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National Geographic Magazine Italia – July issue
© Alessandro Bartelett

Photographer Alessandro Bartelett follows the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli inside a Soyuz launch module simulator in Star City, Russia..when all the lights went out…

The back story – How Quick Thinking and an iPhone LED Light Led to a Nat Geo Cover Photo



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from Sleep Series
Maryam Ashkanian, artist
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via iGNANT:

Iranian artist Maryam Ashkanian made a name for herself as a painter and sculptor. Her hand-sewn fabric art ‘Sleep Series’ has recently made an impression in the international art world. For this she chose the finest cloths as bases for pillows. On this collection of pillows, the artist embroidered portrayals of sleeping people. Ashkanian understands dreams as a way of entering a broader universe. In the given time frame sleeping people are observers, still gaining unique experiences. “Images of us in dreams are revealed in the right truest evidence; an original icon which introduces us to the peripheral world wildly“, states the artist. In 2012 she received the Bachelor of Art in painting at the Art Faculty of Gilan University in Iran. Ashkanian’s works are exposed in solo and group exhibitions internationally.


Form in Space – 48×60″ – aluminum print
Garth Williams, artist
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Artist’s statement:

These portraits of natural phenomena are my testament to the timeless forces perpetually in motion around us. Both awesome and unsettling is the thought that fundamentally, we are shaped by the same rules and part of a similar drama, unfolding at the largest scale imaginable.

These paintings are created by infusing mixed media into water with a variety of different implements and methods [cloud tank]. Though chaos is inherent to the medium, I’ve elevated the level of intentionality through repetition, technique and invention.



Designer to designer –  Debbie Millman interviews Milton Glaser for Adobe Create Magazine:

Incidental Comics
words and images by Grant Snider
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Today in 1913, a Swedish engineer named Gideon Sundback was living in Hoboken, New Jersey, when he patented the modern zipper under the name, “Hookless No. 2.” The public, however, was far from sold. Preachers initially called the device “the Devil’s fingers” because it eased the process of removing clothing. Other early zipper models were patented under names like “C-curity Fastener” and “The Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure.” It didn’t take off until a boot company adopted the technology for their “Zipper Boot,” launching both the method and the word into fame.

Vintage 1910s Hookless zipper money belt
WWI khaki 1917
Gideon Sundback Talon
via eBay

[h/t to The Writer’s Almanac for the lead in…]

“None of us has really the ability to understand our path until it’s over.”
– Milton Glaser

I’ve often found Milton Glaser hard to take – possibly because he is so confident about his abilities, his work, and what he’s learned over a very fulfilled life. It can be mistaken for arrogance when I think that maybe it’s my own lack of confidence and some envy on my part.

We bring what we are to all things.

The video is worth a watch – take from it what you can…

[h/t to Open Culture for the lead in…]

From the post, Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life:

Excerpted from designer Debbie Millman’s book, Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life & Design


Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.

– Margaret Atwood, from Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

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