emojidick2 The March 2014 edition of Smithsonian Magazine focuses it’s Phenomenon section on language. And to my surprise, they devoted a page to talk about Emoji Dick – a book that translates Melville’s classic into emoticons. I suppose there will always be a constant revamping of things, whether for the benefit of a newer generation, or to stay current with changing times. The shocker isn’t that someone took on the task of translating a book into Japanese emojis but that they boldly used Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as the first go.

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Emoji Dick creator, Fred Benenson, a micro-engineer from NYC used KickStarter to fund this crowd sourced translation. The project, funded back in 2009, and launched in 2012 used Amazon Mechanical Turk workers to translate each sentence 3 times, vote on the results and chose the most popular version of each sentence for inclusion in the book. Benenson calls Emoji Dick “a conceptual piece” and with an introduction by Art F City‘s Paddy Johnson you can also hashtag it under #emojiart.  For many it will just be fun book to pull out parties, for those that have grown up with a digital language I’m sure it’ll be right at home on the shelf among the dinosaurs we used to call books.

*Library of Congress acquired Emoji Dick in 2013.

Fun Link: 20 Great Books in 2 minutes – emoji style.

* photo courtesy of dailydot


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Lorenzo Buffa, founder of the Analog Watch Co. has designed what we’re now referring to as a hipster trapping… how could it not be?  It’s got all the markings of things we self-confessed hipsters love about a design and its designer.

His Carpenter Collection features four timepieces each with a strikingly different combination of woods: Makore & Red Sanders, Silverheart & Maple, Teak and Bamboo and Leather & Blackwood. These androgynous timepieces are sleek and light in their seemingly impossible combination of wood & leather. Their flexible soft leather straps are covered in the wood veneers making for a clean seamless look – lets not forget to mention the watches are 90% biodegradable. No small feat, that is unless you hold a degree in Industrial Design from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia – which Buffa does.

But in all seriousness…we love it for its pull on a natural aesthetic. There’s no in your face branding, no clunky numbers on the face. It’s the kind of watch that garners attention for it’s simplicity & sustainability – that makes it our must have accessory.


*Analog is running a Kickstarter campaign right now to help them manufacture the Carpenter Collection.  Last time I checked they’d reached their goal. But supporters still have a great opportunity to get one of first watches off the production line at a much cheaper cost than they’ll be retailing for later on. Plus, according to Buffa, the extra donations will go towards a higher quality package and the ability to start development on a new line.

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