Erased words

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just erase: words, commas, sentences to reveal the true emotion and find poetry. Newspaper Blackout, a Tumblr blog of Austin-based artist and writer Austin Kleon (included in TIME magazine’s list of the  30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs) creates”blackout poetry” just by blacking out unwanted text with a permanent marker and revealing new and shorter versions of poetic expression.

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Book club for design nerds

August 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

What do designers do after they read a book? Do they discuss about it as regular bibliophiles? Do they write fun fiction as regular nerds? Nope, they each create a book cover and post it on the book cover club, for your enjoyment:

the book cover club dubliners

the book cover club: dubliners

via Lost at E minor 

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In 60 seconds

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Every 60 seconds, 168 million emails are sent, more than 13,000 iPhone applications are downloaded, over 600,000 search queries are made,  more than 98,000 tweets and more than 1,500 blog posts are published.Pretty amazing, don’t you think?In 60 seconds

via TechPages

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Cut. The last image

July 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

The film ends and you end up with the last impression, the last image of a movie. Wherethelovelythingsare blog collected the final frames of well known movies. Can you recognise them?goodwillhunting



via kottke

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The desktop wallpaper project

May 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

The fantastic the fox is black design blog plays host to a great little project: the desktop wallpaper project.


They invite illustrators, graphic designers and artists to create unique desktop wallpapers.


Each wallpaper is available for various screen resolutions, including, of course, iPhone, iPad and PSP screens.


Love it!


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365 six word stories

May 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

According to urban myth that is the reply Ernest Hemingway gave when he was challenged to write a story in just six words.

400 billion stars feel so aloneraining on my parade no umbrellashe faked it never liked jazz

In 2010 two creatives, Van Horgen, writer, and Anne Ulku, designer, felt up to the challenged. They launched six word story everyday blog and did exactly that: they posted one six word story for every single day of the year.

he couldnt say no to hereven the sun will burn itselfyou re morning light soft & grand

Once 2010 came to an end, they opened up the project to everybody on

6 word story every day

Admittedly, these are great story openers rather than stories in themselves, but very interesting, still.poolside a man literally hanging out

via quipsologies

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London tube sticker commentary

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whatever you call it, subway, tube or metro, you can’t deny that long comuting trips can get pretty boring. And if you are anything like me, you end up counting stops by checking the map obsessively. Well, if you’re riding the central line in London you’re in for a surprise. Witty remarks have replaced some of the stations. And, of course, there is a tumblr about it: stickers on the central line.

like tube sticker

drunk tube stickerkate middleton tube sticker

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Clever words

April 29, 2011 § 4 Comments

What happens when the Saussurian signifier and signified meet up in the form of a word? Beautiful typography.


Typeplay is a tumblr blog, which plays with words and their meanings creating typographically meaningful words and whose goal is to reach a million words.


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Nothing is impossible

April 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

Well, it seems that some things are impossible. Impossible Art Ideas blog is an archive of impossible art ideas, created by Jason Lazarus in order to collect art ideas that are impossible to materialize. Everyone can submit a crazy idea and Lazarus will then select a few to visualize into a slideshow, wallpaper or even to create text clouds.


Marcel Proust

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From behind

April 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Can you imagine how Twitter and Facebook would look like from behind? I am sure you can’t. Designers Jeff Lam and Josephine Yatar present in their blog Back of a Webpage a different and very creative ‘back view’ of most of our favourite websites.  youtube

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Attention please!

April 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

Pay attention

via Care daily

The streets are sad

April 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sad stuff on the street is not only amazing in its own right, but it also has a cute back story (which I’ll let you find out by yourselves).  Sad stuff on the street soft toySad stuff on the street doll hand

Broken, dirty, lost or abandoned objects lying on the streets. That’s what it’s all about. And all the thoughts and feelings that go along with it.Sad stuff on the street bicycle


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Larger-than-life people in candid shots

March 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

We’ve seen innumerable photos of them in every imaginable setting. Publicity shots and paparazzi shots. But the shots featured in This is not porn have the rare quality of capturing the real person. Carrie Fisher and her stand double sunbathing in their iconic Princess Leia bikinis. Salvator Dalí skipping rope. Dustin Hoffman goofing behind Sir Lawrence Olivier’s back. Hunter S. Thomson, John Cusack, Johnny Depp and an inflatable doll.

Carrie Fisher and her stunt double Tracy Eddon sun tanning while on a break from filming Return of the JediSalvador Dali jumping ropeDustin Hoffman and Lawrence OlivierHunter S. Thompson John Cusack and Johnny Depp

Be sure to visit This is not porn‘s archives.

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Read it elsewhere

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jeff Koons gets the video game treatment, Time Zones get analyzed and religion falls out of fashion:

  • Jeff Koons Must Die, the video game – Hunter Jonakin via boingboing
  • What if Angry Birds were an action movie directed by Michael Bay (video) – the curious brain
  • The fascinating and often absurd convention of Time Zones – BBC
  • Rare Beatles photos – npr
  • Since Radiohead published a newspaper (The Universal Sigh), Guardian writers are challenging them at their game, by covering Creep – Guardian
  • Are symmetrical faces more beautiful? – toxel via holykaw
  • 50% of tweets come from 0,05% of users – mashable
  • Is religion falling out of fashion? – Discovery news
  • Sex is no accident (MTV’s safe sex campaign) – buzzfeed
  • This blogger asks his favorite authors to sign their books. The twist? Instead for dedications he asks for insults – insulted by authors via flavorwire
  • Read it horizontally, read it vertically; the genius of Lewis Caroll - i love charts

lewis carroll poem

Peanuts: the existentialist edition

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whoever is behind 3eanuts had a brilliant idea. First came the observation: “Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense”. Then the execution: just omit the last panel of the comic strip and sink in a bleak, black and white world, filled with…


3eanuts good grief


3eanuts snif


3eanuts you're not as happy

A true existentialist masterpiece.

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A Ming cupcake

March 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love contrasts. Of color, of texture, of style. And a contrast of style is what first caught my eye in Ming Makes Cupcakes. That and my weak spot for cupcakes, that is. But back to the point: I just love the contrast between the luscious maximalism of the cupcakes and the severe minimalism of the layout. Oh the conflict, the tension!ming makes cupcakes

But I want to give (more) credit where credit is due. The recipes themselves are great, with some twists and surprises (flourless chocolate cupcakes anyone? Sour cream fig cupcakes? Port wine and cherry chocolate? Beet chocolate?). I plan to start trying them ASAP.

Oh, and a last note on usability: although every recipe (image & text) is an image, the blog has a text only version where you can read and copy/paste text from. Nothing to complain about.

69 love illustrations…

March 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

…inspired by The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs. This is what you can find in How Fucking Romantic, a great little blog. It was launched by a bunch of London-based illustrators, comic-artists and writers who wanted, well to illustrate all of the 69 Love Songs. But the project is open and anyone can submit an illustration.

magnetic fields: a pretty girl is like

To paraphrase my favorite song by The Magnetic Fields (even if not from the 69 Love Songs): Please stop dancing in my heart / I can seem to make it art.

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March 16, 2011 § 7 Comments

Punctuation is a hot topic among it’s a small web authors. The debate usually focuses on commas. I‘m a comma minimalist whereas elina is a comma maximalist. When, in not-so-rare moments of self-doubt, we ask each other’s opinion about a phrase we end up arguing. When we do edit a post together I keep deleting commas and she keeps adding them behind my back. What unites us, though, is the deep belief in the importance of proper punctuation.

I don’t know whether our friend A. knew about all this, but she did hit bull’s-eye when she sent us the link to the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks. It’s a hilarious collection of signs, menus and every other sort of publication that contain, well, unnecessary quotation marks, usually to ironic effect. Like this one:

alleged restroomsOr this one:i love that songOr that one:flat-ishIf you’re into this kind of stuff, you can also check Apostrophe Catastrophes, a similar blog focusing on the misuse of the apostrophe.

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Read it elsewhere

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Blogs, stamps, philosophers, libraries, Google Earth and what’s-his-name:

  • A brief history of blogging – web designer depot
  • The end of the stamp. From April Denmark will start replacing postage stamps with mobile text messages – quipsologies
  • I have a Philosophy degree. I’m in good company – Raymont’s Lists
  • Japanese librarians document the damage after the earthquake and tsunami – togetter
  • Qaddafi. Qazzafi. Qadhdhafi. Qaththafi. Gadhdhafi. Khadafy. Gazafy. Hizzafizzle. Schlebaffi. LOLdaffy – boingboing
  • This music video by Lux Repeat, directed by Bartholomäus Traubeck, is made entirely by Google Earth images – fastcodesign

Minimal design, maximal inspiration

March 8, 2011 § 4 Comments

We’ve recently published a lot of posts about posters we loved and we praised every single one of them. So, this time, I can’t find enough words to express how much I really love this minimal movie poster series by BrickHut. You see, they hit me hard both conceptually and aesthetically. To the point of creative envy. I just find them so inspired.

Groundhog DayThe Breakfast Club

The Usual Suspects

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