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17 Apr 2009 Maps (old-school)

This weblog post over at ministry of type has some pretty map images which are a well welcomed alternative to the more-and-more-tiring Google maps look.

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01 Apr 2009 Insanely cheap software at MacHeist.com

Most of you have probably heard about macheist.com already. Those of you who have not should hurry over to the site and get your bundle of software purchased right away. These apps are so incredibly cheap that you should not miss the opportunity to get your hands on them: The more people buy this bundle the bigger it gets (even if you buy now). As more people purchase the bundle more apps get thrown in. Hurry, only little time left!

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24 Mar 2009 Infographics

A nice set of infographics on www.scribd.com/… might enlighten your next lunch break. Awesome stuff in there.

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14 Mar 2009 Social media blunders

Mashable.com offers a quick read with 5 examples of social media blunders. This is only a starting point if you want to get insight into this problem, but nevertheless a good start.

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13 Mar 2009 Nice illustration portfolio

An interview with Kako from São Paulo, Brazil and some of his art can be read at vectortuts. I like the style a lot and thought you might too.

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12 Mar 2009 Logo collection: Airlines

Head on over to webdesignerdepot.com to get a nice collection of airline logos. Might be a nice inspiration if you are working on something similar right now.

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11 Mar 2009 Beware of the whale!

While browsing some sites today, I came across the nice website of Squaredeye and thought I should share it with you.

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10 Mar 2009 Fluid layouts

If you are designing websites than this article about fluid designs by Ethan Marcotte might be a nice read and update on your knowledge.

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09 Mar 2009 Fluid 960 Grid System | 16-column Grid

Fluid 960 Grid System | 16-column Grid. is a nice demo of a 16-columns grid based design. The mix with mootools effects makes it a good starting point for clean designs. Everything is released under a GPLMIT Licenses.

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08 Mar 2009 Beautiful clean design

If you like a nice, clean design with a touch of analogue moleskin-esque colours you should hurry to head your browser to weblog.cynosura.eu.

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07 Mar 2009 Rechargeable Bluetooth earbuds

Over at Yankodesign you can see a great earbuds design concept by Qian Jiang: The earbuds can be recharged like a regular AA battery via the included adaptor.

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03 Mar 2009 The art of letting go

A colleague of mine worked on a book about Enterprise 2.0: The Art of letting go. There is a companion website as well.

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25 Feb 2009 Smart grid?
It is probably worth a discussion whether the smart grid is actually what the name suggests, but the website is well done and feels very clean that is for sure. Load times are a bit long and the actual content is spread a bit too thin but, hey, eye candy without meaning is okay every now and then, isn’t it?!
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21 Feb 2009 Spice up your web typography

The League of Moveable Type brings you some nice fonts for web use and embedding.

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13 Feb 2009 A nation of bloggers animated clip

I have posted other videos of such kind over here before. Today I would like to share this clip about blogging in Iran with you.

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12 Feb 2009 Layers at MacUpdate Promo

Layers is todays deal on mupromo.com and probably something you want to get a hold on when you have to take screenshots every now and then and need to work with them for presentations or so. The great thing is, that you get every bit on screen in a separate Photoshop layer.

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03 Feb 2009 Nice speakers

Looking for some other speakers? Engadget has a nice set of them in an article.

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03 Feb 2009 PS / AI magnetic boards

Cannot leave your Creative Suite alone in the evening? Well, help is on the way: Have yourself a magnetic canvas and palettes for your livingroom: Meninos.

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14 Jan 2009 Fake!

Nice application of Photoshop palettes to demystify the looks of some folks on ad campaign posters: pictures @ fubiz.net.

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14 Jan 2009 Why iPhone users should jailbreak their phone

Over at the wonderful RWW you might find this article about jailbreaking your iPhone quite interesting.

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21 Dec 2008 Title art and delicious credits

artofthetitle.com is a website I just discovered on my everlasting quest to discover nice movie credits and opening sequences. Check it out!

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10 Dec 2008 Mercedes-Benz Viano (Micro-)site

Mercedes-Benz Viano and the chronicles of Narnia come along in a joint website which is nicely done and reminds me a bit of the „little prince“. Have a look

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28 Nov 2008 Behind the scenes

I came across the website of photographer Chase Jarvis a few days ago. Now I had some time to check out the video podcast as well. Nice little behind the scenes clips (via iTunes).

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26 Nov 2008 Cute dog lamp

I really like this LED dog lamp by Wants and Needs design from Korea.

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14 Nov 2008 Great campaign

Just found some Alka Seltzer campaign screens / ads. Really like them :)

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07 Nov 2008 Watch out!

Just saw this on a friends twitter feed: http://creativity-online.com/work/view?seed=49614c83 Nice one. Watch carefully …

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26 Sep 2008 UI patterns

Designing interfaces? Have a quick look at ui-patterns.com whether you find something interesting.

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25 Sep 2008 User icons recreated

Just stumbled across this little video on youtube where the default boring user icon shapes are pimped with a few well done strokes to something new: user icons recreated.

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23 Sep 2008 Big brother state

I guess you should have a look at www.bigbrotherstate.com to watch a well produced and well scripted animation film with a strong political message.

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05 Sep 2008 Find your T-Shirt

PleaseDress.me is a new search engine to find your favourite new t-shirt. Try it for yourself.

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05 Sep 2008 Take a seat!

I just found a nicely designed rocking chair over at Yanko Design. Designer Scott Wilson created a very nice piece of furniture here. I’d love to have a couple of these!

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02 Sep 2008 Ten handwritten fonts

Over at woork you can get a list of 10 free handwriting fonts. Some feel quite fresh.

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27 Aug 2008 Something for your next meeting

How to be a good client is a little manual to be a good client to a designer. I guess there is some truth here and there. Thanks Dennis.

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21 Aug 2008 Back in the summer of ‘69…

Yearbook Yourself is a little fun application. The title says it all, doesn’t it?!

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21 Aug 2008 Need to create iPhone Layouts?

The iPhone GUI PSD offered for download over at the Blog of teehanlax.com is a great way quickly getting some iPhone / iPod mockups done. Grab it if you are into designing for this device. Nice one.

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14 Aug 2008 Design Batting Average

ART BACKWASH: Design Batting Average is a weblog post by Von Glitschka, a designer and illustrator based in Oregon, talking about the development of a logotype for a client. The sad part is that the nice designs never made it to acceptance for some reasons  which might sound familiar to someone in the same business.

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13 Aug 2008 iPod Paper

iPod Paper.com is a site which I just discovered on the hunt for nice new art for my iPodtouch. Head on over and check out the nice illustrations and other wallpapers.

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05 Aug 2008 Stop-motion par excellence

I just ran across a post on motionographer with some nice stop-motion commercials. Very nice and with love to detail.

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01 Aug 2008 Delicious interface update

Del.icio.us has released the new interface version which was a subject to rumors and lots of talk for ages as it seems. My first impression is that a few glitches have really been optimised and ironed out. See for your self: the new Delicious.

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01 Aug 2008 Twittearth

I just discovered this little service placing tweets on a 3D globe: twittearth.

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30 Jul 2008 If fonts were people

A wonderful little clip can be found over at collegehumor: If fonts were people is a hilarious short film with the most commonly used fonts as the main characters discussing whether Zapf DIngbats should be treated as a font as well.

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25 Jul 2008 Silverback — guerrilla usability testing

After a long time this nifty little usability testing app has finally arrived for everybody: Silverback — guerrilla usability testing. Once again the goodness only comes to the Mac.

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25 Jul 2008 For the love of type

Now that is dedication: Love of type on skin. Watch the video.

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21 Jul 2008 Too many things that you need to follow in your 2.0 web-life?

Digsby might be a solution to get all the things under control again. All your typical services (IM, email and social networks) in one little app. Windows only so far, Mac and Linux apparently coming up soon. Of course you could use something like Flock as well which even gives you blogging and browsing as well … all build upon the Firefox / Mozilla Goodness.

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18 Jul 2008 Spectroscopic delights

Just before the weekend you might consider to indulge in wonderful artwork with lots of spectrum use. Very nice indeed …

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18 Jul 2008 Photoshop CS3 for iPhone

Usually I don’t post these but today is an exception: Adobe Photoshop CS3 for iPhone. You just have to see it in Action!

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17 Jul 2008 Nice collages

I just found some nice artwork on Leandro Demetrius’ flickr page. Have a look and get inspired.

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18 Jun 2008 Cannes Winners 2008

The first winners in Cannes have been announced already, tomorrow we will see the winners of the Cyber Lions 2008. A great place to see what the design / advertising / multimedia industry has been up to recently: www.canneslions.com/winners

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18 Jun 2008 Calendar to go

Are you using Mac OS X 10.5? In case you do not like the iCal print-outs that come standard with the app you might want to check this little helper here: Colendar. It gives you a lot of settings for your prints and might be just what you were looking for.

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17 Jun 2008 Pledge now! Firefox 3 Download Day 2008

Over at spreadfirefox.com you can pledge for your download of Firefox Version 3 on 17 June 2008. Loads of new features are waiting for you and by downloading you support the attempt to achieve a Guiness Record in downloads. Pledge and fetch!

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21 May 2008 Flux for CSS design on the Mac

A little birdy just told me about a fairly new CSS/HTML/WYSIWYG editor with JavaScript and Ruby On Rails support called flux. The application is available for the Mac and requires some time to get used to it. It looks very leopard-ish and is priced at just below 70 USD. Give it a spin, it might just be what you where looking for. An additional review can be found over at the IT Enquirer.

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21 May 2008 Ringtones for your iPhone

You own an iPhone? Great. You like music? Great. Why don’t you head over to ringtonefeeder.com to subscribe to great ringtones produced by Geoff Smith. Fresh new ringtones and the latest 5 releases for fairly low prices. Well worth checking them out …

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14 May 2008 For webdevelopers

I have not mentioned this useful resource before but you might want to check out the webdeveloper’s handbook. Sorted by genre and type Vitaly Friedman lists a variety of good reads and resource websites.

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13 May 2008 A few minutes

I have tried loads of little egg timer applications. Some of them just stopped working while the Mac OS moved on in version numbers, others where just badly done, some are just too much. I will try this one called minutes for a while and hope to be as good as the first impression that I got from it.

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13 May 2008 Data visualisation collection

You might like this fine collection of data visualisation examples over at designlabel. Get inspired and take it further if you can.

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07 May 2008 Leopard and InDesign

You might be just as frustrated to not be able to upgrade your print-workhorse-mac to leopard because you are in need of a non-crashing InDesign. In case you have a Leopard install at hand a post at creativetec might help you to get leopard installed and still be able to work. But still this issue is a shame … whoever might be to blame.

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06 May 2008 Get your news (almost) like your parents did

So, your parents get a printed newspaper? You read RSS-feeds and surf the web? Well here is a little application which gives you almost the feeling of reading a printed newspaper: Times. Get your RSS-feeds in a layout that tries to be just like on Dad`s breakfast table …

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29 Apr 2008 Icons for your iPhone / iPod touch

In case you develop websites and your client asks you for that nifty iPhone icon for his website you should read the article over at fontblog before getting into crafting your icon. It would have saved me quite some time. Thanks Dennis.

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03 Apr 2008 custom engraved Moleskine

While researching the opportunities for laser engraving of a MacBookPro I discovered this little shop for custom-made laser-engraced moleskine books. So,go and engrave your book!

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30 Mar 2008 Wordpress 2.5 released

After some long months of waiting for this version the release is finally here. With lots of new features, an vastly improved back-end and many developer functions this looks like the best Wordpress release yet. In case you are running older versions or other software you should definitely consider upgrading or maybe even changing your software. More about this release at wordpress.org, which is redesigned as well. Enjoy 2.5!

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28 Mar 2008 TUBUK. online shop

In case you are interested in buying german books from independent publishers you should definitely check out TUBUK. They have wonderful books and great customer reviews.

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27 Mar 2008 Photoshop Express online

Adobe just started the online version of Photoshop. When registering you get basic functionalities to edit and improve your photos. Storage is provided by Adobe (a nice 2 GB per user) and uploads to the major community sites are possible directly from your Photoshop Express library. Currently missing: layers, text tools and flickr upload, which is promised for the very near future as some sources report it.

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22 Jan 2008 Upgradeavanza at wordpress.com

As Matt Mullenweg describes it best when writing that wordpress.com is moving to a gmail-like space offering: From now on you can host your blog over there and upload up to 3GB of space for free. Make the best out of that!

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10 Jan 2008 Layer tennis

The current season has started at the end of September already but I simply forgot to mention it here: Go and watch some layer tennis.

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18 Dec 2007 360° Videos

I just stumbled across these 360°-videos on immersivemedia.com. A nice experience although you might miss important things when scrolling at the wrong moment.

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14 Dec 2007 More deals

Although this might be a late link some of you might still find it helpful: MacSanta brings software deals for the mac at discounted prices. New apps appearing daily so check back often.

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11 Dec 2007 The story of stuff

I think it would be a shame to not mention the site telling us the story about stuff. Have a look, read the 10 recommendations and act up!

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11 Dec 2007 The internet was closed

For only 10 USD this is a must-have: threadless shirt “The internet was closed”. Hurry, I guess stocks won’t last for a long time.

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02 Dec 2007 Shameless plug for my podcast

Just in case you are listening to german-language podcasts and are looking for an advent podcast look no further: AdventsNetcast.de. Subscribe via iTunes or via Websitelinks.

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28 Nov 2007 A portable iPhone fireplace

Isn’t this the perfect thing to kick-off the holiday season? At iyule.tv you can purchase and download a nice 30 minute video of a fireplace in all different kinds of formats. The score is by one of my favourite artists Geoff Smith. Go and get it while the fire burns!

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26 Nov 2007 I love to hate you

Those of us who have to deal with the IE and its “twists” but work on a mac might be interested in this: ies4osx gives you the chance to install IE 5/5.5/6/7 on your IntelMac without having to run Parallels or something similar. Give it a spin and let me know what you think.

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26 Nov 2007 Feed your Mac

On the 27th and for a short time only givegoodfoodtoyourmac.com will give buyers the chance to get their hands on software at reduced prizes. A bit like what you can find daily over at mupromo.com.

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14 Nov 2007 Weird faces

Each click increases the beauty-level a bit: Monoface

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02 Nov 2007 Too many speech bubble logos

I just found this nice post on the inflation of speech bubble usage oder at blog.eachday.com when reading about the thoughts of a new Photoshop logo at John Nack’s blog.

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01 Nov 2007 Leopard – a fine review

Ars technica brings us a great and thorough review of Mac OS X 10.5 aka Leopard. Worth the read!

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24 Oct 2007 OpenType?!

You might find this article about OpenType over at the relaunched typography.com quite interesting as it gives a good and quick overview. Just in case you have wondered which type of font to purchase. Browsing the Fonts is actually a good idea as well … you’ll be in for a treat!

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18 Oct 2007 GTD on your iPod touch / iPhone

I love Inbox as my GTD application. What I love even more is the fact that I might be able to take it with me very soon! Hopefully in not only with .mac but with macbay as well.

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17 Oct 2007 Free Wordpress theme requests

I am thinking about creating a few Wordpress themes to be given away for free while studying some of the new versions features. I would be delighted to get some wishes from you in order to try to implement them. Please use the comments function as a wishlist.

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16 Oct 2007 Huge letters, big impression

Following yesterdays post here is another fine article: A showcase of big typography. Enjoy.

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15 Oct 2007 Nice typography

Over at IloveTypography you can find 15 nice webdesigns with a strong focus on the type setting. I did not know all of them, so a good little inspiration feed.

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15 Oct 2007 Free font Revalo Classic Regular

FontShop Int. offers a free download of Revalo on their site. This download might be there for a limited time only. So hurry over there and see whether you like it.

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15 Oct 2007 Enhance your P2P experience

Acquisition 2 is out now. A slick and elegant P2P-Client for the Mac. You might like XTorrent as well. Compare and test for yourself.

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12 Oct 2007 Load your iPhone/iPod touch

Apple has introduced a webapp category on their website which lists applications suitable for the iPhone and the iPod touch.

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12 Oct 2007 The process of creating a nice application icon

A very nice write-up of the creation process for an application icon is over on the Cocoia Blog. It is for a new FTP-app called Flow which looks quite promising as well.

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09 Oct 2007 I totally agree!

When it comes to inflight-entertainment I couldn’t agree more than a friend said it on his tumblr log.

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08 Oct 2007 Give 1 get 1

On November 12 2007 you will be able to donate a laptop to a child and receive one for yourself. The price is $400 for both machines. All the details about the campaign at xogiving.org.

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05 Oct 2007 Timelines

You might like rememble: a service to create a timeline-based project like a script or a diary. Collaboration within the service is possible but strongly connected to the community.

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26 Sep 2007 Internet people

A little video treat for your lunch break: internet people on Channelfredarator.

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26 Sep 2007 Pixelmator 1.0

A new image editing software for Mac OS X named pixelator is waiting to be tried out. All the details about the release in the pixelmator blog. 59 USD seems to be a reasonable price.

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25 Sep 2007 Prints on canvas

Blaugallery offers some limited edition prints of various illustrators on canvas. Some nice examples over there. I am very tempted!

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24 Sep 2007 10 future web trends

You might be interested in this post over at readwriteweb.com summing up some essentials about current and future web trends.

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24 Sep 2007 Collaboration software

The upcoming collaboration software activecollab is about to be released (October 5th). Pricing sounds reasonable and Basecamp might not be the only kid in town anymore.

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20 Sep 2007 CMSshowcase.com

neophilia is featured over at CMSshowcase.com. Feel free to vote… Thanks!

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20 Sep 2007 What I always wanted

BoingBoing has a story about the virgin flight of VA. They offer Google Maps instead of the boring old inflight-maps. I’ve been longing for ages …

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17 Sep 2007 Vienna calling: 2.2

I was able to resist installing an RSS-reader for ages (probably because I used Flock to surf the web and read news). But I just fell in love with the new, clean, simply, no-frills Vienna version which is free.

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15 Sep 2007 E-Mail for a day

Personally I use dodgit.com quite often when in need of a disposable email address to avoid spam. If you want to choose another service here is a list of 20+ other services. A great collection for your bookmarks.

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12 Sep 2007 Free Font

Jos Bulvenga is giving away a nice free font called Anivers. More information on the font’s page. While you are there feel free to check out his other fonts.

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12 Sep 2007 Great campaigns

Just discovered these over at uxmag.com: Checkout the Jealous Computers Warning Website and the older campaign introducing Great pockets. Both of them very nice indeed.

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10 Sep 2007 Metroscript

I have just discovered a very nice font: Metroscript by AlphabetSoup. The OpenType features are wonderful!

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10 Sep 2007 Photoshop (Express) for everyone

Photoshop Express, a light-weight online version of Photoshop (Elements) was presented at Photoshop World last week. Some info and a first screenshot is available at John Nack’s blog.

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