From Atlas Obscura to Word on Fire: A Blogroll

Here are blogs/websites which I find helpful, interesting, informative, and/or entertaining.
It should go without saying that inclusion on this list is not a blanket endorsement of all content.

Art, Design, Publishing, Writing

50 Watts

“…quite possibly the richest source of book-related design and illustration in the universe. Will displays the fervour of the most dedicated historian whilst time and again proving he has an eye for exceptional images.” —David Pearson

A-Z (Andrea Zittel): Artist, designer, and so much more. A big influence.
Anthem Printing: Screen burning and printing.
Architecture of Doom

“I studied Architectural History at university…(the purpose of the blog) was to post mostly architecture that is often seen as bleak/gloomy/forbidding/desolate/unfortunate and totalitarian architecture. The name comes from a documentary with that name…about the Nazi aesthetic…Part of what I post doesn’t fit the name. There’s a difference between the original idea of my blog and the more diverse collection you see now. I branched out a bit and I’ll also post (Modernist) architecture and art that doesn’t really fit the title, but that I just like/find interesting. Furthermore, I don’t see most of the buildings I post as ugly, but a lot of them are considered to be and in some cases I can understand why, but I still love them. So maybe there’s also a bit of reappropriation in the name.”

Balbusso Twins: “Twins Anna and Elena Balbusso are internationally recognized award winning illustrators team.”
Carolyn Friedlander: One of my favorite contemporary fabric designers.
The Casual Optimist: “Books, Design, and Culture.”
Delicious Industries: “the independent creative studio of art director, graphic designer and typographer Judith Wilding.”
Fonts in Use: “An independent archive of typography.”
Grain Edit: “…is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.”
I Made the Mistake of Starting a Small Press and So Can You
McMansion Hell: “If you love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst you’ve come to the right place.”
Montague Projects (and the mostly defunct but content-rich blog)

“Julian Montague is a Buffalo, N.Y.-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. He employs his design, illustration, and photography skills in a series of art projects that explore the peripheral features of the domestic and urban environment.”

The Pelican Project: A lovely archive of Pelican book covers.
Project Thirty-Three

“The seemingly infinite number of vintage record jackets that convey their message with only simple shapes and typography never cease to amaze us. Project Thirty-Three is our personal collection and shrine to circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these shapes come to life on album covers.
This site was created and is maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl.”

Smithsonian Libraries: Czech Book Covers of the 1920’s and 30’s

“During the period between the two World Wars, the Czechoslovak Republic was an important and prolific center for avant-garde book design. Signed, limited editions showcased experimental design techniques, high-quality materials, and specially commissioned graphics. Book design for the general public, although mass-produced and much more affordable, was similarly innovative and attentive to questions of design.”

Typographica: “Type Reviews, Books, Commentary.”
We Love Typography


Catholic and Enjoying It!
Corpus Christi Watershed: “Views from the Choir Loft: Reflections on the Roman Liturgy & Sacred Music”
Maria: “…is an arts and culture zine for creative Catholic girls and young women.”
New Liturgical Movement: “Sacred Liturgy & Liturgical Arts.”
The Order of Preachers: The Dominican order.
Saint Quotes
Word on Fire

“Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Bishop Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith.”

History, Social Studies, Travel, Politics, and Pop/Culture Miscellany

Atlas Obscura: “…is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.”
Restricted Data: “…is a blog about nuclear secrecy, past and present, run by Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology.”