Bookmarks for December 2nd

  • MAKE: Blog: The Chemistry gift guide – MAKE provides some tips on giving the gift of CHEMISTRY. (I’ve never had a chemistry set, personally, but I can certainly understand their attraction — beyond the wonder of the elemental forces involved, the sets are always depicted as an arrangement of elegant glass adorned with saturated colors. Oh, and I can’t be the only person who treated the Carolina Biological Supply catalog _exactly_ like the Sears Wish Book for years and years…)
  • Down the Rabbit Hole of the Pentagon Graphics Machine – Wallstats highlights the good, the bad, and the ugly of Pentagon presentation graphics. If the armed services were were judged solely by the clarity of their proposals and documentation, half of them would be reorganized tomorrow.
  • The Book Design Review Ranks Book Covers of 2008 – Great work all around, but _Soon I Will Be Invincible_, _Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me_, _The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction_, and _Against Happiness_ really stand out.