London Photo Collages by Adrian Brannan

Merchant Square by Adrian Brannan

Merchant Square by Adrian Brannan

These photo collages may simply look like some Photoshop trickery, but Glasgow-based artist Adrian Brannan actually keeps the process Old School by using hundreds of his own 35 mm photographs, collaged together with scissors and double-sided tape.
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City Maps and Guides by Herb Lester Associates

London Map Scarf by Herb Lester Associates

Working with myriad designers and illustrators, London-based Herb Lester Associates publishes useful, sometimes unusual maps and guides for the world’s great cities. Above is a collaboration with Oslo-based designer Peder Bernhardt on a fun “Swinging London” hankerchief for the store A Bathing Ape.
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Paintings by Þórarinn B. Þorláksson

Sunset by Tjörnin by Þórarinn B. Þorláksson

Sunset by Tjörnin by Þórarinn B. Þorláksson

As part of my ongoing fascination with Iceland, I’ve been looking at the work of some of its artists and designers. Long before Wallpaper* magazine became obsessed Reykavik’s nightlife, this isolated country was quietly nurturing its stable of artists, and Þórarinn B. Þorláksson was one of the first to receive Iceland’s official accolades and support.
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Elsewhere

Still Painting Messages on Buildings, but No Longer a Vandal: not too shabby — Stephen Powers, a.k.a. ESPO, is a Fulbright scholar.

Sao Paolo No Logo: a few months after the ban on billboards and most outdoor advertising in Sao Paolo, these photos document abandoned advertising infrastructure.

World Environment Day 2008: Chicago Botanic Garden is the sole North American host of this United Nations event on Thu 5 Jun 08.

Solar Lily Pads Proposed for Glasgow’s Clyde River: beautiful proposal by Scottish firm ZM Architecture.

Urban Living: I think Princess Veggie is pointing out the obvious, but it clearly bears repeating for all the downtown-grocery-store complainers.

Plants, for Your Health: from GOOD Magazine, three commonly found toxins and the plant species that mollify their effects.

Cyclist Wins Race Against Car and MTA Again: first in Philly, now in NYC, a bicycle wins the rush hour race against a car and public transit.