bioephemera

Archives for March, 2010

You may have heard from Slashdot that the University of Wisconsin is switching from Arial, a sans-serif font, to Century Gothic, a serif** font that uses 30% less ink, for default printing. The university hopes to save ink, which is both thrifty and eco-friendly. But you may not have seen this art project by Matt…

I am glad I waited to buy a new version of Photoshop! This is. . . whoa. The desert and sky are particularly impressive. Is there an Uncanny Valley for software?

Shauna Richardson crochets life-sized taxidermied animals – “crochetdermy”. Because she can and because no one else thought of it first. Read more at Dazed Digital.

Spider spiral

This beautiful photo by Kindra Clineff catches nature one-upping human craftsmanship. I can just hear that spider piping “neener neener neener”. Also, it’s a perfect follow-up to Christobal Vila’s graceful animation about math in nature, which has now officially gone spiral-viral. Buy a print here. Via NOTCOT.

I can’t wait to get a copy of Jason Thompson’s brand-new project, Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book. Thompson, the founder and creative director of Rag and Bone Bindery, has long kept a blog featuring the best book and paper artists. Now he’s edited a book art book, and…

The science has become pop!

This is weirdly awesome. It’s the Google Translation of a short web essay by Franco Bolelli. Entitled “Farewell to the scientist with his head in the clouds, now prefer to surf: the science has become pop,” the article is pretty awesome, but that’s probably in part because it was translated by a bot, giving it…

“Companion Parrot”: An incredible, though slightly macabre, necklace of bird entrails and skull by Tithi Kutchamuch. When not being worn, the necklace rests in the minimalist golden body, and it’s a sculpture. Via Haute Macabre

The Japanese have created some. . . disturbing. . . signage for the Tokyo subway. Not only are all the signs populated with pupil-less passerby-zombies staring with blank jealousy at the youthful protagonists, but the messages are a little mixed: That’s right – please go HOME to pass out in your own vomit minus a…

Alan Jacobs finds a quote that beautifully expresses why I don’t want a Kindle, and why I wish the iPad were a stylus-friendly Mac tablet: Of course, you can’t take your pen to the screen. When it comes to annotating the written word, nothing yet created for the screen compares to the immediacy and simplicity…

From Richard Waller, “A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 6, 1686/1687 (London, 1688) Noting the lack of a standard for colors in natural philosophy, and inspired by a similar table published in Stockholm, Richard Waller indicated…