Thursday, July 3, 2008

map quest II

Map of regional obesity trends in the United States of America care of Trendhunter.

map quest I

I happened across this map entirely by chance. Bibliodyssey gives a run down of it's unique origin.  

meat, meat and more meat

I love meat.  Not just because it's so damned tasty, though.  I also love meat for it's connotations and, as of late, i've found those connotations all over some of my favorite literary and design resources.  
Meathaus, a comics anthology, is a recent discovery for me.  It spotlights the latest work of a talented collection of New York cartoonists and illustrators. 
Another must see is MeatPaper: Your Journal of Meat Culture.  This print magazine covers a vast playground of topics circulating around art and ideas about meat.  Vegetarians, don't be wary, this is no carnivore's little black book.  Personal narratives, journalism, prose, poetry, images, and art criticism examine the role of meat in culture as well as in our diet. 

stamps via land or sea

I can't rave enough about Yellow Owl Workshop. Few things service a traveler as well as good stationary or a journal; and San Francisco's Yellow Owl serves up the preverbial hotplate of homemade delight.
Each of their limited edition stamp sets, seen above, are made from molded natural rubber, mounted onto maple, and even come in a custom birch box that is sanded and waxed by hand.
You can use the five stamps included in the set to mimic the scene pictured above or to create your own land or sea scape.
Further, Yellow Owl's hardbound journals are "handmade from start to finish" and their stationary comes with a personal consultation with the artist and founder, Christine Schmidt, as well as an original drawing.