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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
American System of Vertical Writing
Topic: Calligraphy
American System of Vertical Writing - Four pages leaflet about The American System of Vertical Writing, American Book Co., 1894. From "Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920". (A project of The Digital Scriptorium and the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History; Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library; Duke University , Durham, NC.) (Database Number: A0566 )

posted by niblog at 07:34 CET
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Monday, 7 February 2005
Downloading comics: threat or menace?
Topic: Comics
I read about downloading pirate scans of comic books on Boing Boing 6.Jan.2005. The post was about this Newsarama thread. It says Z-Cult FM is "the largest BitTorrent feed for pirated comics... ZcultFM.com hosts the torrent files that allow people to download comics that other people have scanned in."

»Many bloggers wrote about this, and I like what Laura Gjovaag said in Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog: "There are Golden Age stories that are not in print, DC has no plans to ever reprint them, and buying the individual issues would bankrupt me. I have no moral problem downloading those stories, as I will buy any reprint DC puts out and if I ever have the money I'd buy the originals, too. I have serious issues with more modern books, however, and especially with any book that's actually in print."

»Jason St. Claire says "Scanning comics is like crack; it's addictive". Read the article 'Free Comic Book Day 24/7/365: The Scurvy Dogs of Comics Piracy' at comicbookgalaxy.com

»Personally I don't have the time to search for and download comics. I buy some trade paperbacks and I read a few comics online. I prefer comic books printed on paper, and today you can find almost any old comics on eBay. But I guess if I was 15 years old I'd be downloading comics all the time.

»Right now zcultfm.com "are experiencing problems but will be back on Feb.8th.2005."

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 7 February 2005 01:48 CET
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Sunday, 6 February 2005
The Last Supper Parodies
Topic: Art
A small collection of parodies of da Vinci's Last Supper at Erik Stattin's Swedish blog mymarkup.net

"When a clothes company tried presenting a group of well-dressed women in a Last Supper style pose, their poster campaign was banned in Milan."

»Read the story Milan bans Da Vinci parody - about The Last Supper advertisement for Marithé + François Girbaud. The Guardian, 4.Feb.2005. (More in Guardian : Newsblog)



»Girbaud.com - jeans, fashion.

»Search Google for more Last Supper Images

»Mona Lisa Images for a Modern World features parodies of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting and discussion from a modern cultural perspective...

posted by niblog at 13:35 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005 00:38 CET
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What are they wearing? - Extremist Symbols, Logos and Tattoos
Topic: Education
Hate On Display - A Visual Database of Extremist Symbols, Logos and Tattoos, run by ADL - Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network - to help parents distinguish harmless pop-cultural slogans and symbols from those that the ADL calls "shorthand for hatred".

»More symbols at Symbols.net - Directory to the world of Signs, Glyphs and Symbols.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 February 2005 00:02 CET
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Saturday, 5 February 2005
Adobe Design Achievement Awards - For Students
Topic: Education
2005 Adobe Design Achievement Awards -- Call for Entries -- Students: Win exciting prizes and international recognition! Learn more at Adobe Education

"The awards will honor the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, and computer artists from the world's top design, film, and broadcast institutions. Two new categories -- animation and broadcast design -- broaden the scope of video submissions." (The Contest begins on March 14, 2005, and ends on April 29, 2005.)


posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 5 February 2005 09:44 CET
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Friday, 4 February 2005
AutoArt Magazine
Topic: Art

Auto Art Magazine #34 arrived in the mailbox last week. Nice pictures and articles. For example 'How to: Hand Lettering Techniques, Part Four' by Doc Guthrie, Professor of the Sign Graphics Programs, LATTC

And here are some cool airbrush artists, featured in the magazine:
Scooter Puzzles
Yvonne Mecialis
Fern Gadd - new web address:
www.infernoairbrush.com


posted by niblog at 06:17 CET
Updated: Friday, 17 April 2009 16:09 MEST
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Diarist.net - online diaries
Topic: Blogging

posted by niblog at 06:16 CET
Updated: Friday, 4 February 2005 06:37 CET
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Thursday, 3 February 2005
O,I,L - Album Cover Scrabble
Topic: Music
CD Scrabble is a cool idea. Here is: Damien Rice "O", Magnetic Fields "I" and Steve Hillage "L". From the Swedish blog Blind Höna 22.Jan.2005.

posted by niblog at 01:29 CET
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Wednesday, 2 February 2005
Hermann Zapf - Hunt Roman; the birth of a type
Topic: Typography
Hunt roman; the birth of a type. Commentary and notes by Hermann Zapf and Jack Werner Stauffacher. Foreword by George H. M. Lawrence. Includes illustrations showing the development of this type face. View the Digital Book in the Carnegie Mellon University, Posner Collection.

"Rachel Hunt, who knew and loved both fine printing and beautiful design, commissioned Hermann Zapf to design a typeface that, while used as display type with Spectrum Monotype, would make the Hunt Institute's publications more elegant and graceful." Read more at the Roy A. Hunt Foundation website.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Gmail - 1GB free email space
Topic: Blogging
It is useful to have a Gmail address (Google's free Webmail service). 1 gigabyte storage is great.

»The only way you can get a Gmail account is by invitation. (Thanks Johnny!) For almost nine months, gmailswap.com provided a place for nice people to help nice people. Now Gmail Swap is closed, and says: "Google is tossing out invitations as if they were candy - if you're looking for one, chances are that one of your friends, or someone at another online community, can help you out."

posted by niblog at 00:00 CET
Updated: Monday, 20 June 2005 21:40 MEST
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Tuesday, 1 February 2005
Air King - Vintage Labels
Topic: Design
Mint condition AIRKING brand asparagus label from Labelman's eBay Store. Information on labels and over 2,000 brands listed at www.thelabelman.com

»Search eBay auctions for crate labels

posted by niblog at 00:54 CET
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Monday, 31 January 2005
A. N. Palmer, handwriting expert, standing outdoors
Topic: Calligraphy
Half-length portrait of A. N. Palmer, handwriting expert, standing outside a building in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Palmer developed a new method of handwriting that was adopted by the board of education for instruction in Chicago schools.

Notes This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper.

Created/Published 12.Oct.1910 (Cite as: DN-0056081, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.)

I found the image while searching for "handwriting" in the American Memory site from the Library of Congress.

View a larger image on flickr.com
More about A.N. Palmer in The American Penman

posted by niblog at 00:04 CET
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Truck Lettering Service
Topic: Design
"Steve's Truck & Van Lettering, Kona, Hi. Pinstriping Too"

I searched Google Images for "lettering service" and this is the first image I found! Full size image posted on flickr.com (tag: )

posted by niblog at 00:02 CET
Updated: Saturday, 19 February 2005 01:19 CET
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Flickr.com - online photo management
Topic: Photography
It seems like all bloggers has photos on flickr.com so I have signed up for my own Flickr account

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 speedysnail.com)

posted by niblog at 00:37 CET
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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
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