Holy Minimalism!

It seems that every blog’s editorship will develop specialized niche interests over time, since there are many blogs online, which anyone can do using a guide on how to create a blog online. We’ve shown twice the experimental typographic for different purposes and the facade of a church turned art gallery, but now it’s becoming clear that the resonant architecture of churches re-purposed for other uses strikes a chord in us.

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This minimalist home (transformed from a Catholic church by Dutch architecture agency Zecc), with the lines and stained glass retained and the wood benches of the church incorporated as dining seating is at once the most human piece of minimalism and the most lovely reuse of a church I have ever seen.

If you encounter, in your travels in the world or the web, more re-purposed churches, do send ’em my way.

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These are photos from my mini-road trip this past weekend along the coast (off Highway 1, starting from San Francisco and ending in Pescadero). So amazing how many interesting textures and vivid colors there are out along the ocean. Enjoy!

First Aid

This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. I was shocked when I realized it was that long ago — I remember it so clearly. The site 72hours.org has some excellent information for actions to take in an emergency, and specific guidelines for making a survival kit. But, it is important to have first aid supplies available even in non-emergency situations. Here are a few first aid kits we thought were particularly stylish.

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And here us is a cute little how-to on making your own kit.

Good Advice Sticks

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As a tape lover, I’m pretty excited about this Good Advice tape from Swiss Legacy. It features advice from Adrian Shaughnessy, Tony Brook, Wim Crouwel, Michael C. Place, Ben Stott, Mark Farrow, Storm Thorgerson, Daniel Eatock and Hamish Muir, and was designed by James Greenfield. It is available for purchase here.

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Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische

B oy, do we love Jessica Hische. Our copy of her gorgeous alphabet print is being matted right now at Cheap Pete’s. We’re excited for her that she is setting off on her own and leaving Louise Fili, but equally psyched that Cardon Webb (of Cardon Copy) is filling her shoes.

C reative and prolific, Ms. Hische’s newest side venture is the sort of thing that we definitely support. Daily Drop Cap not only features a beautiful letter every day, but also the html to make it a drop cap and the creative commons license on how to use it. So, don’t be surprised if occasionally our posts start getting all Book of Kells on ya.

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nd,  it is a brand new project — she’s only up to “C”— so you can pretty much be the first on your block to use it. Yes, this last paragraph was just an excuse to use the “A” — I promise we’ll never use three drop caps in a post again. That’s just gaudy, people.

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I am never disappointed with Sessùn‘s clothing line. Maybe because it reminds me of France…

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I was feeling a little uninspired and was clicking links trying to find an interesting and new (to me) blog, and came upon happy mundane. My mood was instantly improved when I saw the post about help. Help is a New York-based company that makes general first aid supplies — bandages, headache medicine, sleep aids, etc. — and makes them seem non-threatening, approachable and even friendly. They have lovely packaging that is compostable; it is made of molded paper pulp and a bio plastic made primarily of corn. Plus, they donate 5% of their profits to charities that help get healthcare for people without. Oh, and you should definitely check out the help, I’m bored section of the site.

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Welcome Cake Wreckers!

We just wanted to say a quick thanks to Jen from Cake Wrecks for tweeting about our Where the Wild Things Are post today. Also, we want to welcome her many, many readers who have clicked over to view The Experts Agree — we’re so happy you came by.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cake Wrecks, you should definitely check it out. Hideous cakes, misspellings, literalisms, and the commentary is fantastic. It is really, really hysterical. This one is the cake that started the blog, and it’s still one of our favorites.

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Tim Burton takes on Alice in Wonderland

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is coming to theaters on March 5, 2010. From the few stills I’ve seen, the costume, casting and sets all look awesome. Plus, I am rarely disappointed by either Tim Burton or Johnny Depp (except, of course, Sleepy Hollow). You can read more about the movie here.

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TypograFriday: Tuscans

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Did you like the giant S from French Vogue Kirsten pointed out a few weeks ago? Us too!

This style of type is called Tuscan and it originated well before printing. Tuscans can be identified by bifurcation of the terminals — some have speculated that the bifurcation in the earliest examples may have been a typographic equivalent of the sign of the fish, an attempt to signify Christian faith in the letters themselves. Tuscans really hit their stride in the 19th century, during the age of handbills (each trying to outdo one another in typographic excess). This is when the form started mutating like crazy: the ends trifurcated, bulges or spikes erupted mid-stem, letters split into two, swashes and flourishes sprouted out.

Tuscans can be extended or condensed, rigid or expressive: some of the newer digital ones are hand-rendered. So versatile a type style, it’s a shame it’s rarely used contemporarily outside of circus- or western- themed work.

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