Original and current famous logos

Stock Logos has a cool post highlighting original and current versions of some logos you know and love. There's something nice about knowing that even the most clean iconic designs started out hopelessly convoluted.

Old Apple logo


Cool products from leftover wood

Lars Beller Fjetland makes very cool stuff out of discarded and found materials.

Returned Bird

Found via Veerle


Awesome Steve Stamkos infographic

Awesome season and awesome infographic for the Tampa Bay Lightning's Steve Stamkos.


The Law of Shitty Clickthroughs

A good article by Andrew Chen breaks down marketing and advertising on the web.

There are a few drivers for the Law of Shitty Clickthroughs, and here’s a summary of the top ones:

  1. Customers respond to novelty, which inevitably fades
  2. First-to-market never lasts
  3. More scale means less qualified customers

The benefits of superstition

The New York Times has an interesting article on the benefits of superstition.

For instance, in one study led by the psychologist Lysann Damisch of the University of Cologne, subjects were handed a golf ball, and half of them were told that the ball had been lucky so far. Those subjects with a “lucky” ball drained 35 percent more golf putts than those with a "regular" ball.


10 Tips on writing from David Ogilvy

Pick the Brain has a good article with writing tips from the original "Mad Man" David Ogilvy. In an internal memo he writes:

  1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times.
  2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.
  3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.
  4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
  5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.
  6. Check your quotations.
  7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning — and then edit it.
  8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.
  9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.
  10. If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.

I found this article via @slantback who has a blog you should bookmark immediately.


Interesting book cases

I was looking for some bookcase inspiration for my game room and came across some cool ones on freshome.com:


Iconic writers on truth vs fiction

Brain Picking has a great collection of quotes on truth and fiction:

"Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie." - Stephen King

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” - Mark Twain

"Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” - Tennessee Williams


Zombie sheets!

Awesome zombie bed sheets designed by Melissa Christie: