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Tuesday Edition

Some of the best and brightest names in design going head to head.
Revisit the last two seasons of Layer Tennis.

Coudal Partners

Live Layer Tennis

Creative Squared

Friday we hosted a remarkable Layer Tennis match, featuring Glenn Jones from Auckland, New Zealand and Flavio Montiel from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mike Monteiro provided the play-by-play commentary from San Francisco. LYT happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Field Notes Fall Limited Edition


JC at Creative Mornings

The Problem With Doing a Project in
Your Spare Time is That There isn’t Any

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

Chauncey H. Griffith's Bodoni Poster Black was developed for Mergenthaler in 1929 and features strong verticals and shallow descenders. It's regularly employed for era-specific "Appearing Nightly at the Copacabana" lobby-card-ish announcements and by and large it's serviceable, if not particularly interesting. But, just in case you find yourself in need of a two skinny chicks whispering near the coke mirror, late 70's, Los Angeles sort of vibe, set it tight in all-caps with almost no line spacing. Suggested pairing: Univers Light Extra Condensed.

This Plus This Equals That

The Lionel, the Richie and the Wardrobe

This is the sort of thing that Twitter is especially good for, but a washroom full of chalkboard walls works too. A while ago we hosted a quick contest called Booking Bands in which we asked people to combine the name of a book with the name of a band. We received thousands of entries, posted a ton of them and then randomly selected three and sent those people the book and a CD from the band that they mashed together. The process of coming up with funny or unexpected associations in this contest became a central part of a presentation that JC gave at SXSW.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Those people who have assumed that we built The Deck by simply throwing together an ad network from our personal list of favorite bookmarks will find further confirmation of their suspicions in today's announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has joined us.

If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of smart, curious, mostly good-looking people, give us a shout. We're booking Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.

Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

I am putting myself to
the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check this sweet collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of 2001 and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

Origins of the Universe

It Came From
Outer Space,
and Other Places

Context vs. Brevity from Michael Heilemann of Kitbashed, who released his film on the origins of Star Wars recently. The two hour film is highly recommended. The painting above is by Ralph McQuarrie.

New in The MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at our Museum of Online Museums. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn


Jeremy J. Quinn (jq) is an architect with a multidisciplinary practice, JJQAD, which is based in Los Angeles and just celebrated its one-year anniversary. His work spans the fields of architecture, graphic design, installation art, set design and experimental music and often takes the form of collaborations with other creative people in many fields. His days are packed, exploring the wilderness surrounding LA, checking out the burgeoning LA art and design scenes and trying to get back some of his high school skateboarding skills. He can be found at @JeremyJQuinn and, more often on Tumblr, posting photos from his trusty Yashica medium format camera. For the month of September, he'll be right here with us, serving as our Guest Editor

A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.

Other recent features are listed on Page Two.

Fresh Signals

"Waitrose sent one of its staff members to the house, whereupon the family discovered the spider had torn off its own leg to escape and had disappeared, leaving behind a sac full of thousands of baby spiders." Ix-nay on the bananas from Waitrose, folks. ms-yesterday

She's back. ms-yesterday

"From the eastern U.S. the eclipse will reach maximum around the time of sunset, making for dramatic picture-taking opportunities. Further west, the entire eclipse will occur with the sun up in the afternoon sky. Either way, you can't go wrong." jc-yesterday

Cute cacti cupcakes. dw-yesterday

Contact sheets from Hollywood Frame by Frame, by Karina Longworth. jc-yesterday

"Confusion is the most common reaction." Iiu Susiraja's selfies. dw-yesterday

The Famous Chunkies by Alex Solis. dw-yesterday

Behind the scenes tech from the production of Disney's Big Hero 6. jc-yesterday

Homer's Last Theorem. Chapter 3, excerpted from The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh. Brilliant. jc-yesterday

"In the Potluck Dilemma, a per-agent algorithm of motivation ("M") and previous performance ("P2") predicts compliance. Mary, for example, brought a blueberry French toast casserole to the last potluck. It was straight baller. She will most likely phone it in next time and bring cheese or something." Game Theory: The Potluck Dilemma, by Jason Hayes. jc-yesterday

Jones vs. Montiel was just remarkable on Friday. Layer Tennis, Presented by Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-10.17

DP Alex Buono on shooting the new Saturday Night Live opening. So many fun setups. sd-10.17

Trailer for the documentary The Hard Places. sd-10.17

The Minecraft megacity that took 2 years and 4.5 million blocks to construct. dw-10.17

"Hold on a second. I need to take a break from this portrait and shoot some birds that are 6 miles away." The 50 - 1000mm lens should also help you with all of your snap zooms, no problem. sd-10.17

Animated music video for Love by Sébastien Tellier. dw-10.17

From Wroclaw, Poland, a collection of images of where signs used to hang. sd-10.17

Patricia Marx takes a fun look at emotional-support animal fraud: "How to Take Your Pet Everywhere." sd-10.17

Virgin Wood Type Mfg. Co. dw-10.17

"Our songs will all be silenced." Orson Welles' bitter and delightful monologue from F for Fake. jc-10.17

Ridiculously clever. The new way to store beer in your fridge, the bottleLoft. Via Cool Material. ms-10.17

Take a look inside BLAH Airlines Flight 101 from Newark to San Francisco. dw-10.16

Through a Glass Darkly, beautiful photos of London commuters heading home in the dark, by Nick Turpin. Via Susan Everett. jc-10.16

"Nicole, can you take Matt's temp on the brodal shower idea? But first, find out if he has hot friends!!!! :) Also, Nicole you're not attracted to Matt right?? Don't want another offering to have sex with our friend's husband situation, right Jen? LOL. Awk-ward!" Hey Ladies: Autumnal Shower. jc-10.16

Giant charcoal drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips. dw-10.16

"hey yoo guys, i foun the sweet ray bans in the bafroom also, shelly is crying in thdere." Drunk J. Crew. So great. jc-10.16

Through the Ground Glass. A wonderful short about large format photography. via Gizmodo mcj-10.16

Apropos of nothing. Frank "Here's That Rainy Day". jc-10.16

So you know, MapCrow, Travel Distance Calculator and Map between World Cities. jc-10.16

Keeping Time, clocks, calendars and dating systems. From the current issue of Lapham's Quarterly, in a brand-new, lovely site. jc-10.16

Tuning '77 is "a seamless audio supercut of an entire year of the Grateful Dead tuning their instruments, live on stage. Chronologically sequenced, this remix incorporates every publicly available recording from 1977." Sheesh. Via Mefi. jc-10.16

Rosetta's Selfie. ms-10.16

Trailer for the film Leviathan. ms-10.16

Moiré animals. dw-10.15

Les Astronautes filled an alley in Quebec with pool noodles. dw-10.15

"His camera thus takes a disinterested stance, focusing instead on the images of wheat and sky, seeing Bill's plot as a natural event as common as the seasons." Peter Labuza on Days of Heaven from an excerpt from Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film. jc-10.15

The 2014 Fall Foliage Map. dw-10.15

Man Meets Woman by Yang Liu. Stating the obvious (and not so obvious) in brilliantly simple pictograms. jc-10.15

"Already most of the chairs were taken, girls in cargo pants and a few guys who looked like they were chewing on tin foil. Guys like me, I guess. Guys who'd said the wrong thing, looked the wrong way, picked the wrong bird to start plucking. 'Harassment,' they called it. Well, that was jake with me, as long as my suspended license got un-suspended." ms-10.15

Related to the last, Time to Kill, The Weight, This Wheel's on Fire, Up on Cripple Creek from The Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, November 1, 1970. jc-10.14

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