Randy J. Hunt is a designer and co-founder of Supercorp, the company behind Supermarket. In 2005 Randy founded Citizen Scholar Inc., and has since designed and directed projects with numerous collaborators focusing on the points where design and responsibility meet. He contributes to various online journals and publications, and serves on the advisory board of Design Ignites Change.
The dedication (and obsession) it can take to acquire, catalog, organize, or execute a vast collection of anything is worthy of awe. The intense focus is inspiring. Here’s what I’m into lately.
1. This Is Display
Designers Patricia Belen and Greg D’Onofrio of Kind Company offer a unique lens into mid-20th century graphic design. Display is the online expression of their very real collection of design artifacts from some of the designers I most admire. As they continue to add to the site, it will only get better.
2. Women In Science
I can’t stop looking at the faces of these pioneering women. I wish I could see these together, hung in elegant frames, in a stately Smithsonian building, but I’m thankful these are available directly from the Smithsonian on Flickr [above image is Mary Agnes Chase].
3. Obsessive Consumption
Speaking of amazing women, Kate Bingaman-Burt is a maker’s maker. Her tireless work drawing purchases and then publishing them in a monthly zine has been bringing a smile to my face for years. I can’t wait to see her book that comes out this March.
4. Historical Map Collection
David Rumsey is in the cartography business. He’s also in the sharing business. His personal collection for more than 150,000 maps is being digitized. This historical maps are gorgeous, and when you browse them with the Google Maps interface, you can see them overlaid on satellite imagery. Snazzy.
5. Vintage Ad Browser
Whether it’s the kitschy 70’s typography, or the amazing copywriting deployed in late 19th century, the collection of images in the Vintage Ad Browser are a bottomless source of inspiration.