Oddities & Diversions: March 2008

March 29, 2008

California Nav Case

Briar Press might just have the greatest navigation for a website ever. At least for a website about letterpress. (for reference)

March 27, 2008

URLs are so dot com

In Japan URLs are totally out.

Figuring It Out: OSF, LF, and TF Explained

Oldstyle figures and lining figures explained.

Good and Open

Video of Scott Stowell from Open speaking at AIGA’s Cause/Effect about Good Magazine (the only magazine I look forward to every month).

March 25, 2008

Our Favorite Typefaces of 2007

Typographica’s favorite typefaces of 2007. I’m a bit late on this one, but their annual reviews are always top notch reads.

An essay in unitard theory

Secret Skin, Michael Chabon on the purity of halftone dots over fabric, and the impracticality of real-life superhero costumes.

Logo Evolution

Great look at the evolution of car and tech companies’ logos.

March 24, 2008

Breaking your soul

After breaking a large mirror this weekend, I decided to find out where the “7 years of bad luck” superstition comes from. Now you know too.

No Resistance Is Futile

ABM: No Resistance Is Futile, the excellent Paul Ford on brevity bringing about possibility. Nice and neat.

March 20, 2008

The 21 Steps

The 21 Steps, a story by Charles Cumming (Inspired by The 39 Steps), told and visualized with Google Maps. Wonderful. Part one is a series from Penguin Books: We Tell Stories, Six authors. Six stories. Six weeks. (via Dan Mall)

March 18, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke, a prolific visionary.

March 13, 2008

From the Field

Field Notes, the magical notebook venture between Coudal Partners and Draplin Design, gets a new website. “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.” Lovely.

Expression Engine 2.0 Preview

ExpressionEngine 2.0 Preview, we saw this last week at SXSW, and it’s just amazing. The Entry screen is particularly nice, and fully configurable for customized use (personal or client). Really great work from the EllisLab crew, and a lovely new admin design by Veerle Pieters.

Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s by Paul Ford

Paul Ford, from Ftrain.com and Gary Benchley, Rock Star fame, gives six-word reviews of 763 mp3s from some of the artists playing at SXSW this year. A torrent file of all the mp3s is also available.


SmartyPig, a new website designed by Happy Cog and yours truly, allows you to open a savings account and set specific goals that you and your friends and family can contribute to… and it’s pink! Read more about it on the Happy Cog site.

March 6, 2008


First look at the Watchmen characters. On the whole, the costumes are great. Really looking forward to seeing how this one pans out.

March 5, 2008

The Parting Glass

An Annotated Pogues Lyrics Page, just lovely. (via CP)

March 4, 2008

Penguin Classics for Tumblr

The Penguin Classics theme for Tumblr by Max Wheeler is shit hot. Best viewed with Gill Sans enabled. (via Rob)

A List Apart: Issue 254

A List Apart: Issue 254, It’s a design double header. Focus on the littlest details and rethink the big picture. A smash, bang all-design issue! Articles by Andy Rutledge and Naz Hamid.