Archive for March, 2009

Going to the Library

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Rubin Visit

I was fortunate to visit Ellen Rubin this week and get a chance to see her newly completed library. Known around the world as The Pop-up Lady, she is an avid collector that has amassed a remarkable collection of movable books and ephemera. Ellen also shares her pop-up treasures through her writings, lectures, and exhibits that she has helped curate.
Faced with countless fine examples of movable books spanning hundreds of years, I asked Ellen to display some of her favorite pieces from the turn of the century. With a knowing smile she produced delicate volvelles and Nisters, McLoughlin titles and Meggendorfers; all within arm’s reach. Robert warned me that the visit to such a prestigious collection could be overwhelming, and the hours slipped by before we could move beyond a few bookcases. In fact, I almost missed my train home, because I was so engrossed in investigating some of her beloved Kubastas. Luckily, I made my train with moments to spare, vowing to return for a longer visit (and next time I’ll set an alarm!)

Check out The Pop-up Lady’s wonderfully informative website and be sure to view the animated images section featuring one of my favorite Meggendorfer scenes.

– Kyle

Spring begins

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Today is the first day of Spring! I have been waiting for this day ever since the first day of Winter. Imagine my surprise when I tore open the curtains this morning to see…snow! It seems ‘old man winter’ wanted one last laugh before he exits (and I hope this is the last). The feeling of getting caught off guard reminds me of an antique movable postcard I recently acquired. Click on the image below to share in the surprise.

– Kyle

Virtual Pop-ups

Friday, March 13th, 2009

It’s Friday the 13th so I thought I would post something freaky.

One of the most buzzed about events at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair was Metaio’s demonstration of their augmented reality book titled “Aliens & UFOs”. This regularly printed flat book burst into three dimensions when viewed through a standard webcam.

While this technology will not replace our beloved paper engineered books any time soon, I think augmented reality can be used in very creative ways. Check out this video for a preview of the next generation of nautical advertisements.

Augmented Reality

Test augmented reality out for yourself at the well-designed General Electric website. All you need is a printer for the card, a webcam for viewing and a microphone to add wind to the virtual scene.


– Kyle

Popping up on TV

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

US of Tara Opening

One of my students at Pratt Institute alerted me to the cool opening sequence of the new series called the “United States of Tara” on Showtime. Now we all know that it was digitally created, but the designers where pretty faithful to the physics of paper engineering. It has a nice flow to it and the art works very well with the media. The whole segment is a class act and has me intrigued about this show. Plus it was created by Diablo Cody (of “Juno” fame) and stars the very capable Toni Colette as a woman coping with her dissociative identity disorder and dysfunctional family. Throw in the ever-lovable John Corbett and this one could be a winner.

– Kyle