Paula Scher’s Exquisite Book of Lying “Maps”
On a recent vacation in Chile, I found myself in a car rental office, staring at a 7-foot tall map that listed my destination (Pucon) in two locations—one about an inch below the airport, near the lake that made it a tourist attraction and one about an inch above it, near nothing of note.
Car logo history
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This was a bit more relevant (for me anyway) a few months when I was originally going to post it as I saw it a day or two after going to a retro car show… anyway, as with most logos, it’s interesting to see how they’ve progressed and evolved, or in some cases, regressed over time. In this case, we have a series of major car logos, from Alfa Romeo to Volkswagan. I’m not sure how complete or factually accurate it is, but even without the dates, it’s quite fun — especially BMW’s ’70s and ’80s version.
In most cases, I prefer the older to the newer. Mercedes, BMW and Renault are below and the rest are here.
35 Amazing Book Covers From 2011
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“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is one of the earliest adages we learn as children. Looking at these covers, however, is enough to make us change our minds. Feast your eyes on some of the best offerings of book cover artists in 2011!
“1Q84″ by Haruki Murakami
Designed by Chip Kidd
“The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach
“At the Fights” edited by George Kimball and John Schulian
“Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell
Designed by Paul Sahre. Illustrations by Brian Rea
Malcolm Gladwell Collected
Designed by Paul Sahre. Illustrations by Brian Rea
“Bulletproof… I Wish I Was: The Lighting and Stage Design of Andi Watson” by Christopher Scoates
“Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne
Brazilian Edition designed by Carlo Giovani
“A Moment in the Sun” by John Sayles
Designed by Aaron Horkey
“The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights”
Designed by Coralie Bickford Smith
“The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories” by HitRecord and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Design by The Made Shop
Various titles by Oliver Sacks
“The Facts of Winter” by Paul Poissel
“The Joys of Excess” by Samuel Pepys
“Recipes from the White Hart Inn” by William Verral
“Wildwood” by Colin Meloy
Illustrations by Carson Ellis
“The Free World” by David Bezmogis
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
Jacket illustrations by Ivan Brunetti
“Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton
“Mission Street Food” by Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz
Illustrations by Walter Green
“Habibi” by Craig Thompson
Art and design by Craig Thompson
“The Belief Instinct” by Jesse Bering
Designed by Christopher Brand
“The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury
Designed by Adam Johnson
“Beck” by Autumn de Wilde
Cover and book design by Glen Nakasako and Jeri Heiden at Smog Design Inc.
“And So It Goes” by Charles J Shields
“Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee” by Megan Boyle
“Mr. Fox” by Helen Oyeyemi
“Whole Beast Butchery” by Ryan Farr with Brigit Binns
“Ghost Lights” by Lydia Millet
“The Information: A History. A Theory. A Flood.” by James Gleick
Designed by Peter Mendelsund
“Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?” by Touré
“James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl
Jacket Illustration by Jordan Crane. Illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burket
8 Reasons why the Nine of Diamonds is Unlucky
Neatorama is proud to present a guest post from Gary Noarnan, a contributor to the ragbag.
The king of hearts is called the suicide king because the king appears to be stabbing himself in the head. The jack of spades and jack of hearts are known as one-eyed jacks because their faces are in profile and only one eye is visible. But do you know why the nine of diamonds is called the curse of Scotland? Did you even know that it’s considered to be the most unlucky card in the deck? It is, though how it received its fearsome name is a source of wild speculation.
[Image credit: Flickr user feministjulie]
Here are eight leading theories on why the nine of diamonds is called the curse (or scourge) of Scotland. Some are more plausible than others, but all of them are highly intriguing.
1. British Commander William Augustus, the “Butcher Duke of Cumberland” was a lover of card games and always carried two packs on his person. After his decisive victory in the Battle of Culloden, he quickly scribbled an execution order for his Scottish prisoners on the closest paper he had at hand. The paper turned out to be—you guessed it—the nine of diamonds, a card that haunts the Scots to this day.
[Prince William, the “Butcher Duke” of Cumberland]
2. In the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, A notorious jewel thief by the name of George Campbell snuck into Edinburgh Castle and successfully heisted nine valuable diamonds. He then escaped to a neighboring country, never to be heard from again. Queen Mary responded by levying a heavy tax upon her kingdom to replace the gems. The hapless tax-payers have ever since had negative opinions about the nine missing diamonds and have vented their frustration by renaming the nine of diamonds playing card, the curse of Scotland.
[Image credit: Flickr user afternoon_sunlight]
3. Comete, a card game inspired by the discovery of Halley’s comet was introduced to Scotland by James II. To win the game, one needed to secure the nine of diamonds. It is said that the card was called the curse of Scotland on account of the large sums of money that Scottish gamers lost when first learning this new game.
The Cross (or Corse) of Scotland
4. Though the nine diamonds in today’s playing cards are arranged in an H pattern, early versions favoured an X shape. When viewed sideways, these cards look very similar to the Scottish flag—known as St. Andrew’s Cross or the Cross of Scotland. It’s very possible that the original name of the card was actually the Cross of Scotland.
5. Pope Joan was a popular card-based gambling game played as far back as 1732. In the game, special significance is paid to the nine of diamonds which is called the pope. Because the pope was a villain figure among Scotch reformers, the nine of diamonds was renamed the curse of Scotland in this game and—eventually—all games played in Scotland.
[An early political cartoon from 1745 uses the nine of diamonds to represent the pope. The card can be seen (just barely) on the ground between the legs of the central figure)]
6. Just as there’s a supposed curse involving U.S. presidents elected in years evenly divisible by twenty, so too is there an observation that every ninth English monarch reigns as a tyrant. Because diamonds represent royalty, the nine of diamonds is said to be a symbol of the English rulers that have been oppressing the Scottish people since the dark ages.
The Dalrymple shield
7. John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair was a Scottish lowland noble who had some beef with the Highland MacDonald clan. He successfully convinced King William to sign an order to extirpate (ie. “root out and destroy”) the clan in a heinous event known as the Massacre of Glencoe. The Scottish citizens were outraged, especially when King William absolved both himself and the Earl of any wrongdoing. The Dalrymple coat of arms features nine diamonds arranged like the playing card, so it is very likely that the nine of diamonds became associated with the much-hated Dalrymple.
8. Nine red diamonds (or lozenges gules presented saltire-wise as the arrangement is called in heraldry) are also said to be featured prominently on the crests of other detested figures in Scotland’s past. Among them are a colonel named Packer who was on the scaffold when Charles the First was beheaded, the Duke of Argyle who helped unite Scotland with England, and a member of the Scottish parliament who voted for the introduction of the malt tax. Bottom line: don’t go taxing a Scotsman’s malt.
Which (if any) of the above explanations is the correct one? Nobody can say for certain, but what is known, if you’re playing Go Fish with a Scotsman you should do your best not to win the game by asking for his nine of diamonds—you don’t want to give the Scots any more reasons to view the card so unfavourably.
Vol. 60 | No. 71
A great little gem from the AT&T Archives - a 26 minute video from Saul Bass pitching the new Bell System logo. The editing is something you definitely wouldn’t see in the corporate world today…