Download 650 Soviet Book Covers, Many Sporting Wonderful Avant-Garde Designs (1917-1942)

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Americans like to pride ourselves on the numerous ways our pop culture penetrated the Soviet Union and seduced its youngsters, sending them to bed with dreams of Mickey Mouse, Billie Holiday, Elvis, and Star Wars.

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Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once

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One of the things I miss about living in a city with a subway system is the myriad thoughtful design elements that go into managing a perpetual flow of tourists and commuters. New York’s subway map presents us with an iconic tangle of interlocking tributaries resembling diagrams of a circulatory system.

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55 Covers of Vintage Philosophy, Psychology & Science Books Come to Life in a Short Animation

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We all know that toys come alive at night, but what about mid-century vintage paperback covers, such as you might find in the psychology or philosophy sections of a dimly-lit used bookstore?
Watching 55 minimalist covers from graphic and motion designer Henning M.

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100,000+ Wonderful Pieces of Theater Ephemera Digitized by The New York Public Library

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Living in New York, it’s not unusual to encounter ardent theater lovers who’ve carefully preserved decades worth of programs, tickets, and ephemera from every play they’ve ever seen. These collections can get a bit hoarder-y, as anyone who’s ever sorted through the belongings of a recently departed lifelong audience member can attest.

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M.C. Escher’s Perpetual Motion Waterfall Brought to Life: Real or Sleight of Hand?

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Since M.C. Escher bent minds in the 20th century with his Möbius strips, metamorphoses, and impossible objects, other artists have been trying to bring his creations to life. And the advent of computer illustration, then animation, has made it all the more possible.

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Watch a Luthier Birth a Cello in This Hypnotic Documentary

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It’s always interesting to see how things are made—crayons, Fender Stratocasters, cartoon eggs…
The documentary above takes you through the creation of a cello in the Barcelona workshop of master luthier Xavier Vidal i Roca. (To watch with English subtitles, click the closed caption icon — “CC” — in the lower right corner.

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Ralph Steadman’s Evolving Album Cover Designs: From Miles Davis & The Who, to Frank Zappa & Slash (1956-2010)

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Ralph Steadman will always best be known—and for good reason—as the visual interpreter of Hunter S. Thompson’s druggy gonzo vision of American excess and hubris.

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David Bowie Paper Dolls Recreate Some of the Style Icon’s Most Famous Looks

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Perform an internet search on the phrase “David Bowie Paper Doll” and what do you get? Hint: it’s not a cover of the Mills Brothers hit. David Bowie paper dolls are proliferating in astonishing numbers.

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Discover Japan’s Earthquake Proof Underground Bike Storage System: The Future is Now

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Behold, the ingenious underground bicycle storage of Japan! What a vision of futurist efficiency – the only thing missing is Raymond Scott’s Powerhouse (aka Bugs Bunny factory music).

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Watch a Japanese Craftsman Lovingly Bring a Tattered Old Book Back to Near Mint Condition

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Remember disfiguring binders with band logos and lyrics, doodling in the margins of textbooks, idly marking the fore edges with ball point designs?
At most, such pursuits helped pass a few minutes in study hall.
How long would it take to undo all this handiwork?
Clearly much, much longer than it took to create.

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