Oddities & Diversions: September 2007

September 27, 2007

One Ill Building

Jonathan Hoefler on bringing back the intercap, namely for ease of URL legibility, rather than blanding a company name or product.

September 23, 2007

Groan Extra Bold Extended

Groan Extra Bold Extended, Mark Simonson makes with wonderful and painful typeface puns.

September 21, 2007

ABM: From Boys of Summer to Men of Steel

A Brief Message: From Boys of Summer to Men of Steel, Paul Lukas on the state of contemporary sports uniform design. Love the illustrations too!

September 20, 2007


Likely the single, greatest stock photo at Veer.

September 19, 2007

More on Photoshop's new logo

More on Photoshop’s new logo from John Nack. The phrase “I don’t get it” appears in many comments that follow. That’s because it’s a stunning example of mediocrity, all at once bland, derivative, and unimaginative. These are some of the the tools we use to create, we want them to shine, not sputter.

Inappropriate "Talk Like a Pirate Day"

Zeldman: Inappropriate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” remarks. Aaaar! Lass, ye come upon me unawares! I bought these for the articles, be it so!

Think Like a Dog

Subtraction: Think Like a Dog, an inside look into Khoi’s dog (Mister President), by way of a Logic Flowchart.

September 18, 2007

A new Photoshop logo? Really.

Adobe gives Photoshop a new logo, one that is completely disparate from their new Creative Suite identity. In fact, the only things the two share in common is their lack of vision, creativity, and sensibility. This logo is actually worse than the new CS icons. Bravo! (via DF)


Undercover, Mac software for when your computer gets stolen. Undercover will send back the thief’s IP address, screenshots at regular intervals, and pictures using the iSight every six minutes. Crazy!

Logos from Eisner's The Spirit

Comic letterer Todd Klein on the history of Will Eisner’s logos for logos for The Spirit, as well as analysis of other comic book logos. (via kottke)

ABM: Thinking Outside the "Dick in a Box"

A Brief Message, Thinking Outside the “Dick in a Box”. Probably the best title you’ll hear all week. Is DIY finally trumping mass media? Maybe both can exist in the mainstream because there’re more avenues for information and media. Perhaps the public just wants more of everything.

September 14, 2007

Coudal Partners' Layer Tennis

Coudal Partners announce Layer Tennis (previously Photoshop Tennis)! The volleys start flying with the first match on September 28th which pits Shaun Inman against Kevin Cornell (with commentary by John Gruber). I love ya Shaun, but I gotta root for my buddy Kevin here. Don’t miss the listings for other upcoming matches! This will be the first productive thing you’ve done on a Friday afternoon in a long, long time.

100 clams from Apple

How to claim your $100 iPhone rebate. Plus, once claimed, the rebate never expires.

September 13, 2007

ABM: Arrogance and Humility

A Brief Message: Arrogance and Humility by Clay Shirky, Figuring out how to be arrogant and humble at once, figuring out when to watch users and when to ignore them for this particular problem, for these users, today, is the problem of the designer.

September 12, 2007

Mark Simonson

Brilliant type designer Mark Simonson zips up a lovely new design for his site (and blog too).

Webstock '08

The website for Webstock ‘08 has launched. Webstock is New Zealand’s web conference, February 11-15, 2008: 5 full-on days. 9 hands-on workshops, 19 kick-ass speakers, 24 must-see presentations. Truckloads of design, development, user experience, web standards, content, community, innovation & inspiration. I’ll be joining a wonderful line-up of speakers and giving a talk on one of those 5 days. Hooray for New Zealand!

September 10, 2007

Styling File Inputs with CSS and the DOM

Shaun Inman tries to save us all from ugly file inputs.

September 6, 2007

ABM: Beauty Is as Beauty Does

The illustrious Debbie Millman steps up for the second installment of A Brief Message with Beauty Is as Beauty Does, a call to put beauty back in the eye of the beholder. Two updates in and ABM is already shaping up quite nicely.

September 5, 2007

A new typography.com

Type designers Hoefler & Frere-Jones have a shiny new website, complete with a blog. Nice work, fellas!

September 4, 2007

Brand Name Pencils

Bob Truby collects from the incredibly diverse world of Brand Name Pencils, and what a wonderful and rich collection it is!

Smashing Magzine turns one

Smashing Magazine celebrates their one year anniversary by giving away loads of books!

A Brief Message

No time to read long diatribes anymore? Check out A Brief Message, a new website from Khoi Vinh and Liz Danzico featuring design opinions expressed in short form—200 words or less (same goes for comments). Such a good idea. First up, Steve Heller.