday.
The newly designed coins are the work of Matthew Dent, a 26 year old designer whose entry in the national contest stood above the other 4000 entries. What I feel is the best part of his design is the unifying use of the Royal Coat of Arms across the range of coins and the appearance of the complete shield on the new 1£ coin.
I thought the six coins could make up a shield by arranging the coins both horizontally, as with the landscape idea, as well as vertically, in a sort of jigsaw style. I liked the idea and symbolism of using the Royal Arms, where individually the coins could focus on specific elements and when placed together they reveal the complete Royal Arms.
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