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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
Friday, 6 May 2005
Topic: Typography
I must test the online font editor BitFontMaker "Create, edit, and save your own truetype pixel font" (via metafilter)

See also: George Williams' free Open Source UNIX-based font editor FontForge and Luc Devroye's links to Font creation programs

posted by niblog at 07:45 MEST
Thursday, 5 May 2005
Adgrunts Webcomic
Topic: Comics hosts a webcomic, by Jack Cheng and Heather Flyte, starring a number 2 pencil and a blue pen who work in advertising. (via adland)

posted by niblog at 19:42 MEST
Wednesday, 4 May 2005
Batman Logos
Topic: Logos
There have been many Batman logos over the years. View some of them at This is Pop. "Your Guide to Pop Culture on the Web" (via linkfilter)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Friday, 6 May 2005 07:48 MEST
Tuesday, 3 May 2005
Pencil Sounds
Topic: Pens, Pencils
iSerenity - ambient sound environments at your desktop for relaxation and solitude. 31 sound and image environments to choose from. Begin with the Pencil Parade.

"This one is another environment that is good for study or work. When was the last time you picked up a yellow #2 pencil. Try it, you might find its like trip down memory lane. Of course, elementary school memories are tough for some to relive. (via journalisimo)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Friday, 6 May 2005 07:51 MEST
Monday, 2 May 2005
Twizzlers Licorice Nibs
Topic: Nibs
Niblog is about Steel Pen Nibs. If you are looking for licorice nibs, go to Hershey's

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Friday, 6 May 2005 07:55 MEST
Sunday, 1 May 2005
MP3 Blogs
Topic: Music
MP3 blogs -- Links to the best mp3 blogs at the Swedish site Alla Talar Svenska

posted by niblog at 03:48 MEST
Saturday, 30 April 2005
Art Teachers' Movie Guide
Topic: Art
The Art Historians' Guide to the Movies (AHGttM) is a record of appearances of and references to famous works of art and architecture in the movies. It is intended to be a source for teachers of art history who are considering showing clips or entire films as part of their presentation of the traditional arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture. AHGttM was created by Craig Eliason, assistant professor of modern art history at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. (via linkfilter)

»My Art Links are updated

posted by niblog at 08:10 MEST
Friday, 29 April 2005
Blackboard Jungle
Topic: Education
The movie Blackboard Jungle is hard hitting and probably a better representation of juvenile delinquency in the nineteen fifties than Rebel Without A Cause or The Wild One. The story revolves around an idealistic teacher on his first job in a tough urban all male high school. The teacher, Richard Dadier, is played by Glenn Ford who performs the role almost too passively. He is surrounded by apathetic teachers and a principle (Mr. Warneke, played by John Hoyt) who has trouble admitting that the school has discipline problems. The movie is based on the novel The Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter. Movie Review and Sounds at Destitute Gulch. (via linkfilter)

posted by niblog at 06:26 MEST
Thursday, 28 April 2005
Signascript Signing Machines
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Signascript the signing machine manufacturer and European leader in signature and hand-written text reproduction, is present in more than twenty countries throughout the world.

"A signing machine automatically produces, as many times as you wish, a person's handwriting and signature on documents of variable size and thickness (letters, photos, greeting cards, diplomas, etc.). For some very thick documents, such as books or catalogues, this operation is carried out manually, one document at a time. These machines do not require a special pen to be purchased. Their special feature is to be able to use all type of pens (ball point, fountain pen, felt nib, etc.). The arm that action the pen also makes it possible to exercise a pressure on the document, as you would with the hand. The text reproduced by the machine is the exact reproduction of your writing and not a character font where all letter are always identical."

posted by niblog at 06:28 MEST
Automated Signature Replication
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Damilic Corporation - The World Leader In Handwriting Automation - "Damilic Corporation is the world's most comprehensive source of automatic signing machines for replicating authentic signatures on certificates, letters, photographs, books, athletic equipment, etc. Our customers include universities, corporations, governments, and private individuals. These customers choose our products for their high quality of signature replication. Our product offerings include the classic, easy to use, Autopen, computer based Signature Systems machines, and the top of the line Signascript automatic signing machines (providing all of the best upgrades to the classic Autopen)."

posted by niblog at 06:28 MEST

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