Illinoise (Refined Cuts)


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Movie monsters from pages past


In an effort to be hip, trendy, and a web destination dictionary.com released a collection of medieval monsters and such as their Halloween Horrorfest. I’m routing for Frankie myself seeing as my all-time standby Hollywood Horror Nights marathon kick-off is Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein! That and I had to write an English paper about the … Continue reading

The Power of Emotion in Graphic Design


The driving force behind all our decisions is emotion. It’s what makes us human, is what defines who we are and how we react to different situations. Graphic design is a platform from which emotional fighter-jets can be launched. So why is so much of what we see not much more than lifeless paper-planes? This … Continue reading

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get … Continue reading

New York Fashion Week: Spring 2013 fashion forecast


I’m ready for spring! New York Fashion Week: Spring 2013 fashion forecast – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

I Heart M15


I Heart M15. #amforshort

CMYK showcases top emerging designers


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Underground artist illustrates life in the dark


New York Times writer Christine Haughney reveals the work of underground artist Anthony Horton, and I don’t just mean non-mainstream. I mean he actually lived off the old subway lines. After the flames were extinguished Sunday night, firefighters made the discovery: a body, deep in an abandoned crew room, in a subway tunnel on the … Continue reading

Cute self-promo creates cuddly creatures


Designer Wendy Tan Lui Chan came up with this compact do-it-yourself kit for creating yarn or felt animals to give out as a self-promotional item. The whole kit feels light and fluffy like the animals featured to make. The typesetting on the front actually looks like it could have been drawn out with string and … Continue reading

Generating an audience


WordPress teaches new bloggers how to be their website’s own wingman or (wingwoman). Want more traffic? Here are some tips for attracting more visitors to your site: Publicize! Tell people on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks about your new post. You can do this using WordPress.com’s Publicize feature, which will automatically tell your Facebook friends … Continue reading

Painter Kureshi creates type by hand


Todays edition of Friday fun features the digitalization of hand painted letters. Design ‘historians’ are documenting and archiving the text, most of which is as simple as street signs and India’s equivalent of a billboard. All of this must done on a tight timescale as the paintings fade or the buildings come down. via Painter … Continue reading

Seed Bombs simplify starting a garden


  VisuaLingual Seed Bombs  – TheDieline.com – Package Design Blog.    

Periodic Table of Typefaces


Periodic Table of Typefaces on the Behance Network.

Funny Switch Stickers – The Wastetime Post


Funny Switch Stickers – The Wastetime Post.

Cool Never Fades


Cool Never Fades — Hamilton Wood Type Museum – YouTube.

List five things you love about your culture


So in addition to the “Local Legends” and “Friday Fun” sections that appear weekly on “Arts & Media,” I’m starting a brand new section entitled “Thoughtful Thursdays.”

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada Annual Report


sustainability award  

Team Evil Cassette Tape Magazine – FPO: For Print Only


What starts out as an ordinary plastic cassette case turns into a quirky collection of indie illustrations brought to us by Team Evil. They’re not out to reinvent the wheel but they do want to recycle an out of date technology: empty cases and the printed magazine. Team Evil Cassette Tape Magazine – FPO: For … Continue reading

Obama speaks


SD Coffee Cup


Get a Monday morning jolt! I realize that I may be an endangered species by not liking coffee, but this is pretty awesome packaging. The rich brown is an excellent idea since it mimics the color of the coffee. I think it is great idea that the designer/design team used something lowbrow like cardboard for … Continue reading