Friday, May 28, 2010

New Subway map for NYC

If you have ever spent time in New York City, you have surely spent at least a few minutes squinting over the subway map, trying to decide if you actually on the uptown or downtown train and where you could get a free transfer back. The New York Times reports that for the first time in more than a decade, the MTA is freshening up the map's graphics. They are changing colors to improve contrast and adding a shadow to route lines. has a nice graphic comparing the new and old maps:

(click through to the article see a better version, where you can focus on specific boros and change to comapre older versions of the map as well)

It should be interesting to see it in action coming next month.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Letter Playground

Always wanted to show the world that awesome "F" you drew in the margin of your notebook? Letter Playground displays user submitted designs using the letters of the alphabet. Anyone can send in their work. The site says that artwork is copyrighted, so I can't display it for you here, but go check it out! Let us know if you submit anything!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Battery Salt and Pepper Shakers

I saw these salt and pepper shakers from Antrepo Design and I couldn't help but giggle and then shake my head in admiration. Who thinks of things like this?

Monday, May 17, 2010

500 Pencils

Remember those "book of the month" clubs? Every month, subscribers would receive a book in the mail for their reading pleasure. Felissimo has created the artist's dream version, in a project he is calling "500 Pencils." Subscribers receive 25 pencils a month for 20 months, for a whopping total of 500 different colored pencils, with names like "Drizzly Afternoon" (gray) and "Tragedy" (burgundy). For the die-hard collector, they also sell display pieces, where you can dazzle your visitors with an actual rainbow hanging on your wall.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Water bottle design

Kir Devries has some great patterns on their stainless steel reusable water bottles. These types of bottles have become very popular recently, as people step up their efforts to go green and waste less. It is also more cost efficient to refill a water bottle than to buy a brand new one every time you need a drink on the go!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Typographic Tea Towel

Continuing here on the trend of type-nerdiness, I saw these whimsical screen-printed tea towels by Linzie Hunter. My mom has a tea towel hanging from a dowel in the kitchen (next to this poster) and I think Linzie's work would be great to hang as well.

Linzie has an etsy shop and sadly this towel isn't available but she has lots of other fun prints to check out!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Typography bag

I saw the most amazing type-geek bag at Veer today.

So subtle, so great.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hand decorated sneakers

An interesting way to have your shoes say more that just "my feet aren't wet or cold," is to personalize them yourself. Anna Boccarossa of Signature Shoes has done just that. She illustrates Converse sneakers to create amazing one-of-a-kind footwear.

I'm not sure I could get away with some of these, but I love the idea!