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DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE 5 design things to do Oct 12 – 18


Cruise down the Sunset Strip through artist Ed Ruscha’s lens, from your desk. “12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive” is a newly launched, interactive website, designed by Stamen Design working with Getty Digital. It allows users to “drive” down Sunset Boulevard in 12 different years between 1965 and 2007, as well as to view, search, and compare the more than 65,000 photographs of this key urban artery.

As explained by Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen Design, “Ruscha and his team took photos of the entire length of Sunset Boulevard (about 22 miles) and some other streets in Los Angeles. On top of that, he didn’t just do this in 1966, but he did it more than a dozen times, every couple of years from the ’60s to today. The Getty acquired the archive in 2012 and turned it into something else.” That “something else” is a “digital archive of vast conceptual and digital spatiality…