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~ Vol. 37 ~

M. Kingsley [hearts] concrete poetry — and curling! — in this edition of Quipsologies.


The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my deare friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King btesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it.
On the use of human skin in bookbinding. [Via Fark]


How can any of us resist a site with an url like abcdfghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com?


Samples of concrete poetry by Jér�me Peignot.


An interview with Augusto de Campos, one of the founders of Brazil’s concrete poetry movement, and an on-line collection of various works.


Here’s a link to a PDF copy of Stéphane Mallarmé’s ur-concrete poem from 1897 Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A throw of the dice will never abolish chance), and two translations in English.


Blurring the distinctions between concrete poetry, design and art: Kay Rosen, Hi, Highway billboard, Pennsylvania

A vs. B


The ancient and noble sport of curling is slowly “rebranding” itself. A few years back, Vancouver rock promoter and agent Bruce Allen was hired to market Canadian Olympic women’s curling, He gained some notoriety for photos of the team in black leather; light years away from the stereotype of stout women with awkward hair styles. Allen, whose clients include Bryan Adams, said “You’ve got four great-looking girls, you’ve got a sport with Olympic television potential — this I can understand”.

Between the curling babes and the 50 hours (joy!) of television coverage on MSNBC, the sport made advances in the public consciousness during the last Winter Olympic games: outranking Anna Kournikova on Yahoo’s Buzz Index. And at the time sports writers joked that perhaps curling would see a future nude calendar. Well, that day has arrived with the 2006 Ana Arce Team Sponsorship Calendar. I hear it’s tasteful. [Via The Curling News — yes I read it… for the articles]


As an addendum to a previous post, in which card stunts at the North Korean Arirang Festival were briefly mentioned: we now have further detail about the making of a Yale legend. Harvard sucks!

A couple interesting products:

An alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell and sizzle of cooking bacon.

Never need to find those f—king matches for the d—n candle again.


The fine folks at Kind Company have brought Alvin Lustig(’s work) to life in this impressive site: Alvin Lustig, Modern American Design Pioneer 1915-1955. [Thanks to Steve Heller for the link]


Completely unrelated to the advancement of the design profession but just too darn funny.


A couple weeks ago Coudal Partners premiered their oeuvre, Copy Goes Here.


Get your very own Spam Shirt. I might get this one for me.

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.21.2005 BY The Speak Up Authors
koleslaw’s comment is:

The fun and thoughtfulness behind Kay Rosen's work, as well as John Langdon's is a smile in the mind for graphic design.

On Nov.21.2005 at 10:42 PM
unlikelyMD’s comment is:

spam shirt is genius.

copy goes here, beautiful.

thanks for the tips.

On Nov.29.2005 at 02:35 AM