Archive for May, 2009

words create worlds

May 24, 2009




Advertising for Anagram Bookshop in Prague by kaspen 


stay away from the computer

May 23, 2009

Oh, this is for me!
Stay Away From The Computer Print by Ashkahn Shahparnia to buy from for $20.


May 23, 2009


frank chimero picasso quote

This one is from Frank Chimero’s website.

Quotations can take a life of their own, especially if the are passed around on the web. Few people bother to check if they are true quotations or not. There is the famous quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” by Marianne WIlliamson which is often arributed to Nelson Mandela.I try to check quotes, but may have been guilty of of the same crime. In fact, I once made up a “Chinese Proverb” for a promotion.

Pleasing typography and design adds further authority and meaning to the quote. Just type  “Jarmusch quote” into Google images and you know what I mean.

Below are some of my favourites. Inspirational posters for the cool. And may be they are based on real quotes after all – if you know the source let me know.

nothing is original jarmush

What Kind of Tech User Are You?

May 22, 2009

What Kind of Tech User Are You?
from Pew Internet

Apparently I am a Digital Collaborator.

If you are a Digital Collaborator, you use information technology to work with and share your creations with others. You are enthusiastic about how ICTs help you connect with others and confident in your ability to manage digital devices and information. For you, the digital commons can be a camp, a lab, or a theater group – places to gather with others to develop something new.

memory maps – london map simplified

May 21, 2009


from “New Simplified Map of London drawn from memory… (by Nad @ flickr)”

Yeah, that’s what I remember from living there too … :-)

memory map – childhood places

May 20, 2009

memory map

 This is a map remembering childhood from here

memory map – myriad of conversations

May 19, 2009


“Myriad of Conversations is derived from personal memory of a few events from approximately 20 years of my life. These events are represented briefly as conversations I’ve had with the people involved on a plain (the map) that has no specific chronological order of the events represented. It grew out of an interest in involving the archetypal roles we play of the brother/sister, friend, companion, child etc into a map as a way to organize and represent interactions with different characters in our lives.”

by Katharine Harmon on

memory map – map of the day

May 18, 2009
Sara Fanelli - My Map Book

Sara Fanelli - My Map Book

I have bought quite a few picture books lately, because I am researching them for a media education project. My favourite is the “My Map Book” by Sara Fanelli. Here is a spread “map of the day” – click to enlarge. Sara Fanelli’s website is here.

art and maps (6) Tanja Rector

May 17, 2009


Tanja Rector, Memory Map 2008

may has come

May 17, 2009

may has come by Sarah Ahearn via

currently for sale at artstream


May 16, 2009


Currently thinking about old and new media practices, and teaching digital literacy to teachers in training I came across these images by David Silver’s photostream on Flickr.

These photos sum it all up nicely. Here is his blog with some interesting stuff including 5 ways my students use twitter

I like the way photography changes the use of the good old blackboard as it allows to fix something that is so  transient as chalk on board.

we are all connected

May 15, 2009


I like this image, unfortunatley I do not remember where it came from. Please tell me if you know, so I can credit the author.

Update: I found the source: It is We Are All Connected by Jen Renninger available to buy as print for
$30. from

king and queen of hearts

May 15, 2009


nice set of postage stamps from the US

zombie teenage bikini creatures

May 3, 2009


by Jessica Hische via typetheory

you are loved

May 2, 2009

for Mother’s day tomorrow


I’ll keep you in my focus 183/365 by ches jack via  ffffound.

terrors of the alphabet

May 2, 2009


from cabanonpress


tangled alphabets

May 1, 2009
Detail from Letter to a Genera 1963, by Leon Ferrari

Tangled Alphabets is a current exhibition at the MOMA in New York about the work of Mira Schendel and León Ferrari, There is also a publication. 

León Ferrari (Argentine, b. 1920) and Mira Schendel (Brazilian, b. Switzerland, 1919–1988) are considered among the most significant artists working in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Their works address language as a major visual subject matter: the visual body of language, the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor of the worldly aspect of human existence through the eloquence of naming and writing. They produced their works in the neighboring countries of Argentina and Brazil throughout the 1960s and 1980s, when the question of language was particularly central to Western culture due to the central role taken by post-structuralism, semiotics, and the philosophy of language. Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different, and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.

The exhibition can be viewed in detail also through an interactive flash site.

Detail from Objetos Graficos by Mira Schendel, 1972

This piece is really a sculpture, and should be seen large. I love the way the alphabet swirls out of the vortex, a galaxy in the making, a big bang. In biblical cosmology “in the beginning there was the word,” in Asian cosmology in the beginning there was the sound, the AUM. Here we have vision of how the language and signs came into being.

The Letter to the General above is beautiful piece of calligraphy in an imaginary script as a part of a series of “deformed writing”. It reminds me of “pretend writing” – emergent writing of children. Apparently the artist said “it is difficult to write a ‘logical’ letter to a general” so there we have a play with nonsense and mystery.

See also Shaker visual poetry, love letters and the slow act of writing.


May 1, 2009


I discovered this multidirectional poem by Amelia Walker – it can be read left to right or down the columns on the first issue of verbeatehim. It is called “garden”.

Through her website I found out that she also does poetry and performance workshops with children and it seems she has great ideas. I wonder how the poetry pets work. Here is also a neat little warm up exercise for writing poetry with children:


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