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VHS Distributor Logos

An excellent collection for your Tuesday blues. Ray sez:

After seeing them all together, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this could have been the Dribbble popular page about 5-6 years ago.

I totally see it, yeah.

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A List Apart going ad-free, patron-supported

ALA was instrumental to my start in this business. I both bless and curse them for this. Here’s the Patreon. It’s a move I am fully in favor of. Death to ads.

We’re getting rid of advertisers and digging back to our roots: community-based, community-built, and determinedly non-commercial. If you want to highlight local events or innovations, expand your skills, give back, or explore any other goal or idea, we’re here to support you with networking and backing from the community.

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Algorithm designs seven million different jars of Nutella

An article about a cool thing with a goofy lede:

An algorithm has usurped the traditional role of a designer to generate millions of unique packaging designs for Nutella.

Emphasis mine. It’s goofy because nothing usurped anything. A designer created an algorithm to create variations. It’s just a different kind of design.

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#c0ffee is the color

A beautiful list of valid HTML colors which are also english-language words. There’s a poetry to how some of these match up; “defied / #DEF1ED” for example seems perfect somehow?

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Stop using device breakpoints

Adam Silver with some good horse sense. This is a surprisingly common practice here in the Year of Luigi 2017. It’s mostly surprising because we spent so much time talking about this during the original web standards push that I’d hoped it had sunk in.

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“For The Love Of Dog” Wireframe Skull Featured on Adafruit’s YouTube Channel

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I am truly honored to have my work represented by this marginally-popular regular feature on Adafruit’s YouTube channel.

Seriously, so great.

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I Designed A T-Shirt With Pro Wrestler Jervis Cottonbelly

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This was fun. You can catch Jervis on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, and CHIKARA Pro. You can buy the shirt on prowrestlingtees.com.

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Trail Type

A user-generated collection of typography from national parks and other ‘wild’ spaces. Beautiful stuff.

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Light Switches from Buster + Punch

Gorgeous steel, bronze brass light switches and dimmers. This is what Dr. Frankenstein would have in his apartment.

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obelisk.js

Obelisk.js is a JavaScript Engine for building isometric pixel objects.

… and it looks like a million bucks. This may have to be the basis for my life’s work: A modern remake of the SNES version of SimCity. (via Jesper)

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Float Labels with CSS

Slick technique that is worth looking into for many applications. As someone who deals with a lot of form inputs both as a user and a designer, there are some useful ideas here.

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tinytype – a table showing all of the available default system fonts across different mobile platforms

No surprise that Android has the fewest, with a grand total of FOUR.

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Layer Comps in Photoshop

Neven Mrgan just blew my mind:

Layer comps is a panel—found in the Window menu—which helps you organize different versions of a designs or different views of it in the same file. If you are a responsible digital citizen at all, you probably have some sort of system for keeping around alternate elements and various “views” of your app. Layer Comps will make this easier and more robust.

Had no idea this even existed.

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WTF Visualizations

Sometimes public shaming is the only way to solve bad dataviz.

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How GitHub Uses “Deprivation Testing” To Hone Product Design

The psychology here is interesting to me.

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Oryx Design Lab

The creator of the previously-linked (and awesome) lo-fi fantasy tile set has opened a store for making / selling licenses for new ones. I applaud this. Make money on your art.

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Yours vs. Mine

I’ve always used “Your” instead of “My,” when designing interfaces and I think Dustin Curtis has figured out some of the “why”:

After thinking about this stuff for a very long time, I’ve settled pretty firmly in the camp of thinking that interfaces should mimic social creatures, that they should have personalities, and that I should be communicating with the interface rather than the interface being an extension of myself.

Makes sense to me.

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“Could The World’s Fastest Shoe Really Have Come From A Printer?”

Fast Company:

The process allows Fusaro to take 3-D scans of a runner’s foot, use digital tools to cater the stiffness of the soles to the athlete’s physical abilities, then print the shoes out of nylon polyamide powder, a material that is “one of the strongest in the range of additive manufacturing,” Fusaro says

Uses 3d printing. How long before we can make our own shoes on our MakerBots?

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Personalized Vietnam Zippo Lighters

Design Observer has this crazy photo gallery of soldiers personalized Zippo lighters from Vietnam. Chilling, funny, and sad.

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Peapod Studios

My friends at Peapod Studios have released a new version of their website, and it looks as great as you’d expect.

If you need design, branding, web development, or otherwise, you can’t do much better than Peapod.