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.
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.
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!):
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.
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…
“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.