Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Travel-friendly Shabbat kits, contemporary protest art, dinosaurs, rituals and more

1. Farewell, Anti-Apartheid Campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Activist and icon of the anti-apartheid movement, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away at 81 years old. Married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years (and separated for 30 years because of his imprisonment), Madikizela-Mandela became an “international symbol of resistance to apartheid and a rallying point for poor, black township residents who demanded their freedom.” Later, however, her reputation was …

Farewell to Renowned Designer, Ivan Chermayeff

Ivan Chermayeff—the graphic designer, illustrator and artist who created some of the world’s best-known logos—has passed away at 85 years old. While his name might not be famous, his designs certainly are, and will continue to be. Chermayeff’s firm Chermayeff & Geismar designed the Pan Am globe symbol and NBC’s peacock, but also created visuals for cultural and non-profit institutions including the Smithsonian’s sunburst logo, …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The '80s aesthetic, Arse Vases, 2,000-Year-Old Roman concrete and more in our look around the web

1. Ten Women Who Built NYC’s Art Scene The Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim—these are world-famous art museums and their founders (or co-founders) all happen to be women. New York’s art scene doesn’t hinge on three institutions, however. From art salons and extensive commissions to forward-thinking galleries, women built what would become one of the richest cultural scenes on the planet. Some …

National Geographic’s New Book Celebrates 128 Years of Infographics

National Geographic was founded way back in 1888, and now it’s celebrating 128 years of infographics with a new book published by Taschen. Despite being around long before the technological advancements we’re now used to, NatGeo has always been a respected publication, and the journey through retro illustrations and graphics adds a certain charm. The book is divided into the following categories: History, The Planet, …

Japan Standardizes Bidet Function Imagery

Even if you’ve used a bidet elsewhere—be that a different nation or just a different bathroom—one generally has to interpret the icons that accompany various features. Oftentimes, they’re rather obtuse, leading to unexpected results. Thankfully the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association (aka toilet- and bidet-makers) have agreed to standardize all of the pictograms. The association settled upon eight, with each corresponding to a feature, and …