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Thursday, 26 May 2005
A Century of Candy Bars : An Analysis of Wrapper Design
Topic: Design
A Century of Candy Bars by Dave Grager. "The purpose of this analysis was to gain a broad understanding of the design process of packaging in the confections (specifically candy bar) category. The aim was to, first, take an historical look at the development of the product category. Then, through the study of graphic design trends related to the product, understand what sociocultural, technical, and manufacturing events triggered such trends."
»Read more at Speak Up, a division of UnderConsideration. (via Boing Boing)

»Download A Century of Candy Bars: An Analysis of Wrapper Design [pdf 1.5 Mb], thesis, Syracuse University 2004.

posted by niblog at 01:08 MEST
SOPRANOS Pinball Machines from Stern Pinball, Inc.
Topic: Design
Stern Pinball's newest pinball machine, THE SOPRANOS® pinball, offers would be wise guys a dynamic interactive experience into the world of the critically acclaimed and award-winning HBO® hit television series THE SOPRANOS®. For all those who have been spellbound by mobster-themed movies and television shows throughout the years, THE SOPRANOS® pinball machine is a must for any player, distributor, operator, and home collector wanting to share in the excitement. (via linkfilter)

Download the Sopranos Pinball Machine Brochure (pdf 825kb)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 28 May 2005 19:36 MEST
Wednesday, 25 May 2005
National Stationery Show 2005
Topic: Pens, Pencils
59th Annual National Stationery Show was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, May 15-18, 2005. Read a report at His Nibs

posted by niblog at 01:23 MEST
Tuesday, 24 May 2005
NYPL Digital Gallery
Topic: Calligraphy
NYPL Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library's new image database, developed to provide free and open online access to thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of the Research Libraries. I found this colored woodcut: An illustration of writing brushes, ID:1221632, when I searched for 'Writing materials'.

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2005 06:52 MEST
Monday, 23 May 2005
Brack is Back at Indy
Topic: Motor Racing
Kenny Brack posted the seventh quickest lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday as the 1999 Indy 500 champion logged his first day on track for Rahal Letterman Racing as a replacement for the injured Buddy Rice.

Kenny Bräck
Rahal Letterman Racing
IndyCar Series
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

posted by niblog at 01:29 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 19 November 2005 15:10 CET
Sunday, 22 May 2005
DC Comics seeks a Letterer
Topic: Comics
DC Comics seeks a Letterer for the DC Lettering department. Responsible for performing in-house computer lettering and SFX for comic books and special projects. Coordinates with Art Director and Editorial as to creative expectations of each assignment. Handles delivery and tracking of lettering proofs through approval stages. Handles delivery of final lettering files for print. Handles other duties and projects as assigned.

Job Title: Letterer
TimeWarner Division: DC Comics
Location: United States, New York, New York
Position Type: Full Time

Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required. A degree in related field or equivalent work experience required. Prior computer or production experience preferred. Previous comic book experience a plus. Design experience helpful. Knowledge of up to and including the most recent version of Illustrator (Macintosh) required. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress a plus. Typing and typography skills required. Must be able to meet deadlines under strict time constraints. Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Must show attentiveness to detail. Must have proficient proofreading skills. Design skills preferred.

Read more -- register at Time Warner, Inc. and search for DC comics.

posted by niblog at 01:34 MEST
Updated: Monday, 23 May 2005 02:50 MEST
Saturday, 21 May 2005
Vintage Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 Pencils
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 Pencils sold on eBay. "Vintage Eberhard Faber Blackwing Pencils #602. 10 pencil mint with box." Auction ended 13.May.2005. View eBay item #6530627421. Winning bid was US $158.50. (via journalisimo and pragmatik)

»Read the story 'The Blackwing 602 - the Final Chapter' by Doug Martin, June 2004, at

»Search eBay for pencils

posted by niblog at 09:04 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 21 May 2005 09:11 MEST
Friday, 20 May 2005
Funny Signs
Topic: Signs is a collection of funny signs.

posted by niblog at 06:33 MEST
Thursday, 19 May 2005
JPEG collections - From the Ivan Brunetti archives
Topic: Comics
Alternative cartoonist Ivan Brunetti has posted his collection of oddball cartoon memorabilia... (via Cartoon Brew)

posted by niblog at 09:01 MEST
Wednesday, 18 May 2005
Dereon - typeface for Beyonce
Topic: Typography
Dereon font family was created in 2005 for Beyonce (& Tina) Knowles, the music celebrity who launched her fashion line House of Dereon. "Initially the art director started to use Caledonia and naturally we wanted to keep some links to this innovative typeface created by W. A. Dwiggins. During the development process, the music of Beyonce was also very influential." Read more at Porchez Typofonderie (via Microsoft Typography)

posted by niblog at 07:19 MEST
Tuesday, 17 May 2005
Vintage Magazine Covers
Topic: Photography
Vintage Images - Vintage ads and Magazine covers on flickr

posted by niblog at 07:18 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 22 May 2005 21:48 MEST
Monday, 16 May 2005
Ballograf - Swedish ballpoint pens and mechanical pencils
Topic: Pens, Pencils
The Ballograf site is updated. -- "In 1945 an Austrian, Eugen Spitzer, set up a company in Göteborg with the aim of selling office supplies. With the assistance of Fritz Schaechter, an Austrian engineer, manufacturing of ballpoint pens began on a small scale in a garage on St. Pauli Street. Production subsequently increased and the business moved to Krokslätt Street in Mölndal, with the company now called Ballografverken AB. The Ballograf brand was marketed throughout the Nordic countries and soon became well-known. Ballograf was early in launching a ballpoint pen with a push mechanism, which delivered increased user friendliness. In 1956 Ballograf introduced a ballpoint cartridge containing light-fast ink. This was the major breakthrough for the ballpoint pen as it was now possible for public authorities and companies to use it. Ballograf was the leading brand of ballpoint pen in the Nordic countries. Sales were also progressing in other European countries including Austria, Switzerland and Holland.

In 1959 the company was bought by the BIC Group, a French company that wanted to establish itself in the Nordic office supplies market.

During 2004 BIC decided to sell the brand, along with manufacture of Ballograf products, to the then head of its Nordic operation. The sale was completed on 1st November 2004 and 50% of the company is now owned by Jan Johansson and 50% by Tommy Kvist."

»Ballograf AB the Swedish pen manufacturer
»Download the Ballograf 2005 catalog (pdf 340kb)

posted by niblog at 06:28 MEST
Sunday, 15 May 2005
McDonald's - Sucking Baby
Topic: Advertising
Gro?er Osterreichischer Plakatpreis in Platin - Kreativste Plakate - Creative Poster, McDonald's, Austria 2002. (via Stay Free and Boing Boing)

McDonalds Austria
Gewista outdoor advertising agency
CCP Heye ad agency

[View larger image at my flickr]

posted by niblog at 07:50 MEST
Saturday, 14 May 2005
Traffic Diamond Signs
Topic: Signs
Diamond Signs -- 688 Photos of Traffic Diamond Signs with GPS coordinates at Don Knuth's home page. (via coudal)

posted by niblog at 08:08 MEST
Friday, 13 May 2005
PEN AGAIN: Ergonomic Pens, Writing Instruments, Cool New Gadgets
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Penagain "Partners Colin Roche and Bobby Ronsse decided to take a fresh look at the dynamics of hand control in writing, which yielded a surprisingly different pen." (via Boing Boing and fish8me)

posted by niblog at 06:36 MEST
Thursday, 12 May 2005
Kay Bojesen - Danish Designer
Topic: Design
"From now on, no child should ever be bored." Kaj Bojesen

Kay Bojesen was a silversmith, but through his wooden toys he became known as one of Danish applied art's great pioneers. The Teak Monkey with the prankster's look and the light coloured belly, has been in continuous production since 1951. Read more about Bojesen's toy/sculptures at (Larger image on my flickr)

»Search eBay for Kay Bojesen design. [A new 20cm (8") monkey should cost about DKK 700 (US $110)]

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2005 00:40 MEST
Wednesday, 11 May 2005
Disturbing Children's Books
Topic: Design
"After a good meal and a good pipe, George felt very tired."
Image from DeeT's Disturbing Children's Books

"In the 70s, we didn't find it necessary to hide so many things from our children and from each other. Here are some tidbits that should never have acquired any historical significance." Read more at DeeT's 70s page

(More about Curious George)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 11 May 2005 04:26 MEST
Tuesday, 10 May 2005
DC's New Logo
Topic: Logos
As announced in the New York Times, DC Comics will be rolling out a new logo on May 25th. Read more in the beat

"DC's old logo was designed by the legendary Milton Glaser in the '70s, and has been an integral aspect of the company. Yes, we're sorry to see it go..."

Enhanced power for Superman publisher -- article in the International Herald Tribune, by George Gene Gustines, The New York Times.

UPDATE: Read about the new logo, created by Josh Beatman of Brainchild Studios in the official DC Comics Press Release

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 10 May 2005 05:51 MEST
Monday, 9 May 2005
The Fine Press Book Association
Topic: Typography
The Fine Press Book Association (FPBA) is an organization formed by individuals interested in the art of fine printing to promote printing skills and the appreciation of beautiful books. Parenthesis is the Association's journal. It is published twice a year and is free to members.

posted by niblog at 02:13 MEST
Saturday, 7 May 2005
Innovative fountain pen writes on the nanoscale
Topic: Pens, Pencils
The Nanofountain Probe (NFP) -- "Researchers at Northwestern University have demonstrated writing at the sub-100 nanometer molecular scale in fountain-pen fashion. They developed a novel atomic force microscope (AFM) probe chip with an integrated microfluidic system for capillary feeding of molecular ink. Their results are published online by Small, a new journal dedicated to breakthroughs in nanoscience and engineering." Read the news article at EurekAlert! (via Slashdot)

»Image from the Micro and Nanomechanics Lab, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
»Download K.-H. Kim, N. Moldovan, and H.D. Espinosa, "A Nanofountain Probe with Sub-100 nm Molecular Writing Resolution," Small, Vol. 1, No. 6, pp. 632-635, 2005. (PDF, 176kB)

posted by niblog at 15:10 MEST

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