Friday Finds 3.12.2010

Alexis: Paul Octavious's Book Collections

As a photo editor at Dwell, I’m always looking for interesting ways to shoot books. This week I stumbled upon Paul Octavious’s beautiful compositions. I love the the simplicity of the shots, especially the pulled-back one of a room and the colorful display of our current year.  Time to rethink your bookcase display? Paul has many other great projects on his site, check ‘em out!

Godzilla, by Paul Octavious.

Godzilla, by Paul Octavious.

Miyoko: Jenga inventor on how to create best-selling games

I was listening to the BBC broadcast on NPR this week and a caught this great segment featuring an interview with Jenga inventor Leslie Scott about how she created the game and how she brought it to market (as well as the origins of the word "Jenga": the imperative form of the Swahili verb "to build"). The simple challenge of building towers of wooden blocks was a family game that Scott realized could do quite well commercially. It's an interesting listen about what it takes to make a good design success in the real world economy.

Aaron: The Selby Book Sneak Peek

For ages now photographer Todd Selby of The Selby is in Your Place has been snapping photos of creative types in their homes and places of work. It's a wonderful blog that really gets at the idiosyncrasies of each subject's relation to their space, and as with any blog worth its salt, a book couldn't be far behind. Well, you'll still have to hang on until May 1st to get the Selby in your place (read: on your coffee table), but you can get a sneak preview of what's inside here. Thanks to the fine folks at Refinery 29.

Jordan: 30 Dumb Inventions

The eternal quest to create clever designs is bound to introduce some less-than-stellar entries into the canon. Life has collected 31 remarkable examples of good—and, in many cases just truly, wonderfully weird—intentions and inventions gone awry. My favorites include the Baby Cage (1937), which, in lieu of a garden or patio for your newborn to enjoy the elements, suspends them instead in a wire box outside your apartment window; The Hubbard Electrometer (1968) by Mr. Scientology himself, L. Ron Hubbard, which determined that tomatoes feel pain and "scream when sliced" (no word on whether the fruits were also given/subjected to a free streetside stress test); and The Anti-Bandit Bag (1963), which promptly opens your briefcase and scatters the contents if a thief tries to grab it and run. Brilliant stuff, all around. via What Alice Found

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