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Link About It: This Week's Picks

Yeasayer's creepy video, green golf, Michael Nyman's minimalist tunes and more in this week's look at the web

by Karen Day in Design on 21 August 2010

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1. Madder Red

Brooklyn band Yeasayer tapped director Andreas Nilsson for their new video "Madder Red," featuring actress Kristen Bell caring for her creepy sick pet—a creature that conjures to mind artist Charlie White's alien-like characters.

2. Pop-Up NYC

Design Work Life came across Daisy Lew's Pop-Up NYC, a series of pop-up books each featuring a different New York-themed icon.

3. Thank You For Your Love

Pitchfork gives us a sneak preview of the upcoming Antony and the Johnsons album, Swanlights, with "Thank you For Your Love"—a grainy black-and-white video that follows a cross-dressing man through locations in NYC. The album on Secretly Canadian's label comes out 24 August 2010.

4. Light Sanctuary

Renewable energy meets progressive design in Light Sanctuary, a solar power sculpture designed by the architects at Decker Yeadon. Built out of renewable material, the gorgeously-contoured sculpture measures 25 miles long stands at 33 feet tall, generating 5,000 megawatts of solar energy a year.

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5. The Origins of ABC

For those curious enough (i.e. font nerds) to read through this extensive blog post, I Love Typography provides a deep and fascinating account of the early history and evolution of our modern alphabet.

6. Vineyard Golf Course

The first ever organic golf course, Vineyard Golf Course, uses environmentally-friendly practices to maintain its fairgrounds, making what typically is an obscenely wasteful and polluting enterprise into a chemical-and pesticide-free environment. Endorsed by President Obama as a favorite playing spot, the course will be a hit for those who want to play in truly "green" environments.

7. The Other Hamptons, Born and Bred

Photographer Tara Israel shows us the less-than-manicured side of the Hamptons, lending some human perspective to the revered yuppie vacation spot.

8. Disposable Flask

While not the best environmental choice, Restoration Hardware's disposable flasks make it easy to get your drink on wherever you go.

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9. Michael Nyman

Avant-garde archival site Ubuweb presents a poignant set of oddball easy-listening pieces by famed minimalist composer Michael Nyman, released on Brian Eno's legendary Obscure Records imprint in 1976. Perfect for meditative weekend mornings—unlike Nyman's work with Blur's Damon Albarn on the score for cannibal thriller film "Ravenous."

10. Vintage Calculator Designs

Effektive spotted a comprehensive gallery of vintage calculators from the 1970s, a time when this revolutionary device became pocket-sized spawning a new wave of industrial designs.

11. Pedalr

Pedalr, which bills itself as a marketplace for people who love bikes, provides bicycle enthusiasts and shop vendors with a simple way to buy and sell their gear online.

12. Devour

In the "we totally thought of that" category, Devour culls the best HD videos on the web and posts them in an easily navigable online format. Picks like the Shaun White Skateboarding Trailer and Kegmate—a video showing how some ultimate nerds hooked their iPad up to their keg.

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