Beau Colburn’s weekly roundup…

01. BP’s Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill
“The ability to document a disaster, particularly through images, is key to focusing the nation’s attention on it, and the resulting clean-up efforts. Within days of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, pictures of dead otters, fish, and birds, as well as oil-covered shorelines, ignited nationwide outrage and led to a backlash against Exxon.” (newsweek)

02. a love supreme.
“The cover art was pure early Impulse, minimal and clean modern — a look and feel pioneered by their art director, Robert Flynn. A Love Supreme hews to the template: a well-composed photograph bleeding full out to the edges with the type set all-caps in one of the three or four fonts they limited themselves to — in this case, Anzeigen Grotesk, which in German loosely translates to ‘Advertising Sans-Serif.'” (rockthatfont)

02. Making Soft Pretzels the Old-Fashioned Way (above)
“Despite street pretzels’ low state, they come from a noble family. In much of Germany and parts of Switzerland and Austria, the pretzel is the symbol of the bread baker’s art, as the baguette is in France (though the pretzel is much older). Wooden and iron pretzels have hung over bakery doors for centuries, especially in the south of Germany.” (nyt)

03. 7 Key Turning Points That Made Apple No. 1
“Apple has been through some extreme ups and downs, but today the corporation climbed to an all-time high. Apple surpassed longtime rival Microsoft in market capitalization, making the Cupertino, California, company the most valuable technology company in the world, for the moment, at least.

The milestone is even more remarkable given Apple’s single-digit share of the computer market. Microsoft, by contrast, runs on about 90 percent of the world’s PCs.” (wired)

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