Design-y Bits

Book autopsies

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

I always cringe a little when I see people destroy books, even for art, but these book autopsies are just too beautiful for me not to love.

(via Web Zen)


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

I hate the idea of spending $28 on a t-shirt (and we all know I sure don’t need more t-shirts), but lordy, I want one of these I *heart* TYpography ones. Dammit, Artefacture. Quit making such cool shirts.

Hey, I know that guy.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | No Comments

I’ve been following the flap over the new NYC Taxi logo for the last week. (Series starts here, if you’re so inclined to play along.)

The logo the city decided on really is an abomination. Design should never be decided on by a committee. It never ends well. (And this is a perfect example of that.) So the Times asked designers to weigh in. Some offered alternatives, with mixed results. Why people decide they need to get fancy is beyond me. If you’re in NY and need a cab, you’re looking for a yellow car with a lantern on top. Everything else is just window dressing at best, and confusion for the international visitors at worst. However, I get that the yellow part might be problematic for the colorblind, so a logo for the cabs isn’t the worst thing. That said, simple is best.

Then the Times asked readers to submit logo ideas. Eight designs have come in so far. I had discussions yesterday with two different people on the design suggestions (which means I looked at that page a lot yesterday). Didn’t notice until someone posted on our intranet today, though, that the top design was submitted by one of our creative directors here at work. (D’oh! Way to read for details, Anne.) His design’s my second-favorite of the reader-submitted versions. (He’s right — it would look good on a t-shirt.) Sorry, Scotty, but Richard R. nails it. He’s got my vote for best design out of all submitted, designer and reader. It’s got everything you need: the word “taxi,” the rates and even the official NYC logo. Extra bonus: a nice little reminder of the Checker cab days. Well, done.

Now let’s hope the city sees the brilliance in it and scraps the one they’ve chosen. (I know — fat chance. But I can hope for the best.)

In honor of Sputnik’s anniversary

Thursday, October 4th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Some Sputnik Soviet watches. Take a moment and prowl around the rest of the site, too. (Note there is top and left navigation.) Some gorgeous design in there.

Who knew clouds were such fun?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Great Flickr set: SKYplay

(again, via The Presurfer. Guess I’m stealin’ all Gerard’s links today.)

For the other type nerds out there

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Type in the Toronto subway

I remember noticing the typeface in the subway in Toronto. Wish I’d thought to get photos of it. Ah, well. Just have to go back, I guess. (Oh, darn.)

What I remember most about the subway there was that someone with a decent sense of organization needed to be called in to deal with directional signs and system map info. Of course, that was more than five years ago, so they may have made some improvements since then. I’ll give them this, though — the only subway system I’ve found that’s cleaner is the DC Metro.

Oh, that reminds me. Christyl and I found a lovely game to play in the NY subway stations: “Where’s the Duracell?” It’s a pretty easy game. Go down to the platform. Go to your train’s side of the platform. Look in the rail beds. First person to spot a Duracell battery wins. We were beginning to think we’d need to revise the game to “Where’s the Energizer?” as Duracells were proving far, far too easy to find. (I think our record was 15 at one platform. It likely would have been more, but we gave up counting because we were bored with the game and didn’t feel like walking farther down the platform.) So there you go. Enjoy a simple new way to kill some time while waiting for your train.

Book love

Friday, September 7th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

I’ve only been in six of these libraries (Prague, Boston, DC, NYC, Georgetown, Dublin), but I’m definitely going to make it a point to see more of them. They’re gorgeous.

Everyone loves free museum admission day

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Saturday, September 29 is Smithsonian Museum Day.

“Museum Day is a nationwide event taking place on Saturday, September 29, 2007 where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission to Smithsonian readers and visitors, allowing for one day only, the free-admission policy of Smithsonian’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities to be emulated across the country.”

There are only 3 participating museums here in Wisconsin, but our neighbors in the State That Shall Remain Nameless to the South have a whole load of them. And there are plenty of other museums around the country that are participating as well.

Go get some culture. It won’t cost you a thing.

Could always be worse

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

I was thinking my week was delighting in kicking me more often than it should and I was a little bummed about it. Then I saw the news of the bridge collapse up in Minneapolis and decided maybe my week wasn’t really all that bad. Thoughts and condolences go out to everyone involved in that. So far, the fatalities are remarkably few, considering the damage in the photos I’ve seen. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Update on Grandma: She’s still in ICU and still on a ventilator and sedated, but according to her respiratory therapist, she’s doing well with her breathing exercises and is doing some of the breathing on her own. No word yet on when she’ll be off her antibiotics or the vent, but the nurses I saw seemed pretty optimistic and made it sound like her pneumonia was getting better, so I’m taking that as a good sign.

Oh, and one last thing for Christyl: Since I keep forgetting to show you the necklace I got, it’s this panorama of Prague one. Lovely, no? I so want more of her stuff.

I swear I’m not intentionally ignoring you

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

To catch you up on what your Czeltistani government has been up to in the past few weeks:

- There’s been work, most of it involving reading small type extolling the specific virtues of bicycles.

- There have also been meetings, mostly involving people of Irish descent. Rumor has it there is some sort of Irish-related festival coming up in the near future. (Far too near, considering how many volunteer issues I still need to deal with.)

- Unfortunately, there has been a fair amount of time spent at the neighboring hospital. My grandmother has pneumonia and is not reacting well to her treatment and may possibly have other medical issues that haven’t yet been discovered. We spent 6 hours or so with her in the ER on Sunday and she was admitted later that night. Tuesday she was moved to the ICU, which is just never a good thing. So now we let the medical staff do their thing while we wait and hope and keep our fingers crossed.

- And, since I haven’t had any free time to spare, the Czeltmobile decided it needed not only new brakes, but also new rotors. Hooray. So I took the day off work to take the car in for some automotive love. Then I took myself to the Oriental for a little movie love (because, clearly, I hadn’t spent enough money today). Go see Sunshine. It’s lovely. (Well, except for the irritating spaceship noises. Space is a vacuum, folks. Ships don’t rumble out there.)

- There was a Mighty Deerlick show. I spent most of the evening yawning and trying to stay awake long enough to see all three bands. I think I’m going to have to turn in my Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle card now that I’m old. *sigh*

- There’s also been a bit of bill paying, laundry, grocery shopping and such, but you needn’t concern yourself with these things.

So that’s that. We should return to our regular broadcast schedule shortly. Meantime, I leave you with one link. Shirt.woot! is live now. Works the same as Woot! — one item a day, dirt cheap, for sale until it’s sold out. Shirts so far have been great. (If you go to the blog at the site, you can see thumbnail images of past shirts.) Enjoy.

One more day. One more day. One more day.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Catalogs release tomorrow.

Oh, internets, I miss you so.

Calling local geeks

Thursday, July 19th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 4 Comments

Know any interactive web developers in the Milwaukee area who are looking for a job? If so, send ‘em my way. We’re looking for someone at work.

I don’t know if this is as interesting to people outside the design world…

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, Design-y Bits | No Comments

… but here goes.

Terrorist Organization logo designs

Scary letters

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Alphabet of Horrors

I’m really quite fond of A and M.

(via I Am Bored)

I’m gonna need more walls

Friday, June 15th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

My bedroom ceiling has glow-in-the-dark stars (left there by a former resident), so I absolutely had to get this poster.

Dammit, internets, stop helping me spend my paychecks.

When trees draw

Thursday, June 14th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

I’m not sure which part of this Tim Knowles project is more fun: the drawings made by the trees or the photos of the trees drawing (the photos, I think).


Don’t forget to wear short pants!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Frank Gehry’s designing a playground in Manhattan.

‘Coz nothing says “kid-friendly” like shiny metal in random shapes. Extra fun on hot, sunny days. Bring the little ones!

(I kid. Actually, I’d love to see the plans.)

Related (and related to Kim’s carousel comment): I love this Terrorsel print from Joy Ang. Kitty!

Maybe people would speak the English gooder if we had these here

Friday, May 4th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Wonderfully illustrated grammar textbooks from Canada. I think the ones from this post — especially the first two — are my favorites.

Make sure you check out the rest of the yesway blog, too. Good stuff there.

(via The Morning News)

Eastern Market update

Friday, May 4th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | No Comments

In case you missed Vidiot’s comment in my last Eastern Market post, there’s now a Save Eastern Market site up and running. It’s got news and updates on the fire, vendors and reconstruction efforts. It’s also got some info on the Georgetown Library fire from the same day. (Busy day for the firemen in the District, I guess.) They’re also selling a very snazzy t-shirt (seen above) to help the cause.

This actually makes me want to clean a little

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Cleaning sports set

They could extend the line and make a little goalie blocker dust pad.

Thanks to BB for the tip. You always find the best design stuff.