Double Takes: Ballerina Project: Dane Shitagi


The Ballerina Project, by photographer Dane Shitagi, is the work of 10 years and countless professional ballerinas. In the photographer’s own words, the “Ballerina Project is not ‘dance photography’ but an etching of a ballerinas heart and emotions.” Indeed it is, as well as an incredibly elegant, street-level look at New York City with some of the most graceful models.

(found via See Hear Say / photos by Dane Shitagi)

double takes: Walking Men 99: Maya Barka


Walking Men 99 is a fabulously conceived art installation and collaborative project headed by Maya Barka. In the artist’s own words:

The subject of this project started with one of New York City’s most familiar street icons, one that repeatedly appears in the pedestrian traffic light we meet every day. As one of NYC’s most recognizable figures, the ‘walking man’ is also an international celebrity, a graphic sign that transcends all languages and places, and appears in various forms around the world as an integral part of our urban landscape.

Double Takes: Partly Cloudy

Brian and I caught Pixar’s

Up in 3D a few weeks ago. Needless to say it was phenomenal! One of my favorite bits, however, was actually the short film Partly Cloudy that showed before the film. It’s cuter than words. If you’ve yet to see it, you can catch it on Fubiz.

(Image by/from/copyrighted Disney Pixar)

Double Takes: World of Words Globe: Ron Miriello

Ron Miriello loves globes. Recently, he’s taken to making his own instead of shelling out money on expensive collector globes.

“I’ve always been into globes, particularly old ones and odd ones. I’m not completely sure why. Probably because of their flawless shape, their utility and because of what they stand for. I like the idea of traveling to those unpronounceable places you saw as a kid, and still can’t pronounce as a grown-up.”

One piece in his series of globes is titled World of Words. Combining two of my favorite things, globes and books, his creation is visually and conceptually awesome.

(Photo by Ken West)

Double Takes: Arlo Weiner has Mad Style

When it comes to sartorial vocabulary, I’d argue that most 2nd grade boys don’t know much beyond the words pants, socks, and shirt. However, Arlo Weiner is not your average pre-pubescent. His father is Matt Weiner, also known as the creator of the tv series Mad Men. Sarah Goldstein of GQ writes, “Arlo Weiner has been creating his own style since the age of three—when he asked his parents for a top hat. Soon he’d moved on to striped bow ties, crushed velvet jackets, madras pants, and ascots (yeah, he knows what an ascot is).”

You can read more about Arlo and his impeccable fashion sense in his feature at GQ called Mad Boy, and be sure to check out his fashion (slide)show on the site as well.

Double Takes: Alphabet Books: Stephen T. Johnson

After seeing my post on Eric Tabuchi’s Alphabet Truck, Stephen T. Johnson turned me on to his line of children’s books with a similar theme. Alphabet City (A Caldecott Honor and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year) and A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet are just two of his books that creatively combine his art with the written word. Johnson’s “body of work forges connections between words, objects and ideas” and spans several mediums from “painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and installations.” I love anything that connects visual art with written art and Johnson’s work definitley does.

Double Takes: Free Encouragement

Booooooom and Design for Mankind have launched an awesome new project. Free Encouragement is asking you to submit encouraging words to a friend or stranger. Keep it short, sweet and most importantly upbeat. They’re going to create a gallery of encouragement with none other than your words! How incredibly awesome is that? Uh, here’s a hint: totally awesome! Read more about the inspiration behind the project on their website and be sure to submit your words before the December 5th deadline.

Double Takes: Clocks for People

These two clock designs strive to tell you time like you tell time. The It’s About Time Clock, designed by Laurence Willmott, takes into consideration the habitual rounding-up of the actual time. The second clock tells you the time in words, as you would say it. Love it!

(Found via The Deplorable Word and Design Milk)