Without Signs

Removing the signs from city landscapes:

Gregor Graf draws the viewer’s gaze to the city of Linz completely purged of signs. With purposely intentional retouching, he emphasizes the architectonic and structural features of the city in an extreme way. The streets seem unreal, culturally interchangeable and alien. They call for a new kind of perception beyond the realm of our familiar experiences and patterns. At the same time, though, these pictures open up a view of architecture that is otherwise blocked and “clarified” spatial systems.

(via BB-Blog)

19th-Century Girls’ Series

From ReadSeries.com:

Long before Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley High, the Babysitters’ Club, or Magic Tree House, series books provided a source of enjoyable fiction for children. The first children’s fiction series appeared in the United States in the 1830s, and by the 1860s the genre was well-established and earning both praise and censure.

I’ve been researching series books for over twenty-five years. This page draws upon some of that research; it is devoted to bio-bibliographies and commentary about nineteenth-century authors of series books for girls and younger children as well as samples of some of their writing. It includes some of the century’s most popular authors and a number of lesser-known figures whose works — now almost forgotten — show the evolution of the genre.

The American Look

A Tribute to the Men and Women, Who Design. A beautiful film highlighting the importance in America of design and aesthetics in every day … all » items. It is interesting to see that this style, and the aesthetic of 1958 is returning to our modern lives… but we’re not buying American anymore… we’re buying Ikea.