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Just Like Yours, Only They’re Mine: Josh Farmer

Scrabble Typography Edition

Scrabble Typography Edition – Winning Solutions, Inc.


Scrabble with Walnut Wood & Type

Scrabble with Walnut Wood & Type


Best way to win against a type fanatic is through distraction. Here’s to well-crafted, walnut-and-birchwood distractions.


Florida Teen Detained by TSA for Design on Her Purse

Florida teen detained by TSA for design on her purse | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News.

TSA: Saving us from all things fake.

And what’s with playing loose and free with the word terrifying?

Nokia Lumia 800: In-Depth 8-Minute Video Documentary

Nokia Lumia 800: In-Depth 8-Minute Video Documentary on YouTube.


A few good things first:

  • The curved glass that can be swiped from the edge is very nice.
  • The large size typography is a great differentiating factor and seems to present quite well.
  • The foreground/background effect is very cool and helps to orient the user as to where they are in the system (1:30, 3:30, 6:20).
  • The shape looks great; that 3.5 inch form factor is the go-to size.

And now for that other category:

  • Love the one-minute mark where he says they worked side-by-side with Apple Cinema Disp—sorry . . . what? He actually said they worked with Microsoft? Well, kick me off a cliff and call me a lemming. I get so confused when my eyes and ears tell me different things.
  • From 2:40–3:20, and this is just a question, why was it necessary for Chis Linnett to tell us how difficult it is for Nokia and Microsoft to work together? How does that raise the consumer’s perception or appreciation for either company? And do you actually have a blink reflex? And . . . theeeeeeeerrrrrrrre it is, at 7:08. Not a robot. Immediately followed by another blink. Now he’s just aiming for the Sir Blinks-A-Lot trophy.
  • It’s odd that “jump right in” means forming a committee to learn how to work together, especially for someone who worked at the other company for 12 years.
  • The neon tiles clash with the body colors that are not black. With such a strong motif like the tiles, it might help to frame it with a simple white, black, or gray for the body.
  • There is a limit to the depth of field focus that can be used without making it look cheesy. And 97% blurry.
  • No, the Lumia 800 is not just a big iPod Mini ’cuz it has slots for stuff.
  • Do we get to see the back of the device? I’m looking for a battery cover.
  • Be warned, Apple: Our antenna will kick your antenna’s butt.
  • I’ve seen more on-screen, reenacted, team collaboration in a movie on solitary confinement. If the narrator says it, show it. Which brings up a thought about that SWAT team . . .

Motorola Droid RAZR review | The Verge

Motorola Droid RAZR review | The Verge.

Hold on, I thought a sealed battery was supposed to be a bad thing.

And in case you missed the headings because they were too small, that slab serif is Adelle by Type Together. Same for captions. Beautiful, sturdy, and it means business — authoritative without being bossy.

Chevrolet Speedometer Design Through the Years

Chevrolet speedometer design.


2008 Chevy Cruze


“My volume goes to 11.”

“My speedometer goes to 220. On my 2008 Chevy Cruze.”

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Tim Brown: More Perfect Typography

I have an article in the works about Typekit, so to get you in the mood, here is a great Build Conference talk by Tim Brown, the Type Manager for Typekit, called More Perfect Typography. This video is full of great info and hints about achieving excellence in web type. Scala Sans is his type choice for slides.

WordPress Progress with Themes

I’d just like to mention that WordPress seems to be having a major burst of new themes coming out, and I’m happy about that. Not all are great, but still, they’re trying and it shows. A good amount of them even have a dash of class, like a focus on typography and minimalism, while still retaining the ability to post whatever you want — videos, photos, links, whatever.

Kudos to WordPress’s efforts.