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The evolution of the book

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages? To answer these questions...

A girl visits the postage stamp factory – Sesame Street

Before stamps became stickers, which started in earnest in the United States around 1989, they were printed sheets of paper with water-activated adhesive backing. In 1987, Sesame Street visited the US Postal Service t...

The AgIC marker draws circuits with conductive ink

It's easy to doodle a circuit! Made with silver conductive nanoparticles, the ink in the AgIC Circuit Marker can conduct electricity, as shown in this pop-up book inspired Japanese commercial by Kandenko. Watch the LE...

Inside the Pantone color factory

At Pantone's factory headquarters in Carlstadt, New Jersey, there are highly trained color specialists that can see subtle differences between similar colors... really similar colors. Pantone specializes in art and de...

How does a retractable ballpoint click pen work?

Click. Click. The two clicks that you hear when pressing the top button on a retractable ballpoint 'click pen' are a key to understanding the mechanics happening inside of it: A rotation, extension, and lock of the sp...

CMYK – 3 fun ways to mix yellow, cyan, & magenta

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black), "key" referring to the color plates being aligned, likely because black often outlined images. In printing, CYMK refers to the 4 process inks used to print those...

Odyssey: A universe of ink, oil, soap, and glitter in macro detail

Made with a mix of ink, oil, soap, and glitter, art director Ruslan Khasanov has filmed a sparkling experimental video that explores how the fluids interact with each other in macro detail. This is Odyssey. ...

Sway: Portrait of Nick Wroblewski, Woodcut Printmaker

Watch woodcut printmaker Nick Wroblewski create a woodblock illustration from start to finish: Sway, directed by Davin Haukebo-Bol. Related DIY: how to print with potatoes. Plus: more wood ...

Pacific Light: Water, ink, oil, and soap form a tiny universe of color

Pacific Light, a mix of water, ink, oil, and soap, filmed and edited by Russian designer Ruslan Khasanov, who works on side projects that experiment with physics and design.

How Ink Is Made – Pigment powders, varnish, & big machines

A promotional video by a Canadian ink maker, this video not only explains the behind the scenes of how ink colors are made, but its artful presentation makes the process actually feel inspirational. (The music helps, ...

Printing with a 2000lb cast-iron Kluge Letterpress machine

Big loud machines that make delicate beautiful things! Nick Sambrato introduces his 2000lb cast-iron Kluge Letterpress machine from his small print shop in Florida. Also don’t miss this letterpress primer vid th...


 
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