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Mechanical butterfly, circa 1911

Check out this great slideshow of fascinating advertising novelties from 1911, over at Scientific American.

This 1967 IBM propaganda film, “Paperwork Explosion,” couples an eerily deadpan refrain of “more time on paperwork,” with a creepy pseudo-country neighbor* urging us to embrace Progress. The film’s frenetic soundtrack and abrupt transitions embody the familiar hysterical nervousness of an increasingly automated era, while striving the whole time to convince us that technology will…

Miracle of Science: the Cambridge bar around the corner from MIT, where the menu is a (pseudo) periodic table. May I recommend the grilled chicken salad with cilantro lime dressing, “Sc”?

An invitation from scienceforcitizens.net: As record levels of snow blanket much of the United States this year, Science For Citizens is collaborating with an important climate research project at the University of Waterloo called Snow Tweets. We’re pleased that this is the first of many scientific projects that you’ll be able to do on Science…

I think DNA is amazing. I think biotech inspires great design. And if you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love sciart. But I just cannot understand the new infogenetics product from DNA 11 – the company behind that trendy gel electrophoresis wall art. While I’d normally just say “I don’t get it”…

a postmodern salami cd

Unfortunately, the shift to digital music sales has largely eliminated the art of traditional album design – framing the music in cleverly designed sleeves and cases. The new Shidlas cd, “Saliami Postmodern,” is a meaty exception. Yum: Via Fubiz (the weirdest thing about the fubiz post is when they show the cd in a Discman.…

IBM has a new commercial depicting the constant streams of medical biodata that can be gathered from a human body, and hopefully improve healthcare. In a shameless play to elicit warm fuzzies, they made it about very young babies: Awwwww. With all the glowing data, it’s sort of like a baby TRON. And what’s with…

Reader Miles suggested Danny Cooke’s graceful documentary about ornamental glass & sign artist David A. Smith, who uses traditional techniques like gilding, silvering, and etching to create ornate glass signs and windows with aesthetics from Victorian to Art Nouveau. Time-lapse sequences offer a surreal glimpse of Smith dexterously floating giant panels of glass around his…

Computer Engineer Barbie

From a post by Erin Fitzgerald, a DoD Science Policy Fellow who consulted on the design of Mattel’s new “Computer Engineer Barbie:” It might seem silly to get excited about a new Barbie doll. But, to me, she will help reinforce in math-loving little girls that they, like Barbie, can grow up to be computer…

Ghostsigns of Britain

The UK History of Advertising Trust has initiated a ghostsigns archive to document old painted billboards – the kind you see on the sides of brick buildings, fading away unnoticed. These old signs are being destroyed daily (by gentrification, new construction, and new billboards being put over them), and very few new ones are being…