~ 16 November 2007 ~

XO Laptop “Give One Get One” XO Laptop

Empower children of developing countries by ordering an XO Laptop (formerly the “$100 Laptop”) for one child and get a second for yourself. Offer expires November 26. It’s incredibly inspiring to see this come to market, not to be stranded as yet another “nice idea” along the roadside of global change.

“Type Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry”

An essay on typography by Jessica Helfand, this is easily the best design commentary I’ve read in weeks.

‘What made you choose this typeface?’ I inquired of a lovely young woman whose senior project involved a series of book jackets for Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams. ‘I liked how modern it was,’ she replied. ‘Did you read the book?’ She blushed, shook her head no, and looked down at her lap.

Honestly, stop what you’re doing now and read.

Feel Script, a Veer Exclusive Feel Script

I don’t know that I’ve got a project coming up anytime soon for this typeface, but lovely nonetheless. Beautiful slideshow, too. (Speaking of Veer, you knew they were just acquired by Corbis, didn’t you?)

Introducing FF Meta Serif FF Meta Serif

Admittedly, I’ve never bought into Meta (Sans), but this I like.

Free chapter: “Beyond Simple XHTML Pages”

Another exclusive chapter from the good folk at mTLD (dotMobi). Read a free chapter from Mobile Web Design covering techniques that exploit mobile beyond just XHTML and CSS.

Dictionary: gesticulate

I often gesticulate whilst speaking.

Vintage ephemera using deli sandwich paper D J Pettitt deli paper samples

Artist D J Pettitt’s unique layered technique uses inket transfers and deli sandwich paper to create stunning artwork. And don’t miss the excellent tutorial.

iPhone web development samples

Great collection of iPhone web dev samples. Would be nice if the code were more easily accessible, but a solid resource regardless.

Ambient Umbrella Ambient Umbrella

Nice. Notifies you to bring the umbrella before it rains.



Veer Veer: Visual Elements for Creatives.
Stock photography, type, and killer tees. Genuinely recommended by Authentic Boredom.

1   Geof Harries ~ 16 November 2007

The ambient umbrella reminds me of the sword Frodo carries that glows blue when orcs are nearby. Except, this is used for weather. Slightly more boring.

2   3d internet ~ 17 November 2007

I think this umbrella is a cool invention!

3   John Yellow ~ 03 December 2007

I like the idea of supporting children with laptops so much. The umbrella’s design is also great, I have some associations with star wars light sabre :)

4   Lisa ~ 11 December 2007

When Veer first released their Feel script, I feel in love, ate up the sample PDF and have been dreaming up projects I could use that script for. It’s been a long time since I foudn something so yummy and captivating at the same time.

5   dpa ~ 23 January 2008

nobody, lose sight of you with this umbrella ;o)

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