July 1, 2022

McDonald’s POV: 5 Minutes of Lunch Rush

I thought it was just the algorithm taunting me, but I guess these first hand videos by Stephen Patula are getting around. I find these mesmerizing. Also, living wages should be the thing.


First person view making food at McDonalds

Mndsgn “Truth Interlude”

A bit more of Ardhira Putra's illustration paired with some smooth sounds to close out the week.


Animated blue muscle car in a midcentury modern location with palm trees and a hotel sign

Ardhira Putra

It’s Nice That profiles this Jakarta-based illustrator and motion designer and I’m super digging the vibes.


A brightly colored illustration of a person or robot helmet surrounded by type in Japanese and other fantastic items

June 30, 2022

Fire from Elements lll movement

Composed by Katerina Gimon. Performed by the 2022 TMEA Texas All-State Treble Choir under the direction of Dr Lynda Hasseler. This is powerful. / thanks Henry


A female choir

June 29, 2022

Rio Carnaval logo generator

It's fun even if you don't speak Portuguese (microphone access is optional) / via Under Consideration’s review


Rio Carnaval logo generator interface

The photography and words of Ronny Salerno

Used to follow his former blog and delighted to find he activity maintains an expansive personal site. Every section is filled with near endless awesomeness.


A Mondrian like grid of colorful minimalistic Lego models

Golden Gate Bridge in type

Lovely letterpress print by Cameron Moll coming soon. Pre-orders of the limited edition open now.


Golden Gate Bridge artwork made of typography

June 28, 2022

Perfect Stranger

Mellow, quiet, yearning duet by John Mark Nelson and Sofia Mills (Thanks TikTok)


A woman sings into a microphone with a man with a beard waits to join the chorus

June 27, 2022

How to Temporarily Disable Face ID or Touch ID

It's very simple on iOS to bypass biometric authentication and require the passcode.


Touch ID Home Button on mobile phone


A free to use, edit, extend crowdfunding tool for Shopify with multiple goals and variants as campaign tiers by Craig Mod. (Excellent video tutorial to boot!) / via Kevin Kelley's post about The Proprietary Path


Screenshot of a crowdfunding website tool

The Necessity of Hope

Mariame Kaba reminds us that “hope is a discipline.” It is also a political strategy and a survival mechanism.


Black and white photograph of a pro-choice demonstration. A woman holds a sign that says "WE WON'T GO BACK"

June 24, 2022

Joan Shelley’s New Songs Soothe Old Wounds

“These actions are small, she said, like writing new songs to process old wounds. But maybe they prove more meaningful than submitting to darkness.” Listening now. Thanks Zan


A woman in a blue dress stands in the middle of a barn interior

A Trail Tale

Andy Moliski is hiking the Appalachian Trail. With the help of his two brothers he's sharing the journey in real time through an amazing website that defies category. Be sure to check out the journal. / via Things to Click


Screengrab of a pixelated adventure with a bearded hiker walking through a lush small town

June 22, 2022

Imaginary Beverage Reviews

"Reviews of products that mostly do not exist..." as Kevin Fanning puts it, "This is so dumb, But maybe it’s not totally dumb?" (but it's also about just writing, you know, for fun.)


The Ones

CW&T's favorite things based on guiding principles of simplicity, timelessness and long lasting design. / via belong


A hand holds a 10 outlet power strip

10,000 years of branding

Explained in 6 minutes by Debbie Millman. Many favorite moments, including this beautiful stretch: "Branding has become a profound manifestation of the human spirit."


A woman sits in a chair on a white rolling backdrop of paper in front of a library of books

June 21, 2022

Brooke DiDonato’s photography

Immediately smitten with Brooke's calm and warped perspective / thanks SwissMiss


A woman in a teal dress stands in a green lawn holding a garden hose spraying her face with water

Bernina Express

I saw the photos in this tweet and promptly started researching this panoramic Swiss rail line that goes up into the alps and back down into Italy.


A red train with large panoramic windows heads off through fir trees with the Alps in the background


Explore the map, pick a place and listen to natural soundscapes, learn about the habitat and related charities. / via Dense Discovery


Painting of a sunset behind waters and hills

June 20, 2022

Catherine Madden’s woven tapestry

This journey map captures a year of highs and lows in 2020, part of a workshop with Eugene Eric Kim.


A woven textile with line charts representing the highs and lows of a year


Hypnotic browser/mobile puzzle game using satellite images and a soundtrack from Space Shuttle recordings / by Nadya Suvorova


Circular puzzle using satellite imagery

‘Otomo’ at the Royal Albert Hall

Bonobo close their 5 night residency at the Royal Albert Hall with Anna Lapwood on pipe organ. Her expression of joy is beyond doubt. I can only image how those 9,999 pipes sound irl.


A close up of a woman playing the pipe organ the the Royal Albert Hall

Lego Galaxy Explorer

Agreeing 100% with Greg Storey that I'm here for Lego revisiting classic themes. Related: The upcoming Lion Knight Castle.


A Lego spaceship superimposed over a real photograph of stars at night


Radically optimize image file sizes with this Mac app or web service. I've used this before but it wasn't until I asked Naz how he got his photographs so wonderfully compressed that it all clicked. Now a tool in my everyday workflow.


App Icon showing a mechanical vice compression a digital image

June 17, 2022

Canvas Cards

A gallery of card designs created with the HTML Canvas element and JavaScript with editable code to tweak and generate new variants. Created by Luke Patton


Randomly generated card designs

Green Mountain Falls Skyspace

A James Turrell installation in Colorado that you have to hike to. #bucketlist / via Michael Sippey


Ant art installation with a square cut in the ceiling to frame the sky

June 16, 2022

8 photography principles of Jim Marsden

Actually this list isn't about photography, it's about seeing and being / thanks Sean


Six cards with black and white illustrations of landscapes

June 15, 2022

Best colors for resale value of a vehicle

They're brighter than you think (yellow?! orange!). I chuckled at the new to me term "The German Rainbow"


An illustration of colorful cars from above

The expanded San Francisco font family

The base type for Apple OS gets more expressive style widths with a great overview of how and why to use each. / via Merlin who says "This man has amazing hair"


Variations of the letter a in width and weight

June 11, 2022

What do you want to add?

MetroCard top off / existential crisis


A metro card balance screen that reads "What do you want to add?" with two buttons below. One button says "Add Value" the other "Add Time"

June 10, 2022

Don’t just write words

Write music.


A screen grab of an instagram post that encourages writing sentence of varying lengths

Insprial web

Nathan Friend brought Spirograph to the browser (and an app). / via Sidebar


Electronic version of spirograph, where two cogs interact to create patterns

June 9, 2022


Back-office for a Business-of-One, including company formation, tax, accounting and bookkeeping services. Not available in Ohio yet, but this looks v promising. / via Erik


A stylized logo with the letter C made of many small circles


A variable font built around an axis of photographic exposure / thanks K!


Screen grab showing the variable nature of a font called Exposure that opens or closes like an aperture

June 8, 2022

pocket operator

Teenage Engineering created a pocket operator app to sequence sound and video (for Google Pixel phones). No real idea what this does, but I love their approach to interface design.


June 6, 2022

AR Art Projector

App that blends an image on your phone with video of your pencil / paintbrush to draw. Once set, you can even zoom around. Fascinating. Da Vinci Eye has another app for murals too.


A phone shows a blend of a photograph and a pencil drawing a picture from it

Prompts plus powerful AI

Two examples show another approach of how tools like Dall•E can generate imagery


An image of a man's face closely cropped on one side, and what appears to be a zoomed out photo of the same man dressed as a sushi chef (but it's not real, it's made from AI)

June 3, 2022

New Commute

Always looking for new music and super enjoying the singles and playlists of New Commute thanks to posts by Wolf Bomb


A colorful drawing of Mediterranean folks dancing for an album by Ko Shin Moon

What people think pride is…

vs. what pride actually is. An expanded notion by Jess Bird


Rainbow colors drawn in a circle divided in two with the word rainbows on one side and parades on the other

Asking AI to generate some logos

Janelle Shane's AI Weirdness blog is great. This particular post makes me wondering about job security.


An In and Out burger sign as interpreted by AI... (All of the signs are whacky and misspelled.)

June 2, 2022

The first Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade

Held in New York City, New York, on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. / via Nayland Blake


A flyer for Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day in NYC on June 28, 1970

June 1, 2022

Aaron Draplin Wake & Make Challenge

Closed out a day of computers & zooms & needed to do something & didn't want to think about it. This 5 minute type drawing exercise from Draplin hit the spot. (The thing I made isn't very good.)


handwritten words that spell out "Wake & Make, May 25, 2022 Good Type"

Song Link / Odesli

Automatically scours major streaming platforms to share links for songs, albums and podcasts. I no longer have to link to YouTube videos! (I do fear if the service will exist much longer after a Linktree acquisition...) / via Andy Bell


An icon of interconnected music notes above a grid of album covers

May 31, 2022

The greatest output of your careers will be relationships

The list of ”10 things I wish every design student knew“ by Cameron Moll holds up incredibly well over time, but also? Works for every profession.


A man in a black jacket stands in front of a classroom

May 30, 2022

Touch screens in cars are not good

This entire article can be summed up by the title. Don't get me wrong, as soon as fully autonomous vehicles are a real thing? Screens everywhere!


An illustration of a figure trapped inside a screen

May 28, 2022

Hymn for the Hurting

A poem by Amanda Gorman with illustration by Angie Wang


An illustration of two figures embracing in grief

May 26, 2022

Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown advocates for gun safety measures in state legislatures across the US, providing a breakdown of laws by state alongside a list of solutions. It's hard to think of anything else.


A group of women with signs protesting lax gun laws in America

The Night in Bloom

I'd love to visit the Praise Show Art Gallery in Brookline to see Oliver Jeffers latest paintings and get lost in the stars


A painting of colorful galaxies and stars

The New Walden

A hardcover edition of Thoreau’s book, annotated, designed and illustrated.


A book with a design that has these words on the cover "Henry David Thoreau - When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, Ilived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which Thad built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again."

May 25, 2022

Zander Moricz’s curly hair

Florida high school class president Zander Moricz was told by his school that they would cut his microphone if he said “gay” in his grad speech, so he replaced gay with “having curly hair.” 👏👏👏


May 24, 2022

1940’s NYC

Between 1939 and 1941, the Works Progress Administration collected photographs of most buildings in the five boroughs of New York City. Here they are digitized and tagged by Julian Boilen. / via Yewknee


Photo of the stock exchange in NYC in the 40's with a digital overhead map of the area


It's like Zoom, but funner apparently, breaking out of boxes and adding filters, music, and games.


A whacky circle of videos with filters for video conferencing

Shyness of the crown

I've seen this before but saving in hopes I remember this phenomenon. Gaps in the treetops curb the spread of insects, parasitic vines, or infectious disease and improve access to light. (Postnote: Likely saw this on Kottke years ago)


Looking up at trees from below where their canopy forms complex shapes but never touch

Great Biking Cities

And which trails to ride in Copenhagen, Bogotá, New York City, Paris, Washington, D.C., Geneva, San Francisco / via Belong


Two folks bike on a bridge in Paris on a sunny day

Circus alphabet by Corita Kent

Saw these prints scroll by and fell down a colorful rabbit hole. Learned a few things more about Kent in these additional footnotes, including insight behind the circus series.


Colorful prints by Corita Kent featuring letters from the alpha bet and circus imagery

Read books as a trampoline for the imagination

Dev Aujla when he regards his library each morning, (there are) "1100 different rooms that I could walk into." / via SwissMiss


Shelves in a home filled with books

May 23, 2022

Snakes of Wrath

Young Jerks sure can build momentum. This is one of the most striking landing pages for a future Kickstarter game I've seen.


An illustration of game tiles with red and black snake sections

May 21, 2022

TVA Multifunctional Computer

JK Captain made gorgeous renders of the desktop terminal in the Loki tv series. / via pb


A futuristic render of a retro computer with a circular CRT monitor and lots of colorful physical buttons, wires, knobs, switches and keyboard

May 20, 2022

Dave Rupert’s bookshelf

Tucking this sortable page of books read (or listened to) in my virtual folder of personal website inspiration. / via a secret RSS post in a roundabout way


Screencap of the bookshelf section of Dave Rupert's personal website

May 19, 2022

Jean Jullien Monograph

I'd display this book with the cover exposed. It's so delightful. And then there's the insides!


An orange book with cover with a minimal illustration of a face with a bright and curious expression