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06 DECEMBER, 2012

Moleskine Detour: Inside Beloved Creative Icons’ Notebooks

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Celebrating the iconic brand though the personal notebooks of creative icons.

The creative person’s notebook has been called “a memory warehouse,” “a means of detachment,” “the perfect place to document daydreams.” As a lover of the notebooks and sketchbooks of famous artists, designers, and other creators, I’m utterly delighted by Moleskine: The Detour Book (public library), based on legendary notebook’s global Detour Project — a traveling exhibition that began in 2006 and has since collected more than 250 notebooks, including ones by beloved artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and designers like Paula Scher, Dave Eggers, and Spike Jonze.

Paula Scher, graphic designer, USA

Dave Eggers, writer, USA

Christian Lacroix, fashion designer, France

Sigur Rós, music band, Iceland

Spike Jonze, film director, USA

Karim Rashid, designer, Egypt

Giovanni Sollima, cellist/composer, USA

Mary Ellen Mark, photographer, USA

Toyo Ito, architect, Japan

Complement Moleskine: The Detour Book with Drawn In, a private peek inside the notebooks of celebrated artists, illustrators, and designers, and one of the best art books of 2011.

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03 DECEMBER, 2012

Anaïs Nin on Love, Hand-Lettered by Debbie Millman

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“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer… It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you.”

Revered as one of the most dedicated diarists in literary history, Anaïs Nin has given us a wealth of poetic and poignant meditations on life and the human condition. This first installment in an ongoing collaboration with creative polymath Debbie Millman — whose own poetic and poignant meditations you might recall from recent Literary Jukebox editions — captures one of Nin’s most timeless insights on love, culled from her many volumes of diaries and her love letters with Henry Miller. Drawn in Debbie’s singular style of artful lettering, the artwork is available on Society6, with proceeds benefiting A Room of Her Own, a foundation supporting women writers and artists. Enjoy:

UPDATE: Happy news! Part 2 of the series is now available.

Previous Brain Pickings artist series have included Susan Sontag on art and on love by Wendy MacNaughton, Anaïs Nin on life by Lisa Congdon, and Salvador Dalí’s “My Struggle” by Molly Crabapple.

See more of Debbie’s beautiful visual essays and poems online and in print, and follow her on Twitter.

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30 NOVEMBER, 2012

Anatomical Flap-Up Illustrations from 1901 Adapted as Animated GIFs

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Peeling away the layers of the body, over and over.

A couple of years ago, a dear friend gave me one of the most wonderful presents I’ve ever received — three pages from a rare antique anatomical textbook published in 1901, featuring gorgeous flap-up illustrations by E. J. Stanley. Each fold-out consists of three layers, peeling which reveals a different dimension of the body — from skin to muscle and bone to organ and tissue. After the success of that Victorian pop-up book, I decided to adapt the illustrations as animated GIFs, sequencing the three layers for each page.

Delightful, no?

Complement with The Human Body: What It Is And How It Works, a vibrantly illustrated vintage anatomy gem from 1959, illuminating “the highest performance machine in the world.”

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