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Tuesday, 6 September 2005
An ex's revenge?
Topic: Pens, Pencils
"A man broke into a garage on the 300 block of Chapman Avenue in San Bruno and stole 10 to 15 Sharpie pens at 9:24 a.m. Sunday. The person left behind a music demo CD which the victim determined was her ex-boyfriend's." From San Mateo Daily Journal

( -- The official website for Sharpie Permanent Markers)

posted by niblog at 06:54 MEST
Monday, 5 September 2005
What can you Hemi?
Topic: Design
What did they Hemi? -- check out the Paper Shredder with a Hemi 5.7L V8 engine!

posted by niblog at 00:16 MEST
Sunday, 4 September 2005
If he had chewing gum in his mouth...
Topic: Education
He probably wouldn't be doing this with his pencil. -- An ad arguing for chewing gum in school. From the magazine The Instructor, May 1935. Found in the Vintage ads journal

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 4 September 2005 00:05 MEST
Saturday, 3 September 2005
Type Rocks
Topic: Typography
font is back. FontShop's acclaimed magazine of typography and design has returned after a three-year hiatus with font 004: Community. Some of our favorite creative luminaries tackle this issue’s theme, with writing by Margaret Richardson and John D. Berry and design by Punchcut, Underware, and Marian Bantjes.
font 004 debuted in New York at TypeCon2005. Attendees of the annual typography conference hungrily grabbed from a stack of advance copies. Now you can lay claim to your own. (via snog blog)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Friday, 2 September 2005
Macintosh Stories: Swedish Campground
Topic: Design
Swedish Campground -- "...It's difficult to come up with a small icon that means 'command', and we didn't think of anything right away. Our bitmap artist Susan Kare had a comprehensive international symbol dictionary and she leafed through it, looking for an appropriate symbol that was distinctive, attractive and had at least something to do with the concept of a menu command.

Finally she came across a floral symbol that was used in Sweden to indicate an interesting feature or attraction in a campground. She rendered a 16 x 16 bitmap of the little symbol and showed it to the rest of the team, and everybody liked it. Twenty years later, even in OS X, the Macintosh still has a little bit of a Swedish campground in it."
Read the story at (via coudal)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Friday, 2 September 2005 00:47 MEST
Wednesday, 31 August 2005
Jean-Piere Lepine, Cybergraph pens
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Jean-Pierre Lepine, Paris -- "The Cybergraph pen comes in carbon fiber, palladium and briarwood styles (the carbon fiber and briarwood are each $1625, the palladium can be purchased for $900). The pens come with an external ink pump because Jean Pierre Lepine didn't want the user to have to dip the pen in ink." (via

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Thursday, 1 September 2005 21:23 MEST
Monday, 29 August 2005
Einstein's Fountainpen
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Einstein's Pen -- In 1921 Albert Einstein presented his friend, and fellow theoretical physicist, Paul Ehrenfest with the fountain pen that he had used to write down his research on General Relativity. (via his nibs)

>>Here is an old post about Einstein's handwriting

posted by niblog at 06:29 MEST
Sunday, 28 August 2005
Interesting Signs
Topic: Signs
Interesting signs -- most of them in Swedish. Photos by Anders Hultman

posted by niblog at 09:26 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2005 09:31 MEST
Saturday, 27 August 2005
Raymond Savignac
Topic: Design
A collection of Japanese commercial prints by Raymond Savignac. (via

posted by niblog at 18:43 MEST
Friday, 26 August 2005
Tratex - Swedish roadsign font
Topic: Typography
Tratex -- download Tratex, the font used on Swedish road signs, from Vagverket, The Swedish Road Administration. [direct links:,]

Make your own Swedish roadsign at:

posted by niblog at 00:26 MEST
Thursday, 25 August 2005
Snapatorium, vintage photographs
Topic: Photography
Snapatorium -- Original vintage snapshots for sale.

posted by niblog at 06:51 MEST
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Japanese Pencil Carvings
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Japanese Pencil Carvings, mainly produced by Mizuta Tasogare and Kato Jado.

posted by niblog at 06:53 MEST
Tuesday, 23 August 2005
Original Einstein Manuscript Discovered
Topic: Education
Einstein's handwriting -- Manuscript in Einstein's handwriting (dated December 1924), with editorial markup. It was evidently used by Einstein to correct the page proofs in early 1925 and then left behind in Leiden. "The original manuscript of a paper Albert Einstein published in 1925 has been found in the archives of Leiden University's Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics. High-resolution photographs of the 16-page, German-language manuscript and an account of its discovery were posted on the institute's Web site." (via His Nibs)

posted by niblog at 07:02 MEST
Monday, 22 August 2005
Young girl's sticker collection from late '70s
Topic: Design
Swapatorium has scans of a young girl's sticker collection from 25 years ago purchased at a flea market. (via boingboing)

posted by niblog at 00:06 MEST
Sunday, 21 August 2005
Sculpture created from pencils
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Jennifer Maestre constructed "Spine" in 2000 out of the pointy ends of pencils. "Ordinary materials - from paper cups and pencil stubs to tires, twist ties and playing cards - were transformed into extraordinary art in this exhibition at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum." (Over + Over: Passion for Process, on view Jan.29 - Apr.3)

posted by niblog at 08:33 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 21 August 2005 10:31 MEST
Saturday, 20 August 2005
Fastest printer in the world
Topic: Design
The Mitsuibishi Diamondstar 90 is reportedly the fastest offset printer in the world, capable of running 90,000 color newssheets per hour. (via Red Ferret and

posted by niblog at 18:52 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2005 19:02 MEST
Friday, 19 August 2005
The Exciting Game of Career Girls
Topic: Design
The Exciting Game of Career Girls (via

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2005 18:36 MEST
Thursday, 18 August 2005
ABECEDARIUM, A Guild of Book Workers Exhibit of Alphabet Books
Topic: Design
ABeCeDarium : An Exhibit of Alphabet Books -- The Guild of Book Workers' 1998/99 members' exhibition is an excellent representation of contemporary work in binding, letterpress printing, calligraphy, illustration and artists' books.
contents :: exhibit

posted by niblog at 08:51 MEST
Wednesday, 17 August 2005
A massive gallery of people giving the finger to Hummers.
Topic: Design "The H2 is the ultimate poseur vehicle. It has the chassis of a Chevy Tahoe and a body that looks like the original Hummer; i.e. it's a Chevy Tahoe in disguise." is a massive gallery of people giving the finger to Hummers. (via coudal)

[Official site of Hummer]

posted by niblog at 00:37 MEST
Tuesday, 16 August 2005
Algots ad
Topic: Logos
Algots ad -- Swedish menswear 1973 on my flickr

posted by niblog at 00:36 MEST

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