Applied Arts friend and advertising legend Gary Prouk, of Sebastian Consultancy, provides links that will help you kill time, avoid work and find inspiration and entertainment.
London Underground Circuit Map Radio: Presented on Design Boom, this image is part of a series developed by Japanese sound artist/designer Yuri Suzuki as part of the Designers in Residence Program, at he London Design Museum. Suzuki uses a printed circuit board “as a precedent for developing a electrical circuit influenced by Harry Beck’s iconic London underground map diagrams.”
A History of New York in 50 Objects: Inspired by “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” the British Museum’s BBC radio series and book, the New York Times recruited historians and museum curators to identify 50 objects that could “embody the narrative of New York.” Objects range from a mastodon tusk to the first Yankee stadium program to a Saturday night special.
The Origins of ABC: I Love Typography offers this fascinating, in-depth and well-illustrated treatise of the history of the alphabet, covering 5,000 years, from Sumerian cuneiform to Roman typography. As the page says: “Robert Bringhurst wrote that writing is the solid form of language, the precipitate. But writing is also much more than that, and its origins, its evolution, and the way it is now woven into the fabric of civilizations makes it a truly wonderful story.” It’s told well here.
Graphic Tee Shirts: Really cool T-shirts from Design by Humans, a creative community of T-Shirt design lovers. “From shopping for new graphic tees, organizing design contests and communicating fashion trends, we are a society of artists, fashion gurus and expressive humans,” the site proclaims.