December 9, 2023
December 7, 2023
Normal Lear lived a life in awe
“Norman lived a life in awe of the world around him. He marveled at his cup of coffee every morning, the shape of the tree outside his window, and the sounds of beautiful music. But it was people—those he just met and those he knew for decades—who kept his mind and heart forever young.” Daily. Goal. (Also there’s this lovely thread on Twitter but you have to be logged in and UGH.)
December 4, 2023
“There’s no better way to make the trek from the kitchen to the table with a delicious assortment of snacks...” This handmade board and cutlery shuttle made me grin.
December 3, 2023
December 2, 2023
A Softer World
Back in the early-ish days of the internet (2003) there was this enigma of a webcomic called A Softer World by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne. It was brooding, poetic and often delightful in some weird way. I love that the archives are still online in their low resolution glory long after they stopped publishing new ones.
December 1, 2023
Hannah Waddington & Brendan Hunt perform Love Shack
Most know the pair as Rebecca and Coach Beard from Ted Lasso. They teamed up with other folks to raise money and awareness for the Steps of Faith Foundation. Brought a big smile to my face.
November 29, 2023
Buttondown is offering migration for Tinyletter users as that service is sunsetting. I sent exactly one email newsletter using Tinyletter to my tiny handful of subscribers, but maybe this will inspire revisiting the idea of a newsletter, even if it’s just a summary of the month to complement the firehose of daily journaling.
November 28, 2023
Top ♫ 100
Andrew Neyer threw it out there: Make a playlist of your 100 all-time favorite songs. Don’t overthink it. Hone at will. (I keep fiddling with mine.) It has been a blast listening to everyone else’s collections thus far. Submit your own!
November 27, 2023
Been digging into the world of Mac OS X Aqua for icon inspiration. After revisiting the overview on Wikipedia I’m pretty sure the Leopard release was my favorite visually (soft gray gradient instead of pinstripes or brushed metal). The original Human Interface Guidelines had some nice tips “For great-looking Aqua icons, have a professional graphic designer create them.”
Life on Mars play set
I think this goes beyond a kids play set. This is shelf art! Plus also cats in space suits.
November 26, 2023
November 21, 2023
Albums of the Year 2023
New Commute asked their graphic artist friends for their favorite music of the year and the results are exceptionally good looking. Oodles of art and music to explore!
November 17, 2023
A "Next Of Kin" file box with folders and checklists to organize documents, estate documents and directives — a supplement to a Will to help those sort through all the things in difficult moments. I've been starting this process but a system like this feels like a very good investment.
November 16, 2023
Foldable Coat Hangers
Save space by folding things in half. Another fine Kickstarter by Simone Giertz.
November 15, 2023
I keep coming back to this thought by Anson Yu to capture good notions through writing, drawing, or some other medium to save for later. This output gets filed into ‘Emotional Tupperware’ — a resource to inspire clarity and health. (Also, I love Anson’s website Collections that include gems like “Times I’ve Said Wow.”)
November 14, 2023
November 13, 2023
Keith Cottingham’s logos and icons for Apple’s hardware and software
He just has a few examples presented on his site, but goodness how I loved these (and still do!) / via Arun Venkatesan
Sharon and Mike Matas’s backyard studio
A structure glorious on its own, but the rewilding of the site is a cherry on top.
I’d seen the Dancefix crews at every July 4th parade and wondered what they were all about. Heather Britt, founder of the dance class speaks this Friday at our Cincinnati Creative Mornings chapter. Dance class? Yes! Every day of the week!
November 12, 2023
November 9, 2023
Erik Marinovich has added another goodie to Nuform, a variant on one of their first releases that considers the softer side of Sears. Complete with the fun ovoid counters of Ozik, but without the edges.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana were the same height
Their portraits and depictions sum up so much that is wrong.
November 8, 2023
Dave Rupert has been posting a bit here and there about getting fitter, with candid insights that have been quite motivating. This post about making water fun is one that seems so simple, but might break me of drinking Coke Zero, which is likely better for cleaning car engines.
I've tried so many approaches to batch image work (scaling, extracting data, updating EXIF, changing format) and nothing made sense until today. I just threw a few tests at Retrobatch 2 and it was super easy with a visual workflow. The machine learning scaling works quite well to boot. Instant add to the toolkit.
Wilco Loft Sans
Typeface by SimpleBits for the band Wilco, inspired by a "GUITAR" sign hanging in their recording studio. With weights that span Treble, Mid Range, Low End and Bass.
November 6, 2023
Adding Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to my autumn bucket list.
November 2, 2023
Jack Cheng on a Gardening Class and Career Advice
There are always new discoveries to be made about yourself, about the world.
October 28, 2023
Nothing Compares 2 U
Choir! Choir! Choir!, with a last minute inclusion of Fiest, pay tribute to Sinéad O’Connor. Powerfully good.
October 24, 2023
Think in 4D
Erica Heinz has a new book about designing for user experiences and seeing the gallery of it print was all the motivation I needed to supplement the digital copy I already had. Looking very forward to adding this to the design library shelf.
October 23, 2023
October 21, 2023
More work by Girvin, this time for video games
The group behind those iconic film logos were also behind the packaging for Nintendo of America. The design language across the NES, Gameboy, SNES and the games themselves was very likely one of the first design systems I’ve experienced. Oodles of insight about the work on their blog post Designing Game Worlds.
Motion picture title design by Tim Girvin’s studio
So many of these are etched into my brain. It’s nice to connect the work with a studio. / with a tip of the hat to Brandon Schaefer’s blog filled with quotes and other bits of inspiration.
October 18, 2023
October 17, 2023
October 16, 2023
Merriam Webster added 690 new words to the dictionary
They’ve been generous with some phrases that might not stand the test of time, but it’s nice that even ephemeral things can be defined. (And there are oodles of fun nuggets in the list.)
This year’s selection of horror flicks from Rob has revealed there are a lot of Saw movies! Not sure I could stomach those, but there are a handful of others on the list that pique my interest. Wondering if I’ve seen Peter Jackson’s Braindead.
5 minute no-knead baguette
Recipes for fast and easy French baguettes are making the rounds. I like the calm presentation of Steph Ango, but any promise of quick and easy bread gets my attention.
October 6, 2023
Mirage at Apple Park
Arun Venkatesan explores an art installation occupying the olive grove north of the visitor center on the Apple campus. The more details unearthed, the more lovely it appears.
October 3, 2023
Barbie Stevie Nicks
Mattel sold these out quickly, but I'm just happy that Barbie Stevie Nicks exists.
September 29, 2023
Sam Smith Tiny Desk Concert
Just kicking back on a Friday night after dinner watching this performance and enjoying it immensely. Gave some applause to the TV when the last song finished but figured I'd extend the appreciation with a link. Thanks for being wonderfully lovely Sam Smith.