creative inspiration

for all the LA-lovers out there, a time-lapsed video of 24-hours in downtown LA from


recycled calendars by cranky pressman
image: fpo / cranky pressman

since calendar days and dates repeat every 2, 6, and 11 years, cranky pressman designed a faux 1966 calendar to be reused this year, 2011, with the encouragement to use it again in 2022. cool concept, and super-cool looking! see the whole profile at under consideration.

design industry

more for the print’s not dead files, felix ng has started up an arts and culture journal, bracket, and the boyle heights neighborhood of LA just got a new bilingual paperthe boyle heights beat / pulso de boyle heights—reported by teens and funded by the california endowment as a joint collaboration between usc annenberg and la opinión.

for more in print on design, the elements of graphic design by alex w. white is out in 2nd edition.

take a spin through the typography of miami with 8 hour day!

los angeles

illustrated map of LA, 1909
Birdseye View Pub. Co.'s birdseye map of Los Angeles, California in 1909.

here’s a lovely little illustration of our burg of echo park, circa 1909. more on the big map blog.

LA observed has a video of the newly-reopened angeles crest highway, which has been closed for the past 18 months following the station fire. looks like the restoration included lots of newly-topped road.

if you’re looking for an out-of-the-way tour of los angeles, 7 days in LA has a great selection of indie tours that go beyond the generic hollywood tour and give different perspectives on our rich history.

2 thoughts on “creative inspiration

  1. I love the old maps. When we lived in our 1890s Victorian cottage in San Jose, I collected maps from the time. It was so amazing to see how our block was one of the last in the city, and beyond that was nothing but farmland and orchards. It’s almost mind-blowing when you look at the density today.


    1. i love them too. in this one, the area where i live is just a grassy hill, but i love seeing echo park lake already in place.


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