Tag Archives: book

Man Finds Mysterious Book That Can Not Be Explained

People discover strange things all the time, but this random book has to be one of the strangest discoveries ever found.

More info: Reddit (h/t: imgur)

The box was handmade from wood, fit with hinges, a handle and a pair of locks.

From what was written here, it appears that the author had an experience that was definitely not from here.

A hand-drawn table of the elements.

This patent is not filed with the united states patent office – but the drawings are remarkably detailed. But this is not the weirdest part…

This drawing was dated 1939 – why would someone discard this?

Oddly, this map shows air travel routes.

A lot of the maps are hand-drawn with a “center” noted on it.

The maps represent aerial patterns and/or routes of some type.

There were quite a few of the maps.

And the mystery continues…

A note perhaps from the previous owner.

Another map with a “center” on it.

A piece of the past – a note from a very old veterans affairs office.

The artist depicts an event from tampa, fl in 1977. He notes the event to be extraterrestrial in nature.

Odd to see extraterrestrial ufo on the same page with angelic-looking creatures.

Drawing of an entity.

A slight summary of the events.

Geometric shapes that are related.

Another drawing of one of the entities – looks strangely like something out of the biblical book of ezekiel.

An additional sketch of the same being.

Beings from the side view.

The artist was fixated on these creatures for some time.

Was this a dream or did this really happen?

One might say this looks like wheels within wheels, wings full of eyes and creatures with 4 heads (man, ox, eagle and lion) from the book of ezekiel.

The drawings seem to mix biblical and extraterrestrial visions.

A close-up of the corner.

The details of this drawing include some of the patent drawings seen earlier.

A different view of one of the patent drawings.

It appears that these new train wheels might have come from the train he drew earlier.

What are your thoughts?

Whatever your conclusion – someone who was working too hard, a drug-induced vision, or a true extra-terrestrial experience… it sure is a puzzle. Unfortunately, we cannot ask the artist and know for sure. All we know is that this person experienced something very odd. Perhaps he knows something that we don’t.


Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.

Winter Is Coming, So Please Enjoy This Insane 1980s Book Of Knitted Sweaters

1

There are treasures to be found at second hand book sales, you never know what out-of-print gems you might unearth. Take for example, this 1986 book of knitting patterns called “Wit Knits”. The contents of the book has been scanned and given its own Tumblr site by George Hostler who “found this knitting pattern book in a second hand book sale – felt the need to share them with the world.”

More info: Tumblr (h/t: messynessychic)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25


Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.

Winter Is Coming, So Please Enjoy This Insane 1980s Book Of Knitted Sweaters

1

There are treasures to be found at second hand book sales, you never know what out-of-print gems you might unearth. Take for example, this 1986 book of knitting patterns called “Wit Knits”. The contents of the book has been scanned and given its own Tumblr site by George Hostler who “found this knitting pattern book in a second hand book sale – felt the need to share them with the world.”

More info: Tumblr (h/t: messynessychic)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25


Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.

The Devil And His Servants: Demonic NSFW Illustrations From 18th Century Occult Book

1

These demonic creatures can be found in the illustrations to the Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, a rare book on the occult dating from 1775 which is held by the Wellcome Library. The volume is written in a mixture of German and Latin and contains 31 water-color illustrations of the Devil and his demonic servants together with three pages of magic and occult ritualistic symbols.

More info: Wellcome Library (h/t: dangerousminds)

2

With the warning “NOLI ME TANGERE” (“Do Not Touch”) on its cover, the compendium can be seen as a last attempt by those of faith to instil fear among the superstitious. After all, the Compendium Artis Magicae was produced during the decade of revolutions (American and French) and in the Age of Enlightenment—when reason, science and the power of the individual dominated, and the first stirrings of industry were about to change Europe and the world. The horrendous witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries were long banished and the last execution in England for witchcraft took place in 1716 (1727 in Scotland, 1750 in Austria, 1782 in Switzerland), while the practise of witchcraft ceased to be a criminal offense across Europe during the century (England 1735) — all of which makes this Compendium Artis Magicae all the more bizarre.

3

The illustrations are a mix of Greco-Roman mythical monsters (chimeras such as Cerberus and Hydra), Phoenician gods (Astarte/Astaroth) biblical devils (Beelzebub, Satan), while some look as though they were inspired by witnessing the slaughter of men and beasts on European battlefields.

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17


Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.

The Devil And His Servants: Demonic NSFW Illustrations From 18th Century Occult Book

1

These demonic creatures can be found in the illustrations to the Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, a rare book on the occult dating from 1775 which is held by the Wellcome Library. The volume is written in a mixture of German and Latin and contains 31 water-color illustrations of the Devil and his demonic servants together with three pages of magic and occult ritualistic symbols.

More info: Wellcome Library (h/t: dangerousminds)

2

With the warning “NOLI ME TANGERE” (“Do Not Touch”) on its cover, the compendium can be seen as a last attempt by those of faith to instil fear among the superstitious. After all, the Compendium Artis Magicae was produced during the decade of revolutions (American and French) and in the Age of Enlightenment—when reason, science and the power of the individual dominated, and the first stirrings of industry were about to change Europe and the world. The horrendous witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries were long banished and the last execution in England for witchcraft took place in 1716 (1727 in Scotland, 1750 in Austria, 1782 in Switzerland), while the practise of witchcraft ceased to be a criminal offense across Europe during the century (England 1735) — all of which makes this Compendium Artis Magicae all the more bizarre.

3

The illustrations are a mix of Greco-Roman mythical monsters (chimeras such as Cerberus and Hydra), Phoenician gods (Astarte/Astaroth) biblical devils (Beelzebub, Satan), while some look as though they were inspired by witnessing the slaughter of men and beasts on European battlefields.

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17


Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.

Dad Published A Book With All The Funny Stuff His Kid Has Ever Said

1

As a single dad, Matthew Carroll didn’t always have someone to share in his frequent laughter and incredulity at the various things his daughter, Morgan, said. Hoping to docu­ment some of her best commentary, Carroll took to recording her choicest quotes on his iPhone when she was between the ages of three and five. He then compiled them chronologically in a small homemade volume for friends and family who, compelled by the hilarious and touching content, encouraged him to share it with a larger audience. Can I Sit on Your Lap While You’re Pooping? is the record of the hilarious, crazy, and touching pronouncements of a little girl, but it’s also the irresistible documentation of the love between a parent and child.

h/t: huffingtonpost

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16


Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.

With Visual Puzzles and Funky Still Lifes, “Alphabetacool” Is a Children’s Book for Adults (Too)

Adi Goodrich and Sean Pecknold are two parts of the Los Angeles based Sing Sing Studio. They’re prolific and immensely talented visual artists, and they’ve come together, through an obsession with children’s books and a belief that kids are smarter than us, to make a children’s book of their own.

We’re very excited to have their book, Alphabetacool, and I sent them a few questions so we could get a little more insight into this incredibly fun book they’ve made—one that’s more intellectual and uniquely visual than any kids book we’ve recently seen. Also, it’s good for us adults too…

HES: You two have a huge catalogue of diverse work, and now you’re making this step into books. Has this been something you’ve always been interested in? Or is it something you sort of happened upon amidst other work?

ADI: I’ve been obsessed with children’s books since I was in college, and would spend most of my research time in the Harold Washington Children’s library looking like a total creep and loving the design of children’s books from the 60’s-70’s. I’ve always wanted to make a children’s book, but never thought I could until Sean pushed this project for our studio. 

SEAN: I’ve always loved kid’s books. Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry; they made such cool worlds in their books. When I was first getting into animation a few years ago, I would look at some of those books for inspiration. Adi and I had been taking photos together for a couple months, and this seemed like the perfect place to start making kid’s books. 

HES: We’ve been talking a lot about the intellectual side of the book. It really does seem like it will force, especially young readers, to make some significant linguistic and visual connections—beyond what a lot of children’s books do. Was this something you went at with intention, as a goal for the book? And how did you cultivate that theme throughout?

SEAN: We wanted the book to appeal to both kids and our friends, and wanted to make some fun and weird still-life photos, so we didn’t restrict ourselves too much to reach a specific age range or learning level. And our collaboration with Jeremiah Chiu on the typography puzzles was also very open, we gave him a lot of freedom to explore and have fun designing the hints for each page. It’s been fun to read the book with kids and see what they notice. I think a good kid’s book is one that you come back to and get different things from at different ages, so if there is a little joke or something in there, that a 3 year old won’t get at first, maybe she will when she’s 8.

HES: What came first, the object or the word? What I mean is: what was the selection process like for the words to include? 

ADI: We were in New York for the fall making photos as our studio practice out there. I was frustrated at making photos of random objects—I thought it was a waste of my time. But, basically that’s what we decided to do. One evening, we went on a walk and I cried a little bit about how I was feeling unmotivated and that I was wasting my time in the studio. (This was one of many creative meltdowns I’m sure everyone has) Sean looked at me very confidently and said, “O.K., we are going to make a children’s book. We’ll do it with random objects we find around the studio, outside and in grocery stores around the neighborhood. We’re going to make 26 of them. It’s going to be an alphabet book.”  

HES: You work a lot in video, photo, and animation. What was a challenge (or an expected reward) of the bookmaking process that you hadn’t discovered in other work you’d done?

ADI: This was our first photo project together, so one of the challenges was with the equipment—we had just bought a lighting kit—so that was definitely a challenge. I have personally styled so many still life photographs, so that was pretty easy, but the hardest part of the project was getting it printed. Printed within time, budget and the quality we wanted. Our dream is to have it be published by a publisher we respect and who sees the importance of the book. If we could make this a hardcover book, we’d be so happy!

SEAN: I’m primarily an animator and filmmaker so everything I’ve worked on has been on a screen, which is great, but it was amazing to make something together that ended up in people’s hands. The printing for the first-time-ever was challenging. Getting the PDF correctly formatted, and submitted with the correct bleed in time with the right cover and paper, there’s so much that goes into it! Luckily our studio-mate Jeremiah has done it a million times, and was able to help us out a lot.

HES: More books in the works?

SEAN: For sure, we are hoping to make at least one book a year. It’s great working with Adi because we are always talking about new ideas together, and give each other energy to make those ideas real. I’d love to do a multi-plane book, even with a simple story. We are striving to make visual work, both still and moving that rewards kids and adults alike, the possibilities are endless!

Grab Alphabetacool here

Interview conducted by Jeff Rutherford, originally for Hand-Eye Supply


Core77

Draplin’s Book and the Hand-Eye Release Party

Draplin. 

“Household name” is hardly a stretch. Neither is calling him one of the most influential graphic designers and speakers in the country. For the past decade, Aaron Draplin’s been inventing his life, his clients, and he’s been telling people why it matters.

He’s made so much stuff now, he can fill a book—a big, beautiful, classic, badass book entitled Pretty Much Everything. It comes out in a few weeks, and we’re stoked to have him here Wednesday, May 11 at 6 PM for an early release, a book signing, and “30 minutes of yammering” from the man himself. 

There’s enough on the web already about how radical and refreshing this dude is, so I’ve just pulled a few of my favorite Draplin quotes here for your enjoyment. Give them a read, revel in his expletives, and come by for a beer, some original talk, and a little Draplin hang. See you then…

ON HIS PRODUCT DESIGN:

“Check out the fun details because we hide fun shit from time to time. If I did that at some big company, I’d get my ass fired.”

ON THE DEPARTURE OF SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE DESIGN:

“Now when you go to a Home Depot, it’s just heartbreaking. Like, it just sucks. Imagine what a fucking hardware store would look like 50 years ago…to see just a wall of that.”

ON THE CHANGE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN:

“Sometimes I feel like such a cake decorator…I mean, I am. Back in the day, you really got the feeling this was like a trade…it wasn’t about just trying to outdo whatever was on some cool design aggregator’s site in the morning. It was about the most effective way to use one color on some old crappy thing. I might be delusional, but the logos were better then.”

ON PEOPLE GETTING AWAY WITH BAD WORK:

“No history, no respect for this great little motor lodge…and I wanted to go right to that sign company and just fucking rip that kid’s head off and say, ‘How can you charge that kind of money for garbage like that?'”

FROM HIS TEDxPORTLAND TALK:

“Think about inventing your clients, inventing your life, inventing your day to day.”

PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING 

BOOK RELEASE PARTY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 at 6 PM 

Hand-Eye Supply // 427 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

Talk starts at 6 PM, merch sale and signing to follow. Also: Ft. George Beer


Core77

H&M Swim 2016 look book

Posted in Fashion / Fashion blog / Fashion pictures / Look books

anna ewers swimwear
H&M’s spring / summer 2016 collection has been previewed and Fashionising.com has each of the key looks for you. Models: Andreea Diaconu, Anna Ewers, Marlon Teixeira, Hamid Onifade, Francisco Lachowski, Ton Heukels and Jordan Barrett.

Article continues. To read it in full visit ‘H&M Swim 2016 look book‘ at Fashionising.com »

Picture gallery

Fashionising.com

Planet Blue’s new Boho Bride look book

Posted in Fashion / Fashion blog / Fashion pictures / Look books

boho bride
Planet Blue’s Boho Bride spring / summer 2016 collection has been previewed and Fashionising.com has each of the key looks for you. Model: Cami Morrone. Photographer: Bryan Carr.

Article continues. To read it in full visit ‘Planet Blue’s new Boho Bride look book‘ at Fashionising.com »

Picture gallery

Fashionising.com

Police Sketches Of 15 Literary Characters Based On Their Book Descriptions

It’s a complaint you hear time and time again from readers when beloved books are adapted into films: The actors don’t match the mental image conjured up by the book’s description. So illustrator Brian Joseph Davis decided to see exactly what kind of faces those descriptions would create by using a law enforcement composite sketch software called FACES ID.

The images are shared to the artist’s Tumblr blog, The Composites, along with the passages used to make them. In an interview with The Atlantic in 2012, Davis said that the project was inspired by fictional “Identikit” index cards created by author James Ellroy. In creating the images, Davis used “educated guesswork” to fill in the features that were not explicitly referenced in the texts. “It’s a combination of literary criticism—which I know well—and forensics—of which I’m an utter amateur,” he said. After using his own book collection for inspiration, Davis turned to e-books, and eventually online fan submissions.

1
Katniss Everdeen, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

h/t: mentalfloss

2
John Daniel Edward “Jack” Torrance, “The Shining” by Stephen King

3
Annie Wilkes, “Misery” by Stephen King

4
Daisy Buchanan, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5
Bram Stoker’s Dracula

6
James Cromwell, “L.A. Confidential” by James Ellroy

7
Christian Grey, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” by E. L. James

8
Lisbeth Salander, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

9
Humbert Humbert, “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

10
Marla Singer, “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk

11
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelle

12
Norman Bates, “Psycho” by Robert Bloch

13
Nurse Ratched, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

14
Sam Spade, “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett

15
Thomas “Tom” Ripley, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith


Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.