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Sunday, 18 September 2005
Stolen Rembrandt work recovered
Topic: Art
A self-portrait by Rembrandt has been recovered by Danish police, nearly five years after it was stolen in a daring raid on Sweden's National Museum. The self-portrait shows the artist aged 26 in 1632. (BBC News)

posted by niblog at 00:03 MEST
Saturday, 17 September 2005
Free Online Image Photo Editor File Optimizer
Topic: Photography
With this free online photo editor / free online image editor, you can now edit photos online or any JPG, GIF, or PNG image file with no image editing software to download or install! Easy drag and drop familiar interface. Resize, change dimensions, scale, crop, add text, optimize, color correction, adjust brightness, contrast, grayscale, rotate, flip, mirror, add clipart, and set transparency.

posted by niblog at 00:08 MEST
Friday, 16 September 2005
Instant Labeling Tape
Topic: Signs
Instant Labeling Tape -- Hannes Koch has designed the Instant Labeling Tape as a simple, customisable, do-it-yourself signage system. By "blacking out" elements of a 14-segment display font on the tape, all you need is a black permanent pen to create your own temporary signs, labels and installations. Think moving house and labelling boxes, putting up official-looking signs or teaching your kids how to make letters.

posted by niblog at 07:00 MEST
Thursday, 15 September 2005
Anders Bodebeck
Topic: Typography
Anders Bodebeck, graphic designer and calligrapher from Gothenburg, Sweden, gave a lecture in Stockholm yesterday to launch the recently completed typeface Bodebeck. Check it out at Linotype, Font of the Week, or visit his site (in Swedish)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Wednesday, 14 September 2005
Hilarious Domain Name Mispronouncings
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Domain Rookie writes about mispronounced domain names: "... And then there is, where you can buy custom pens. However, someone could mistake their site name for something else if they pronounce it ..." (via

posted by niblog at 06:40 MEST
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

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