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Tuesday, 13 September 2005
Swedish Snus - New Brands
Topic: Advertising
Smokeless Snus -- Lots of new brands such as Lucky Strike, Prince and LD are currently being test-marketed in Sweden. (On 1. June 2005, smoking was banned in pubs and restaurants in Sweden.) I scanned a few 'snusdosor' (snuff boxes/cans) and uploaded them to my flickr

Snuff firms sniff a profit in smoking bans -- "It looks hellish, it tastes hellish and it smells hellish. But then, so does smoking" Read more at

"Moist smokeless tobacco is the only growing segment of the tobacco industry, with more than 920 million cans sold in 2004, almost double the total 20 years ago." according to the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (leading brands: Copenhagen and Skoal)

[Snus is a moist powder tobacco. The most usual way to consume snus is to place it beneath the upper lip, and keep it there for a time varying from a few minutes to several hours, according to taste. Learn more in this encyclopedia article]

posted by niblog at 07:04 MEST
Monday, 12 September 2005
INKWELLRELIEF.COM Launches Huge Katrina Auctions
Topic: Comics -- "...promising some exciting auctions for comic fans in the hopes of raising money to help the Hurricane Katrina victims. Some of the highlights include Michael Avon Oeming's original cover art for 'Powers #1' and a special Stan Lee Spider-Man script, meant for a Spider-Man movie that never materialized." Auction starts Monday, September 12 at 9:00 pm. (via CBR News)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Monday, 12 September 2005 06:59 MEST
Sunday, 11 September 2005
Panos Fake Roadsigns
Topic: Signs
Panos, Fake Roadsigns -- "105 street signs realised by 47 worldwide artists, and just similar enough to real traffic signs to give one pause, have been attached to streetside poles around the french city of Lyon."

posted by niblog at 08:06 MEST
Saturday, 10 September 2005
Rare penmanship books online
Topic: Calligraphy has made an excellent collection of rare penmanship books available for viewing online. You will find the links at the bottom of the lessons page at: (via Calligraphy Exchange)

posted by niblog at 08:45 MEST
Friday, 9 September 2005
Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein
Topic: Art
Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein -- David Barsalou has moved his 'Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein' site to flickr

posted by niblog at 07:20 MEST
Thursday, 8 September 2005
Topic: Signs
Swanksigns -- dedicated to the art of mocking public works. (via Martin Klasch)

posted by niblog at 07:27 MEST
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

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