February 1, 2023

Cat flyer for kindness

Brad Montague made a flyer with a cat. It’s invitation to step out and do something for someone else (and available to download and print).


HELP! Cat poster with tabs to pull off with things you can do to brighten someone's day


Limited edition prints by artists from around the world. A favorite design element is when you click into a detail view and the page pulls colors from the artwork. / via Fonts in Use


Haystack print by Dion Johnson

January 31, 2023

Correct the Internet

Due to human bias, search engines have learnt to prioritize sportsmen in search results, even when the facts put sportswomen first. This site was created to inspire change.


Correct the Internet

January 27, 2023

AI-generated code helps learning and experimentation

Outside of image generation and prose, it's interesting to understand a coding workflow. Matt Webb has thoughts and shares some insight and throws some bonus footnotes about language models. I particularly like this application angle to “parse intent instead of nouns”


AI-generated code helps me learn and makes experimenting faster

Ivory for iOS

A Mastodon app by Tapbots that leaps over the current experience on Twitter. Also enjoying the Ice Cubes app by Thomas Ricouard


An elephant peering cautiously behind a computer

January 25, 2023

OH no Type Co Reels

James Edmondson makes learning about typography superdooper fun. I've been learning lots about type history and usage from his reels. (Ugh. Instagram. But still!)


What about the Friz?

Frank Lloyd Wright Racine Collection

Steelcase is opening up orders on a line of desks and chairs re-imagined from Frank Lloyd Wright designs. On all my trips to FLW places, furniture was scaled for shorter folks and frankly, not comfortable. The pieces are not boring though.


Steelcase Frank Lloyd Wright desk and chair

Unsung Heroes

Here’s a great place to dive into Scott Bom’s personal website that has the best buckets of navigation and a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to delve into Documenting for a stream of inspiration and type releases. (But all sections are filled with goodness)


Screen printed posters with folks that change the world

January 24, 2023

Smith & Diction’s Pitch Deck

All wrapped up nicely in a Figma presentation with tangent links to moodboards and samples.


Smith & Diction's design process chart that includes logo, colors, type, messaging, brandwork and styleguide

January 23, 2023

Noodles in ginger turmeric broth

Dense Discovery’s 222nd issue included links to a few vegetarian recipes that sound quite tasty. Gathering ingredients for this one and the peanut soup.


Turmeric soup with chickpeas, bok choy and noodle

January 19, 2023


Could this app replace my messy notes that collect shows and movies to watch, books to read and games to play? / via CJ Chilvers’ How to Stay Creative Forever


Screengrab of app that organizes books and movies and tv shows and games and whatnot

January 18, 2023

Book covers by Pino Tovaglia, mid 1970s

I'm in dire need of a large stack of colored paper. / via a Present & Correct tweet


Book covers with mid century modern design

January 16, 2023

Wesley Verhoeve – How I Started My Career as a Professional Photographer

I first was enamored with Wesley’s work with One of Many that he references here. It’s inspiring to say the least to see his growth as photographer. / via Om


Portrait of Michael Moran by Wesley Verhoeve

January 14, 2023

How to make a Corsi-Rosenthal box

Been wanting to make one of these for a while. Want a deeper dive? Clean Air Crew has lots more info / via MetaFilter


Making air filter system with a box fan

January 13, 2023

A Blog by Cabel Sasser

Cabel has rebooted. There are snacks. 2023, the year of the blog???


Hostess Bouncers Glazed Twinkie variety


Indian Type Foundry’s growing collection of professional grade fonts that are 100% free for personal and commercial use.


Screengrab of Fontshare website featuring font pairings

January 12, 2023

It’s the Coolest Rock Show in Ann Arbor.

And Almost Everyone There Is Over 65. (This thread by Joe Bernstein is a great introduction to his article about the “Geezer Happy Hour”).


Older folks dancing at a club

A Taco Bell in Rapid City, South Dakota

I would consider a roadtrip to visit this Taco Bell. / via Polygon


A taco bell set in the foothills of Rapid City, South Dakota

January 10, 2023

Action Mode

I honestly didn't know there was an Action Mode.


Person using mobile phone to shoot video of a foot race

January 9, 2023

CAMP Wooden Block Set

Young Jerks designed the blocks and packaging. (And tho they didn't design it, this woodie station wagon in the CAMP store by Candylab is also pretty darn awesome looking.)


Colorful wooden block set

All Things AI

Rick Waalders has created a sortable directory of AI tools plus a glossary and resources. Soon there will be an AI creating NCIS variants. / via sidebar


Screengrab of All Things AI website

January 8, 2023

A deep dive into the RIDGE wine label

I've always loved these labels, with their understated design and use of Optima. Nice to learn the backstory and understand the system in place.


Ridge wine label design system

Trevor Morris looks at movies on the horizon

I'm excited for what’s in store for 2023 after reading this list that includes upcoming work from Trevor’s favorite directors and sequels.


Spiderman Across the Spiderverse screen cap

An interview with Geoff McFetridge about the interfaces in “Her” and then some

Seems like a good time to re-watch “Her.” Though the movie is almost 10 years old, its view of AI and interfaces is quite prescient. Scene: Firing up the OS for the first time.


screen grab from the movie Her. An interface shows a letter being hand written

More images of the interfaces in “Her”

Including a really nice sketch


Gradients and geometric shapes form an interface

A Big Pile of Personal Developer & Designer Blogs in an OPML File

Chris Coyier shares list of blogs in an XML format. He carved it out to encourage those curious about RSS and need a place to start (and to try out a new RSS reader).


A drawing of a bear wearing a shirt and sweater. Code from an OPML file is overlaid

January 6, 2023

Perlin Noise explained

While reading Tomorrow x 3 I came across this term and didn’t know what it meant. This short explainer video helped me understand the more complex wikipedia entry.


A diagram of Perlin Noise showing grayscale blocks randomized

January 5, 2023

A diagram of flow

That sweet spot in the middle. / via Rachel


Diagram of flow showing the channel between anxiety and boredom

January 4, 2023

Simon Collison’s 2022 in music

I'm still sifting through year end lists to find new things to read, play and listen to. Colly’s collection is presented so darn good.


Top albums of 2022 collected by Simon Collison

January 3, 2023

The Smile Tiny Desk Concert

Thom Yorke in 2023 looks like a Thom Yorke sent from the future to warn present-day Thom Yorke about machines subjugating humanity in an oncoming dystopia. - @Steven_Hyden


The Smile perform at NPR's tiny desk concert

Tina’s 2023 Intentions

SwissMiss had a birthday, and she kicked it off with intent and goals and fortitude. Also of note, her call to find ways to celebrate her 50th: The responses are gold.


January 2, 2023

Nicholas Britell: Knowing the score

Kevin Fanning’s post about making variations of the Andor theme reminded me of this segment on CBS Sunday Morning about the composer behind Succession, Andor and a slew of other music for shows and movies.


Snapshot of composer Nicholas Britell

December 31, 2022

Some Wonderful Things From 2022

One of the highlights of the year was seeing Jason Kottke return to regular posting after sabbatical. He wraps up some of the good things from the year. Also, sabbaticals should be way more common.


Atlantic Ocean and rocky shore

100 things that made Austin Kleon’s 2022

I dig how Austin blends experiences and moments in his year end list. Mental note: Start a list like that for 2023.


A collage by Austin Kleon that represents his favorite things of 2022

The Cross Cut’s favorite movies of 2022

Filing this away as there are both overlaps with my favorites and lots of flicks to add to the list. / via Yewknee


A still from the movie After Yang

A Year of Culture

Dan Sinker has a new blog (yay). His last post for this year collects things he’s read, watched, heard, and experienced that made the year better.


Little Devil book cover

December 29, 2022

A series of Garden Offices

Been daydreaming of a dedicated space for making things outside of the house. CJ Chilvers’ collection of small workspaces and cabins is inspiring.


A workspace cabin in snowy woods

December 19, 2022

Argentina wins the World Cup

Gastón Abril Rotger captures scenes of celebration on the streets of Buenos Aires.


Celebrations for the 2022 World Up in the streets of Argentina

December 16, 2022


Paul Cocksedge’s installation in the UK tips a hat to the metal-working and textile history of the building and area. It’s quite lovely. / via Dezeen


Long swaths of metal loop from a ceiling in a large indoor space

Excerpts from an interview with Lynda Barry

Brandon Schaefer shares some great snippets that inspire reading the full NYTimes interview.


A portrait of Lynda Barry by Mamadi Doumbouya

December 13, 2022

She, un cuento de J&B

It's an ad. And it's _really_ touching. Translated description: ”There can always be room at the table for acceptance, respect and, above all, celebration.”


J&B advert

December 12, 2022

I want to go to Sweden and have some fries

And a burger. Delighted by this identity by Kurppa Hosk. Also, I want to play Wipeout again. / via Brand New


Visual identity representing color and type in 3d landscape with characters of cheese, fries, onions, ketchup and mustard

December 9, 2022

Santa Is a Psychedelic Mushroom

Smitten with the story and production of this piece by Mathew Salton with additional animation by James Bascara.


Colorful illustration of a reindeer head on a bright yellow background

December 8, 2022

How to be a writer on a marketing team without sounding like a jerk

”How would you tell your best friend about it?” and oodles of other good nuggets from Matt Haughey.


How to be a writer on a marketing team without sounding like a jerk

December 7, 2022

Austin Kleon on the passing of Tom Phillips

Admission: I didn't know of Tom Phillips until he was gone. More from The Art Newspaper and Slipped Disc


An older fella works at a desk filled with instruments for making art

The origin of TV dinners

I watched this video on TV while eating (a homemade) dinner. I fondly remember the cherry pie compartment from my youth.


TV dinner with turkey and gravy, peas, French fries and baked apples

December 6, 2022

A community isn’t a garden, it’s a bar.

I nodded all along the cases that Derek Powazek presents and concludes. “Online communities are bars and we should admit that and start building the diverse, engaging, and safe gathering places we deserve.”


A crowded bar

December 2, 2022

NPR’s Books We Love 2022

So pretty indeed. Love the cumulative sort feature to boot. / via Ben Werdmuller


Book covers from 2022

November 30, 2022

Design System Advent Calendar

I trust whatever insight Dan Mall shares about Design Systems will be actionable and extremely valuable. (I also dig this format as it seems like it won’t be overwhelming!)


Design System Advent Calendar with sample emails mocked up in a mobile phone

Kazam Magazine

Speaking the Eames Institute, they have a (virtual) magazine to share stories about people, projects, and ideas that are shaping a better tomorrow. I kinda wish it was a real magazine, had an RSS feed or both!


Hands screen print an abstract print with orange and blue rectangles

Jim Stoten’s sketchbook

Jim once thought about his sketchbook as an enjoyable way to waste time. I’m glad the Eames Institute sponsored this video which was an enjoyable way to get inspired. More goodness on Jim’s website.


Photo illustration of Jim Stoten with drawings of horses and fruits and abstract shapes

November 26, 2022


A fantastic growing directory of personal blogs organized by Phil Gyford. / as seen all over the feeds


Categories of blogs

November 25, 2022

Why Japan’s internet looks very different

This video by Sabrina Cruz is dense and mind-blowing from multiple angles. (I've been working on Japanese websites of late.) As Andy Baio notes, the addendum is well worth a visit.


Cloud of website designs organized by style

The work of Dan Zucco

Read this article about delight in product design and enjoyed the illustrations by Dan Zucco. He’s got a class on Domestika that looks quite good.


3D geometric shapes form a colorful pattern

November 22, 2022

Why keep blogging?

The sentiments here apply to so many different practices. Austin’s thoughts from 2 years ago hold up well. Nice to revisit, thanks to Michael Rill


A stack of journals next to a typewriter

Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sculptures

Went down a rabbit hole watching and listening to this. / via Drew Daniel


Metal rods that vibrate and makes sounds

James Turrell at the Catskill Art Space

This installation seems very much like his work in Naoshima, Japan (a favorite of all time). Bucket listing to go here. Bonus: Great photos by Noah Kalina in the article.


Dim room with glowing blue rectangle

November 21, 2022

Juicy Marbles

Plant-based, marbleized meats and a _very_ hip website. Pricey, but whoa, advances in food technology! / via Uncrate


Juicy Marbles

Kristy Sellars on America’s Got Talent

She's billed as a pole dancer, but it's more than that. And her performance transcends the annoying way this television show is edited.


A woman on stage at the beginning of a pole dance

Just say no to logo

An appeal for a better design vocabulary from a favorite professor from OSU, Paul Nini. Get to know the difference between a logo, brandmark and then some. / Thanks DJ!


Parts of a logo include logotype, brandmark and signature.