Friday, September 04, 2015

Cold War Era Arcade

The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games in St. Petersburg is designed to look like a 1980s USSR video game arcade. It is filled with restored games carefully modeled after those in Japan and the West and manufactured to the approval of the Cold War-era Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev.

"Now, 24 years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russian families spend their afternoons here playing the propaganda arcade games of their youth, drinking increasingly hard-to-find sparkling beer from 1980s soda machines, and popping Soviet coins into strength-training and eye-coordination games that were approved by the Soviet government in the 1970s and 1980s as having “real” value to children."
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Painting Marine Life with Actual Fish

"In her nature-inspired works of art, Heather Fortner not only depicts the forms of fish, but does so using the actual bodies of the fish. The technique is called gyotaku (魚 gyo "fish" 拓 taku "rubbing"), a traditional Japanese method of fish printing that originated in the mid-19th century as a way for fishermen to record the size and characteristics of their daily catches. Anglers would keep a supply of rice paper, sumi ink, and brushes on their boats so that they could make ink etchings of their freshly caught fish; the prints were so accurate that they were often used to determine the winners of fishing contests in Japan."

More: My Modern Met

Thursday, September 03, 2015

A Designer's Typographic Trip to Paris

Graphic designer Louise Fili’s new book Graphique de la Rue (Princeton Architectural Press)is a “typographic love letter to Paris,” organized into 10 categories with quick intros that act as fun mini-history lessons. It is a "photographic diary of hundreds of Paris's most inventive restaurant, shop, hotel, street, and advertising signs. Classic neon cafe signs are juxtaposed with the dramatic facades of the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergere." Unfortunately many of the signs have been destroyed and live on only in this book.

More:  AIGA Eye on Design

Thanks Bruce!

My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts

This animated film by filmmaker Torill Kove is a tall tale about her grandmother's life in Oslo, Norway, during World War II. Sharp and whimsical, her story combines her grandmother's tales with historical events and fantasy, showing how a cherished anecdote can come to acquire a mythical status. King Harald of Norway said, "I love the irony of this short."


Wednesday, September 02, 2015