Wearable Books: In Medieval Times, They Took Old Manuscripts & Turned Them into Clothes

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I like old newspaper, smoothing it out to read about what was happening on the day an older relative packed away the good crystal or some other fragile tchotchke.
Traveling in India, I dug how the snacks I purchased to eat on the train came wrapped in old book pages.

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Dutch Book From 1692 Documents Every Color Under the Sun: A Pre-Pantone Guide to Colors

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In 1963, the Pantone corporation began publishing a bi-yearly color guide, which divides and categorizes every color under the sun.

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Designer Massimo Vignelli Revisits and Defends His Iconic 1972 New York City Subway Map

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Most every dweller of a city with a robust public transit system comes to identify their boundaries with the lines, angles, and colors of its subway map. This is true of my hometown, Washington, DC, at least since the popular adoption of its Metro system in the 80s.

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Visit The Museum of Online Museums (MoOM): A Mega Collection of 220 Online Exhibitions

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It is my habit, when travel looms, to case the Internet for obscure museums my destination might have to offer. Once loaded, I fixate. Chat me up about my itinerary, and you will definitely come away with the impression that these offbeat locales are the trip’s primary raison d’être.

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“The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story

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Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template — the Periodic Table of Storytelling.
That’s right.

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Gaze at Global Movie Posters for Hitchcock’s Vertigo: U.S., Japan, Italy, Poland & Beyond

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo might have been a critical disappointment when it came out in 1958, but it definitely had one of the most eye-catching poster designs in cinema history.
The poster was designed by Saul Bass who also did the movie’s groundbreaking title sequence.

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Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Master’s Thesis Rejected by U. Chicago

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“What has been my prettiest contribution to the culture?” asked Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiography Palm Sunday. His answer? His master’s thesis in anthropology for the University of Chicago, “which was rejected because it was so simple and looked like too much fun.

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David Bowie Appears in the “Director’s Cut” of a New Louis Vuitton Ad, Nods to Labyrinth

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Looking like a haute couture treatment of “As the World Falls Down” from Labyrinth, by way of Peter Jackson’s Beautiful Creatures, the “Director’s Cut” of this Louis Vuitton ad above, titled “L’Invitation au Voyage,” is pretty stunning.

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Designers of the Invisible Bike Helmet Describe Their Revolutionary Product in Short Documentary

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It’s been all over the news recently: two Swedish design students, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, have created what they call an “invisible bike helmet.” This description is a little misleading.

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Vintage Film Shows How the Oxford English Dictionary Was Made in 1925

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There was lots of money to be made at the end of the 19th century and Dudley Docker made his share of it. He was what they called a “baron of industry” at a time when manufacturing was exploding in Britain. Docker made his fortune in paint, motorcycles, arms manufacturing, railways, and banking.

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