Friday’s favorite things: July 3rd

Rowyn Van Miltenburg

July 2, 2015

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite finds on the web this week, from illustrations and videos to fonts and photography. In honor of July 4th, this week’s edition is USA-themed (and is also the reason, we’re posting it a day early).

American literature
When most people think of a bookshelf’s shape, a rectangle probably comes to mind. When London-based artist and architect Ron Arad created his own bookshelf, however, he decided to use a different shape, the United States of America. The bookshelf, which he calls “Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends,” features the 48 continuous states, each of which is its own shelf. Unfortunately this patriotic bookshelf is not for sale, as it is solely an art piece; however, you can find it and more of Arad’s work on his website.

us bookshelf


American humor
Although Saturday Night Live won’t be around to mock the presidential candidates until the fall, we can turn to this comic from The Oatmeal to poke fun at our country. The comic satirically describes how one should explain America to non-Americans by pointing out the ironic location of the Statue of Liberty and other illogical USA facts.



American art
Justin Tran was born in Washington, DC, which is what inspired the illustration below. Featuring key elements of the city’s culture, the picture includes a motorcade, the Capitol Building, the Potomac River, all rendered in glorious red, white, and blue. You can find more of Tran’s work on his website and, if you’d like, you can buy this illustration here.


What did you see this week that grabbed your attention? Feel free to share your favorite finds in the comments section below.

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