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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Where Will You Eat Tonight?

A really great (but too expensive for my taste) idea: City Plates.

via Coudal.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway

Paul Shaw has written an insanely detailed piece about the history of Helvetica and the NYC Subway: The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Printing - Your Life Work

Printing—your life work series (1947) from on Vimeo.

Thanks to Adam Bowlin for this great film about printing and letterpress.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Type Chair

Need a new chair? Perhaps this Type Chair is for you!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Matches Calendar

Looking for a new and unique calender for 2009? Can you read Ukrainian? Then this calendar made of matches is for you!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Questionable Characters

Good friend Frank Chimero and designer Ben Barry have launched Questionable Characters - a site developed after students kept asking the same questions.

You have questions, they have puppies!

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Arts & Architecture Magazine Archives

The archives of Arts & Architecture Magazine from 1945 to 1967 are
available online! Love the mid-century design and architecture!

via Coudal.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

The End

"The End" - a nice collection of the final shots of films.

via former student James Mulvenon.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Poison Labels

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Average Day of a Design Student

Are you a design student that never gets any sleep? Or perhaps the better question is: "Are there any design students that get any sleep?"

Find out how you stack up against your peers.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Print and Last Chance!

By popular demand, I have printed a new letterpressed edition of
"All You Need is Love." It is in a limited edition of 90 and red/magenta ink on white heavy-weight paper.

Also, I found 4 Artist Proofs of "The Scarlet Letter" that will be up on Keep Calm tomorrow - check my artist page to see when they go up. After they are sold, there will be no more of this print, so if you are interested, I would get one fast!

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Fifty Strange Buildings of the World

When I was younger, I thought about going into architecture. It required too much math.

I'm not sure that was necessary to share, but these Fifty Strange Buildings of the World are pretty cool!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Branding of Polaroid

A great read for anyone interested in Polaroid, packaging, or advertising: The Branding of Polaroid.

via Coudal.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Text Message in a Bottle

A really interesting idea - text messages that are converted into braille, stamped into magnetic tape, and placed inside a bottle. Text Message in a Bottle.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

FontShop Loves Students

I'm not sure how I missed this, but for all my Advanced Type students: FontShop Loves Students.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Flight to Nowhere

Friday, November 14, 2008

Vintage and Retro Typography

Here is a nice collection of vintage and retro typography.

Thanks to former student Adam Bowlin for the link.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Really Big Hits!

Sometimes, living in the midwest has its advantages. Like this supremely fantastic billboard for a local radio station that has just the right balance of class and suggestive copy writing...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Visualized Wi-Fi

A study of the Wi-Fi at The State Library of Queensland, Australia and sketches of how people interact with their laptops.

Via SwissMiss.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Air Lines

I love flying. Whenever I fly, I love looking at the route map in the back of the in-flight magazine that shows me where in the world I can fly.

Now, you can purchase a really big poster of all of the airplane routes in the world.

This is definitely on my Christmas wish list!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Design For Good

Often, I get a bit cynical about everyone raving about how design can do good. I personally think that it is mainly just designers trying to soothe their own conscience. BUT, I have found some pretty great examples of how it can at least help mobilize people to do good - which is very important indeed.

The above image for UNICEF is brilliant and haunting and true.


Friday, November 7, 2008


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Typewriter Ribbon Tins

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shipping Container Colours

Monday, November 3, 2008

Frustration-Free Packaging

I know this is a silly thing to get excited about, but Amazon is introducing Frustration-Free Packaging. It gets rid of the stupid, dangerous plastic clam-shell packaging that always cuts my hands as I try to open things that I purchase.

Also, it should help reduce packaging waste. Yea!

Thanks for the heads-up, Frank.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

We Just Live Here

With all the talk about the American election on Tuesday, what about the people that live in the United States, but are not citizens and cannot vote? What do they think?

Via SwissMiss.


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