dreaming of a life after cubicles

French psychiatric hospitals, 1950s photos
January 26, 2007, 10:05 am
Filed under: photography, retro

Cory Doctorow: These remarkable photos of French psychiatric hospitals from the 1950s have just been published — some for the first time:  In 1954 Jean-Philippe Charbonnier documented French Psychiatric hospitals and this exhibition includes rarely seen photographs from the series. Some of the photographs were first published in Réalités in January 1955. Here a selection of the original reportage is shown followed by the magazine layouts – published in the magazine with two fluffy cats on the cover. It is interesting to see that a number of most most powerful images were not published due to the sensitivities of the 1950s and that the eyes of the patients are at times masked to protect their identities.

In 2006 a 24 page booklet Jean-Philippe Charbonnier: HP hôpitaux psychiatriques was published by Le traitement contemporain n°4 in conjunction with gallery Agathe Gaillard.

Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

Picasso Time Lapse
January 16, 2007, 11:33 am
Filed under: art, photography, streaming media

Mark Frauenfelder: Picture 5-18
This 1955 time-lapse video of the development of a Picasso painting is fascinating. (From the documentary The Mystery of Picasso) Link

Alan realizes
December 27, 2006, 9:12 am
Filed under: photography, web

Here’s a web page that auto generates a subject+verb for Google photo searches each time you refresh the page.

Photo of happy pots on a stovetop
December 27, 2006, 9:05 am
Filed under: illusion, photography

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Mystery photo: man in top hat sitting on dead horse
December 18, 2006, 9:21 am
Filed under: photography, WTF


Behold, the sight of his noodly light
December 18, 2006, 9:15 am
Filed under: art, photography, xmas

World’s greatest scooter hack
December 15, 2006, 8:42 am
Filed under: engineering, humorous, photography

Mark Frauenfelder:
From the Make blog. It looks kind of phony. Why does the guy need to be up so high? Link

The obsessive compulsive disease of design
December 12, 2006, 10:14 am
Filed under: graphic design, photography


Being a graphic designer isn’t a job. It’s not a calling. It’s an obsessive-compulsive disease. And not only does it lead you to spend days on end obsessing about street sign kerning and pedestrian crosswalk typefacing, your apartment will be filled with alphabet refrigerator magnets and old marquee letters you dug up at the dump. You’ll choose books by their colors, wine by their labels. Eventually, your entire life will be consumed with typographic aesthetics, until you eventually gate yourself inside your castle with an alphabetic gate. And misused colors? They’ll drive you mad.

Just read this post over at Noisy Decent Graphics. It’s like synaesthetes describing the apple blue tinge of the letter ‘q’: a mental affliction I desperately want to have.

The Design Disease [Noisy Decent Graphics]

Got one of these guys in my bathroom this morning! A Plume moth!
December 8, 2006, 10:32 am
Filed under: nature, photography, weird

Cool Russian Playgrounds
December 7, 2006, 2:38 pm
Filed under: photography