Pen Paper Ink Letter
is a pen and paper blog maintained by Heath Cates. Currently holding Ink Week
, its best feature is a massive index
of product reviews, from the blog itself and other blogs. [more inside]
Who knew structural engineering could be so sweet? Justina Yang is the "paper engineer" behind Fiber Lab
, a design studio located in her sunroom. She creates paper art, décor, bracelets, bowties, and lamp shades. In her short videos, she demonstrates how to make your very own dodecahedron
; a whimsical carousel
that produces beautiful waves and teaches you about wave interference; a mesmerizing interactive kinetic wave sculpture
; a string art geometric love story
; and a delicious-looking paper croissant
is a Russian artist/illustrator now living in England whose quilled paper pieces are increasingly in demand. Her website
is rich with her work - jump right into the illustration
sectons - or browse the news section
to see a roughly reverse chronological listing. Design Taxi has collected a group of images highlighting her quilled typography. [more inside]
Yesterday, during the pre-World Cup friendly between England and Peru being played at Wembley Stadium, there were three goals scored, but the moment that captured the most attention has been this unbelievable, incredible paper airplane toss
, a Princeton grad student, and David Gallup
, a Google employee, have published a method for retrieving the 3D information of a scene from the small motion of the hands that occurs while taking video. They've given their paper a website
that includes a video
, the paper itself, and a dataset. One neat application of this is the ability to simulate short depth of field, a feature that has made it into the new Google Camera
Harikrishan Panicker and Deepti Nair, who both hail from India, go by the duo artist name of Hari & Deepti. Together they create small and large diorama artworks made of intricately cut layered paper lit by LED lights
Shigeru Ban’s Pritzker win proves that building hope is finally in vogue
The architecture world has a new laureate, and he builds in cardboard. Japan’s Shigeru Ban was named this week as the winner of the Pritzker Prize, an annual award that is often called architecture’s Nobel – and his win sends a clear and timely message. Social change, sustainability and improving the lives of the many: This is what matters now to the world of architecture. With Ban’s Pritzker, the global design elite is marking that shift.
Take a Tour of Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban's Paper Tube Structures [more inside]
With recognition software making the use of recycled term papers
impractical, a new service
is now allowing students to hire unemployed professors
to write term papers from scratch.
How to make handmade Japanese scroll paper
(Many other traditional artisans at Gucci Japan
Shigeru Ban: ‘People’s architect’ combines permanence and paper"
Generally speaking, an architect’s style is defined by particular forms or shapes. There’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s prominent horizontal lines, for instance; Le Corbusier’s simple white boxes; or, more recently, the deliberately abstract masses of Frank Gehry — of Guggenheim Bilbao fame. But in the view of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, such formal elements are ultimately little more than reflections of current trends — in the first two cases above, Modernism, and in the third, “blobbism,” or the recent taste for irregular shapes made possible by computer-aided design.
According to Ban, the only way for architects to keep their work free from the influence of such transient fashions is to come up with new ways to actually build things — new materials, for example, or new approaches to structural engineering.
His own answer? Paper — or, to be more precise, cardboard tubes. [more inside]
Zim and Zou are paper artists.
They make delightfully colorful paper versions of things like food
and the whole world
"My subject is a barren one – the world of nature, or in other words life; and that subject in its least elevated department, and employing either rustic terms or foreign, nay barbarian words that actually have to be introduced with an apology. Moreover, the path is not a beaten highway of authorship, nor one in which the mind is eager to range: there is not one of us who has made the same venture, nor yet one Roman who has tackled single-handed all departments of the subject."Naturalis Historia
was written by Pliny the Elder
between 77 and 79 CE and was meant to serve as a kind of proto-encyclopedia discussing all of the ancient knowledge available to him, covered in enough depth and breadth to make it by a reasonable margin the largest work to survive to the modern day from the Roman era. The work includes discussions on astronomy, meteorology, geography, mineralogy, zoology and botany organized along Aristotelian divisions of nature but also includes essays on human inventions and institutions. It is dedicated to the Emperor Titus in its epistle to the Emperor Vespasian
, a close friend of Pliny who relied on his extensive knowledge, and its unusually careful citations of sources as well as its index makes it a precursor to modern scholarly works. It was Pliny's last work, as well as sadly his sole surviving one, and was published not long before his death attempting to save a friend from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum
, famously recounted by Pliny's eponymous nephew Pliny the Younger
Here is a reasonable translation that is freely available to download from archive.org for your edification. [more inside]
It happens every year. The days get shorter, a sub-zero chill is in the Hoth air, the wampas start venturing into your hidden home base, and new Star Wars Snowflakes
are introduced for holiday crafting fun. New to 2013, battles. It just isn't Christmas without a T-47 Snow Speeder making an attack run on an AT-AT, or Luke Skywalker facing down a hungry Rancor beast. Enjoy 13 new designs. So, get yourself a sharp cutting blade and have fun. (2012 snowflakes here.)
is a blog that gives instructions for cool papercraft objects, "reinterpreting the Danish tradition
of woven paper hearts
and ornaments." Cut paper in the prescribed ways and weave it together carefully to make a mobile of colorful hot air balloons
, gorgeous and complex boxes
; simple but satisfying pennants
and much more... including a full theater for performances by paper dolls.
Mental Floss examines the history of the Trapper Keeper
, the de rigueur
school accessory of the 1980s, on its 35th birthday.
Revelations in the field of quantum physics have resulted in the discovery of the Amplituhedron
, a jewel-like higher dimensional object whose volume elegantly predicts fundamental physical processes that took the brilliant Dr. Richard Feynman hundreds of pages of abstruse mathematics
The theoretical manifold not only enables simple pen-and-paper calculation of physics that would normally require supercomputers
to work out, but also challenges basic assumptions about the nature of reality -- forgoing the core concepts of locality
and suggesting that space and time are merely emergent properties of a timeless, infinitely-sided "master amplituhedron," whose geometry represents the sum total of all physical interactions.
More: The 152-page source paper on arXiv [PDF]
- Lead author Nima Arkani-Hamed
's hour-long lecture at SUSY 2013
- Scans of Arkani-Hamed's handwritten lecture notes
- A far more detailed lecture series "Scattering Without Space Time": one
- Arkani-Hamed previously on MeFi
- A hot-off-the-presses Wikipedia page
(watch this space)
is a Japanese architect whose work includes 'temporary' structures
(YT) made from cardboard tubes
. His work blurs the distinction between temporary and permanent, and includes designs that focus on cost effective and liveable shelter
after natural and human disasters.
Now, two-and-a-half years after the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake destroyed the city's cathedral, the Cardboard Cathedral
has been opened.
[See also: 1 2
NGUYỄN Hùng Cường creates some truly amazing works of origami
. [more inside]
How-To: Paper Micarta
, Micarta from blue jeans
, How To Make Homemade Micarta
. Micarta is a genericized name for any paper or fabric, layered, soaked in resin, then dried, shaped, and polished.
Got some time to kill? How about making some paper truck models
laugh at ripping
paper, this is well established
. But do you know why
Li Hongbo's flexible paper sculptures are incredible.
Li Hongbo makes the sculptures by manually gluing sheet upon sheet of paper together to make 3D objects which bend and flex in mindbending ways. Portfolio and bio
(slightly NSFW), and more pictures and videos of the sculptures in action.
Yesterday at CES, Plastic Logic
, a "tablet" that is thin and flexible like paper. Here's a hands-on video with Time Magazine
, and here's another demo
. The company had a very public failure three years ago with its cancelled Que tablet
), but now says it is focusing on licensing the technology to companies that want to make "the paper of the future
For years now, the primary way of representing and storing color on a computer display has been to define it as existing in three dimensions: Red, Green, and Blue. What if that's wrong? “While the appearance of a color on a screen can be described in three dimensions, the blending of color actually is happening in a six dimensional space,”
, developers of the iPad painting app Paper, used a theory of paint optics from 1931 to develop a better color mixer.
Not only is there no paper
in the Star Wars universe, it's highly likely that almost everyone is illiterate
turkish for "marbeling
", and is hypnotizing to watch. It is a process that puts colored paint on the surface of water, and then transferring it to paper. It is probably most common for us now in its use in bookbinding, showing as early as the 17th century in Europe, and it's still being done routinely today in the US Government Printing Office
. The art is much older, dating back to 10th century Turkey. It had a resurgence in the 60's as a psychedelic hippie art form
. It's easy to learn
but can take years to master
. [more inside]
The Beauty of Engraving
is the name of a site that Neenah Paper has devoted to the ancient practice of engraved printing, with a focus on its CRANE Papers line. Check out the video to see modern engraving in action. While the site's history
of engraving and also of CRANE
are interesting, the highlight is a gallery
of user-submitted engraved work.
won the 1st prize in the competition “Expopack” for the design of a paper lunch box for Expo Milan 2015
, which is dedicated to food and sustainability. LunchBook is a recipe book made of paper dishes showing recipes from all over the world. The user can taste the food while walking among the Expo 2015 stands. Once a dish gets dirty, he can remove it and use the following dish. (via book patrol
) [more inside]
You may ask - why? Why, for heaven's sake, do I need to make paper backups, if there are so many alternative possibilities like CD-R's, DVD±R's, memory sticks, flash cards, hard disks, streamer tapes, ZIP drives, network storages, magnetooptical cartridges, and even 8-inch double-sided floppy disks formatted for DEC PDP-11?
The Perfection of the Paper Clip
- It was invented in 1899. It hasn’t been improved upon since. [more inside]
"The purpose of this study is to develop a janken (rock-paper-scissors) robot system with 100% winning rate
as one example of human-machine cooperation systems." [more inside]
is a humble exploration of the world of print, as it scratches the surface of its future. It is built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and question whether or not they expect to see the disappearance of the physical book within our lifetime. The act of reading a “tangible tome” has devolved from being a popular and common pastime to one that no longer is. I hope for the film to stir thought and elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts, from the people who are still passionate about reading on paper.” — Hannah Ryu Chung
, the filmaker [more inside]
of Petere Gentenaar's large sculptural paper flowers floating in the Abbey Church of Saint-Riquier are fantastic. [more inside]
Free online graph paper generators: variations of squares
, triangle, rhombus, and hexagonal
, circular and polar
, for drawing, gaming, writing, note-taking
and much more
. Blank Sheet Music
(Flash) for all arrangements
(PDF). Create and edit your own grids
and logarithmic graphs
, petri-dish inserts
. Also, multilingual monthly
and yearly calendars
. Plus, more than you ever wanted to know about ISO paper dimensions
and printable paper models of polyhedra
Birds are gorgeous but you can't have pets and can't abide stuffed animals. What's a bird lover to do? Vegan Taxidermy
to the rescue! [more inside]