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Roundup August, 20 2011

Selectism | Around the Web

01. The questionable birth of Times New Roman

“Times New Roman has, as we know, become the default type for everything from school term papers to magazines. It’s usually attributed to Stanley Morison, who “oversaw” the design for The Times of London newspaper in the 1930s. (Their previous font was, appropriately, Times Old Roman.)” (boingboing)

02. AD Classics: Moscow Metro / Robert Pogrebnoi and Yuriy Zenkivich (above)

“The city of Moscow experienced a huge size and population boom following the industrial development and railway construction of the late 19th century. At this time, horse-drawn cars and trams were the main form of transportation, but soon the horses were not enough to fuel the city’s rapid expansion. As a result, plans were made for development of a new peripheral ring railway that would carry freight throughout the city. Many years later, underground lines for passengers were linked to the original railway. These lines quickly turned the railway into a booming metropolitan transit center, eventually becoming what is today known as the Moscow Metro. More on the development of the Moscow Metro after the break.” (archdaily)

03. Where and How We Work

“There is something nice about taking a break from your own work to see how and where other creative people work. It’s great voyeuristic fun to see how designers, artists, and makers of all kinds surround themselves with inspiration, tools, and certain comforts. More photographers are jumping in to document the kind of wonderful, crazy creative spaces of the kind that the Selby and Sight Unseen cover so well, and we recently came across a few with some good studio eye candy. With straightforward names like the Makers Project (by Jennifer Causey) and Where They Create (by Paul Barbera), both publish photographic stories of the unique worlds built by creators.” (core77)

04. String Theory

“Pairing mathematics with craftsmanship, the textile designers behind Montreal label String Theory weave quality yarns into beautifully-patterned super-soft scarves and throw blankets. The two-person team behind the brand works closely with small-batch manufacturers, allowing for wide experimentation with techniques. This artful combination of tradition and innovation results in everyday accessories with Modernist geometric appeal.” (coolhunting)

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