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using text slang for graphic design

using text slang for graphic design

weather.com featured the graphic above in a banner ad for their twitter page. The social development of truncating words is naturally economical for communication via texting and instant messaging. However, I haven’t seen such tactics employed in other forms of graphic design until now. Its impact can be debated. If using texting/IM slang helps communicate […]

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Lowes store locator

Lowes store locator

Take a guess at how many Lowe’s stores there are in the near west suburbs of Chicago. Before you guess, there are 18 Lowes in Chicagoland (20 if you include Gurnee and DeKalb). Answer: zero. Judging from the map below, I’m glad that Lowes is not a violent militia and Elmhurst its target.

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1st experience of Art beyond the literal

My first experience of art beyond the literal was during my sophomore year in high school when my brain started seeing objects in formal ways and I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I was obsessing with the rectangular shapes of the lockers and the circular shapes of the clocks in the hallways. It […]

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professional candy blogger

The idea of being a professional candy blogger sounds fun… for about two minutes. Then I realize just how much candy a professional candy blogger must eat to fullfil their duties and then I get sick.

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Mega Mystery gum

Mega Mystery gum

I couldn’t pass up this gum at Menards. Stride Mega Mystery. It’s mega! Who could resist the giant question mark radiating from a color explosion? I would think every single shopper at Menards would naturally grab a pack with their purchase. It’s mega after all. Fortunately, Menards must keep a giant stockpile, cuz I was […]

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why Luigi is better than the Princess

why Luigi is better than the Princess

Way too much of my high school days were spent playing Super Mario Bros 2 on NES. Way. too. much. It’s also on my Wii and I proudly (and sadly) conquer the game each time I play. Early on in my SMB2 days, I quickly observed that Luigi is the best of the four available […]

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I'm in trouble

I’m in trouble

While at Toys R Us the other day, I came across this new building block toy called Nanoblocks. They’re super small. So small in fact that a 2×4 Nanoblock is the exact same width and depth as a 1×2 LEGO brick. See below. I like ’em. I really like ’em a lot. But I don’t […]

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my Borders score: 4 of 4

my Borders score: 4 of 4

Five Hundred Buildings of LondonThis is another chunky compact book. My favorite book size in the world is a compact chunky. The interior design is okay. It’s simple, but could be a lot simpler and further succeeded in what the book’s designer intended. I was very impressed by the quality of the photos. The photographer […]

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my Borders score: 2 & 3 of 4

my Borders score: 2 & 3 of 4

DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up BookHaving a son is fun. I can say I’m buying him stuff when really I just love buying it. He realistically won’t be using this book for another 6 years since it’s an extremely complicated pop-up book. And it is! It’s one of the best pop-up books I’ve ever […]

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my Borders score: 1 of 4

my Borders score: 1 of 4

Feature 1 of the books I scored at the Borders liquidation sale. These books were 40% off retail. Here’s a little (5″ x 6.5″ x 1.2″) art history book (10,000 Years of Art) that I’ve been eyeing for about a year. I’ve always gravitated towards its simplistic cover design. And sometimes it’s just nice to […]

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