Oddities & Diversions: May 2007

May 31, 2007

Irony Mark

The typeface dynamos at Underware were commissioned by the foundation for the Collective Promotion for the Dutch Book to create the Irony Mark, a new punctuation mark to denote irony in a sentence. Yeah, like we really need that.

May 30, 2007

Rare and OOP Soundtracks

Rare and Out of Print Soundtracks (with a heavy slant toward Horror). Goodbye afternoon! (via CP)

May 29, 2007

Sorted Books

Sorted Books, artist Nina Katchadourian photographs rearranged book spines to create new stories. Simple and beautiful. (via kottke)

A List Apart: Issue 238

A List Apart: Issue 238, In this issue: Convince large companies to openly support web standards; enhance site effectiveness by improving copy. Articles by Peter-Paul Koch and Shaun Crowley.

May 25, 2007

My Favorite Font

My Favorite Font, wherein authors reveal what font they compose in.

First base

Baseball metaphors for sex, because you know you wanted to know anyway.

May 24, 2007

Put a Penny in the Slot

Video for Fionn Regan’s Put a Penny in the Slot.

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design

New from Princeton Architectural Press: Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design, by Michael Bierut. I’ve really been looking forward to this, as I like to read more from books than screens. More info on Design Observer.

May 23, 2007

How to install IE 7 and keep IE 6

How to install IE 7 and keep IE 6 (as well as other versions of IE). Finally.

May 22, 2007

Passive Aggressive

Passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers.

No Country For Old Men clips

Five clips from one of the Coen Brothers’ next films, No Country For Old Men. Looks like they might finally be retuning to good form.

The Hidden Power of Everyday Things

The Hidden Power of Everyday Things, beautiful series of paintings by Alex Dodge. (via CP)

May 21, 2007

AEA Chicago Registration open!

Registration is open for An Event Apart Chicago, August 27-28, 2007. Two days of design and code with 10 speakers, including: Dan Cederholm, Lou Rosenfeld, Liz Danzico, Jeremy Keith, Jim Coudal, Luke Wroblewski, Derek Featherstone, Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, and Jeffrey Zeldman. Jeepers, that’s some lineup! Use super the secret promo code “AEASTAN” to save some cash on your ticket!

d.Construct 2007

d.Construct 2007, an affordable, one-day conference aimed at those designing and building the latest generation of web-based applications. Also loving the website-as-process idea.


Trout, nice and different website for a creative agency. And it doesn’t use Flash.

May 16, 2007

Game On!

Nintendo explores video game demo download stations at airports.

May 15, 2007

Try what?

For Logo Power, Try Helvetica. What a load of shit. This is like saying “breathing air makes you unique”.

Rediscovering the Button Element

Rediscovering the Button Element, Buttons created with the BUTTON element function just like buttons created with the INPUT element, but they offer richer rendering possibilities. Very cool, I had no idea.


Malaga, a lovely new typeface designed by Xavier Dupré for Emigre.


Bruce Campbell sings Duran Duran for Old Spice commercial. Wow.

May 14, 2007

Pick Your Nose

Pick Your Nose Party Cups. Try a new schnoz.

May 12, 2007

The Drinky Crow Show, Pilot

The first episode of Tony Millionaire’s new Adult Swim toon, The Drinky Crow Show. Fantastically twisted!

May 11, 2007


Design? Visual irony at its best.

Reference card of proof correction marks

Proof correction marks reference card.

May 10, 2007

The Five-Second Rule Explored

The Five-Second Rule Explored, or How Dirty Is That Bologna?

Blood Pillows

Blood Puddle Pillows, it’s like they read my mind.

iConcertCal v1.2

iConcertCal v1.2, an awesome iTunes add-on that displays a calendar of local shows based on your music library.

May 9, 2007

24 Hours of Me

Documenting my day in pictures for May 5th, as part of the 24 Hours of Flickr group project. My day included receiving an award from my alma mater, and traveling to Brooklyn to meet up with some good friends.

May 8, 2007

Google Analytics Redesign

Jeffrey Veen and his team at Google redesign Google Analytics, and boy, is it pretty.

A List Apart: Issue 237

A List Apart: Issue 237, In this issue: Sell design to steely-eyed executives and help stakeholders make better decisions. Articles by David Sleight and Shane Diffily.