tom haynes

La Presse

I love how this shows the fluid nature of La Presse across papier, web, and applications mobiles.

(via Brand New)

CWNY logo

Creative week new york

I love this logo.

Linder shirts!

Here’s the final Linder shirt design. It’s great to make something and then actually get it out into the real world.

I made a little mistake in the “Cooperative” text — the text layer was on “Snap to pixel grid” and when I converted it to outlines all the created points snapped to the pixel grid, too. It’s most noticeable on the Es: they look a little muddy.

Also, the ring around the twin pines was supposed to be the same width as the lines in the house. But the house lines are made up of ink and the circle is the absence of ink. So if the ink bleeds even a little bit, you get that difference. I guess the fix there is to think about how each line is made and adjust the widths accordingly.

I got them printed at Underground Printing which was a huge mistake. Underground doesn’t care about your artwork or colors, they just want to get as many people through the system as possible. They got the colors completely wrong the first time, and told me that they don’t even look at the shirts before giving them to customers. And they were rude the entire time. Next time I’m going to VGKids in Ypsi.

Supakitch & Koralie

Great profile of two artists, and the mural at the end is fantastic.

C. S. Neal


I’m enjoying the work of C. S. Neal, especially this poster. (via Jules)

The Hotel Inntel


Yes, it’s a real hotel in the Netherlands. More pictures at Design Milk.


Matthew Lyons is so frickin’ talented. The one above reminds me of David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp.

(via ISO50)


I can’t imagine how much work it took to design and program Liza, a font from Underware that replicates calligraphic handwriting. Check out the introductory and “Pour les connaisseurs” manuals.


I’m really enjoying “forest enthusiast” Jez Burrows’ name, site design, and portfolio. His blog (which quietly uses tumblr) looks great, too.

Also check out his publishing company, Sing Statistics, which is equally well designed.

Enjoy this beautiful day

Something about this sentiment and font makes me smile. Also a novel and wonderful site design.

LED street lights

LED street lights are great but they don’t melt the snow. Interesting unintended consequence.

Psychic drinking glass

This drinking glass can tell what’s inside it!

New York Public Library gets a new logo


Excellent, fast-paced video about design. Definitely worth your time.

Monsters of Folk

I love Nate Duval‘s posters, especially this one.

Redesigning Browsing History: Timeline

The Fall 2009 University Mozilla Design Challenge asked the following question about browsing history:

How can we make sense of this rich source of data and how do we best present this data to the user?

After brainstorming, sketching, and talking with other SI students, I came up with Timeline, a new way of displaying and interacting with web browsing history.


Browsing history can be a necessity for a number of reasons, but one common motivation is needing to find something visited in the past but don’t having enough information to simply search for it, either using a search engine or the fulltext records of the browser’s history. Perhaps the user only remember that they clicked a link from, or that it yesterday morning between checking their email and doing research at work. These are the use cases that Timeline targets.

Instead of showing web history as a one dimensional list, Timeline includes additional contextual information to help people re-find the pages they were looking for. This information includes:

  • the time of day visited
  • the duration of the visit
  • the browsing path to each page
  • whether pages were opened in a new tab or a new window
  • whether the page was bookmarked
  • the “active browsing track,” or what pages were in focus and which were in the background at any specific point in time


Here is a sample mockup of Timeline which shows the most important features. Click for larger image.


Future improvements

Some probably necessities in the future:

  • Controls for resizing the time interval shown.
  • A search or filter interface (I’m imagining something akin to OS X’s search within System Preferences, where matches glow and non-matches are dimmed).

About me

I am a Master’s student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction. I have a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics, also from UM. I enjoy designing and developing for the web because of its massively widespread influence.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

Knitted coffee sleeve

From the Curiosity Shoppe.

A Better World By Design logo

A Better World By Design uses an Ishihara-looking image in its logo.

"Let's work together to keep the present inevitable"

Love these posters.

Good tip

There is one surefire way to make your client’s logo bigger without actually making their logo bigger, but it is reserved for only the most desperate situations. You must have exhausted all other possibilities. Moreover, you must have run out of any patience, respect for your client, and scruples. Here’s how it works.

Good advice.

Design folios with Google Maps

This is a great idea. I just wish I could zoom in further on the examples. Also I’m not sure if the map controls are noticeable enough for most visitors to realize what’s going on right away. A splash screen saying “drag me around and double click to zoom” would be good.


Clever. Reminds me of this lego remote.


This Brooklyn Fare packaging is not new but it is clever.

Great logos

Great logos. I have too many favorites to list here, but AntiParticle and Zipliner are great. Also love getwired.

Race for the 2016 Olympics

I liked the old Chicago logo best. The new one is OK, too, with the same star as on the flag of Chicago (cities have flags?!).