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Covers of The American Rifleman magazine. Photographed by Tony Cenicola

A fascinating look into the evolution of the American Rifleman magazine cover design.

Source: New York Times 

Links from the Week, Oct 1-5

A few headlines and pieces that made it onto my reading list this week, hope you enjoy. I’m a bit behind on my reading, so you may notice some links are from weeks prior.

The Viral Kava-Nope Poster by Tracie Ching → (artnet News)
Despite the bleak news of Brett Kavanaugh’s likely confirmation to the US Supreme Court, I’m proud to see our community standing up once again to speak out against injustice.

“Why Do All New Fashion Logos Look the Same?” → (Hypebeast)
Fashion houses around the globe seem to be ditching their sans-serif brand markings for a more paired down aesthetic.

What’s the Deal With These Pop-Up Museums → (New York Times)
I went to the Museum of Ice Cream when it came through San Francisco and that was enough for me. A look into the “The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’”.

Pentagram x Saturday Night Live → (Fonts In Use)
If you watched the season premier of Saturday Night Live this past weekend you may have noticed a new opening title sequence, designed by Emily Olberman and her team at Pentagram.

The VW Beatle is No Longer → (Wall Street Journal)
A look back at the Volkswagen Beatle’s 80-year history.

Links from the Week, Sep 24-28

A few headlines and pieces that made it onto my reading list this (and last) week, hope you enjoy.

Aesop store in Rome designed by ‘Call Me by Your Name’ director → (WSJ)
Step into the world of Luca Guadagnino, director ‘Call Me by Your Name’, by visiting the new Aesop San Lorenzo, luxury skin care retail shop.

Depression-era photos from the Archive → (SF Chronicle)
Shasta Dam, a $36 million infrastructure project in Northern California, brought workers and their families to Redding, California in search of work.

Brand Success and The Magic Letter ‘O’ → (Creative Review)
What do Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Coca-Cola all have in common? The letter ‘O’ of course.

General Motors Sued for Using Graffiti Artists Work in Campaign → (artnet News)
A lawsuit between GM and Swiss artist Adrian Falkner is underway to determine who owns the rights to graffiti in a public place.

Gallery of First Editions from Well-Known American Newspapers → (Business Insider)
The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post—pretty rad to take a look back and see what these newspapers looked like when they first begun.

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Farmland in Downtown Manhattan
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 Photos by Agnes Denes

Photos by Agnes Denes

Wheatfield by Agnes Denes
Wheatfield by Agnes Denes

A number of iconic images of the World Trade Center towers have been shared over the years, but this week I was pleasantly surprised to learn about a few more. This selection from a 1982 art installation by Agnes Denes, in Downtown Manhattan’s Battery Park.

Two acres of wheat planted and harvested by conceptual artist Agnes Denes in 1982.

“Planting and harvesting a field of wheat on land worth $4.5 billion created a powerful paradox. Wheatfield was a symbol, a universal concept; it represented food, energy, commerce, world trade, and economics. It referred to mismanagement, waste, world hunger and ecological concerns. It called attention to our misplaced priorities”

Source: Wheatfield - A Confrontation: Battery Park Landfill, Downtown Manhattan

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"I’m not a professional painter..."
 DSF/AFP/Getty Images

DSF/AFP/Getty Images

Yet again we have another artistic restoration to chuckle about. This time a 15th-century wood statue of Mary, Saint Anne, and baby Jesus painted over in a fanciful, neon palette.

“I’m not a professional painter but I’ve always liked painting and the statues really needed painting,” said amateur conservator, María Luisa Menéndez of Rañadorio, a village in northwestern Asturias, Spain.

It’s no fresco Jesus, but it’s sure one for the books.

Source: artnet News

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Quality Links from the Week

A few headlines and pieces that made it onto my reading list this week, hope you enjoy.

The Rising Cost of New Starbucks → (CNBC)
While you may have heard Starbucks has opened their first store in Italy, you might have missed this: according to a Harvard study, there may be a link between raising home prices and new Starbucks locations. Let's hope Milan has rent control.

New book release from Taschen, how Disneyland changed the world → (CNN Travel)

"We had this great confluence of people in the aerospace industry that knew how to build things and people in the movie industry that knew how to tell stories. And so I love that that comes together in this three dimensional storytelling at Disneyland."

Chris Nichols, Architectural Historian and Theme Park Enthusiast

Losing Your 'Cool' → (Wall Street Journal)
The Wall Street Journal made a case earlier this week for dropping the word ‘cool’ from our vocabulary. "Dope, fire," and "lit" are among the Journal's suggested replacements. Oh my word.

Say hello to Scumbro → (Mr. Porter)
Speaking of vocabulary, here's a new word for yours: scumbro (as in, "your outfit is so fire, Jonah Hill should name you the king of scumbro"). 

New Print: Rest as Rhythm

Recently a friend asked me to make a print to hang in her home office with the quote, "rest as rhythm, not rescue." Intrigued by the quote, I spent a week playing with different concepts and struggled to narrow down a single art direction. In the end, she picked her favorite of three pieces and granted me permission to share the others with you.

Rest as rhythm, not rescue available for purchase in the shop. Both are 8x10 inch, archival prints on 140 weight, cold pressed paper with a beautiful texture.

Get 10% off with code: RHYTHM10 

A beautiful evolution, Tiger of Sweden
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Tiger of Sweden is entering a new era in contemporary tailoring with a new logo to usher it in. 

“Our new visual identity has been created in close collaboration between the Antwerp-based design studio A New Archive and our Creative Director Christoffer Lundman. The new logo is based on archive findings. The tiger mark is a revived version of an emblem used on the original range of ‘Tiger’ suits, first produced in 1926. The unique new font is drawn up from a 1960´s marquee, holding that same Roman feature as letters typically used on official Swedish buildings, papers and coins. All this is a way of paving the way for our future whilst also paying an homage to our past; 115 years of tailoring heritage.”

Source: https://www.tigerofsweden.com/se/a-new-era/a-new-era.html

I'm in love with the new mark (top), but I'm most excited to see that they continue to celebrate their past with archive imagery from years before."