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Willard Wigan: Micro-sculptor

Willard Wigan’s work – creating sculptures so small, sometimes in the eye of a needle, that they’re often invisible to the naked eye – started with his childhood. Undiagnosed but severely dyslexic, his feelings of insignificance gave him an appreciation for the unseen. Hiding in a shed while avoiding school, he began making home for his friends the ants, then shoes, then hats.

His creations grew smaller and smaller as he honed his craft, learning to enter a meditative state in which his heartbeat is slowed to reduce movement in his hands. He holds his breath and sculpts between heart beats.

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The Not-So-Secret Cat Fetish of Architect Philip Johnson

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Swamplot, my favorite Houston real estate blog, had a great find in Your Secret Cat Code Has Been Cracked, Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson is of course Philip Johnson, the influential architect who shaped much of Houston’s skyline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Typography

Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.

Marvelous!

Handcrafted with love by BYU design students and faculty, for the 5th Typophile Film Festival. A visual typographic feast about the five senses, and how they contribute to and enhance our creativity. Everything in the film is real—no CG effects!

Shot with a RED One, a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a Canon EOS 40D, and a Nikon D80. Stop motion created with Dragon Stop Motion.

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United Breaks Guitars: Cautionary Tale to Companies and Customer Service Reps Dealing with Musicians

Companies would do well to realize that when you screw with musicians you are likely to have your interaction memorialized in song and the power of the internets means an awful lot of your customers may be hearing that song in no time at all. Here’s the gist of the United Breaks Guitars story from Dave Carroll, who heads up the band Sons of Maxwell.

In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didn’t deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say “no” to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise.

The video: (embedded below)

An account of the fall out below from the Times, Revenge is best served cold – on YouTube:

But Carroll kept his promise. The first song, United Breaks Guitars, has now been played 3,515,357 times on YouTube, become a smash hit on iTunes, and has resulted in Carroll’s rather bemused appearance on every major news network in America. Meanwhile, within four days of the song going online, the gathering thunderclouds of bad PR caused United Airlines’ stock price to suffer a mid-flight stall, and it plunged by 10 per cent, costing shareholders $180 million. Which, incidentally, would have bought Carroll more than 51,000 replacement guitars.

The airline’s belated decision to donate $3,000 to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz as a gesture of goodwill (Carroll said he was beyond the point of accepting money) did nothing to contain the damage.

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KillSpencer, Keep his Bags

Josh Spear highlighted designer Spencer Nikosey‘s brand of mens bags. Made from combat-used military truck tarp, it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t withstand a beating and still come out looking great. At $425 it’s more than I’ll ever spend on a bag, but I’ll admire it from a distance.

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Video: Illustrator Charlene Chua in Action

I love being able to watch someone who really knows what they’re doing in action. There’s no better way to learn. via Boing Boing

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Google Earth Gets Up Close and Personal with the Prado

“The paintings have been photographed in very high resolution and contain as many as 14,000 million pixels (14 gigapixels). With this high level resolution you are able to see fine details such as the tiny bee on a flower in The Three Graces (Las Tres Gracias), delicate tears on the faces of the figures in The Descent from the Cross (El Descendimiento ) and complex figures in The Garden of Earthly Delights (El Jardin de las Delicias).”

RRW: Art Historians Rejoice

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I don’t understand comics…

But I’m starting to see what I’m missing.

TED Talks: Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics

In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.

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A Library to Drool Over

‘casa kike’ by gianni botsford architects

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Common Craft

One of my new year resolutions is to take notice of the things I come across on the web which are simply too good not to share, even if I myself don’t have anything to add to the conversation. Common Craft is one of those things. I think of them a little like the YouTube lovechild of Malcolm Gladwell and Bob Vila. They specialize in elegantly straight-forward video explanations of web phenomena and tools. The dynamic duo behind Common Craft, Lee and Sachi LeFever, recently stopped doing client-videos-for-hire to concentrate on educational rather than promotional content and license their educational content to others.

Visit Common Craft

Here’s a highlight reel:

Video: RSS in Plain English

Video: Wikis in Plain English

Video: Social Networking in Plain English

Video: Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Video: Blogs in Plain English

Video: Twitter in Plain English

Video: Podcasting in Plain English

Video: Social Media in Plain English

Video: Electing a US President in Plain English

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