Pop Chart Labs, the design geniuses who brought us The Many, Many Varieties of Beer and the Splendifurous Array of Culinary Tools, offers a graphic exploration of 382 noms de guerre of professional… read more
In the late 1990s, there was the brief phenomenon of How Are You Peeling?, in which some guy realized that fruits and veggies sometimes look like faces when they unevenly spurt from the calyx of their flowers. Calendars and email forwards ensued. You remember.
A few weeks ago, I shared a fascinating article entitled, "Ten Myths about Introverts," admitted my own extreme introversion, and explored the possible connection between introversion and creativity. Though the post didn't recieve any comments (no surprise...we're talking introverts here), I did get a healthy handful of emails from readers who were thankful that I shared it, and sympathized with the exploration between artistic tendencies and… read more
Graphic designer Tymn Armstrong has created FauxGo, a collection of "fake logos," a "symbol or other small design created to represent a fictional company or organization that exists only on film."… read more
It can be tough to find attractive, masculine-friendly pattern fabric at your local craft store. The solids are usually safe, but save for a tiny check or two, most of the stores are a sea of shiny lamé, pastel animal prints, or, worse, the supposedly masculine-y flamed fleece or sports team prints.
Or, perhaps you simply can't find fabric that matches a room or space...anyone who's ever looked can attest: it can be tough.
Solution: print… read more
A few years ago, I made a deal with myself to read every Pulitzer Prize winning novel since the first awarding in 1918 (at least the best I can). I've kept up with the new ones since my promise (beginning in the Kavalier and Clay year, so that musta been 2001), and have grabbed lots of stuff from previous years from the used book store (Humboldt's Gift? Awesome) and I haven't been disappointed yet, 'cept for Olive Kitteredge two years ago. Just couldn't finish it...… read more
A few years ago, the classic three-gesture selection game got a five-part update in the form of "Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock." The geeks had a heyday (including this famous little tyke explaining the updated relationships), and then we went back to the regular old kind for all sorts of tasks: deciding who has to go pick up that one grocery store item you forgot, or winning national touraments.
Illustrator Christoph Niemann has decided to give the random-selection tradition a contemporary update, to reflect the current mire of political conversations in the… read more
Most days, I'm convinced Mother Nature has an active sense of humor, and often, she's downright funny. Or perhaps its the veggies themselves. Or even, it's so strange when produce doesn't look like that exact perfectly shaped, blemish free ideal we're so used to seeing at the megamart, our minds immediately… read more
Artist Eric Daigh uses red, black, yellow, and blue push pins to create photo-realistic art portraits. His work really takes advantage of the "realistic far away/geometric up close" phenonomenon that happens with "pixelated" art. I love the variations in distortion that are visible in the above photo.… read more
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
The new trend at this year's state fairs? Deep fried butter. Check out the video to learn more, and maybe decide it's not as bad as it sounds...… read more
Quebec City-based photographer and designer has created a photo series dubbed Genetic Portraits, which explores how much family members really do resemble each other. He photographs combinations of siblings and/or their parents, and then meld their split faces together to create a spectrum of portraits that span the eerily normal to the eerily shocking.… read more
Noodlor offers this free and helpful graphic guide to understanding type.
This section on choosing a typeface based on the message you want to convey is particularly… read more
I first discovered Sleeveface/sleevefacing/holdingupLPcoverssothesingersfacelookslikeitsyours over a holiday break a few years ago, and I basically spent the entire day after Christmas scouring through the entire archive.
Since then, the phenomenon has grown amazingly, resulting in a quite organized website, and a book! So, now, you can be like, "Oh, I wanna see a Ramones album," and...here you go.
The trend is defined as "one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion." I'm pretty sure you can figure out the rest from the photos. Fun, right?
The choices range from classics:
Literary journal McSweeny's has a little fun with indie craft show clichès and the sorts of imagery that continue to pop up all over the handmade scene. Still. (They're everywhere.… read more