December 9, 2023

Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Paul Reuben’s estate posted the full Pee-Wee’s Xmas special remastered in HD. / via Nayland Blake

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Pee Wee Herman Xmas special HD

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.)

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Normal Lear

December 4, 2023

Starcuterie

“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.

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Starcuterie board with 3" ramekin

One Thing

Little macOS utility that puts a message up in your toolbar. / via Email is Good

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December 3, 2023

The Official 2023 Sufjan Yule Log

4 hours and 50 minutes of Sufjan Christmas music and a fireplace. / via Bernie Michalik

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Fireplace with Christmas light reflections

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.

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A Softer World webcomic

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.

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Coach Beard and Rebecca sing Love Shack

Blogging is where it’s at, again

There’s something about this growing App Defaults list that feels special and I think Chris McLeod captures it, “Currently that’s over 200 people. It might sound silly, but I’ve not seen a list of active bloggers that long in years...”

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Blogging is where it’s at, again

Diana Beltrán Herrera

Just staring at the lovely work of Diana Beltrán Herrera after seeing it featured on Colossal’s December 2023 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists. Quite the list, Cincinnati’s BLINK is in there!)

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Art objects made with colorful cut paper

2023 CreativeMornings Gift Guide

Some goodies in here. Oodles more over on Kottke.org’s Gift Guide. Dig that both lists favor independent and small sellers. I’ll add as I find more. Update: Chris Coyier has a nice collection.

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CreativeMornings Gift Guide

November 29, 2023

Buttondown migration

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.

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A love letter and offer of assistance from Buttondown

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!

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Top ♫ 100

November 27, 2023

Aqua Interface

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.”

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Screengrab of Mac OS X Leopard Finder

Life on Mars play set

I think this goes beyond a kids play set. This is shelf art! Plus also cats in space suits.

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Wooden play set with space theme and cat astronauts

November 26, 2023

A to Z of The Designers Republic

My first exposure to TDR was likely the Wipeout games on PlayStation. It was an entirely new world of graphic design in motion. / via Marmite Defontes

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A to Z of The Designers Republic spread with icons

November 21, 2023

Early computer art by Barbara Nessim

Matt Sephton shares some early computer art by Barbara Nessim and a good bit of her process. I particularly dig capturing images from a mainframe with a camera. Also, she's still making art.

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Digital artwork by Barbara Nessim with a computer breaking out of an egg

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!

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Top 5 albums from a bunch of artists and designers for 2023

November 17, 2023

September Studio

The Instagram account of this florist and ceramic studio in Australia is filled with color and joy and I wished I lived in Sydney to order bouquets. Their website is also lovely. / thanks Laura!

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An explosion of flowers in a bouquet

Nokbox

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.

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File box for organizing life documents

November 16, 2023

Foldable Coat Hangers

Save space by folding things in half. Another fine Kickstarter by Simone Giertz.

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Foldable coat hangers

November 15, 2023

Ferrofluid synth

I'm just going to include my alt text here “A synthesizer of some sort that has a fluid display. Can't tell if it is real or not!” / via Waxy

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A synthesizer of some sort that has a fluid display. Can't tell if it is real or not!

The Potato Sculpture Master Class

Tina Roth Eisenberg said of this virtual event “I have attended one of these Potato Sculpture FieldTrips before and my face hurt from smiling when it was time to log off.” Sounds like a great way to get into a Thanksgiving mindset next week. I'm game.

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A pile of potatoes with a Field Trips logo

Emotional Tupperware

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.”)

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Screen grab of Anson Yu’s home page

November 14, 2023

A digital clock of marbles

Ivan Miranda built a clock that uses marbles to display the time. It’s cool as heck. / via Clive Thompson’s Linkfest

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Clock made of marbles to display digital time

Flower Press Studio BTS video

Dig these process videos from Flower Press Studio (and one day I will snag one of their prints).

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Arranging flowers

Photo Folder

Pre-release software that is very intriguing. Create metadata for photos outside of clouds with lock-in (Google Photos, Apple Photos). Location, faces and object data are stored in the photo file metadata. / via Dense Discovery #264

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Photo Folder

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

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Shiny green Apple icon

Sharon and Mike Matas’s backyard studio

A structure glorious on its own, but the rewilding of the site is a cherry on top.

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a modern studio on the edge of nature

Dancefix

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!

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Folks dancing

NailStudio

Select a color, fill or pattern and click to paint. It's fun and easy. A project by @yasly & @sabrichu with thanks to to Kid Pix, JS Paint, interact.js, Sustem.oss, and the OG Susan Kare. / via Yewknee

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Pixelated drawing of hand with painted fingernails

The murals of Bunnie Reiss

Influenced by her Polish heritage and folk art, Bunnie Reiss’ work spans all sorts of media but I fell down the rabbit hole with her murals. I dig them all (and all her other art). / via #WOMENSART

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Mural on building inspired by Polish folk art

November 12, 2023

soft tech

Rachel updated her The internet used to be fun table and there are some new gems like this poem of a page. I could spend many afternoons wandering these paths.

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Old etching of a mountain

November 9, 2023

Ozik Soft

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.

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Sample of Ozik Soft typeface

Prince Charles and Princess Diana were the same height

Their portraits and depictions sum up so much that is wrong.

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A stamp with a portrait of Prince Charles and Lady Di that makes Charles appear to be a lot taller than Diana.

November 8, 2023

Fun Water

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.

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Diagram of fun water

Retrobatch 2

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.

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Screenshot of Retrobatch image workflow tool

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.

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sign that reads "GUITAR" on separate orange panels in a workshop

November 6, 2023

Multnomah Falls

Adding Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to my autumn bucket list.

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Multnomah Falls in autumn with golden trees and the waterfall in full effect

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.

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Plants photographed during the golden hour in Belle Isle, Michigan

October 28, 2023

And Still

This is Peter Gabriel’s 11th song from the upcoming i/o album. Released today on the Hunter’s Moon, it’s about his mum. You can learn more about the track in this monthly video update. The album will be completed with next months full moon.

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Peter Gabriel’s ”And Still” single artwork featuring a painting by Megan Rooney

Nothing Compares 2 U

Choir! Choir! Choir!, with a last minute inclusion of Fiest, pay tribute to Sinéad O’Connor. Powerfully good.

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Three musicians perform onstage in front of an audience that is also a choir

October 24, 2023

Brand bentos

Browse identity mood boards packed up in delicious snack sized boxes. / via OMGLORD

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Hazel identity Bento box mood board

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.

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"Think in 4D" book cover

October 23, 2023

Commercially Available Chairs in Star Trek

In addition to the Starship Database, Fleet Charts and Treknology Encyclopedia, Dr. Bernd Schneider has collected a list of off-the-shelf office chairs, lounge chairs or car seats that have appeared in Star Trek productions. / via Chris Martin

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Modern chair in mauve

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.

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Super Mario 3 packaging

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.

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Title treatments for The Hunger, Dracula, They Live, The Last of the Mohicans, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Quick and the Dead

October 18, 2023

October 17, 2023

Rest of World

I was chatting with Grace and lamenting the lack of good news sources and she mentioned Rest of World which captures tech stories from everywhere around the world outside of the West. I wish every news website was this cleanly designed.

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Screengrab from Rest of World website homepage featuring tech stories from around the world (but not the West)

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.)

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New words in the Merriam Webster Dictionary for October 2023 include, kayfabe, zhuzh, finsta and chef’s kiss

Robtober 2023

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.

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Robtober 2023

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.

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Sourdough bread sliced open on a cutting board

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.

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Outdoor sculpture at Apple Park

October 3, 2023

Barbie Stevie Nicks

Mattel sold these out quickly, but I'm just happy that Barbie Stevie Nicks exists.

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Barbie Stevie Nicks

September 29, 2023

Proposed 24 pack of Crayon crayons

Peter Donahue applies color theory to crayons in this TikTok video. See also: his Instagram video that adjusts colors to perceptual differences. Good good good. / with a hat tip to Wendy for the link!

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24 colors of crayons plotted

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.

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Sam Smith and singers perform at the NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Just staring at the work of Kumkum Fernando

I'm currently obsessed with the robot-like sculptures of this Sri Lankan-born artist thanks to Colossal.

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Kumkum robot

September 27, 2023

The Catch, The Spill, and The Camera

Patrick Witty’s newsletter digs into the stories behind photos. This issue reveals a very specific camera behind a famous catch in the 1954 World Series. / hat tip to Sean

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Back and white photo of a baseball player making a catch over his shoulder

September 22, 2023

A few store fronts from NYC and what to get there

Chris Crowley from GrubStreet shares selections from the new photography book by James and Karla Murray and adds recommendations. (I love these photos) / via waxy

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Court Pastry Shop store front in NYC

September 21, 2023

Rocumentaries

Curated links to the very best documentaries across a bunch of streaming services. (No idea why they call it Rockumentaries when all sorts are included) / via Rachel

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A grid of documentary selections

September 20, 2023

Poor Things Trailer

A film with quite the pedigree of writing, directing and actors. This looks delightfully dark and intriguing and fun. / via Yewknee

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Still from black and white trailer with a woman feeding a pug / chicken combo animal