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My Typographic Research class is back in session, which means my students are adding new posts to our class Tumblr daily, so have a look when you’re in need of typographic inspiration. (One of my favorites so far is Emilia’s find of Claes Oldenburg’s 1978 Soft Alphabet, which must have been inpsired by Wim Crouwel’s original 1970 typeface for a Stedelijk Museum catalog for the artist.) I was lucky enough to meet the brilliant David Karp, founder of Tumblr, at the WebbyConnect Conference last year and we spoke a bit about Tumblr’s amazing educational capabilities, particularly in art education where it can play both bulletin board and archive with dead-simple collaboration for an unlimited number of users posting via a single email address. Compared to the proprietary Blackboard software, now a staple at many high schools and colleges, Tumblr and many services like it offer educators more for less, and I’m glad to see other design professors following suit. At Pratt, Ali Madad’s class blog Insipid & Inspirational has become a new favorite of mine.

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Dear Lulu is a calibration booklet for the on-demand print service Lulu.com created by James Goggin of Practise and his students at Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany. Brilliant! (via Thinking for a Living)

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This may be familiar news by now, but 18-year-old Apple fan Nick Haley created an ad for the iPod Touch and posted it to YouTube and Apple’s decided to run it nationally. From Stuart Elliott’s article in NYT, “Consumers creating commercials ‘is part of this brave new world we live in,’ said Lee Clow, chairman and chief creative officer at TBWA Worldwide, based in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Playa del Rey. ‘It’s an exciting new format for brands to communicate with their audiences,’ Mr. Clow said. ‘People’s relationship with a brand is becoming a dialog, not a monolog.’” See Haley’s original ad here and the official Apple remix here.

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Behold the brilliant homemadeness of The Go! Team’s video for “Panther Dash” (via VSL).

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Kevin Kelly on two self-publishing services, Blurb and Lulu. I haven’t tried these sites yet, but I can definitely recommend Fastback Creative Books.

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Always full of useful suggestions, Lifehacker pointed me in the direction of this technique for folding a CD case from a single sheet of 8.5x11” paper.

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Make graph paper yourself, in almost any increment, line weight, or color (thx, Kevin).