stop sign font

Do a Google Image search for “stop sign” and you’ll be blambasted with countless signs displaying a wide array of fonts used for the word, “STOP”. The FHWA MUTCD has the final say. What’s the FHWA MUTCD? It’s the United States of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Now, doesn’t that …

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foam noodle art

foam noodles. They seem to be popping up more and more in art nowadays. I remember my first encounter with foam noodles years ago because they’re such an insanely, funny object. They adapt themselves well to art. Though I can see why many artists nowadays don’t repurpose objects from culture, but rather take their efforts …

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matte finish batting helmets

Finally matte batting helmets have come to Major League Baseball and I’m super excited. Back in 2006 (nine years ago), team Japan had matte finish batting helmets and every year since I desperately wanted to see them worn by MLB players. They have a great subtle sheen. Glossy helmets are so obnoxiously shiny. Baseball is …

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2015 Grammys Best Album Cover Winner and Nominees

Here’s the 2015 “Grammys Best Recording Package” nominees. Lightning Bolt [WINNER]Don Pendleton, Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors(Pearl Jam) Formosa Medicine ShowDavid Chen & Andrew Wong, art directors (The Muddy Basin Ramblers) Indie CindyVaughan Oliver, art director (Pixies) LP1Jesse Kanda (site NSFW), art director (FKA Twigs) WhispersSarah Larnach, art director …

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Mona Mona Mona Lisa!

The “how to be an artist” book genre is one I normally ignore, but the cover for “Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists” is rather entertaining. That Mona Lisa, she’s so so talented balancing that giant paint palette on her head.

translations for mal

My last name starts with “Mal”. I wrote it on my sandwich bag in the company fridge. A co-worker told me “mal” means “bad” in spanish. Cool. Here’s how other languages translate “mal”. There’s quite a range. Afrikaans mold Albanian mountain Azerbaijani beef Catalan bad Dutch mold Filipino kapok French evil Galician evil German times …

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2005 Christmas card

2005 Christmas card

A Christmas card with no paper? No ink? No prints? No photography? Foil rubbings of a toy dove accompanied the message of “Peace on Earth”.