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!
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!
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.
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
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).
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)
Smith & Diction’s Pitch Deck
All wrapped up nicely in a Figma presentation with tangent links to moodboards and samples.
Book covers by Pino Tovaglia, mid 1970s
I'm in dire need of a large stack of colored paper. / via a Present & Correct tweet
Wesley Verhoeve – How I Started My Career as a Professional Photographer
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”).
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
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!
The Library of Congress: Dietmar Winkler
Reminding myself of the trove that is the Library of Congress site, thanks to Antonio of AisleOne.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Caitlin Keegan’s Corita Kent Series
Colorful visual interpretations of Some Rules for Students and Teachers / via Doug Wilson
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
New type design practice and foundry from Erik Marinovich. Just cruise around the specimens pages to get a solid dose of vibrant type goodness.
How Brian Lovin’s site works
Whoa. This is densely awesome. A personal website that operates somewhat like an OS. Thoroughly engaging and inspiring.
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.
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!)
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!
Everything around you
Apple tips their hat to Steve Jobs 10 years after his passing. A moving short video.
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.
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
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
Gergely Gizella’s personal website
Is unlike any I have experienced. / via Belong.io
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.
Yamato Groups identity refresh
The presentation of this update is as lovely as every element combined. / via UnderConsideration
A quarterly zine in which Rob Weychert explores algorithmic art with a focus on combinatorics.
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!
Editorial project fetching entries from online forums related to emotional and psychological struggles. / via Fonts in Use
Colours taken from Dieter Rams legendary production collection for Braun. Made by Chad Ashley. / via Paul Bausch
12 Legendary BMWs
I'm mostly here for the graphic illustrations / via AirBag
“YOU&ME&ME&YOU” mural by Anthony Burrill
Nix & Kix
this book you are holding…
Japan by Car
Gorgeous illustration by James Gilleard / via Seth Werkheiser
Original Pattern Brewing Company
Esquire magazine, September and October/November 2020
Nashville Design Week 2020
This event has passed, but I stumbled upon the site and fell in love with their take on gradients (and lovely type to boot). Who says you can't make Squarespace look neat!
World Chess – Official FIDE Gaming Platform
Chris Davies’ Middle Eastern Kitchen brand work
1972 U.S. election, CBS News
Found via UnderConsideration, but these Vietnamese, Filipino and Thai spice starters look awesome. A bit pricey, but SUPER pretty.