January 2008

Marc McNulty sound art

A selection of his work:

Live on rare frequency performing "going blind" (2aug07): mp3
Live @ swieta krowa in krakow, poland: mp3
Live @ sQuareone studio: mp3
Live @ diapason (nyc) 01aug04 ( mp3 39.4mb
Live @ new works studio (toronto) 10jun05 ( mp3 26.2mb

Marc McNulty - digital visual and sound artist

Published: Jan. 31st, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Sound art

Izzy Peng Amateur Commune


The photography of a former classmate. Much more in his flickr stream.

Published: Jan. 31st, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Photoblog, Photography

Shafina Sheridan's Almost Daily Image



A wonderful look into the places, things, and people that surround her life. I love work that allows me to see ephemeral bits of life that I would not be able to see otherwise.
Her photoblog (in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) and her Flickr stream.

Published: Jan. 30th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Photoblog, Photography

Parking spaces


This collection stands in stark contrast to the flimsy structures with garish metal siding seen in Hsinchu. See more: The architecture of car parks

Published: Jan. 30th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Architecture, Arts, Photography



Sweet but not saccharine, earnest but not grave, Archer is designed to hit just the right notes of forthrightness, credibility, and charm.

When Martha Stewart Living asked us to develop a new typeface for the magazine, it seemed that a slab serif could answer much of the brief. A slab could be personable, straightforward, and credible, though it would take special effort to also make it pretty, hard-working, and frank. Archer would have to answer some formidable typographic demands, since Living is an almanac of lists, recipes, charts, diagrams, tables, calendars, and glossaries. To make the typeface frank — direct, but not brusque — we introduced subtle cues from the world of typewriter faces, which combine the ordinariness of Antiques with the modern practicality of Geometrics. We restored the vanished ‘ball terminals’ to the lowercase, and uncharacteristically applied these gestures to the capitals as well, in order to yield a font that’s friendly without being silly, and attractive without being flashy. The result is a typeface that’s well-mannered, easy to work with, and inviting to read.


Published: Jan. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: History, Type, Typeface, Typography

Jeeto train


My son would love this so much. See it here.

Published: Jan. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Kids, Prints

John Golden


A whimsical rendering of a Yellow Labrador Retriever. This image is part of a series of dog breeds ...

Would be great for a house full of kids like ours. Much of his work is full of fun. View his Etsy shop, portfolio, and blog.

Published: Jan. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Art, Prints

COR HOB chair


A flexible bentwood shell in the seat and back replaces the upholstery and provides the necessary comfort. As if made in a single casting, Hob seems to float gently above the ground.


Published: Jan. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Objects. Tagged: Chair

Slim-Club chair


Under its solid design representing the archetype of a tradition armchair, Slim Club hides a new comfort deriving from its composition of vertical units assembled at their base. By sitting on it, the 144 elements take the shape of your body. The upper parts of the Slim Club'’s lines change, open and become more personal just with the movement of your body.

By Michael Bihain.

Published: Jan. 28th, 2008. Categorized: Objects. Tagged: Chair

Eduardo Bertone

Mixed Media (800 x 800) on canvas. Madrid 2007

Portfolio and Blog.

Published: Jan. 25th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Art, Illustration, Portfolio

Casa, Cut, and Ryuko Tsushin


From an old thread on Typophile entitled Favorite magazine masthead (logo-type) Battle Royal. A couple more after the jump.

Published: Jan. 25th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Japan, Magazine, Masthead, Typography

Chinese calligraphy on a pawn ticket


Beautiful Chinese calligraphy, even on a pawn ticket for a pocket watch. In the 1950s most small Hong Kong shopkeepers still used an abacus for calculations, and a brush rather than a pen for their accounts and receipts.

Found here.

Published: Jan. 25th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Caligraphy, Chinese

Japanese Typeface Samples

Love the samples in the book. A couple more after the jump.

This large volume includes 1650 typefaces from 18 foundries, with many typesetting examples and detailed technical notes. A must for designers, editors and publishers.

Japanese Typeface Collection

Published: Jan. 25th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Japan, Type, Typeface, Typography

Mao Mao Publications website


I like this self-indulgent bit of flash on the Mao Mao Website. My quick attempt to capture it doesn't do it justice. See it here

Published: Jan. 25th, 2008. Categorized: Interactive. Tagged: Website

The Nature of Creativity

From MIT's open courseware. Click on lecture notes for the data.

This course is an introduction to problems about creativity as it pervades human experience and behavior. Questions about imagination and innovation are studied in relation to the history of philosophy as well as more recent work in philosophy, affective psychology, cognitive studies, and art theory. Readings and guidance are aligned with the student's focus of interest.

The Nature of Creativity

Published: Jan. 24th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Creativity, Innovation

Graphic Design in the Postmodern Era

Graphic design's ephemeral nature has practically disqualified it from serious consideration as an important cultural practice. For most non-designers, historical graphic design is valued as nostalgic ephemera, while contemporary design is viewed as sometimes amusing, but mostly annoying, advertising. Graphic design is not generally accepted as having the cultural significance of other less ephemeral forms of design like architecture, industrial design, and even fashion. This is due largely to its short life-span and its disposable ubiquity. Will the even more ephemeral and ubiquitous media of film titles, television graphics, and the Internet create greater awareness and respect for graphic design, or will such familiarity only breed contempt?

From the Emigre Essay of the same name.

Published: Jan. 24th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Graphic design, Modernist, Postmodern

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