Obsessions: June 28, 2010

The Well-Appointed Desk is a new blog from Ana Reinert, collector of many, many
interesting obsessions. (I know this because Ana and I have been friends for
more than half our lives.) This particular obsession is the pursuit of all
things to create a peaceful, beautiful place to work and create.

True Burger
in Oakland has one
of the best examples of dry-witted typographic camp
I’ve seen this year.

If you’ve been watching the release of Apple’s iPhone 4, you
probably already know they issued a press release regarding their antenna
problems essentially amounting to “you’re holding your phone wrong.” Now while
I’m sure this will end up in yet another round if shrill jeers hurled Apple’s
way, I was more interested in finding the rationale behind that claim from
another knowledgeable phone designer—and
here it is.

At Control, the Dutch game developers’ magazine, there’s a
fascinating collection of images: the first (hand-drawn! on graph paper!) sketches
for Pac-Man.

PopMatters
has a fascinating look at lesbians in fashion.
Largely unrecognized, many
are front-page names we’d all recognize, but never would know as out and gay women. Icons from Patricia
Field, who clothed Sex and the City to Beth Ditto, rubenesque fashion muse,
are bound together in a  common
sisterhood.

Betsy Walton’s drawings
merge the ghostliness of Japanese watercolor with the crude forms of American
primitive folk art in a beautiful portfolio of drawings filled with gentle
pastels and bright, happy fluorescent accents.
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