Welcome to the new CJR.
CJR redesigns. Looks good, first impression.
Return of the Cafe Racers: Plasma Customs BMW R65.
Why is it, that BMWs seem to always make the best-looking cafe racers? Everytime I do a double-take out on the street, 80% of the time it’s a BMW.
DBushell.com: Critical CSS and Performance.
Very interesting, for a content-person.
Exception Not Found: Doing it Right vs Getting it Done.
Italian Ways: Franco Grignani’s fantastic Penguin covers.
These always made my head hurt.
iainclaridge.net: Leica M-P Correspondent.
Faux wear, but the wear reveals copper brass (see comments for clarification). In spite of the ‘poseur’ bells in my mind, it’s awfully good looking. The price will be breathtakingly high, no doubt.
Hemmings: One-off Buick Blackhawk show car could fetch up to $450,000 at auction.
The Atlantic: The Designer Who Humanized Corporate America.
Of Paul Rand. “As one of the youngest art directors for New York-based advertising agency Weintraub, he designed for Orbach’s department store, El Producto cigars, and the aperitif liquor Dubonnet. He worked for Manhattan publishers Knopf, Vintage, and Pantheon creating abstract book covers and jackets, and gained a reputation with designs for blue-chip companies like IBM, Cummins Engines, Westinghouse, Morningstar, even Enron. By 1986 he was such a star that Steve Jobs received special dispensation from Apple’s sworn rival, IBM, to enlist Rand to design his post-Apple venture, the NeXT logo.”
Italian Ways: The classy Moretti 1200 Spider by Michelotti.
I wonder, given the resemblance to an AC Ace ... who was the first with this body style?
The Coolist: Aston Martin Vulcan is Built for Racing Daredevils Only.
“The Vulcan is powered by a 7.0-liter V12 engine that produces 800+ horsepower under the pedal.” I love the early versions of this body style; they’ve been tweaking it into ugliness over the past few years. I’ll want to see this in real photos before judgment.
Bike EXIF: Happy Landings - Clockwork’s CB750 custom.
Ah. They filled the ‘Nighthawk hole’ under the seat.
BarnFinds: Parked Since ’87: 1959 Rambler Custom Six.
Now this is a stylin’ ride.
Nielsen/Norman Group: Emotional Design Fail: Divorcing My Nest Thermostat.
Hemmings Daily: Rats! Chevrolet’s Mark IV big-block V-8 turns 50.
“Though no longer in production (at least not for installation in new cars), the Mark IV big-block Chevrolet V-8 remains one of the most supported engines on the performance aftermarket and a staple of GM’s crate engine program.” You’ll find ‘em stuffed in just about every kind of vintage vehicle. I once saw a GM V-8 carburetor *welded* to the top of an MG Midget engine. With thin electrical lines running over the top from side to side.
Homedezen: Concrete Cabin by Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten.
How do they heat it?! Needs more than that fireplace. I get the shivers just looking at it.
Guardian.UK: Sylvie Guillem - ‘You dance, and there is always an answer’.
Some have ledes about her being “a car mechanic’s daughter” for the sensationalism; more informative is the fact her mother was a gymnastics instructor. Ms Guillem, your unique artistry will be missed.
FGR: Ralph Lauren Does Southwestern Elegance for Fall 2015.
Must be AZ. Ain’t seen any o’ these outfits around here.
The Atlantic: Does a Creative Firm Get a Boost From Being in a City?
God yes. Santa Fe’s dead, Albuquerque too, compared on a national scale. Note that in the ‘90’s, when we in NYC thought we were on top of our games, the actual most-creative work was being done in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis. They just didn’t get the recognition because NYC owns the creative PR and has simply immense amounts of opportunity and resource to make a middling concept popular.
Medium: Disabling hover interactions on iOS.
BlessThisStuff: Kia SportSpace.
Concept car? It’s a flippin’ station wagon. Then again, bell bottoms made a comeback, too ...
Princeton Architectural Press: Let’s Go Letter Hunting.
A book to help you record what you discover.
BarnFinds: Not Quite A GT40 - Fiberfab Avenger V8
Remember the Fiberfab ads? Pop Mech, others. Starting a whole lot o’ dreaming. Glad I didn’t try one.
Hired Guns Creative: Baba Yaga Absinthe.
A guaranteed conversation-starter, surely.
Drive: Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 Pininfarina Coupe.
A Mercedes fan’s worst nightmare. “Ugly” just doesn’t cover it. Looks like a cross between a BMW coupe, and a Mustang II, with a Merc logo plastered on the grill.