An afternoon with Lynda Barry

Mitchell Volk gathers five tidbits in his newsletter. Each one is a full complete meal in itself.

Lynda Barry at her desk

This is a thread about love

And how creativity should be valued, and sticking together — by Gary Taxali.

A heart

Recapturing early-internet whimsy with HTML

Digging the six projects that MIT links in this piece about personal, whimsical and artistic web sites and explorations. Saving to savor after work!

Digital garden

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!

An explosion of flowers in a bouquet

Brand bentos

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

Hazel identity Bento box mood board

The Artists and Cartoonists Who Designed Pee-wee Herman’s World – Part One

This is only part one!? Subscribing to The Comics Journal to get alerted of future parts. A trove that already feels like it could fill a book. / via Yewknee

Sketches from Pee Wee's character design

Portfolio games

Ana Cuna’s website features an option to view illustration projects through a variety of games. Everything about this is delightful, including all the featured work.

Portfolio of Ana Cuna on cards

Mystique Astrology kit by Mattel

Far out 70's psychedelic cartoon vibes on this binder filled with astrological charts and wheels and man I dig it.

Mystique Astrology Kit cover by Mattel with psychedelic pop illustrations of the zodiac wheel

Muharrem Şenyıl was searching for well-designed decks for inspiration and realized there was no dedicated place for them, so he made one.

Thumbnails for pitch and brand guideline decks

Some facts about flight

In a chill dimensional web experience / via an article about depth scrolling

Illustration of plane against dimensional clouds

Chorzów Activity Zone

I was enamored by the drone shot of this park, but the more I see the more I want to go to there.

Chorzów Activity zone playground photographed from above

Framed, a visual collection

I see these shapes all over design these days and I think it’s fun. But definitely a pattern. Elizabeth Goodspeed has other nice collections of the moment, like Squishy Type, Picture in Picture and Stack.

Girl Scout mockup of outdoor posters

Ellen Voorheis

Enjoyed wandering through Ellen’s work (and this collaboration with Saft Rodeo). Brightened up a lovely rainy morning. / via New Commute

Abstract colorful scultpture

Backstage Disneyland

Cabel Sasser collected oodles of “Backstage Disneyland” newsletters distributed to Disney park employees (cast members), scanned them in (really well) and uploaded to the Internet Archive. Worth it for the covers but when you dig into each issue it is a gargantuan trove of inspiration, visually and content-wise.

Backstage Disney magazine cover with illustration of a flower in pot

Loose Ends

Volunteers complete craft projects that loved ones have left behind. Heard about this on NPR and immediately thought of the pile of quilts my mom left pieced together but not finished.

Person holding knit blanket

CSS Zen Garden is 20 today

Admission, I never was good at CSS. I made things with tables and visual editors. But the CSS Zen Garden taught me how to see, understand and articulate CSS. Dave Shea reflects a bit on how important it was (and still is). I'm linking to Andrew Lohman’s contribution, but really the joy is in clicking around the archives at how others re-interpret the page!

Sample page on CSS Zen Garden with mid-century modern design by Andrew Lohman

Fridge-worthy moments

Loved the bit on Jacobi’s home page that lists fridge-worthy moments (some with links to fill in the gaps). Filing this as inspiration to consider in reflection and also looking forward!

Graphics and photos on the home page of a website for Jacobi

Pull quotes by Jonathan Hoefler

Inspiration and nice type make a good marriage. / via a reply to Merlin’s Wisdom Limo


Naz Hamid’s personal website

For a long time this domain linked to other online homes for Naz. During the pandemic it started to evolve. Now it is a new destination unto itself. Thoughtful details abound.

Naz Hamid’s home page

The 2023 Type Trends Report by Monotype

There are waves of vibe that crash into our visual shores through type. Monotype always collects keen perspectives for a surf report. / via Brand New

Type Trends Report 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Library of Congress: Dietmar Winkler

Reminding myself of the trove that is the Library of Congress site, thanks to Antonio of AisleOne.

Screen grab of Library of Congress website with search results for Dietmar Winkler

Yuni Yoshida’s promo for エルピス

Those aren't glitches, those are stacks of books, pads of paper and writing instruments. Think that's neat? Enjoy lots more of their work.

Poster for television program with three characters framed by what appears to be digital glitches but are physical items

Nothing great is made alone

Wonderful work from Collins sharing the Figma story. Bonus? Reading the "+ Project Information" backstory to get a sense of the journey.

Nothing great is made alone

Paul Rand’s Logo Presentation Books

A trove of logo concept books from Rand. Many of these identity studies weren't approved. Still great to peruse.

Spread from a logo presentation for a new Ford logo. A model T in red is part of the composition

Visions Not Previously Seen

Barbara “Bobbie” Stauffacher Solomon mixed Swiss graphic design principles with West Coast Pop art stylings, essentially creating supergraphics, and in doing so shaped the history of design. / Revisiting this link for inspiration

Graphic design by Barbara Stuaffacher. Very minimal geometric shapes and san serif type on a white 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


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

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.

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

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"

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


New type design practice and foundry from Erik Marinovich. Just cruise around the specimens pages to get a solid dose of vibrant type goodness.

A graphic design layout showcasing fonts by NuForm

How Brian Lovin’s site works

Whoa. This is densely awesome. A personal website that operates somewhat like an OS. Thoroughly engaging and inspiring.

A screenshot of a personal website

Be My Eyes

This is awesome. An app that instantly connects a blind person with a sighted volunteer who can tell them what’s in front of them via screen sharing.

A person holds up a mobile phone camera pointed at a bike

Merlin’s GitHub of wisdom

Whenever you meet someone new, ask them what they're most excited about right now. Everyone interesting is excited about something right now, and they'd probably love to tell you about it. (And many more!)

Random bits of wisdom typed out in white letters on a black background

Risolve Studio

Print and design studio run by husband and wife team Sebastian and Lyndsey Burke. They do everything from prints to books/zines. Filing away for later!

Up close detail of Riso printing

Everything around you

Apple tips their hat to Steve Jobs 10 years after his passing. A moving short video.

A black and white photo of Steve Jobs at a prototype computer

An interview with Frank Oz

There's some heaviness in this conversation with puppeteer and director Frank Oz, but I wish it was three times longer. And Stepford Wives wasn't that bad of a movie.

A black and white photo of a man with a mustache, a bear puppet and a pig puppet with lovely hair

The Gap by Ira Glass

I've heard this audio a handful of times and seen it visualized perhaps more than once. But it never fails to remind me of the work. / via @misterbisson

Burlap print with the words "THE GAP" on a line

Group X branding

An anonymous group of artists and curators making things happen in Philly. Now with a fine identity to mask their identity. Always solid seeing what Smith & Diction make. / via Under Consideration

Group X by Smith and Diction

Gergely Gizella’s personal website

Is unlike any I have experienced. / via

A still from an animated personal website

My friend is a wizard

I can't wait til Erik gets his second vaccine and the fluorescent ombre beard he has dreamed about for years. But for now? I'm excited right alongside.

An old wizard in a hat

Yamato Groups identity refresh

The presentation of this update is as lovely as every element combined. / via UnderConsideration

Yamato Group new symbol mark on a truck

Plus Equals

A quarterly zine in which Rob Weychert explores algorithmic art with a focus on combinatorics.

Visual pieces combined to make new forms

A thread about how videogames can change a life

Sometimes Twitter showing what your friends liked is a very good thing. Also? Firewatch is a great experience!

A sunset in a videogame

Bad Feeling

Editorial project fetching entries from online forums related to emotional and psychological struggles. / via Fonts in Use

Ram’s Palettes

Colours taken from Dieter Rams legendary production collection for Braun. Made by Chad Ashley. / via Paul Bausch

Dieter Ram's palettes

12 Legendary BMWs

I'm mostly here for the graphic illustrations / via AirBag

BMW supercars

3:45 PM

A lovely animation indeed. "Don't live in the grand scheme of things"

“YOU&ME&ME&YOU” mural by Anthony Burrill

So simple, so good.

You&Me&You&Me Mural

Block Studio

Greg Storey posted a link to this site for design agency site and though I can't read it, I love how different it is.

Nix & Kix

Admiration for a very nice logo with some good tangential links.