While traveling to remote areas, internet access can mean a lot of different things. Today I’m stuck with dial-up speeds. I’ve included a handy chart that helps you figure out how long it will take to upload and download files at various internet connection speeds.

Visit Speedtest.net  or McAfee Speed-o-meter to clock your internet speed

Free Font Friday 3/30/12

Free Font Friday is back and in keeping with the sign painter theme, this week’s typeface is a hefty, bold script named Musa Ornata (new version is NuOrnata). More

On Sale! Today Only! Free!

I was reminded of the old hand-painted grocery store signs as I watched a wrecking crew tear down the last bit of Ed’s IGA on the corner of Clairmont Rd & Briarcliff Rd. More

The Great Chair Hack

IKEA products are renowned for their classic Swedish simplicity. Their simple forms and easy assembly has created an underground movement of “IKEA hacking” where people modify, rebuild, reconfigure and customize IKEA pieces to fit their needs.

In keeping with this trend, on Saturday, April 14 from 1pm to 4pm, MODA presents an afternoon of “chair hacking.” Teams of students, professionals, artists and/or hackers are invited to explore what a piece of IKEA furniture can become. Teams will be given an IKEA chair, three hours, and tasked with making anything but a chair. Prizes for best hacks will be given.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 10. For more information, rules, and registration information, click here.


Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. More

Pringle of Scotland Animation by David Shrigley – Life Behind The Scenes
“Things that aren’t designed look all ramshackle”

Sideshow Sign Co.

The Sideshow Sign Co. specializes in giant throwback vintage prints and light-up marquee letters influenced by the entertainment industry, science, and antiquarian educational material. More

Lineart Alphabet

My 12-year old son designed this font using an iPad app called FlowPaper. He drew each letter individually, then we assembled a composite in Photoshop. More

United Pixelworkers

The folks at United Pixelworkers just designed two new uniforms designed by fellow pixelworker Tim Boelaars. More

Letterpress Coasters

Letter-pressed coasters, cards, posters, calendars, and invitations. Here are two of my favorite sources. More