Design-y Bits

Because we all like to mock stock photography

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Domestic Conflict, Explained By Stock Photos

Thanks, Lisey.

p.s. Yes, I know I never finished the Comic-Con stuff. I’ll get to it. Probably.

Too nerdy cool to eat

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness, Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Yeah, cupcakes are delicious, but I’d have such a hard time eating these games cupcakes. They’re so cool!

See how many of them you can guess. When you think you have your answer for each, mouseover the question mark button to see if you’re right. The number you get will really depend on how old you are and how familiar you are with a number of video games, but there’s something for everyone. They even included pre-video games in the mix.

Hmm. Looking at these has left me hungry, wanting to play some video games, and with the phrase “get the humanoid” stuck in my head.

(Via Wil Wheaton, who always finds the coolest stuff. This is one of the many, many reasons he is our geek leader.)

Burn, baby, burn!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 3 Comments

These make me wish so hard that I had a fireplace in my new home. Don’t know which I like more, though I’m leaning more toward London. If you get the Rome one, you probably also need to get a fiddler.

(via NOTCOT)

In case you don’t see enough of him on Twitter

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

All your Fail Whale needs are covered here: This is not a whale

I’m utterly smitten with the sculpture. Want!

Picture day

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Design-y Bits, Tunes! | 2 Comments

Today’s post is all about photos — lovely collections of photos. (So, naturally, I do not have one posted for you to stare at. You’ll just have to click the links below.)

1) Nick Brandt has some stunning black & white photographs of African animals. They’re made all the more impressive by this statement from the photographer: “I get extremely close to these very wild animals, often within a few feet of them. I don’t use telephoto lenses.” Make sure you think of that when you see the photo of the sitting lionesses.

2) Six extraordinarily stubborn nail houses. And no, I didn’t post this because of Pixar’s “Up.” Until today, I knew nothing about Up, except that a) I haven’t seen one single ad for it anywhere, b) apparently everyone else on the internet has, and c) Nathan Fillion claims that you can use it as a robot test. Oh, and I know from everyone telling me so that it’ll make you cry. (Which, I guess, also tells me that it’s probably not a movie where stuff blows up a lot or there are evil, scary aliens. Damn.)

3) Astronomy Picture of the Day. One of my daily stops as I browse the intertubes. If you’ve got some extra time, go through the archives (or just click on the little left arrow button next to the word “Archives” in the footer). There are some really awesome sights to be seen.

4) Martin Wilson makes fun (and pretty amazing) works that use every frame of a 35mm roll of film to create a single larger work. I think Oranges and Lemons is my favorite.

(Big thanks to Coudal for the first two of these links. I will repay the favor with links for you as soon as I can find something cool before you. Be patient. That’s a tough task.)


Saturday, April 11th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Adorable little robots, wandering through NYC. (Fun, until someone freaks out and calls the bomb squad.)

I would love to come across one of these little guys. I’d help them on their way. More likely, I’d follow them to make sure they got there safely.

Variations on a Theme

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

I loved the Keep Calm and Carry On poster when I first saw it (which I believe I found through I Like, as she’s always finding gems like this). Then suddenly it was everywhere. Despite the part of me that still loves it for its simplicity and sensibility, I’m a wee bit sick of seeing it these days.

However, this Flickr set of Keep Calm variants is brilliant.

Were I still writing html, I’d have this one in my cube somewhere. I’m also quite fond of these two versions.

(Via Coudal Partners)

Extreme Shepherding

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

It’s always fun to watch a talented shepherd and his dogs work their sheep, but these guys take it to a whole new level.

Extreme Sheep LED Art



If only there was an app that gave you artistic ability

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

‘Coz then I’d really have to get an iPhone so I could make lovely little drawings like these. Amazingly, they were made using only a finger and the Brushes app.

Make sure you check out the movies of the drawings being made.

(Via The Morning News)

I’m in ur watch, leavin’ u messages

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

The hidden message in Abraham Lincoln’s timepiece.

It’s little gems like this that make me happy I follow the Smithsonian on Twitter.

Sometimes people make my brain hurt

Monday, March 9th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Frequently, those people write in to Yahoo! Answers, asking questions like this one:

‘We The People’ on the American Constitution is in what writing font?
i’m looking to find out what Font wrighting is We The People is on the American Constitutuion so i can use that font in a Word Prosseser

(Via The J-Walk Blog)

Looking into the past

Monday, March 9th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Here is what I hope is only the beginning of a wonderful little Flickr set called Looking Into the Past. Can’t wait to see more of these.

As the creator notes, it’s a tribute to Michael Hughes’ brilliant Souvenirs photos. (I love those photos to no end.)

I crawl through the intertubes so you don’t have to

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Plus, finding stuff online is kinda fun.

So here are some goodies that are share-worthy today. I hope you enjoy them.

1) For the type addicts and sign junkies out there (myself included), Villatype: A record of type and lettering found in the public domain.

2) An interesting article from the NY Times about the N.I.H.’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program: What’s Wrong With Summer Stiers? The lede’s not quite how I would have started the article, but then again, no one asked me. I’m just intrigued by the project. It must be an incredibly cool (but probably very frustrating) job.

3) And finally, not exactly a groundbreaking story, but it’s got one part in it that’s good for a chuckle. Check out the second bit of linked text in this Time article (the one at the end of the paragraph that starts “Then there’s a third group…”). Maybe they’re worried their readers would be confused in this economy and think of things like food, rent and insurance instead. (Personally, I’d have titled the link “Stupid things people with more money than brains waste their cash on.” This is probably one of the many, many reasons I’m not a writer for Time Magazine.)

(thanks to The Morning News for the first two links and a tip o’ the hat to friend Augie for the last.)

The proofreader in me chuckles

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

NYC Transit’s Top Typos

(Thanks to vidiot for the giggles. Now I have something to do besides play “find the Duracell” while waiting for trains when I visit.)

Because sometimes ads actually are clever

Friday, February 13th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

British Auto Poster Campaign

Kudos to local industry-mates Stir. Thanks for the chuckle.

For fans of transit maps

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

A transit map of the Milky Way galaxy

I knew the Hamptons seemed that far out, but who knew they actually were.

(via notcot)

Create your own little army

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

3EyedBear: Free critter paperkits. All you need is a color printer and your mad cutting, gluing and folding skillz.

So cute!

(Via notcot)

Wish I’d seen this before we baked last week

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

I’m not usually a big fan of gingerbread houses. They’re wonderful to look at, of course, but I don’t really see the point to them. Perhaps if I wasn’t so keen on actually eating gingerbread, I’d see the point. But to me it’s just depressing to spend that much time assembling something that will either a) be stale before you want to take it apart or b) be eaten immediately, thus making all the effort you put into building it a big waste of time.

However, after seeing the zombie gingerbread house, I’ve got a whole new appreciation for them. In fact, I’m kind of tempted to make a fake one out of Sculpey. If I do it right, it’d be a decoration I could put out year after year. Festive!

(thanks for the tip, BB!)

Text as art

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

I’ll just let this link speak for itself:

The best typesetting book with no typesetting


(via NOTCOT)

300 blocks of signs

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 | Design-y Bits, Shameless Consumerism | 1 Comment

New York City Signs: 14th to 42nd Street

Since it is possible to display only a small fragment of these images, the site will contain only a few highlights of the signs in this prolific area. The emphasis is on vintage signs but not exclusively. My earliest photographs date from the mid 1980’s. Many of these signs no longer exist. Documentation is supplied wherever available.

This site makes both the ghost ad lover and NYC history buff in me go “squeeeee!”

(Via The Morning News. Again.)