Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Uncomfortable objects, intellectual erotica, Frankie Knuckles enduring legacy and more in our look at the web this week

1. The Unknown Vivian Maier In 2007, a 26-year-old amateur historian named John Maloof paid $380 for a box of negatives and undeveloped film at an auction. Therein, he would discover the intimate, beautiful images of photographer Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny who captured remarkable scenes during the 1950s and ’60s. A new BBC documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier” charts Maloof’s quest to uncover the now-deceased …

YVMIN

The Beijing-based fashion and accessories label cites eclectic influences on the path to global recognition

The adornments lining YVMIN‘s Beijing studio tell a lot about their work. An iridescent heart hangs on the wall alongside a set of plastic heads of Greek statues, and mannequins donning elaborately layered garb bring movement into austere forms of sculpture. Their workspace is located inside Biftpark, a platform for fashion design developed by the Beijing City Government and the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology …

The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame

Chip Kidd discusses designing the first English-language collection from "the master of gay erotic manga"

In book design, provocation is the name of the game. Intrigue the reader enough to pick up the work and open it—this is a process that Chip Kidd has turned into an art. From David Sedaris’ “Naked” to the English-language version of Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84,” Kidd has mastered the principle of intrigue. But how do you apply this to the work of Gengoroh Tagame, the …