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[11 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | ]
How to Make a Computer Virus

A beautiful infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1. I love the use of typography yet the playfulness never gets in the way of the story. It’s chillingly informative.

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[25 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Advice for Young Designers from Wim Crouwel

‘I’m very jealous of young designers starting out now—on the one hand,’ explains the graphic designer Wim Crouwel. ‘On the other hand, it’s becoming more difficult to find your own way.’ Sage advice from a pioneer in the field. It’s always inspirational to remember where our profession has come from in order to chart its future.

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[10 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
IBM Centennial Film

A fantastic video about the first 100 years of IBM. This really gave me a new appreciation for the work they have done, are doing, and will do. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the next 100 years. The film features one hundred people, who each present the IBM achievement recorded in the year they were born. The film chronology flows from the oldest person to the youngest, offering a whirlwind history of the company and culminating with its prospects for the future.

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[12 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
How to Make a Pencil

I always wanted to visit a pencil factory and watch the process unfold. But until that happens, I can watch this video that demonstrates the process from start to finish. The best part is the sharpening at the end. Whoever invented that machine is a genius.

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[15 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | ]
One Day For Design

On April 13, 2011, AIGA brought designers and design enthusiasts together for One Day for Design—an open, global dialogue on the meaning and future of design, and on the meaning and future of professional associations in our field. Led by eight moderators, it was an astonishing 24 hours of input. More than 30,000 tweets. Nearly 3,900 Twitterers. More than 650 hashtags tweeted. At one point, it ranked as the number-four trending hashtag on Twitter in the United …

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[8 Mar 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The History of the Book Flickr Set

I’ve recently been spending way too much time over on the History of the Book Flickr set, a collection of some 20,000 photos of initials, ornaments, and type from Royal Library, The Hague, and the Archive of Alkmaar. Its author, Dr. Paul Dijstelberge has scanned thousands of pages from European printed works from the 15th through the 17th century. Illustrated works, type specimens, medical illustrations, and engravings and cataloged by country and century of origin. There are a …

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[13 Jan 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Pink Pony Case Study

What if an advertising company had to throw a birthday party for an 8 year old girl? John St. shows us. After working in an ad firm, I can attest that the ridiculousness is incredibly on point.
Ricky Salsberry is a print & interactive designer working in Chicago and the editor of The Donut Project. In his spare time he reads/rants about technology, watches hockey, wrecks his bike, and designs some more.

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[12 Jan 2011 | Comments Off | ]
NYC Timelapse

Very cool time-lapse short in New York City by Josh Owens with the soundtrack “down to the cellar” by Dredg.
[via Vimeo]

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[23 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
New Weather WebApp

We here at Disfluency.com love a good Web app and we love the simplicity of this weather app at wthr.in. Aside from the obvious step of visiting the web page, Wthr.in is a very simple tool that uses location services to provide you with a weather forecast in your current location. In the event your current location isn’t what you’re looking for, Wthr.in also lets your enter a different location to retrieve its weather forecast. Popular cities are listed in tag form below, and the …

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[23 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Core 77 Cardboard Christmas Challenge

Some fun winnters of Core77.com’s cardboard Christmas competition. Submitters were asked to created Christmas decorations using only cardboard and visitors to the Core77 site were asked to vote on their favorite. The five finalists are pictured above.
1. Maybe Santa Drinks Red Eyes? by bakerscookin
2. 100% recyclable cardboard stocking by Sharee
3. Beer box reindeer head by ASGale
4. Rudolph by paultdesign and
5. Holiday sled by briankuchler.
All five winners will get $100 gift certificates to Core77′s Hand Eye Supply, suitable for ordering the gifts you really wanted to find under the tree this …