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Sunday, 30 January 2005
Vintage Gillott #404 pen nibs on eBay
Topic: Nibs
Joseph Gillott 404 - excellent nibs for sale on eBay. "Box of English Pen Nibs, manufactured by Joseph Gillott, Birmingham, England, No. 404 size nib, box measures 2 ? x 1 ? inches and is covered in a nice floral printed paper with a bottom label and seal, certificate of authenticity inside stating that these are made at the appointment of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, 'Dated April 13, 1840', steel pen nibs are incised "Joseph Gillott's, Warranted, England, 404". Auction ends 31.Jan.2005. View eBay item #6507671076. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for nibs
»Visit my gallery of old Gillott Nib Boxes

UPDATE: Winning bid was US $54.53

posted by niblog at 14:21 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005 21:15 CET
Font Masterclass 1 - Good, But Not For Masters
Topic: Typography
Excerpted from The Digital Designer's Bible: The Ultimate Route Map To Stress-Free Best Working Practice For Print And Web Designers by Alistair Dabbs and Alastair Campbell, Digit presents the article "Font Masterclass 1." 19.Jan.2005.

"Though decidely not for font masters, the excerpt is a good primer on typeface useage, structure, and terminology. Novice designers -- and intermediates looking for a brush up -- will find it an easy, enlightening read." (via The Design Weblog)

posted by niblog at 00:11 CET
Automatic Blogroll
Topic: Blogging
I really like 80x15 pixels link buttons and manually designed blogrolls, but right now I am testing an automatic link manager.

Here is my public blogroll, listing the RSS feeds I currently read. (Powered by Bloglines)

posted by niblog at 00:08 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 February 2005 23:43 CET
Saturday, 29 January 2005
MC5 Concert Posters
Topic: Music
MC-5 Posters, Handbills and Adverts from the MC5 Gateway

»Image: MC-5, The Chosen Few, Grande Ballroom, Detroit ,MI, 7-8.Oct.1966 by Gary Grimshaw - "The Visual Architect of the Detroit Sixties"

»Paper Song - the website of Gary Grimshaw

posted by niblog at 01:07 CET
Friday, 28 January 2005
Can we ever look at a pencil the same way again...?
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Amazing Micro Sculptures "Dalton Ghetti carves sculptures into the actual graphite of a pencil. These tiny works of art take years to complete and are extremely impressive when seen in real life." (Link via

posted by niblog at 00:37 CET
Blog from Sweden
Topic: Blogging
 I read Stationsvakt - Johnny Söderberg's blog (in Swedish).

 Find more blogs in Swedish at Bloggar på svenska, Artikelverkstan.
 More about Swedish blogs in this post 24.Jan.2005.

posted by niblog at 00:34 CET
Thursday, 27 January 2005
Beer Labels
Topic: Design
Download 340 Beer Logos in EPS or Adobe Illustrator format from

»My Logo Links are updated.

posted by niblog at 00:30 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 February 2005 00:37 CET
Wednesday, 26 January 2005
JOHNOSSI - debut album!
Topic: Music
The full length album, simply named Johnossi, will be released for sale on January 26th, 2005. Listen to Execution Song on Border Records. Read about the Swedish rock duo JOHNOSSI (John and Ossi) on

posted by niblog at 00:53 CET
Tuesday, 25 January 2005
Five hundred dollars in fines for poor handwriting
Topic: Calligraphy
Poor handwriting may result in fines - "Doctors with chicken scratch for handwriting who write illegible prescriptions could face discipline and up to $500 in fines per episode under a bill endorsed Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee."
 The panel voted 16-2 to send an amended version of House Bill 254, by Rep. Chris Harris, D-Bozeman, to the House floor for debate. Read the article by Charles S. Johnson, Helena, Montana in the Billings Gazette, 21.Jan.2005. (link via Kate Gladstone)

posted by niblog at 03:15 CET
Monday, 24 January 2005
Svenskt webbloggindex finns inte : Swedish blog directory closed
Topic: Blogging
The Swedish Weblogindex (Svenskt webbloggindex) run by Erik Stattin no longer exists.

Find Swedish blogs at,,,,, and has been suspended or cancelled.

posted by niblog at 10:48 CET
Updated: Friday, 28 January 2005 01:44 CET
Amazing Spider-Man : Stan Lee v. Marvel
Topic: Comics

posted by niblog at 00:16 CET
Sunday, 23 January 2005
Original Picasso sells on Costco Web site
Topic: Art
The crayon-on-paper drawing of a face signed and dated by Pablo Picasso was listed for $39,999.99 on the retailer's Web site January 12. It sold Wednesday, said Jim Sinegal, Costco's chief executive, who would not identify the buyer. Read the story at 21.Jan.2005. (link via newsfromme)

posted by niblog at 00:04 CET
Saturday, 22 January 2005
Calligraphic Society of Arizona - Artists and Inspirational sites
Topic: Calligraphy
Calligraphic Society of Arizona has changed it's url to The've upgraded the site and added links. (via Cyberscribes 9.nov.2004)

»Visit these links for inspiration

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 22 January 2005 00:35 CET
Friday, 21 January 2005
Hockney 'was wrong' over art copying claim
Topic: Art
This post disappeared. I don't know why!

posted by niblog at 01:25 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 March 2005 19:23 CET
Thursday, 20 January 2005
Norwegian School Posters
Topic: Education
Vintage Educational Posters Anatomy, birds, mammals, geography, history... An excellent collection of more than 1000 old classroom posters from 'The Centre for Pedagogical Texts and Learning Processes', Vestfold University College, Department of Teachers' Training, Norway.

Image: Grågås - Grey Goose

»Senter for Pedagogiske Tekster og Læreprosesser, Høgskolen i Vestfold.

posted by niblog at 00:07 CET
Wednesday, 19 January 2005
Sidebar Buttons
Topic: Blogging

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:00 CET
Tuesday, 18 January 2005
Scrapbooking is getting hot!
Topic: Typography
Scrapbookers are looking for fonts and they want to learn learn lettering and calligraphy.

"Words, Words, Words! Words are IN. Using alphabets of all different kinds are a hot trend. I love to use metal letters, tiles, stickers, pre-made vellum wording, and ANY kind of lettering on my pages. Everywhere I go, I notice lettering styles and fonts. Am I sick? Obsessed? No, I just love words!" Get the Stencil Look with Fonts, article by Kathleen Aho, aka 'Rockester', on 12.Sep.2004.

>Search eBay for Scrapbooking supplies and tools.
>FREE Stencil fonts on

posted by niblog at 01:41 CET
Updated: Friday, 21 January 2005 13:39 CET
Monday, 17 January 2005
Calligrapher Tom Gourdie died 6. January 2005
Topic: Calligraphy
Thomas Gourdie MBE; born May 18, 1913, died January 6, 2005. "If Tom Gourdie had a mission in life, it was to make the world write -- to produce writing styles that possessed clarity and fluidity, that were legible and a delight to the eye. In his 92nd year, he was Scotland's doyen of calligraphy and grand old man of handwriting..."

»Obituary by Gordon Casely in the Glasgow Herald 14.Jan.2005.
»Obituary by Alasdair Steven in The Scotsman 12.Jan.2005.

Recommended book:
Calligraphy for the Beginner, Tom Gourdie, Taplinger, 1981. ISBN 0800811887

posted by niblog at 00:02 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:37 CET
Sunday, 16 January 2005
Top 100 Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels 2004
Topic: Comics
2004 Industry Stats, Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels, Top 50 Manga Diamond Comics Distributors has released industry statistics for the entirety of 2004 showing the top selling comics, graphic novels and manga, as well as which company had the largest market share in 2004. Read the list on CBR News 14.Jan.2005.

Top 100 Graphic Novels / Trade Paperbacks of 2004
The #1 Trade Paperback 2004 is Batman: Hush Vol.1 by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. ISBN 1401200605

FROM THE PUBLISHER "From Jeph Loeb, the author of Batman: Dark Victory and Jim Lee, the founder of Wildstorm Comics. Old friends and enemies find themselves thrown together in a murderous plot hatched by Poison Ivy. What is she plotting? No one quite knows, but by manipulating both Batman and his enemies Killer Croc and Catwoman tensions are high and no one is to be trusted in Gotham City tonight!"

posted by niblog at 00:12 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:59 CET
Saturday, 15 January 2005
His Nibs - Bob Dylan
Topic: Music
His Nibs Bob Dylan, Santa Cruz, California, March 16. 2000. Album cover from the Bob Dylan artwork index at

»Search eBay auctions for nibs
»Search eBay for Bob Dylan

posted by niblog at 08:03 CET

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