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Into the Light

Via Julian Montague.

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Hedi Slimane: Stern Portfolio 62

Collected works by Hedi Slimane in Stern Portfolio 62.

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Cocks

Cocks

Beautiful photography of cockerels in Ernest Goh’s book, Cocks.

Reared and groomed by dedicated owners for participation in pageants, ornamental chickens, including the impressive Malaysian breed of Ayam Serama, project a natural and seemingly effortless charisma rivalling that of human models.

Ernest Goh’s award-winning portraits capture the full range of these beautiful birds’ personalities: puffed chests, ruffled plumage, bowed heads and all. By turns provocative, humorous and surprising, the photographs in Cocks will move you to view our humble feathered friends in an entirely different light.

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Build: Tim Saccenti - Portraits #01

Nice work by Build on this limited edition book for New York photographer Timothy Saccenti.

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California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties.

Via Jack/Knife.

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1933

Source unknown.

Via hypocrisy & paradox.

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All About the Sea

All About the Sea by Ferdinand C. Lane, illustrated by Fritz Kredel (1953).

Via my vintage book collection.

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Helen Yentus: 3D slipcase

3D slipcase designed by Helen Yentus, the art director of Riverhead Books, for the recently published On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee.

Via The Casual Optimist.

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Apple 2c

Apple IIc, final design, 1983. According to Hartmut Esslinger, frog design was forced to edit and re-edit the design in response to petty criticisms from the Apple II team, whose “trivial technical arguments [masked] their NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome — a dispiriting process I called ‘form follows ego.’”

Courtesy Hartmut Esslinger, from the book Keep it Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple.

Via Metropolis.

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Brooklyn To Mars

Just recently to have arrived through my letterbox was a little package containing four issues of Brooklyn To Mars, a limited edition, hand-numbered zine published by Markus Almond.

Each issue is typed on a yellow portable Remington typewriter and pages laid out by hand with scissors and a glue stick. Containing mainly inspirational passages on life and the creative processes affecting artists, entrepreneurs and lone wolves, each piece of writing (which Almond calls ‘paraprose’) is given it’s own page and occasionally decorated with a 19th century pictoral image.

Here is the philosophy behind this beautifully produced little zine:

“John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. He did this on February 20, 1962. Glenn was able to leave our world on a poorly constructed rocketship. He floated in space and gazed at the earth. This was before computers were realistically usable, before the internet existed, and even before the Beatles released their first album.

If a man is able to leave the earth using primitive technology, think of all the possibilities in your life today.

This is what Brooklyn To Mars seeks to explore. It’s about learning from incredible people and saying, “I can do that.” Brooklyn To Mars is about starting from where you are today and going someplace extraordinary.”

Having just struggled through the first Christmas since the break up of my marriage, reading through Almond’s collected inspirational musings was just the thing I needed right now to help lift my spirits and break on through to a new chapter in my life.

Brooklyn To Mars is available from the Markus Almond Shop.

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