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Announcement: I’m Going to Miss You, But I Am Taking a Sabbatical

Hello, everyone. I’m going to be taking an extended break from kottke.org, starting today.

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Logos You Can See From Space

Elissaveta M. Brandon recently wrote about the uptick in companies placing huge logos so that they can be seen in satellite imagery.

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Comic Helvetic, an Unholy Combo of Comic Sans and Helvetica

In some workplaces, people use Helvetica to conduct business because it conveys a sense of order and authority.

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Ukrainian Stamp Design Contest

After Russia invaded the country, Ukraine’s post office decided to hold a contest to design a stamp.

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2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest

All of the winners and shortlisted entries of the 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest look fantastic.

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The Best Optical Illusions of the Year

The winners of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest for 2021 have been announced.

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The Photos of the Year for 2021

It is difficult to separate 2021 from the previous year — Covid, social & political unrest, and the climate crisis bind them together in my memory.

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A Collection of Airline Seatback Safety Cards

Seatback Safety is home to a collection of dozens of seatback safety cards from airlines like Pan Am, United, Continental, and more.

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Beautifully Arranged Rock Sculptures

Jon Foreman neatly arranges rocks into colorful sculptures. He also does similar sand, leaves, debris, and shells.

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Holographic Chromed Logos

I love these colorfully chromed-out logos designed by Martin Naumann -- you can find dozens of them on his Instagram and

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Winners of the Ocean Photography Awards for 2021

Oceanographic Magazine has announced the winners of their annual Ocean Photography Awards for 2021.

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The Winners of the 2021 Drone Photo Awards

Drones have been around for awhile now, but I have yet to tire of the bird’s-eye images captured from above this remarkable planet of ours.

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The Winners of the 2021 Small World Photomicrography Competition

Nikon has announced the winners of the Small World Photomicrography Competition.

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Some Fun Typefaces for 2021

Adobe recently announced the winners of their 36 Days of Type contest.

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Winners of the 2021 Type Directors Club Design Awards

The Type Directors Club has announced the winners of their two design competitions: TDC67 Communication Design and 24TDC Typeface Design.

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Proposed Post-Pandemic New Yorker Covers

Tomer Hanuka asked his third-year illustration students at SVA to "come up with a post-pandemic New Yorker magazine cover".

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Floorplan Alphabet

In 1773 Johann David Steingruber created a complete alphabet of mythical letter shaped buildings & their floorplans.

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The Best Book Cover Designs of 2020

Many books were published this year and some of them had great covers.

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The Winners of the 2020 Weather Photographer of the Year Competition

The Royal Meteorological Society has announced the winners and runners-up in the 2020 Weather Photographer of the Year competition.

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Norway’s Beautiful New Passports

Last year, I shared the concept designs for Norway’s new passports by creative agency Neue.