Oddities & Diversions: January 2005

January 31, 2005

Working with a designer

How to (and not to) work with a designer

Asteroid 2001 DA42

Asteroid 2001 DA42 named after Douglas Adams. A fitting tribute that commemorates the year of his death, his initials, and the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

January 30, 2005

Mirror Mask

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, the team behind such instant classics as The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls, team up with Jim Henson’s workshop on a promising new surreal film, Mirror Mask.

January 28, 2005

Alan Moore Interview

Alan Moore Interview on the BBC’s Chain Reaction. “If I’m going to react, I may as well overreact.” I love that man.

January 25, 2005


Book, For thirthy-six weeks, a sketchbook was sent in random order between four artists: two in Brooklyn, two in Belfast. The results are fantastic.

Chin Music Press

Chin Music Press, makers of fine books, from Seattle to Tokyo.

January 24, 2005


TypeWorks, is yet another online publishing system, but I must admit, it does sound very promising.

Theo Jansen

Wild Things Are on the Beach, scientist-turned artist, Theo Jansen, “is evolving an entirely new line of animals: immense multi-legged walking critters designed to roam the Dutch coastline, feeding on gusts of wind”. Be sure to watch the astonishing video of the Animaris Rhinoceros Transport on his site Strandbeest. I just love how these things move.

January 23, 2005

The Biology of B-Movie Monsters

The Biology of B-Movie Monsters is a great read for science and science fiction nerds like myself.

January 21, 2005

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride, Tim Burton’s return to animated features.

January 20, 2005

Wulffmorgenthaler TV!

Wulffmorgenthaler… now a TV show?! Wow, I hope this ends up online at some point.

AIGA Design Archives

Fantastic Flash navigation and sorting over at the AIGA Design Archives, courtesy of the talented chaps at Second Story.

January 19, 2005

Dooce on Day to Day

Listen to Dooce on NPR: Firings Raise Questions of Blogger Freedoms.

Ta-Da List!

From the geniuses at 37 Signals comes Ta-da List, simple sharable to-do lists. AND, it’s free! If you are like me and can’t afford Basecamp yet, this is a great stepping stone to getting yourself, co-workers, and clients all on the same page. It’s already saved my morning!

January 18, 2005

ALA 192

ALA: The Way It’s Supposed to Work

January 17, 2005

From Italy with Liz

More pictures from Italy, this time from Liz… with commentary!

January 14, 2005

Saturn moon landing

Huygens probe arrives on Titan.

Logo Competition

Win! Airbag hosts a logo design competition for fame and prizes (including a swanky new iPod Shuffle), with the winner being judged by Greg, me, Jon Hicks, Jim Coudal, and Tom Dolan. Enter today… or, ya know, after you finish your logo.

Trial Period

I was beginning to think people had given up on stealing Inman’s site, but this guy renewed my faith. Inman rip of the week and a new policy explained, Your trial has expired.

January 13, 2005


Issue 1 of JPG Magazine (theme: Origin) is out! Get ready to submit to Issue 2, theme: Lost.

Pitchfork redesign

Pitchfork Media redesigns! Still the best daily resource for my music tastes.

Transmit 3 Peek

Panic shows off Transmit 3, and it looks like it will operate similar to the basic OS windows (spring-loaded folders, column view). The best Mac FTP is getting better!

January 12, 2005

Mario Zucca

Mario Zucca is a damn talented illustrator, and he’s from Philadelphia!

January 10, 2005


Two CSS design heavyweights (Russ Weakley and John Allsopp) give us Podsites, for everything you want to know about creating mini websites for the iPod. (just like the recent style master CSS podGuide)

Cure-all! Certified! Bonifide!

Gallery of Nostrums features beautiful old packaging and advertisement typography and illustrations from oddball magical elixirs and tonics.

January 9, 2005

Fighting off design Stalinism

Malarkey on Fighting off design Stalinism.

January 8, 2005

New Cogs in town

I’ve become a Cog, along with the talented Erin Kissane. Mom will be so proud!

January 6, 2005

Cast of Shadows

A very intriguing excerpt from Kevin Guilfoile’s upcoming book, Cast of Shadows. It should also be noted that Coudal Partners put together the lovely site.

Bearskinrug SOTM!

Bearskinrug wins the Web Standards Awards Site of the Month for December!

January 5, 2005

The Un-designing of Hivelogic

Dan has un-designed Hivelogic, but the logo remains!

January 4, 2005

R.I.P. Will Eisner

R.I.P. Will Eisner, immensely influential sequential-art juggernaut passes. You will be missed.

January 3, 2005

CS 2.0

Details about Adobe CS 2.0, including lossless scaling in Photoshop and a built-in improved version of Streamline for Illustrator. Bout damn time. Some of the bits about CS 3.0 are crazy too… Photoshop being able to flex out 2GB of RAM?! Yowza.

2005 Bloggies

Nominate your favorite sites for the 2005 Bloggies! Act now, kiss up! I have my eyes on the Best Asian Weblog trophy.