Alphabet of Nations | They might be giants

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new swissmiss url! please update your bookmarks


Many of you had problems accessing my site over the past two days. I apologize! I finally mapped my own domain, which didn’t go over as smoothly as hoped for. My wonderful developer John was going back and forth with the techs over at Typepad and it looks as things are working fine now, or at least should work fine for everyone by hopefully the end of the day. Can I please ask you to update your bookmarks to Thank you!

soul-brother handshake


The Soul-Brother Handshake.

The Continental Crawler

My wonderful friends Jennifer, Michael, Tanner and their dog Wallie decided to turn their backs on Brooklyn and move to Portland Oregon. (Boo, to friends moving away!) The cool people that they are, they are of course not just boarding a plane to switch coasts, no, they bought a 1958’s trailer off ebay and are crossing the country the old-school way. Here’s the first episode of their “Continental Crawler Tour“. Make sure to follow their journey on their blog.

The Continental Crawler: Episode One from Michael Cogliantry on Vimeo.

Magna Tiles rock.


Magna Tiles are hands-down the most played with toy in our household. We got them from our lovely friend Kim and little did we know that they’ll provide endless hours of building fun. I was honestly a little shocked when I looked them up to potentially add on to our set, when I saw how pricy they are, but now, I can honestly say, they are worth every single penny. It’s such a fab gift to any 2 year old and up. Make sure to get the Clear ones, it’s fun to see ‘through’ the tiles and see what’s inside.

this made my morning

And yes, I know I am late to the game with this one. Spotted over at culturalfuel.

ping pong room


photo by Erik Jacobs for The New York Times: The Old House and the Sea

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1000 words of advice for design teachers.

Those Who Can, Teach. 1000 Words of Advice for Design Teachers, By Allan Chochinov

Harley-Davidson Museum by Pentagram


Opening this weekend in Milwaukee: Harley-Davidson Museum, designed by Abbott Miller and his team over at Pentragram. Can’t wait to go tour it next time we come visit, BB! While I am not really a Harley lover, I admit I do love motorcycles. I used to own a big one back in Europe…

Nikon D90


Having had technical issues with my D70 for the longest time now, it’s no surprise I have fallen out of love and am very excited about the announcement of the long rumored Nikon D90. It’s the world’s first digital SLR to do HD video recording. Read the review over on

cyber clean

This made me laugh. I want to squeeze it.

smooth seas…


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2008 US Movie Box Office


2008 US Movie Box Office Visualized by Zach Beane

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save the chicken


A 5-year-old girl shields her face for a moment from a gust of wind with her favorite chicken, Steve, after running to catch him for 10 minutes on her father’s farm in Deary, Idaho. “One time I squished a chicken so hard that an egg fell out,” she said.

Steve the Chicken by Kevin German. Love (!!) this photo. (Yes, I am obsessed with chickens)

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Our lovely office mate Joanna Goddard just launched into a new project: She is the new relationships blogger for Glamour Magazine. Smitten, will cover relationships, dating, sex, travel, food, culture and lifestyle. She’ll be posting 8 times a day… Go Joanna!

Alphabet Truck


Kids and parents often resort to playing the Alphabet Game to avoid complete boredom during long automobile trips. Photographer Eric Tabuchi has taken the idea a couple steps further in his cool, limited edition artist’s book, Alphabet Truck.

(thank you Hilary, thank you Jim)

How to be a great boss


How to be a great boss (PDF) by Number17.

dear adobe…


Dear Adobe is a new site devoted to rants & raves directed to the Big Red A. Two requests I just entered:

“I want to be able to duplicate a layer/folder within photoshop without then having to delete the word ‘copy’ in the new layer.”

“I want to be able to drop a layer into a folder and see it land on the top and not on the bottom of all the layers within that folder.”

If you could sit down with an Adobe Developer, what would you ask or point out?

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Newcomers Adjust, Eventually, to New York

Sometime over the course of a person’s first year in New York, there usually comes that moment. It can happen in the first days or weeks, or after 10 months. It can happen repeatedly, or without people noticing, at least not at first. Newcomers suddenly realize either that the city is not working for them or that they are inexorably becoming part of it, or both. They find themselves walking and talking faster. The subway begins to make sense. Patience is whittled away; sarcasm often ensues. New friends are made, routines established, and city life begins to feel like second nature. In other words, newcomers find themselves becoming New Yorkers.

Newcomers Adjust, Eventually, to New York, by Cara Buckley

you must….


Beautiful design by Alex Bec! Poster, please?

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The Mossenger Project


Anna Garforth’s ‘Mossenger’ project‘ will use moss to create type for the verse of a poem written by poet Elly Stevens as part of YCN LIVE. LOVE!

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Here to make friends


This “Here to make friends T-Shirt” made me smile! I will have to get a kids size for our little Ella as she JUST started daycare. This is the perfect message!

How I Stole Someone’s Identity

Author Herbert Thompson asked some of his acquaintances for permission to break into their online banking accounts using the information about them, their families and acquaintances that is freely available online in blogs, resumes etc and some basic logic. “I decided to conduct an experiment to see how vulnerable people’s accounts are to mining the Web for information. I asked some of my acquaintances, people I know only casually, if with their permission and under their supervision I could break into their online banking accounts. After a few uncomfortable pauses, some agreed. The goal was simple: get into their online banking account by using information about them, their hobbies, their families and their lives freely available online. To be clear, this isn’t hacking or exploiting vulnerabilities, instead it’s mining the Internet for nuggets of personal data. Here’s one case … illustrates a pretty serious weakness that most of us have online.”

How I Stole Someone’s Identity, by Herbert H. Thompson

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Life Is Beatiful


Nate Williams Life Is Beatiful Pilllow