Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bump it… Bump it Real Good

Don’t think that the digital world is getting more and more tactile by the day? Wish that ‘folders,’ ‘windows,’ and ‘recycling bins’ would stay in their own magical world of binary? Too bad. New programs are more tangible and closer to their real life models than ever before.

One example – Bump Top. Because we all like to knock things around as much in the digital world as we do in the physical.

Now if only real life had a restart button… oh wait, it does. It’s called Wild Turkey.


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What the…?

We’ve all had those moments when words fail us. That shake-your-head, wring-your-hands, head-steaming-like-a-teapot point where the only things you can utter are those three small letters: WTF, mate?!

Well, Argentinian design studio Minga has taken those WTF moments and crafted them into something more meaningful. These quirky dual-tone designs seem to say more than what those three little letters can only begin to articulate.

But Minga is not just about adding art to acronyms you can say around your Madre – it goes much deeper than that. Ahem…

“Estudio Minga has been born under a kind of virtue (or sentence), a reflex of a shown need, to be different from everything known up to now. Within a system which reproduces support and products in series, perspective teaches at the vanguard, enuntiation calls us and discursive crusade is the space where originality makes us known. We Are Minga!”

Um… WTF? Exactly.

See more cool whatever the F this is at

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Time. Place. Condition.

There are moments, places, events that just seem to hang in time. In Chicago, it seems to happen more often.

It’s not an illusion, it’s because most Chicagoans are too cheap or busy to change with the times.

But, in terms of vintage design, maybe that’s a good thing. I’d say so.

And so would self-taught Chicago photographer, Tracey Capone (I said, ‘Chicago,’ didn’t I?). This calendar, “All Signs Point to Chicago,” uses photographs of classic Chi-town signs – neon and oil paint, frozen in time – to mark the steady march towards the future. Irony never looked so good.

Plus, damn if they’re not simply dripping with cool.

So, why not fulfill that missing ironically-clever-yet-startlingly-beautiful calendar hole in your life and pick one up today? Oh, and don’t forget to save the date for that deaf institute philharmonic fundraiser next month. Buh-bum-ching.



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Back to the Future

Have you ever poured yourself a nice ’76 Chablis, stoked the hardwood fire and settled in for a long session of pondering what the world would have looked like if we had today’s technology 50 years ago? Of course you have, so I’ll get right to the hard-hitting question: what the hell would the advertising look like?

In case you weren’t expecting clever anachronistic design, let me just remind you that this is a blog about digital media written in pre-war cop jargon.

The irony is palpable.

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A Smart Alpha-Bet

Memory – it is made up of flashes of experiences, words, feelings. All wrapped into one.

Well, so are these nifty posters from graphical shop, Eakdesign. Plus, they look a hell of a lot better on your wall.

These tasty typographical treats create the acronyms of CHI or STL by cleverly stacking words of the things that make these Midwestern hubs so great. “WGN,” “Addison,” “the Cubs,” “Pizzeria Uno” – just to name a few – are real, visceral concepts that get to the heart of the place they represent, proving yet again what the Windy City is all  about: local news, mediocre sports and artery-clogging nosh.

But, just like a city, these posters are made up not just by the sum of their parts, but by the parts themselves. Or we can forget all this Nabokovian mumbo-jumbo and dust off a place on the wall. That Acrostic poem celebrating “W-A-L-K-E-R  T-E-X-A-S  R-A-N-G-E-R” that you’ve had up for the past eight years has finally met its match (and by the way, ‘Xceptional biceps’ doesn’t really work anyway).

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Woohoo – 2010 in Review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 90 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 131 posts. There were 130 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 13th with 70 views. The most popular post that day was Capturing Attention Across State Lines.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rework, art deco fonts, freshman, american apparel ads, and art deco font.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Capturing Attention Across State Lines May 2010


You’re Just My Type December 2009


Meet the Beekeeper November 2009


Do Bees Have Knees? October 2009


Best of the Bad Buzz – Pepsi Throwback January 2010

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