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Tuesday, 28 December 2004
Purple is the new red
Topic: Education
Some psychologists and teachers say purple ink is less intimidating than red on a corrected school paper. "When it comes to correcting papers and grading tests, purple is emerging as the new red."

"Red's legacy as the color used in correcting papers and marking mistakes goes back to the 1700s, the era of the quill pen. In those days, red ink was used by clerks and accountants to correct ledgers. From there, it found its way into teachers' hands." Read the article "Harshness of red marks has students seeing purple" By Naomi Aoki, Boston Globe, 23.Aug.2004

»More about this from Joanne Jacobs 23.Aug.2004
»FOX News 27.Aug.2004
»Sherry Parmet, San Diego Union-Tribune 4.Oct.2004

posted by niblog at 09:47 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 December 2004 15:20 CET
The Best Webcomics of 2004
Topic: Comics
End-of-Year Special - I wish I had time to read all The Best Webcomics of 2004, chosen by The Webcomics Examiner advisory board.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 December 2004 09:52 CET
Monday, 27 December 2004
Most popular Google searches 2004
Topic: Logos
Search patterns, trends, and surprises "Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world, the 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and trends." (via marchdesign)

The most popular queries 2004: 1. britney spears, 2. paris hilton 3. christina aguilera, 4. pamela anderson, 5. chat, 6. games, 7. carmen electra, 8. orlando bloom, 9. harry potter, 10. mp3. Read more on Google Zeitgeist

Compare this with Janet Jackson: Web's Most Wanted 2004 from The Top 100 search terms of 2004 on The Lycos 50

»Image: Britney Spears, Esquire, Magazine cover November 2003
»Check out the complete Esquire Cover Gallery since 1933

The Esquire logo was drawn by lettering artist and type designer Jim Parkinson in collaboration with Roger Black and Ann Pomeroy. You can see Parkinson's work at his website, including the Esquire logo.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 23 April 2005 15:12 MEST
Sunday, 26 December 2004
Absolut Vodka Advertising
Topic: Advertising
V&S, the makers of Renat Brännvin also makes Absolut. They say Absolut Vodka's advertising campaign is the world's longest ever uninterrupted one. To this date, it comprises 1,450 original ads, with more added each month. One of my favorites is Absolut Rome with a red Vespa scooter. Check the ad archives:

» is "a tribute to the imagination and artistic feeling reflected in these ads."
» is "an archive of the cool Absolut Vodka ads that appear in different magazines."
»On "you will find all the information you would ever want or need to know about Absolut ad collecting."
» is the official Absolut web site.
»Search eBay for Absolut Vodka Collectibles
»Swedish company Vin & Sprit won the rights to the domain name Read the WIPO Domain Name Decision: D2002-0926 3.Dec.2002 (via

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2005 21:48 MEST
Adbusters Spoof Ads
Topic: Advertising
"Drink provokes the desire but takes away the performance" -- William Shakespeare

Adbusters Culture Jammers spoof ads about fashion, tobacco, alcohol, food...
»Visit the gallery on

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2005 21:47 MEST
Saturday, 25 December 2004
Merry Christmas!
Topic: Design
Renat Brännvin (Swedish Vodka) schnapps is on the Christmas dining table year after year. The bottle was redesigned in 2002. New bottle (to the right) by Jan Johansson, Orrefors glass factory. The new label was designed by Roland Ingemarsson, Studio Ring AB.
»Read more in the V&S press releases: 20.Feb.2002, 29.Oct.2002 (in Swedish).

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 09:21 CET
Beatles Christmas Records - mp3
Topic: Music
The Beatles Christmas Records "If you were fortunate enough to have been a member of the official Beatles fan club between 1963 and 1969, then you likely have heard one or more of these records. The Beatles recorded them and sent them out to their adoring fans every year, finally collecting them all on one album for the 1970 edition."

»Listen to the Beatles Christmas Records on Sci-Fi-Hi-Fi (mp3)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Friday, 24 December 2004
Read a Carl Barks Christmas story today
Topic: Comics
Carl Barks - Today, me and my kids are reading Carl Barks' Christmas Stories. My favorite is "Christmas on Bear Mountain" from Donald Duck Four Color no.178 (1947).

>Read Christmas on Bear Mountain online via Kit's Silver Age Comic Books
>Here is a list of Disney Comics Online
>More about Carl Barks the Disney artist who created Scrooge McDuck and many well-loved comic books.

>Kop Walt Disney's Kalle Anka, Carl Barks Julbok 1945-1963 fr?n Bokus Bokhandel (Swedish Bookstore)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 21 January 2005 13:52 CET
Thursday, 23 December 2004
Vintage Pelikan Ink Bottle on eBay (Bulgaria 1936)
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Made 1936 in Bulgarian Pelikan factory The label is cool but I am not bidding on this huge Pelikan ink bottle, eBay item #2294814895. The slogan is "Very easy to write with and doesn't damage the nibs" (Auction ends 23.Dec.2004)

Search eBay for Pelikan Pens

More about Pelikan on the Pelikan Calligraphy page

UPDATE: Winning bid was US $ 36.95

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005 21:42 CET
Wednesday, 22 December 2004
Great Penmanship on eBay
Topic: Calligraphy
C P Zaner business card and other great samples of ornamental penmanship from the Zanerian College of Penmanship are sold on eBay by Del Tysdal in Glyndon, Minnesota. Search eBay for Ornamental Penmanship (Auctions ends 28-30 Dec.2004)

»More about Ornamental Penmanship on my E.A. Lupfer page

posted by niblog at 18:46 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 19:46 CET
Blog Buttons or Stickers
Topic: Blogging
Button Maker
Create 80x15 buttons for your blog with the Button Maker by Bill Zeller. Adam Kalsey put together the user interface

The bitmap font is 'Silkscreen', freeware by Jason Kottke

Steal 'em - Taylor McKnight's great button collection.

The 80*15 Niblog button is made with Photoshop.

posted by niblog at 00:29 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 22:54 CET
Jimmy Corrigan - The Smartest Kid on Earth
Topic: Comics

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 24 December 2004 00:04 CET
Tuesday, 21 December 2004
IAMPETH - The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting
Topic: Calligraphy
IAMPETH is an international association of over 400 members strong dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful art of fine penmanship. Founded in 1949, it is the oldest and largest penmanship organization in the United States. Download the Penman's Journal, Fall 2003 (pdf 6.8MB).
Read more on the Official Homepage of IAMPETH

posted by niblog at 00:49 CET
Monday, 20 December 2004
Bound & Lettered (formerly Tabellae Ansatae)
Topic: Calligraphy
Bound & Lettered (formerly Tabellae Ansatae) provides practical information on bookbinding, calligraphy, artists' books, and papercraft. This quarterly publication features how-to articles with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, artist galleries featuring the works of accomplished calligraphers & books artists, useful articles on tools & materials and book & exhibit reviews. Download Sample Issue Vol.3, No.2 (pdf 5.5MB) from John Neal Bookseller

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 21 December 2004 00:54 CET
Sunday, 19 December 2004
William Shakespeare Action Figure with removable Quill Pen!
Topic: Quills
To buy or not to buy the Shakespeare action figure... that is the question!
Today I almost bought the hard plastic William Shakespeare Action Figure as a christmas gift. I really liked the removable book and quill pen! Then I realized my son doesn't play with action figures anymore, and so I didn't buy it (from the Combo Store in Stockholm).

»The Shakespeare toy is produced by Accoutrements. They also makes Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Beethoven, Jesus and many more action figures
»Search eBay auctions for William Shakespeare Action Figures
»Buy the Shakespeare Action Figure from

UPDATE: View a larger image on my

posted by niblog at 18:29 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 08:07 CET
The Bonefolder - a journal for the bookbinder and book artist
Topic: Design
The Bonefolder is a new free e-magazine about book arts, hand bookbinding, teaching, business practice, the history of the book, general tips & tricks, exhibitions, how-to technical articles, and reviews. Download The Bonefolder - Vol.1, No.1, Fall 2004 (pdf 1.6MB) or read more on the Book Arts Web

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 20 December 2004 09:27 CET
Ornamental Penmanship on eBay auctions
Topic: Calligraphy
Fancy signature cards and other great samples of original pen and ink ornamental penmanship from the Zanerian College of Penmanship are sold on eBay by Del Tysdal in Glyndon, Minnesota. Search eBay for Ornamental Penmanship (Auctions ends 20.Dec.2004)

»More about Ornamental Penmanship on my E.A. Lupfer page

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 19 December 2004 21:43 CET
Saturday, 18 December 2004
Thomas Ingmire's Calligraphy
Topic: Calligraphy
Calligraphy & Fine Art by San Francisco calligrapher Thomas Ingmire.

posted by niblog at 13:40 CET
Updated: Monday, 20 December 2004 09:34 CET
Breast Implants ...cheaper than a car and better than a fountain pen
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Breast Implants are becoming quite the graduation gift. "It's cheaper than a car and better than a fountain pen." says Miami doctor Lenny Roudner, who is so popular among women seeking implants that his nickname is "Dr. Boobner". Read more in the article 'More teens see implants as a right' by Jodi Mailander Farrell on (Image text: 'Pamela Anderson is just one of the celebrities famous for her implants.')

>For a more appropriate gift, check out my favorite Calligraphy Fountain Pens

posted by niblog at 12:53 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 14:36 CET
AIGA - Symbol Signs
Topic: Signs
The complete set of 50 passenger/pedestrian symbols developed by AIGA is now available, free of charge. Signs are available in EPS and GIF formats from AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts

posted by niblog at 00:57 CET
Updated: Thursday, 24 March 2005 01:52 CET

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