These are all the Twinkie Denial Conditions described in my “Bad Game Designer, No Twinkie!” Designer’s Notebook columns. Each one is an egregious design error, although many of them have appeared in otherwise great games.
posted by Joe Beese
on Jul 24, 2010 -
Platt Rogers Spencer
was born in 1800 near the Hudson River. His family was too poor to afford paper so Spencer practiced on whatever was handy – leaves, bark, snow and sand – everything was a canvas for handwriting. [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Jul 20, 2010 -
It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks.
Get a sketchbook, fill it based on a theme (you can pick one or have one assigned randomly) by a certain date, then let it go on tour and eventually be a barcoded, checkout-able book in the Brooklyn Art Library that you can track. I love this idea.
posted by jragon
on Jul 10, 2010 -
takes the vernacular of self-distributed flyers and tear-offs... redesigning them, overpowering their message with a new visual language. [via
posted by Fiasco da Gama
on Jul 1, 2010 -
is a Japanese web site featuring the cover art for every Blue Note album ever released. Other labels are featured as well.
posted by dobbs
on Jun 20, 2010 -
can interfere with your brain making out the shapes of distorted words, such as on passing highway signs
. Banned from advertising in F1 racing, a major tobacco company that sponsors a team came up with a novel design solution
that may play on this visual effect to an opposite, suggestive effect, depending on the observer. European officials were not amused
, going so far as to call the design "subliminal". Ferrari responded by removing
traces of the design from its cars. Judas Priest
could not be reached for comment. [via
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on May 13, 2010 -
Where music geekery and typographical geekery intersect: Rock That Font
looks knowledgeably at the typography of notable album covers.
posted by acb
on Apr 30, 2010 -
Why don't rabbits burrow rectangular burrows? Why didn't early man make rectagular caves?
Archigram are amongst the most seminal, iconoclastic and influential architectural groups of the modern age. They created some of the 20th century's most iconic images and projects, rethought the relationship of technology, society and architecture, predicted and envisioned the information revolution decades before it came to pass, and reinvented a whole mode of architectural education – and therefore produced a seam of architectural thought with truly global impact.The Archigram Archival Project
is an online, searchable database of all the available works of Archigram
[and much, much more] for study by architectural specialists and the general public. [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Your Old Crap Website
- This blog is to celebrate the time when web design wasn’t limited by web standards and convention, and when the office geek was given full reign to set up the website on his own since the bosses probably couldn’t see the point in having one.
posted by Artw
on Apr 24, 2010 -
"Here come the inevitable Freudian references: the Solo Traveler lid
is a substitute for a mother’s breast – what we might call nature’s original travel lid. The flat covers with the tear-back openings offer no such metaphoric representation. Instead, spout = nipple. Paper cup = warm skin. Coffee, tea or soy = mother’s milk. Ergo the lid is a nurturing apparatus. It provides comfort and joy as well as nourishment." [via
] [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 19, 2010 -