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

May 18, 2022

Bionic Reading

The most concise parts of words are set in bold which, in theory, guides the eye and increases comprehension. Intrigued to try this with longer text. / via @LukesBeard


A block of text where the first few letters of each word is set in a bold

May 17, 2022

2022 Brand New Conference

Mesmerized by the dynamic type. The introduction of variables to typography is opening up some many wonderful doors. But this? This is a Whole. 'Nother. Level. More details about the identity.


expressive parts of letters set in red on a bright teal background

The final dance in Dirty Dancing

...but they’re dancing to The Muppet Show theme tune. / thanks for the bright spot Doug


A woman in a white tulle dress is lifted above a male dancer with her arms outstretched

May 16, 2022

Whimbrel Stamp Alphabet (and font)

Alex Tomlinson developed a font based on a 1940's Bird Lore magazine and a set of stamps to boot.


A bird for each letter of the alphabet illustrated on different stamps

May 13, 2022

Yann Kebbi Sketches a Mike Mills Movie

For his film C'mon C'mon, Mills engaged French artist Yann Kebbi to roam freely around the sets and draw whatever he wanted. I need to see this movie and these drawings are lovely. / via Alan Jacobs


A loose colorful sketch of people dancing through Los Angeles

Hiroshima EP

Simon Collison created something that's hard to encapsulate. In one breath, it's an EP of atmospheric music, but as you dig deeper you find it's a diary, a love letter and a reflection, a different way to experience a place.


An audio cassette with a photo of a Japanese train titled "Hiroshima"

Landscaping to save water (and time)

Very much want to learn about native, environmentally friendly and low maintenance landscaping. Like this, but for Ohio!


A natural looking landscaped backyard

May 12, 2022

Lego Optimus Prime

Srsly just had to catch my breath reading these words while waiting for the page to load. / via jasonsantamaria


A Lego robot made of parts of a semi truck

IDCA ’72 Posters Program

Feeling very Helvetica flush left this morning. / simple beauty via Carl Collins


Posters designed with minimalism and helvetica

May 10, 2022

Timo Kuilder Rain Poncho

This would make any rainy day about 500% better


A rain pancho with a design made of blue birds

National Parks Poster

by Steve Wolf Designs. Dig.


Yellow and black poster with icons for U.S. National Parks

My 16 Favourite Finder Tips for Mac

I thought I knew MacOS well, but almost every single item on Rory Bowcott's list was an a-ha! / via another link on Belong


A MacOS Finder window with contextual menu open to batch rename files

May 9, 2022

Caitlin Keegan’s Corita Kent Series

Colorful visual interpretations of Some Rules for Students and Teachers / via Doug Wilson


Illustrator with beakers that reads "Consider Everything An Experiment"

May 7, 2022


Another _excellent_ music video by Autumn de Wilde for Florence + The Machine. Bill Nighy stars as Florence’s anxiety.


A man and a woman seated in front of painted flowers that form a heart

May 5, 2022

GO Logic 1100 Model

As John Maeda put it, “Prefab homes have come a long way.”


A modern prefabricated home with solar panels at dusk.


Kathryn texted after a tour, "Okay put Tillamook creamery on your bucket list"... Done.


A shop inside the Tillamook headquarters in Portland

May 4, 2022

Behind the Mac: Skywalker Sound

The enthusiasm from these sound designers is delightful.


A black and white still from a video interviewing sound designers for Star Wars

13 corporations have spent $15 million supporting anti-abortion politicians

Coca-Cola, Amazon, Google, AT&T, CVS, Walmart, GM, Verizon, Citi, Comcast, Walgreens, Wells Fargo and T-Mobile


Logos for Coca-Cola, Amazon, Google, AT&T, CVS, Walmart, GM, Verizon, Citi, Comcast, Walgreens and T-Mobile

The Star Wars

Diggin that hand drawn Lucasfilm logo


The cover of a script with the words "THE STAR WARS" drawn in a fanciful way.

Every Day Goal Calendar

Simone Giertz has a new store and one of the products is this electronic goal tracking calendar that was previously a Kickstarter project. She also has a fun white puzzle and some other items of note!


A person touches a date on an electronic wall calendar that displays every day of a year in rows of months and lights up when you select a day

May 3, 2022

Plan C

Up-to-date information on how people in the U.S. may access abortion pills online. / via Waxy


PLAN C logo

Keep Abortion Legal

Been fuming all day over the leaked Supreme Court draft that puts women in danger. So I made some posters. Apologies to type friends who are much better at this.


Keep Abortion Legal

How to block domains from search results

Luke Harris has a good rundown of options. I just installed the uBlacklist browser extension and I might never have to see an image result from Pinterest or iStockphoto again. Glory!


A preference panel for a browser extension to block websites from showing up in searches

May 2, 2022

Bjørn Karmann’s Occlusion Grotesque

Typeface carved into the bark of a tree. As the tree grows, it deforms the letters and outputs new design variations, that are captured annually. / via Yewknee


A man sits on a chair in the woods and carves an alphabet into a tree trunk

May 1, 2022

Cool things people do with their blogs

A lovely collection from Wouter Groeneveld of many folks building interesting features into their personal sites / via Yewknee


Cool Things People Do With Their Blogs

April 29, 2022

Noto Emoji

An open-source emoji font in multiple weights (and a single color, even the flags). Jennifer Daniel has the deets and download link.


Rows of single color emoji depicting a chick emerging from egg, unicorn, flower, alien, tire, and pita sandwich

April 28, 2022

The New Exhibition

Online showcase shining a light on work of Ukrainian designers, illustrators, animators and other creatives / thumbnail by Grabko Ivan / via It's Nice That


Abstract painting with vivid pastel colors

Would I do it tomorrow?

One way to gauge participation is to ask this question. Thing is? I'd invariably say yes to more if it meant I could cancel what was already planned.


Sunrise over mist and mountains

April 27, 2022

Excel, an overlooked design tool

I've done a pretty good job of making Powerpoint look good, but this is next level stuff. / via Sidebar


An infographic of a circle chart and bar chart

Fall On Me

Thanks to the podcast I just listened to, I'm reminded of what was certainly my introduction to R.E.M. with their of their first music videos for this song.


A grab from a music video. It is a black and white photo with the word FALL written in orange capital letters

A conversation between Rick Rubin and Michael Stipe

This episode of the Broken Record podcast digs into the formative years of R.E.M. and potential future projects / via @davidpurcell505


A man with glasses tilts his head off to the side. He is wearing a blue t-shirt and navy blazer.

April 26, 2022

Waffle Game

Took me three days to figure out what was going on, but this is one of the Wordle variants that hits a sweet spot of gameplay and challenge. / via Emily


A word game with tiles that are colored light gray, yellow and green forming four connected squares

April 25, 2022

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Need to pay off my current ride and drive it for many more years. But I like to dream of what the next vehicle will be and this new EV from Hyundai presses a lot of buttons (and kept a few important controls as real knobs).


The rear view of an electric vehicle with LED brake lights

April 23, 2022

Seth Werkheiser

I'm working on a blogroll tag and porting folks over from RSS. First up is Seth. He blogs about running, the music business, metal, promoting yourself (or band) and bright colors.


A graphical tritone treatment of a man adjusting his glasses

April 21, 2022

TX-6 Field Mixer

I have little idea what this device does, but I want to press all the buttons, slide all the sliders and turn all the knobs. I also want Teenage Engineering to build a car.


A hand holds are small electronic music mixer with various buttons, sliders and knobs

24 Hours in the Creative Life

Advice to young, mid or late career artists. Many favorites but "Learn how to advocate for yourself." from Joaquina Kalukango is a standout this morning.


A graphic that reads "24 Hours in the Creative Life"

April 20, 2022

Contra Chrome

Online webcomic by Leah Elliott that exposes what really happens when you use the Chrome browser (and other Google services). Be sure to use the arrow pagination tool and not the 'skip to the end' button.


A few introductory panels from a webcomic about Google Chrome. A man holds a tabbed browser window with a speech bubble that reads "Hi, my name is Scott McCloud! I'm a cartoonist and comics scholar. Back in 2008, I created a comic book for Google explaining the inner workings of their soon-to-be-released new browser, Chrome."

A detailed look at a crater on Mars

After watching this I immediately went down a rabbit hole learning about water on Mars.


Photograph of a Martian crater

More thoughts about drawing

Went deep into Ralph Ammer’s website. Here’s some of his writing about drawing. He also has sections for design and philosophy. It’s all so good!


Black and white drawing animation of two pens drawing curved and looping lines

Mallory McMorrow is fired up

As she should be. The current Republican playbook is rotten to the core. We need to raise our voices in unison.


A screen capture of a woman on Senate TV speaking into a microphone

How drawing helps you think

Ralph Ammer’s 17 minute talk about drawing is delightful on many levels, part of which are the animations to illustrate his points.


A drawing of a figure underneath stars and an abstract constellation