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weeknotes

The impossibility of silence by Ian Lynam. Writing for designers, artists, and photographers. Introduces useful concepts to consider without getting prescriptive. Guidelines, not rules. Made a few things click for me. Good stuff.

_ Promising results of three short monoprinting sessions over the last week. See header image. First pass in black ink combining two cut-out capital letters and assorted patterns. Second pass consisted of printing a solid square of yellow ink over each page. Another even shorter single printing session together with M. produced even more exhilirating results. But that's all still in the exploratory phase.

_ You all did see No. 10 Family office right?

_ MIT Press offers open access to Design Issues. Via brilliantcrank.

_ Inks and paints of the Middle East.

_ Finally succumbed and purchased license to use Brabo, the eloquent type I mentioned here before.

_ Sounds: Misnomer by Four Tet. I Hadn't Known (I Only Heard) / So Now... by Matthew Herbert. Gnosis by Spectral Lore.

_ #weeknotes 2021-15

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Moving from pocket to a converted, yearly paid pinboard subscription because Maciej asked nicely.

_ 36days of type so far and a compilation of the first four. And this one, which just kept growing as I drew it.

_ Looking forward to dive into The Impossibility of Silence.

_ A small update to https://grafiek.royscholten.nl/, a large header image. It captures some of the essence of the Calligraphic Space theme I'm working with.

_ I can't retrace how I found it, so I'll just thank the universe (or the youtube algorithm), because Tchaikovsky's Hymn of the Cherubim really is of transcendent beauty.

_ #weeknotes 2021-14

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again: publishing as artistic practice

Another plug for Scratching the surface, a podcast about design criticism and practice. It's shaping up to an impressive catalogue of interviews about design, criticism, architecture, writing, publishing, education with people who work across those different but connected domains. I put one one for when I go for my walk.

_ The grammar of ornament, beautiful. Need to check, but I think Johanna Drucker references this in her book Graphesis.

_ I'm setting up a printing forme that will fit eight A5-ish blocks into a 46x64 cm sheet of paper. I turned a first series of prints like this into small booklets, zines. Looking forward to produce a new series of works this way. This time I want to connect this with my Calligraphic Space themed pieces.

_ Speaking of Calligraphic Space, 36 days of type has kicked off. Main channel is Instagram. I'm posting processed scans of hand-drawn versals copied from this manuscript.

_ A database of sans serifs sold in 19th-century Germany by Dr. Dan Reynolds.

_ Music via stereogum's Black Market for March, featuring Esoctrilihum and Mare Cognitum and Spectral Lore and Forhist (by BaN's Vindsval) and Bríi (by Kaatayra's Caio Lemos). Lots of good stuff coming out.

_ #weeknotes 2021-13

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_ Plum Blossoms and Bamboo, by Yamamoto Baiitsu (1783-1856). Via@JapanTraCul

_ “Pysanka is the Ukrainian art of decorating eggs

_ Complaining about open source projects is good. Thought provoking thread by @DRMacIver

_ “Solvitur ambulando.” – it is solved by walking. via @cox_tom

_ 36 days of type starts april 5.

_ #weeknotes 2021-12

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A smallest history of the drop cap and more.

_ Paged.js is a free and open source JavaScript library that paginates content in the browser to create PDF output from any HTML content. This means you can design works for print (eg. books) using HTML and CSS.

_ A Drupal core proposal for an editor specific toolbox menu. More diagramps here.

_ “I want to make sure that I’m an artist that not only lives through her music but the art is in life. The reason I can do all of these things is because they all are in the same world.” – Dawn Richard

_ Meshgradient.com

_ Street artists: Highway star (Deep Purple cover)

_ #weeknotes 2021-11

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God zij genadig hem die leest - Hij vergeve hem die schreef.

_ Honour your obsessions, says Rob Walker in the art of noticing

_ How to get excited about Drupal again. Addendum: collaborating with wicked smart and super nice people.

_ Moving to Linux.

_ “Visions of the end”, a virtual exhibition exploring medieval & Renaissance artworks inspired by the Apocalypse, or Revelation, of John of Patmos. Via.

_ Revival of an unknown woodtype

_ Tsundoku: acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them.

_ #weeknotes #2021-09

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Have yet to find the English term, but in Dutch those decorative lines flowing from initials and versals are called Cadellen. The dutch wikipedia page on book illumination is quite good.

See Modified Lynda Barry daily journal format.

_ Zettelkasten sightings: – Borchardt's ZettelkastenOliver Burkeman

I'm testdriving Joplin for the more structured “projects and tasks” part of note taking. Can sync through Nextcloud. Nextcloud seems to be offered more often as a specific syncing option besides the usual dropboxes and iclouds etc.

_ 'Framing is “a way of selecting, organising, interpreting, and making sense of a complex reality”'. Pair with “Software architecture is in crisis, and the way to fix it is a hefty dose of anarchy”.

_ An important checklist: # The 7 Questions For Any Technological Idea.

_ Can't get over how brilliant diagrams.net is. It lets you export a diagram as a URL! Like so.

_ #weeknotes 2021-09

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Spring is early. A beautiful sunset yesterday.

_ Settling in with Obsidian myself, but Joplin looks nice as well for a cross platform notes app.

_ A visual language for digital integration. With pointer to Ruth Malan, who's work I still need to familiarize myself with more.

_ Sold another couple of bird prints this week. Only four left of the Blue tit and the House sparrow. Working on a design for the Jay. I think I solved the problem of that finely striped black and blue patch on its wings.

_ When in doubt, make a list.

_ Letras y figuras, another specific approach in combining letters and figures*.

_ Music to work to.

#weeknotes 2021-08

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Free online event: Meet the Manuscripts: judging a book by its cover. A new life goal: to someday leaf through a medieval manuscript. Had my eye on this course on the dynamics of heritage collections (in dutch) last year, am considering to do it this year if possible.

_ New bird print: Chaffinch (Fringilla Coelebs)

_ Sun Ra – Space is the place

_ Started reading Designs for the Pluriverse by Arturo Escobar. Only at the introduction so far, but already some beatiful, meaningful and incisive phrases. “All creation is collective, emergent and relational.” “The endless, ceaselessly changing weave of life on which all life depends.”

_ Vorm en inhoud van de verluchte kapitaal

#weeknotes 2021-07

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Goldfinch, organisational knowledge management and that remarkable absence of the true representation of nature

It was the week of snow and cold and ice in The Netherlands. I walked instead of cycled to the studio each day. Takes a bit longer of course, but those 25 minutes are good for switching the home/work/home contexts.

_ Finished the edition of twenty of the European goldfinch print. The first two have already been sold as well. Cool, it turned out well indeed. Graphically a very interesting bird with clearly marked areas of color. Not one to start out with, but at thirty designs in, it was time to tackle this one.

_ I sent out the first actual newsletter with printmaking updates to my small list of subscribers. In dutch, but it you're so inclined, you can subscribe at the bottom of the page.

_ Kim Goodwin speaks truth about organisational knowledge management challenges. Good little thread for your inner information architect.

_ Besides illuminated intials and margin decorations and illustrations, there's also the numerous patterns medieval book illuminators used for filling solid areas of color/space. Here's another example. Want to start catalogueing these in some way, or find out whether that's been done already.

_ Mister George Charles Williamson wrote this sentence in 1911 for the entry on miniature painting in the Encyclopedia Brittanica and it captures very well what I find so fascinating about medieval imagery: “Landscape, such as it was, soon became quite conventional, setting the example for that remarkable absence of the true representation of nature which is such a striking attribute of the miniatures of the middle ages.

_ What is drawing? Why do it?, pairs well with why we should draw more.

_ Sounds: – Backpatches and elbowpatches, on metal and academia. – On angrymetalguy.com the first perfect score of the year was awared to quite the inaccessible album full of avant-garde and dissonant music. Lots of commentary there. I added my two cents here and reposted here. Check out Ad Nauseam – Imperative Imperceptible Impulse. – I'm still hooked on spirit world field guide

#weeknotes 2021-06

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