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Tag: letters

Morning Linkage (Jun 23)

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Link­age is on hia­tus while I deal with life, the uni­verse, and my back (again) But I haven’t for­got­ten you all entire­ly. Here are two nice, hap­py links for hump-day.

Anoth­er install­ment in the Smash­ing Mag­a­zine series on let­ter forms and cal­lig­ra­phy — this one fea­tur­ing Hebrew, Arme­nia, Mon­go­lian, and Inu­it among others.

I grew up with the work of Jim Flo­ra, from the jazz album cov­ers that were a part of my child­hood to this friend­ly lit­tle car­toon. Mex­i­can fire­works are the best!

Morning Linkage (Apr 7)


New vehi­cle con­trol sys­tems are always pop­u­lar with the bored press. This is one of the best… (that makes no sense.) xBox con­trol inte­gra­tion — very well done.

XS650 min­i­mal­ist update.

Coolest trans­porta­tion sec­tor job ever… WSDOT’s aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er.


Society, Culture, Literature

Because no one real­ly wants the hand­writ­ten word to dis­ap­pear. What is you could make your email into snail mail com­plete with a rout­ing map. Yes, I know it’s a con­cept piece. Now get out there and build me one.

Once I have the will to return to writ­ing real let­ters I’ll need is some decent let­ter­head. Among the many exam­ples on the site Let­ter­Heady is this sim­ple but unmis­tak­able sheet from Theodor Geisel.


Art, Images, and Design

Amaz­ing… I think I might over use that word… but tru­ly this will blow your mind. Bovey Lee cuts rice paper with xac­to knives. Del­i­cate, detailed, and not quite as pre­cious as you’d think. Her port­fo­lio site flash based. But if you like what you see on here on Paper Carve go and spend some time with Tsuna­mi Enmeshed.

Ves­pa scoot­er ads have been always been clever — a col­lec­tion of recent ones from around the world fea­tures, car win­dow cute outs, invis­i­ble pin-up girls, inter-dimensional trav­el and, oh course,  butterflies.



Blue bohemi­an, a hep cat makes a dr suess­ian rhyme about a sadis­tic piano builder and the theft of all the finest musi­cal cats.. Paris? Moroc­co? Hell? (Dis­turb­ing)

It’s always something.