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507 Mechanical Movements

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in Antiques, Books, Process, Tools


A gentleman named Matt Keveney launched the website, 507movements.com, with all original illustrations from the 1868 book, Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements by Henry T. Brown. Keveney has animated some of the examples very elegantly. It’s a fabulous site. Beautiful to peruse and total educative.

ISS Designs Shelving System

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Books, Furniture, Hardware, Interiors, Retail

A friend brought ISS back to my attention. It’s good to remember that it’s out there. I almost spec’d it for a store once. They sent a rep to my office; nice people. It’s a great aluminum extrusion based shelving system with very elegant joinery. Lots of components. Lots of configurations. Check it out here.

Neurath & Modley

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Books, graphic design, History

I fell in love with the work of Rudolph Modley when I randomly found a book he illustrated, The United States; A Graphic History, in a used bookstore. My enthusiasm about Modley’s graphic design work lead to my discovery of his study under the more ground breaking Austrian philosopher and sociologist Otto Neurath. Modley’s work in the US by his company Pictograph is strongly and unquestionably influenced by the work of Neurath’s firm Isotype. Some web research suggests a rift developed between the two; some argue the sociological depth of Neurath’s work in Europe gave way to more superficial application of his graphic developments under Modley in the US. Another surprise in the history of the American market place. Whatever their differences, they can both be thanked for our collective abilities to make it into the appropriately gendered restroom. (No time to link everything today– I know, poor scholarship. Do your own googling.) Here’s a side by side, Neurath in the top two images and Modley below (it’s all about the feet!):

City of Brooklyn; Half Century’s Progress (1887)

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in Books, Brooklyn, History

The Internet Archive has a digitized “City of Brooklyn; A Half Century’s Progress” from 1887 which brings “together in such convenient and permanent form such data relating to the merchantile, manufacturing, and other business interests of the beautiful city of Brooklyn, and the men whose brains, capital, and energy have been and are the inspiration of them, as are worth being preserved.” Needless to say it’s a real page turner.

RIP Maurice Sendak

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 in Art, Books, Children, People

I love the work of Maurice Sendak. I don’t agree with everything he says about what young children need to be exposed to, but that’s something else. He was a great writer, thinker, teacher, artist and human being. And who better to illustrate his last interview with NPR’s Terry Gross than Christoph Niemann? Beautiful. I’m sorry Terry Gross couldn’t reciprocate the love he gave her, but that’s how it is. We pass like ships in the night…

Letterform construction

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in Books, Typography

“Roman Alphabet (first half) with a Method of Geometric Construction for Large Letters” from The Essentials of Lettering: A Manual for Students and Designers by Thomas Ewing French (1912). Click image to view larger.

From “The Book of Rabbit Stories”

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 in Books, Children, Color, Illustration

This image is from a 1924 children’s book by Martha Freud, the niece of Dr. Sigmund Freud. Check out the other images at 50watts.com. Incredible stuff.

foolinghoudini.com is live!

Posted on May 23, 2012 in Books, Featured, graphic design, SS&CO projects, Web

foolinghoudini.com is up and running. Many thanks to Isaac Lubow for a stellar coding job and Alex Stone for the opportunity. Reserve your copy of the book here!

Spectacular bookstores

Posted on May 16, 2012 in Architecture, Books, Interiors, Retail

Flavorpill has a great post with their 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world, like the above Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht, Holland. Very inspiring.

foolinghoudini.com is set to launch!

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Books, Featured, graphic design, SS&CO projects, Web

Design and coding are complete for foolinghoudini.com, the website for the forthcoming book, Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone. You can see Alex talk about the book here. The book comes out in mid June. Site launch is imminent…