Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I'm really not sure how I feel about all these new search engines that bring up results in "new" and "visual" ways. yes, i think they are beautiful. yes, i'm glad people are out there trying to make changes. but are they really going to catch on? I know I see one, say "oh! neat!" and then close the browser window on it for good. perhaps that really is just me and my jaded self.

In any case, here's a new one. It doesn't seem all that different to me than the last visual search engine I posted about. But why not give it a chance, right? check out Viewzi. It's even a little more personal: they have blogs (both typed and video). How 2.0.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Word of the Day

This is Dictionary.com's word of the day today. If someone understands this, please help me to.


synecdoche \si-NEK-duh-kee\, noun:

a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole or whole for a part or general for the special or vice versa

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Help Josh Decide, Palin Is President

Oh the Interweb. How did people survive elections without all these videos, games and websites? I can't even count the YouTube videos that have hit my inbox and IM while at work. Most of them so funny, and so very sad. But there's much more than video footage of our candidates making the rounds. Some real time has gone into a bunch of sites dedicated to this year's rather important election.

I'll share two.

First, a site from a guy just trying to make sense of it all. Sway his vote, and get some good sense out there. Head to Help Josh Decide and tell him who he should be voting for, and why.

Once you've gotten your serious opinions out of the way, lighten the mood at Palin Is President. Rollover and click your way through the oval office as you imagine what it might be like.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

DesignFlavr: Daily Design Inspiration

Hit a design rut? It's always nice to have a few (or more) sites to peruse when you're looking for inspiration. Head over to DesignFlavr for just that purpose. One thing that's nice about this site is its organization: you can browse in several different ways, including by topic (illustration, flash websites, etc), by color, and even by tags.

There's a lot to see there, so go get lost.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Texture King

mmmmm textures. I can't help it, I like me some (uh-hem) gritty, grungy backgrounds now and then. I think that's due in part by my roots as a scenic artist. Got a wall that needs paintin'? Let's throw some texture on that bad boy first. Anyway, I digress. The Texture King is a good resource for when you need a free, high res image. They've got over three hundred at this point, plus they're organized nicely so it's easy to find what you're looking for.


YouWorkForThem is all shiny, new and updated. You should go check it out. Don't forget they have a freebies section, too, if you like that sort of thing.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Seriously? I can't stop looking at this site. The other night I found myself at home alone in the wee hours, laughing hysterically. If they didn't already, my neighbors officially think I'm nuts.

One or two example pictures can't do FAILblog justice. It's the combination of images, type treatment/placement and entry titles that make my coworkers huddle around my desk. No, not every entry is amazing. But the good ones are enough to keep you coming back for more.

windshield wiper fail:

baby fail:

toy fail:

Thursday, October 2, 2008


How many times have we looked through a stock site and wondered why the hell there isn't better stuff available? Well, actually, there is, we just don't know about it because we're not looking in the right places or plugging in the right search terms. How are we to know?

There are a few people out there that do know. They are, of course, the ones who work at the stock houses. One such person has started a blog to display some of the fine stock that's out there, in an unexpected way. From the "about" section:

I work at a major stock photo company cataloging images. The majority of the stuff I work with will never see the light of day for no other reason than that most people don't know it's available to them. It's a shame which I'm trying to remedy with this site. As an amateur designer, I occasionally can't help but play around with the images I see floating across my desk on a daily basis. This site contains the results."

Have a look at some Schtock.