From time to time I get on kicks where I buy old design, type, etc. books on eBay. A recent haul included this collection of Graphis Annuals from the 1950s & 1960s. 😍
On a whim, I decided to switch from my typical serif blog type to Colfax, a lovely typeface designed by Process Type Foundry. I’d been using it for site navigational elements and was thrilled to see... Read note
Able Parris recently tweeted about the BEST store logo & architecture, linking to this post at siteenvirodesign.com. These buildings seem like the pinnacle of large showroom type store design. I especially like the one with the... Read note
Hello, Black Mirror-ish version of yourself. Welcome to your new job!
I frequently use CSS multi-column layout (i.e. column-count: 3) for basic list items limited to words or phrases (like my search page tags list), but I’ve always struggled to make the property work with more complex... Read note
I recently discovered a new action game called Glitchskier by Shelly Alon. In case you aren’t aware, flying a triforce(ish) starship through what reminds me of the Stranger Things intro (music and all) blowing up Tron-like... Read note
I was inspecting Ethan’s site the other day (as totally normal and well-adjusted people do) and realized he was using one of my favorite tricks where viewport units were combined with em units via calc() for... Read note
I love Alamo Drafthouse—It’s a big part of what makes Austin home for me, and part of my monthly (sometimes weekly) routine. The recently-updated announcement videos they run during pre-roll are fantastic. They’re extremely well done... Read note
Over the weekend I rediscovered Day of the Tentacle, triggering the biggest nostalgia jolt I’ve experienced in quite some time. I vividly remember playing the game on one of my first PCs in 1993. The illustration... Read note
I’ve logged quite a lot of hours battling databases, plugins, and a GUI editor to write (and occasionally design) blog posts. Wordpress has served me well, but to simplify the process I’ve ported my blog to... Read note
First off, every Every Frame a Painting video is worth your time, but the latest one about the state of cinematic music composition is extra fascinating. I found lots of parallels for any industry that can... Read note
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Jeff Veen’s new podcast, Presentable. In the latest episode (#7) with Stanley Wood the two discuss how style guides, process, and org structure fit together. One bit in particular that stood out... Read note
I’m adding Sharp Sans to my list of fonts I hope to find an opportunity to work with soon.
Let’s just take a minute to bask in how cool everything associated with Stranger Things is. The synth tones of the opening credits and the appropriately evocative use of ITC Benguiat and ITC Avant Garde Gothic... Read note
I always get excited when I see a new release from Com Truise. The album art is consistently great…
I think of modular design as a practice or a philosophy—with Atomic Design being just one way to do it.
Paravel was thrilled to collaborate with Etsy and to create shareyourshop.etsy.com—a fun little photo-generating web app that Etsy shop owners can use in their holiday promotions.
Happy 8-Bit Day! To celebrate, the team at Microsoft has built a clever little easter egg into the homepage—visit microsoft.com and enter in the Konami Code to reveal some 8-bit glory. It’s great to see Microsoft... Read note
I’m a happy backer of the Kickstarter project to reissue the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual. Recently, Nasa released a PDF of the manual online. It’s great and it only makes me want the printed version... Read note
The cyclical “should designers code” debate wears me out, but Stephen Hay’s post is a great read in and of itself. I like that he gravitates towards the value of prototyping:
Dan Matutina of Plus 63 is easily one of my favorite illustrators. He’s got such a unique style, and I’m always thrilled to see what he’s up to. As an avid F1 fan who is excited... Read note
I’ve been enjoying Mr. Robot this Summer—It starts with one of the best pilots I’ve ever seen. One small detail that’s stood out for me are the title shots. The music, framing, and oversized logo are... Read note
I’m excited to see that James Edmondson has started OH no Type Company (via Nick Sherman).
Steve Drucker from Fig Leaf Software recently published Fast Track to Sass. The book uses my CSS Zen Garden Apothecary Theme as the example site—transitioning it from CSS to Sass. Thanks, Steve!
I recently set out to refresh my site (more on that later). Along with new type choices and layout tweaks, I wanted to update the TW mark that Reagan designed for me back in 2010. We... Read note
Fontstand is a new service + Mac OS X app that introduces a new way to license desktop fonts. Even though 99% of my work is web-based, Fontstand immediately appeals to me.
I’ll be leading a workshop (for WRKSHOP) on responsive layouts & prototypes in Austin this April 4th. I didn’t feel confident as a web designer until I got comfortable with CSS layouts, so that’s exactly what... Read note
Brent Jackson (http://jxnblk.com) has been building some really great tools recently. Colorable helps you test color combinations/palettes with WCAG accessibility guidelines in a visual way.
Naomi Atkinson and James White (aka SignalNoise) created an absolutely glorious 2014 riff on Microsoft’s 1994 homepage for Net Magazine.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mark Simonson’s TypeCon2014 talk on the Romance of Offset. In it, he shares his earliest work as a graphic designer doing paste ups for his Mad-Magazine-esque school paper.
I highly recommend reading Cap Watkins’s post, The Boring Designer. Here are a couple of my favorite bits:
This spring Microsoft’s Chris Balt asked Paravel to recreate the first version of the Microsoft homepage, originally built in 1994. We initially thought about ‘modernizing’ the page with media queries and other current HTML & CSS,... Read note
There’s a lot to love about Andrew Lohman’s CSS Zen Garden #221 theme, Mid-Century Modern. In addition to the type, color palette, and imagery, I am particularly fond of the layout itself. Each section flows nicely... Read note
Friends don’t let friends load 300kb PNG images on their websites no matter how cool the transparent photo of a happy customer waving over a gradient background looks. That said, when raster graphics are required, one... Read note
TitleScream.com makes me want to tear open a pack of Chewy Sweetarts and play video games all day long. (via Jason Santa Maria)
The more I build for the web, the more the term ‘device-agnostic’ endears itself to me.
I came across this wonderful comic by Gavin Aung that takes words directly from a graduation speech given by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson in 1990.
Progressive enhancement has proven to be such a great strategy for the technical side of the web that I think we should take a similar approach for its personal side as well.
After watching Bones Brigade this weekend I decided to learn more about Rodney Mullen. I particularly enjoyed this excerpt from his TED talk about competing and winning early on in his freestyle skating career:
When making the transition to building responsive websites, the hardest part can be getting started.
A couple of years ago I came across this lovely mishmash of a website called fulltable. I’ll go there when I’ve got spare time and dig around the index of links until I find something interesting.... Read note
I finally updated the site with a handful of changes I’ve been fiddling with over the past few months. It’s one of those complete overhauls that really don’t look much different at a glance, but it... Read note
Embracing the fluid & flexible aspect of responsive web design was an easy decision, but I’ve been less sure-footed when it comes to balancing that with setting type on the web.
Grab your wallets! Reagan just opened up the shop section of his website. He’s been designing & screen printing posters this spring, and two are available for purchase now. I’ve got both, but have to admit... Read note
This weekend I got carried away browsing The Old Car Manual Project yet again. Here are some of my favorite finds. Oh, and I got that Chrysler advert from fulltable.com. It’s worth a few minutes of... Read note
Issue #1 of Offscreen Magazine just landed here at the office. Kai Brach has done a fantastic job assembling all the interviews, essays, and profiles. I wish all magazines looked like this. Subscriptions (and one-off purchases)... Read note
Our pals at United Pixelworkers asked us to design a t-shirt to accompany the launch of their lovely new responsive site. Reagan came up with this design inspired by old union logos, and kindly let me... Read note
Mark Boulton on the challenges we face when incorporating traditional ad spaces into responsive layouts:
“I want ____ to be as simple as my iPod/iPhone.” I’ve said this about lots of things: my car’s dashboard, my washer & dryer, and yes, my thermostat. Meet Nest, a learning thermostat launched by a... Read note
The present & future of web fonts is looking awfully bright. Quality and Quantity are increasing, though there are still a few fonts I have to pass over when designing for the web. While I don’t... Read note
David Perel from Obox asked us to design a video & photo WordPress theme a few months back, and now it’s live! Reagan and I went with a simple, type-centric layout in 3 color schemes (dark,... Read note
Blake Allen and Josh Sullivan contacted me last week, and invited me to make a mix for their new site. After perusing some of the other great mixes, I opted to go for an old-school country... Read note
I met Yaron Schoen at SXSW in 2010— where we came up with the idea for DesignSwap. After launching the site with our own swap last year, and seeing a couple more great ones follow, we... Read note
I met Simon Collison back in October at Brooklyn Beta. Shortly after, I got an email from him asking if I’d be interested in contributing to the newspaper he was having printed for attendees of the... Read note
Lettering.js was built to solve a problem. As web typography improves, web designers want the same level of control print designers have.
We were thrilled at the Paravel office to see such a great use of Lettering.js on Twitter’s 2010: Year In Review site- specifically on the headline for The 10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010. Josh Brewer,... Read note
I love old cars- especially all the badges, manuals, and logos that came along with them. I’ve even taken to recreating an old Ford logo & Shelby Mustang badge a few weeks back. Recently, while clicking... Read note
I’ve always been impressed by how generous Reagan is with his time and talent. Over the past few months, he’s helped Dave and me beef up our own identities and personal projects, leaving his own site on... Read note
After really enjoying Inception over the weekend, I thought I’d make a graphic featuring 3 of the totems that the main characters carry around to keep track of whether or not they’re dreaming. My initial Dribbble... Read note
Yesterday I was cleaning up my hard drive and migrating some design assets to Dropbox when I came across a few PSD files for a version of the Paravel site from over 6 years ago. I’m... Read note
Recently, I’ve really been enjoying Rdio. Each morning I’ll add a bunch of music to my queue and be set for the rest of the day. The Sons of the Pioneers have been in heavy rotation... Read note
I’ve been meaning to post a quick thank you to Gene Crawford and the rest of the fellas at unmatchedstyle.com for a while. They recently had me on one of their designer chat sessions to talk... Read note
If building a multi-million dollar social media site was easy, I’d be typing this from the deck of my anti-matter powered yacht… in orbit. Just about everyone I know in the web design & development game... Read note
A pet peeve of mine is seeing blog comments or tweets neigh-saying innovative strides in web development. I see the issue of cross-browser compatibility to be completely separate from forward thinking experimentation. This is about progress,... Read note
The greatest feeling for me as a kid was looking into a mixed box of Legos After prying open the stuck-on lid to see where imagination could go: A green army base with a red laser... Read article
Update: Surprise—This post is now outdated & is about a previous version of this site. To learn more about what I’ve got cooking now, click here.