Only the best thing ever: Advice to Little Girls – a playful and mischievous short story penned by young Mark Twain in 1865 and illustrated by beloved Russian children’s book artist Vladimir Radunsky. Plenty of images, and a personal story, at the link:
“It is the other ordinary buildings, spilling with hectic daily life, that hold real New York life and passion.” All the buildings in New York, illustrated.
“Maps are the places where memories go not to die but to live forever.” A love letter to the city in subjective cartography by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Malcolm Gladwell, Yoko Ono, and 72 other New Yorkers.
Sylvia Plath’s little-known and lovely vintage children’s book, a charming cautionary tale about the perils of self-consciousness, with wonderful illustrations.
Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli playfully deconstructs and reorders the chaoses of everyday life.
“A feather is trimmed, it is trimmed by the light and the bug and the post, it is trimmed by little leaning and by all sorts of mounted reserves and loud volumes…”
A book is a book is a book… unless it’s a BOOK. Gertrude Stein’s vintage verses about objets, gloriously illustrated by artist Lisa Congdon.
“Children help us to mediate between the ideal and the real.”
MoMA’s design history of 20th-century childhood.
“It is at the moment o f a craft’s disappearance that its cultural value suddenly becomes plain to see.”
A culinary biography of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas’s love and life, full of delicious and gorgeously illustrated recipes:
“Cartography can be an incredible form of escapism, as maps act as proxies for experiences.”
A collection of more than 500 maps by artists, illustrators, and designers representing the creative zeitgeist of modern cartography around the world.
Two classic masters of the macabre and wonderful, together.
Vintage science illustrations by Disney, extolling the virtues of nuclear power
“Work your ass off + Don’t be an asshole” ~ Stefan Sagmeister
Advice on life and design from famous graphic designers
An ailurophobe’s delight circa 1982, illustrated by beloved children’s book artist Tomi Ungerer.
A visual history of how Italian designer Cino Cinelli shaped the standards for modern cycling.