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Curiosities: Observed Microscopically

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Simply, microphotomicrographs are 35mm slides under a microscope. The title comes from the combination of two words: Microphotographs, which are photos on a microscopic scale (microfilm), and photomicrographs which are photos taken through a microscope. You can see more and read about them on Observed Microscopically.

Curiosities: Round Square

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These beautiful display cases capture the shapes of soap bubbles in glass. They are created by blowing the glass into a wooden square frame, and then are filled with various curiosities. By Studio Thier and vanDaalen.

Design Curiosities: Hubert & Fischer

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Founded in 2014 by Philipp Hubert and Sebastian Fischer, Hubert & Fischer is a multidisciplinary design studio with offices in New York and Stuttgart (but soon in Berlin). Their latest book design for artist Michael Fliri’s exhibition “Where Do I End And The World Begins” at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen is quite impressive. Like many of their artist monographs, the type and layout of the book was inspired by the artist’s work, in this case the shape of Michael Fliri’s sculptures. The book is out now via the ZF Art Foundation.

Curiosities: Photobooth, A Biography

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Steven and I visit a photobooth each year, and if we are traveling we make a point to stop by one in each city. We don’t often get photographs of the both of us, and it’s a nice way to document our time together. It’s a ritual that is shared by many, but it is one that is getting harder to do. Many of the chemical photobooths are becoming antiques not worth the money to maintain. Meags Fitzgerald has chronicled this, and the photobooth’s history in an illustrated graphic novel released last year. This really great interview with CKUA about the book is worth a listen. I haven’t picked up a copy for myself yet, but it’s on my list for sure.

Curiosities: A Distant View

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A Distant View was inspired by photographs taken on the Lunar Orbiter missions. Pre-moon landing, these images were our first glimpse of something that seemed completely out of reach. United Visual Artists created a relief of the lunar surface from steel plywood and indian ink from the data in those images. You can read more about the series on the UVA site, and see more of their studio’s work as well.