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January 19, 2011 / Gem

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes

Jonathan Safran Foer‘s all-time favourite book is Bruno Schulz‘s Cinnamon Shops, retitled The Street Of Crocodiles when it was translated into English 47 years ago. “Some things you love passively,” Foer told Vanity Fair, “some you love actively. In this case, I felt the compulsion to do something with it.” So Foer has cut Schulz’s text to ribbons and turn it into a different book credited to Jonathan Safran Foer. Snip seven letters from the title Street of Crocodiles and you get Tree of Codes – and so on, for 134 intricately scissored pages.

January 6, 2011 / Gem

Aurora LED light from

Check out this new LED colour changing light from MADE. I’m not a massive fan of ‘mood’ lights in general, but the controls on this one are pretty damn cool! The control at the front works like a trackpad, allowing for 16 million unique colour and brightness combinations, and a choice of fixed/flow colour or monochrome. Pretty neat stuff! More here.

December 31, 2010 / Kizette

Happy New Year Monkeys!

Some Friday/NYE fun =)

Slovak web design company Zaraguza has launched a simulated web design disaster to remind us why we shouldn’t work on New Year’s Eve. From half a glass of wine to seven, the simulator of drunken web design reminds us of the horrors of Comic Sans font, underlined headings, missing text, inappropriate heading colours and background images, editing notes and distracting music videos (turn the sound on 2.5 glasses). See what could happen to our site if left in the hands of drunken idiots. —

Try it here!

December 14, 2010 / Gem

Some typography inspiration!

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This is a selection from one of my favourite blogs, Typography Served. It showcases some truly amazing work, some of which really breaks boundaries with what you can do with type.

December 10, 2010 / Kizette

How to Solve Creative Blocks

Creativity is absolutely for everyone. I firmly believe this. I think if you’re the driest accountant with the plastic pocket pen protector it’s in how you interact with the world. There is artistry in everything that we do and there is expression in everything that we do […] — Rainn Wilson


December 9, 2010 / dpiddy1

When good people pick bad fonts

For all you Comic Sans haters out there!!! Mykl Roventine gives his presentation “When good people pick bad fonts” at Ignite Minneapolis #1 on April 22, 2009.

December 9, 2010 / Kizette

Graeme Taylor’s bullet-time

Graeme Taylor captures the world using a high-speed video camera on a fast-moving train. The results are really striking.