Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

nov
04
2010

2011 Letterpress Calendar - Done!

The designers for the 2011 Pyramid Atlantic letterpress calendar (and a few other helpful volunteers) got together last night to assemble the calendars and ready them for sale at this weekend’s Book Arts Fair in Silver Spring, Md. It’s been …

oct
29
2010

Start the Presses

I returned to the letterpress studio last night to finish my January 2011 page for the Pyramid Atlantic calendar. This session was a little more complicated than the first round, in that I had to 1) mix printing inks to …

oct
18
2010

Spinner Rage | Panic Blog

There’s something subtly, horribly wrong with frame 5 of that animated spinner icon everyone uses.

oct
15
2010

2010 Letterpress Calendar

I’ve been taking letterpress classes at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, and I’m finally embarking on a real project, participating in a 2011 letterpress calendar project to benefit the art center. Everyone picks a month (I’m January) and …

oct
14
2010

'Chance Favors a Connected Mind'

I haven’t yet read Steven Johnson’s new book, Where Good Ideas Come From, but (despite my knee-jerk hatred of the word “innovation,” a buzzword overused to the point of meaninglessness) I do like this illustrated whiteboard trailer. (Link via the …

oct
02
2010

Crafty Bastards

Crafty Bastards is a huge annual crafts fair in Washington, D.C.— basically an Etsy explosion in Adams Morgan. I really enjoyed it last year and spent more than I should have. Oddly, this year, while I loved looking through …

sep
29
2010

Typographic Marks Unknown: Ligatures & Blockquotes! | Retinart

Alexander Ross Charchar writes, “Much like the origins of the spoken word, those of the written are often forgotten. And the marks that make up those words? Mostly never thought about. This can also be said of the question mark, the exclamation point, quote marks and the beautiful, beautiful ligature. Turns out their history is pretty interesting.”

sep
17
2010

Someone actually designed this on purpose. This way.

— Jared Spool, citing a particularly awful website at An Event Apart DC (source)

sep
11
2010

OMG. Bear.

I’ve lived in Ballston for a few years now, but rarely visit the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. I stopped by today, and there’s a better variety of vendors than I remembered. After following the Sweet Bites dessert truck for …

jul
29
2010

Jessica Hische

Gorgeous letterpressed art prints (drop caps, posters, etc.) (Delicious tags: shopping letterpress inspiration wishlist illustration design gifts)

may
12
2010

The 7 Steps to Successful Infographics | MIX Online

Sarah Slobin's casual guide to getting started in infographics. (Delicious tags: infographics howto process journalism)

may
10
2010

Links: Webfonts

Fonts.com Web Fonts Monotype's answer to TypeKit (tags: typography webdesign design tools css) @font-face gotchas | Paul Irish (tags: css typography toread reference webdesign)

dec
23
2009

Lost and Found

This week we bought the illustrated children’s book Lost and Found as a gift for a friend’s little boy. This evening, Rob came across the trailer for an animated short based on the book: (If you can’t see the video …

sep
15
2009

F Is For Fail

I love this typographic animated short about the creative process by Brent Barson, posted to Vimeo: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo.) (Link via Nelson.)

may
05
2009

chart crazy

Honey, this is the graphics department. We can make as many graphs and as many charts in as many colors on as many kinds of paper as you want.” Last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother had a …

apr
11
2009

'cause charts rule

An ode to charts and infographics from the PBS Kids show Sid the Science Kid: (Via Andrew DeVigal)

jun
06
2008

pretty pictures

Twitter outages annoy me far more than I’d like to admit — yes, I’ve apparently become that attached to the service — but at least they offer lovely stock illustrations on their error pages. The one at right, by Australia-based …

apr
08
2008

adventures in search: photoshop express

Adobe recently released a Web-based, stripped-down version of its popular Photoshop image editing software. Photoshop Express does well enough in the Google rankings, appearing first in the list of search results (under some excerpted news-related results for the keywords) for …

mar
24
2008

photoshop find of the day: coloring the artboard

By default, the excess background behind a document in Photoshop is colored gray (#C0C0C0). It’s a neutral enough medium gray, but sometimes a different color — say, black — would contrast better against your project of choice. A few years …

mar
12
2008

testing out the google chart api

Google recently released a tool that allows users to quickly create impressively clean dynamic charts and graphs. I played around with it a bit this morning and found it super-easy to use. For example, check out these charts of last …