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I simply can’t get enough of the Partners & Spade blog. A daily log of visual research, inspiration and digital ephemera. I love that you can browse the posts by chromatics too. Is there anything they touch that doesn’t turn to gold?

New Math

New Math
New Math
New Math
New Math
New Math
New Math
New Math

It’s hard not to love New Math by Craig Damrauer.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a day of thanks here in the States and as of such, it’s only appropriate to thank everyone who has made Thinking for a Living™ possible. We’ve only been around for a little over four months and already this project has grown beyond our expectations thanks to the support of our friends, family, and most importantly, you, our reader. Happy Thanksgiving!

Obama Hug

Obama Hug

Illustration by Mark Owens at Life of the Mind.

Bad Babysitter

Bad Babysitter

Mikael Alacoque’s ‘Bad Babysitter’ is part of a series of sculptures that are concerned with a playfully sinister bastardization of familiar objects. The pieces have an initial feeling of innocence and irreverence but on closer inspection seem more bizarre and unsettling.

Radio Silence

Radio Silence Cover

Radio Silence documents the ignored space between the Ramones and Nirvana through the words and images of the pre-Internet era where this community built on do-it-yourself ethics thrived. Authors Nathan Nedorostek and Anthony Pappalardo have cataloged private collections of unseen images, personal letters, original artwork, and various ephemera from the hardcore scene circa 1978-1993. Unseen photos lay next to hand-made t-shirts and original artwork brought to life by the words of their creators and fans. Radio Silence includes over 500 images of unseen photographs, illustrations, rare records, t-shirts, and fanzines presented in a manner that abandons the aesthetic clichés normally employed to depict the genre and lets the subject matter speak for itself.

There is an opening tonight at the Riviera Gallery in Brooklyn, New York of a show featuring original black-and-white prints from the forthcoming book, published by MTV Press. The show runs from October 4th-31st, 2008.

Radio Silence Interior

Making Cents

Stefan Sagmeister

In September 2008 Sagmeister Inc. participated in Droog Event 2: Urban Play. The public art installation consisted of 250.000 eurocents placed on the floor, covering more than 300sqm on a square in Amsterdam. The coins spelled out the sentence “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better”. The piece is part of the series Things I have learned in my life so far by Stefan Sagmeister.

Euro Cent

Did You Ever Imagine…

Did You Ever Imagine

Ed Rondthaler on Spelling

Ed Rondthaler

At 103 years of age, living legend Ed Rondthaler, the founder of Photo-Lettering, Inc., former president of the American Literacy Council and author of The Dictionary of Simplified American Spelling, has a few things to say about spelling in this short clip presented by House Industries.

Security Patterns

Security Patterns

Sometimes called safety envelopes, tinted safety envelopes or security envelopes, the interiors of these envelopes are designed to protect the information within from prying eyes. Falling victim to paperless ATM banking, internet banking, automatic withdrawals, wire transfers, Pay-Pal and email, these envelopes are disappearing from our daily mail and therefore from our visual vocabulary.

Excerpt from the Tinted Safety Envelope Research Project.