Interview: Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec on “Observe Collect Draw!”

We speak with the designer friends and Dear Data founders about their new journal

Designers, artists and friends, Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi are fans of non-traditional data gathering. The two (who live on opposite sides of the world) started collecting their own weekly statistics and illustrating postcards with the information—sending them to each other. The practice was both pragmatic and personal. Eventually, that year-long project—called Dear Data—became a book that blends art, facts, and friendship. (The entire collection of postcards was …

Artsy’s Favorite Free Online Courses

While you may not receive academic credit for them, there’s an abundance of free college courses available online. From a class called Pyramids of Giza: Ancient Egyptian Art to Archaeology at Harvard University or Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow, there are around 10,000 online courses offered by 800 universities. Each one varies in length (from a few weeks to seven months) but …

Brendan Ravenhill’s Versatile Ada Sconce

A new short film explores the method behind the dynamic yet minimal piece

The works of LA-based designer Brendan Ravenhill stem from a process involving many people. The Ada Sconce, for example, goes through metal-bending, hole-punching, and powder-coating before its assembly in Ravenhill’s Glassell Park studio. To offer a peek into this way of making, Ravenhill and his team have created a mini-documentary that follows how the minimal yet versatile light fixture is produced. “Ada is a celebration of …

A. Lange & Söhne’s Limited Edition Platinum Datograph Up/Down “Lumen”

Luminosity and legibility from the German watch brand's latest chronography

Setting eyes upon A. Lange & Söhne‘s new, limited edition Datograph Up/Down—well before holding it in one’s hands, feeling the valuable weight of the platinum—activates a desire to decipher its visual codes. The Chronograph, referred to as the “Lumen,” carries so much inside the 41mm case. There’s the meticulous semi-transparent dial—easily intelligible despite all of the information conveyed on top if it—which features stunning guilloché finishing, …

Prague’s Mesmerizing Signal Festival, 2018

Exploring the annual celebration of light art and emerging technologies

Prague abounds with historic quaintness. Hotel lobbies are traditionally opulent and grand, established restaurants serve time-honored food paired with Czech dumplings and beer, streets bear the names of residents from times gone by, and the magnificent Prague Castle above the city speaks of the royalty that once presided over the country. It is with this classic backdrop as a canvas that Prague hosts something intriguing and …