Mr. Colburn reads the web on Thursdays…

01. Okay, kids, play on my lawn

“But there are many forms of high art, and they have appeared at many times. The conscious creation of art seems to be one area in which humans have a monopoly among living beings. Perhaps the turning point in our evolution as a species came when we grew capable of creating art and stories; I illustrated that blog entry with prehistoric cave paintings, only to have a gamer describe them as “scribbles.” Well, there’s one in every crowd.” (roger ebert)

02. Biome — the making of a typeface

“Starting around 1990, I was interested in midcentury modern design, particularly furniture and architecture. I found I liked certain traits that were prevalent: minimalism and biomorphism. In contrast, I was just as strongly repelled by the barren and overly rational elements of the period. I still think that modern architecture and design could stand to be more human and biomorphic, even if it remains minimal. “Organic modernism” was a subset of the design movement that, at least in concept, I could appreciate. It crept into my drawings for houses, furniture, and eventually letterforms.” (i love typography)

03.Carlos Ramos: Kubrick (above)

“11 years after the death of Stanley Kubrick, Ramos pays homage to the man who wrote and directed such films as A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey by transforming the galley into a retrospective space with graphic pieces celebrating the greatest and most respected filmmaker in history. Ramos faces his longtime obsession with Kubrick by painting interpretations of his films including the white-on-white habitations of 2001 to the Native American carpet patterns of The Shining to the matching white Droog uniforms in A Clockwork Orange. The emptiness and humanity of Stanley Kubrick’s subjects and characters and unique spacial design come to life thru Ramos’ unique eye.” (copro gallery)

04. 7 best cloak-and-dagger moments from the Russian spy case

“To recognize one another in public places, the alleged agents deployed secret signs and phrases. At one rendezvous, alleged New Jersey-based agent Richard Murphy, for example, was told to carry an issue of Time magazine (in his left hand if he sensed danger) and respond to his co-conspirator’s entree, “Excuse me, could we have met in Malta in 1999?” with “Yes indeed, I was in La Valetta, but in 2000.” In another instance, the spies’ patter featured this unlikely exchange: “Tell him Uncle Paul loves him.” Reply: “It is wonderful to be Santa Claus in May.”” (the week )

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