Paying tribute to the best summertime activity of all-time, backyard grilling, artist Chris Piascik takes a nice jab at one of indie’s darlings. And we love it. This illustration is part of a wonderful series called Hamburger Cheeseburger Hotdog: A Tribute to Backyard BBQ that features over 20 American artists. All works are available at the mighty impressive Super Precious Art Gallery. Go get em.
Tanyella Evans represents one of my favorite types of people in this world. Passionate. Driven. Likes books. Travels to Haiti. Builds libraries. You know, the usual for a young, down-to-earth New Yorker.
I met Tanyella through a friend online and have been fascinated by her story ever since. She helps run Library for All, a new digital library platform for the developing world. I love the idea of using technology for good, so had to catch up with her via e-mail…
So, why a digital library for the developing world?
Because no one else is doing it. My co-founder, Rebecca, was actually working in Haiti for just about 3 years and was really hoping to find someone who had created some kind of digital library that was designed for low bandwidth environments that she could just link up to her local school partners. There are some people distributing ebooks, or providing huge libraries of out-of-copyright material, but no one has thought through the curation of a digital library collection for specific developing countries. And no one has adequately thought through the local network topology needed to distribute content in low bandwidth environments. That’s our space.
Tell us two things you’re excited about right now.
I’m really excited about our Kickstarter! We raised half of our goal – $50,000 – in the first 10 days and right now we are just encouraging everyone to give like $10, $20, $35 so they can get our insider updates and just be a part of it. Its so awesome the doors that are opening as we approach our goal. I’m excited about new partnerships with governments and major NGOs that are opening up.
And second, I’m really excited about the OER space. We are partnering with publishers, but I’m as excited about all of the content that is already out there and freely available and that we can feed into the library that we’ve created. I also think that crowdsourcing the creation and translation of content has huge potential in helping us to get content in local languages to those living in poverty.
You can find out more about Tanyella and how Library For All hopes to unlock knowledge in the developing world on their website. Check out the video from their Kickstarter campaign below, which you should back here.
We’ve given a shout out to Philly-based Xenotees before for their geometric pillow cases, but it deserves another for these fortune cookie pillow cases. I’ve always been tempted to get cookies made with my own weird fortunes, but these are the perfect combination of good advice and suggestiveness for the bedroom.
The art of venue selection is not lost on The Tree Ring. From attics and dog parks to living rooms and museums, where you listen is just as important as what you’re listening to. This weekend’s (choose your own) adventure is sure to follow suit, as the quintet takes to the Laguna Mountains for their second Hike-In Show. There will be fantastic tunes, picnics with friends old and new, beautiful San Diego scenery and plenty of good times! Did I mention it’s free to park and attend? Yep, the woods are definitely calling your name.
The National Trust over here in England decided to freshen up their grounds by putting up placards telling visitors to – wait for it – have fun. The encouraging #NaturesPlayground campaign was designed by the clever folks over at TheCl!ck, a design agency who wanted people to enjoy the properties by integrating nature and social media. In a world oversaturated with unfriendly signs and obnoxious formalities, it’s a great reminder that things always look better through a positive lens. Few below, more on the design team’s site.
Neil Stevens’ Don’t Forget the Cassette project happened because digital and vinyl get all the love. There was a time though when the songs off cassettes had us bopping along and dancing just like any other medium. We even sat around waiting for songs on the radio to capture our favorite songs.
As it turns out, old cassette art makes for wonderful prints. And while they aren’t for sale yet, Neil says “If the feedback of these prints is encouraging, I’ll make them available in my online shop very soon.” I hope you’ll join me and convince him here. [via Apartment Therapy]
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