Miranda July’s Honest and silly book website

Penelope Trunk told me about an amazing website Miranda July created for her book.

It starts like this:

Photo of black text "ok, here I go. I'm going to make this whole website right now on this dry-erase board"

and keeps:
Black text on white board

Photo showing kitchen counter and text written on a fridge

I clicked through at least 20 “pages” of her site. I never do that. I’m a skimmer. I browse through a site and skim for the stuff I think I want, then perhaps bookmark it and never go back.

There is something (visceral | curious | engaging) about seeing someone’s handwriting and dirty dishes right next to each other.

I’ll admit, I’m a judger. Visiting someone’s website, I want to nitpick it. I want to find the outdated portions and secretly judge people deep down for not having an amazing proofreading staff. AH HA! You forgot to spell Guns n Roses correctly! Ha!

Actually, that isn’t true. I don’t want artists and writers to have a proofreader. I want them. I want to engage with another human being and learn about them. I want to see their silly imperfect handwritten letters and be reminded I’m imperfect and interesting. You should see my wife’s cursive lower-case letter ‘a’. It is adorable. When she writes an ‘a’, it looks like Jigglypuff ate too much and decided to go to sleep in a coma of cuteness. I mistake her letter a for o. ALL. THE. TIME. And it is adorable and human. Her letters remind me that I am adorable and human and slowly gaining weight like Jigglepuff. (JP, if you are reading this: lay off the puffs, puff.)

I want to see their silly imperfect handwritten letters and be reminded I’m imperfect and interesting.

I’m excited. I think we need more Web Brutalism. We need more top-of-the-fridge whiteboards websites. We need more people being people- softer, rounder, real-er people.

Site Specific: Postmodern ‘Best Products’ Showrooms Deconstruct Consumerism – 99% Invisible

Massive tilted cinderblock retail facades. Crumbling walls. Massive cracks in the outer wall leading to the entrance doors. All of these were used by the retail chain BEST in the 1970 to break away from the standard idea of retail construction. Continue reading “Site Specific: Postmodern ‘Best Products’ Showrooms Deconstruct Consumerism – 99% Invisible”

Overview: Amazing patterns from satellite photos

Taken from extremely high heights, these satellite photos bring out interesting colors and patterns from across the world. I loved seeing entire tulip fields translated into simple stripes- almost looking like woven socks or a sweater.

Inspired by the “Overview Effect”—a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole—the breathtaking, high definition satellite photographs in OVERVIEW offer a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped…Benjamin Grant is the author of Overview and also oversees the Instagram project Daily Overview, from which the book takes its inspiration. Since he began the project in December 2013, his daily posts have both delighted and challenged his audience from all corners of the globe. For Overview, Grant has curated and created more than 200 original images by stitching together numerous high‑resolution satellite photographs.

Overview by Benjamin Grant. Get it on iBooks.

Moab Potash Evaporation Ponds. Benjamin Grant
Moab Potash Evaporation Ponds, “Overview”, Benjamin Grant. via ThisIsColossal.com
Tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands. Benjamin Grant
Tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands. Benjamin Grant, “Overview”, Benjamin Grant. via ThisIsColossal.com