The Avedis Zildjian Company started making cymbals in 1623 in Constantinople, part of the former Ottoman Empire. Now based in Massachusetts, Zildjian is the largest maker of cymbals in the world. Paul Francis is Zildjian's Cymbal Master, making sure that every crash comes out perfect before it gets into the hands of drummers around the world.
K2 on the border of China and Pakistan is the second-tallest mountain in the world and one of the most dangerous — around one in every four of the people who reach the summit don't make it back. Polish skier Andrzej Bargiel successfully summited K2, and then skied back down over 28,000 feet, making him the first person in the world to do so.
For those that grew up in late '70s and '80s, the graphic designs of NASA are some of the most memorable of the period, appearing on everything from hats to the Space Shuttle. This reprinting of the NASA Graphics Standards Manual celebrates this outstanding identity system, which was used from 1975 to 1992. Recreated for public use for the first time from the personal copies of the original designers, Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, it covers the logo, placement, color schemes, and other design standards that helped capture the imagination of a generation and make the American space agency a lasting, iconic part of our legacy of exploration. Included are scans of Danne's personal copy of the original manual, a forward from Danne, an essay by Christopher Bonanos, reproductions of the original NASA 35mm slide presentation, and scans of the 'Managers Guide', a follow up booklet distributed by NASA. Each copy is individually wrapped in a foil static shield, adding even more nostalgic rocket-age flair to this iconic design reference.
220 pages / 129 Image Plates / 9.5" x 11.5" / Hardcover
Born in Hawaii, the OluKai ʻAlapa Li Sneaker embodies the island lifestyle. The shoes feature breathable mesh uppers with waterproof leather details. Paired with a wet-grip outsole and an easy-off drop-in heel, they're basically made for long days at the beach. If surfing isn't on your itinerary, their lightweight, moisture-wicking footbed supports any activity. Just like all of their shoes, each pair is hand-crafted and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Ama OluKai Foundation.
Presented by OluKai.
The Slo Mo Guys have done explosions before — but not like this. Gavin and Dan travelled to the Colorado School of Mines to film the biggest explosions they've ever done, using det cord, shock tubes, shaped charges, and avalanchers. Dan is no stranger to explosives, having trained in the British Army as an explosive ordnance tech, and along with the pros at the school, captured some of their best slow-motion film yet.
At Minitaur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, you can visit 40 countries without going anywhere — along with the world's largest train set. Miniatur Wunderland has over 50,000 feet of track, a fully functioning international airport with planes that taxi, take off, and land, and dioramas of famous cities like Venice. Watch how an entire team keeps the trains running on time, from the model builders to mission control.