Eat me

Book made of pasta in pan with first layer of lasagna ingredientsAs graphic designers, much of what we do is ephemeral. Once in a while, we create a book or an environmental graphic that sticks around. But more often it’s a brochure, poster, package, ad or piece of stationery that gets tossed pretty quickly.

Here’s a project that’s actually designed to be destroyed. Or, better yet, to be eaten.

The Real Cookbook is an edible publication that contains — and gets physically incorporated into — a classic lasagna recipe. The pages are made of stamped pasta, and are layered sheet by sheet with the rest of the ingredients, then baked. Mmmm.

Created by Korefe, the German design studio, it’s a delicious comment on the impermanent nature of the objects we humans craft with such care.

Typographic excavations

Michelangelo spoke about releasing his sculptures from the marble. In the case of Brian Dettmer, he’s releasing them from old books.

Like a surgeon working carefully with small instruments, he explores the anatomical peculiarities of dictionaries and other vintage texts. Like an archeologist, as he digs deeper and deeper, he unearths meaning and finds small gems that interact with the elements he’s already uncovered. Like a magician, he forces the viewer to see familiar objects in a surprising new way, and to wonder what else is hiding in them.

I marvel at his craftsmanship and his patience. It’s well worth clicking through to the site to see his other pieces — this is just the tip of the iceberg.

brian dettmer: textonomy.

Letters as more than words

One of my favorite sites is designboom, which aggregates some incredible work from around the world in nearly every design discipline. I find it a wonderful, quick source of daily inspiration. It’s amazing to see how differently people think about their work and their world. This guy, for example, thinks type can save a species and provide shelter, entertainment and enlightenment. Take a look.

Birdhouse Typography

Typographic treasure

U&lc front pageBack in the ancient pre-Mac days, there was a masterful typographic designer named Herb Lubalin. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. He developed a publication for ITC called U&lc which featured some amazing design work and some excellent contributors. I used to love when it would show up in the mail…a big, oversized thing filled with interesting visual ideas and the latest fonts.

Now the fine folks at the blog have scanned the back issues and posted Volume I on the web for your free entertainment and edification. Lucky you. Go take a look.