August 5, 2022

3 approaches to solving problems

Appreciate these reminders gleaned from Steve Jobs - 1.) Zoom Out 2.) Focus In 3.) Disconnect

Photo illustration of Steve Jobs looking happy on a beige background

Emma Bers

Dig the life and humanity of Emma’s graphic design. Bonus interview on It’s Nice That: If I’m Not Having Fun I Scrap It.

Colorful loose graphic design posters

The Other Forty-Eight States

This joke about Marvel's universe of movies mixed with Sufjan Stevens made me laugh. I doubt it's funny to many.

A fake screencap of a Marvel presentation at ComicCon that touts the release of Sufjan Stevens albums

Pick & Cheese

The world’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant in the heart of London’s West End. You know, if I ever get to London and see that ABBA show. / via Matt Haughey

A conveyor belt with cheese instead of sushi

Ace Hotel Toronto

Swiped through photos on Uncrate and added this place to the bucket list. More snapshots and insight on dezeen

A modern hotel bar interior with concrete forms

Customize a Hawaiian shirt with your pet

A convergence of things I appreciate very much

A Hawaiian shirt with cat faces tucked behind palm leaves


A digital moodboard organized in chapters, and publish a new one whenever the mood strikes by Joshua Blankenship. For when you need some visual vibes in your #moodscrolling #ffffound

A mood board of cool graphics

August 4, 2022

Right On! A Documentary on Student Protest

AIGA has a solid deep dive (and video thumbing through pages) of this distilling reports of campus protests. David L. Burke's design keeps the vibe of a zine in a paperback format. It's gorgeous.

August 3, 2022

Practice any art…

music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

A loose drawing of a man's face with the words Kurt Vonnegut

August 2, 2022

Todd Oldham’s Place in the Poconos

As my friend Thor mentioned when sharing this link, "More is more."

An eclectic living room with colorful couch and a dog sitting on the back

July 29, 2022

An interview with Mike Mills about C’mon C’mon

Just watched this movie (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) and it was soul filling with lovely, quiet performances and emotion. Been trying to devour more about it and this interview helped expand the concepts.

Black and white still from a movie where a man in a white button down shirt carries a young man on his back in the midst of a parade in New Orleans

The Future Belongs To What Was As Much As What Is

Colorful typo/graphic gatehouse installation by Morag Myerscough and poet Ellen Moran in northern England

Colorfully designed gateway filled with type, graphics and messages of belonging

July 18, 2022

Hyundai N Vision 74

I don't think about sports cars too much because I generally couldn't fit in them if I tried, but dang Hyundai's design team is on fire.

A futuristic sports car concept

July 15, 2022

Italy’s Digital Nomad Visas

Work a year remotely in Italy? That sounds lovely! / via Bernie Michalik

Colorful buildings on a small street in Italy

July 14, 2022

Hasbro Selfie Series

It's pricey ($60), but just the fact that it's possible to get a good 3D scan from a phone and get an action figure made is really neato. It'll get cheaper.

A person smiles and holds an action figure with a 3D printed model of their face on the toy

July 11, 2022

Cluster SMACS 0723

Looking into space for a moment. More insights at Colossal

Galaxies in space

Love Every Body

A touching thread and moving last words / via SwissMiss

A man sits at a Waffle House and attaches a note to cash that says "Love Every Body"

July 8, 2022

Text to speech with a AI voice generator. (The pro versions sound particularly good.) / via John Maeda

Illustrations of users with different use cases for AI generated audio including an educator, marketer, author, corporate coach and broadcaster

Cevallos Bros

Hand painted posters. Serving Queens, NY & beyond for 50 years. Their Instagram is a good start but follow it up with this profile in the New Yorker. / thanks Thor!

Hand drawn poster with a ViewMaster, E.T., blue sleeveless shirt, red armchair and a rainbow mug with the words "Everyday is a treasure hunt Let's go!"

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