Bucket Load ‘o links

Out of hibernation with a few too many sites of distraction.

One of my favourite sites to visit when I’m looking for cool type combinations, Fonts In Use is a public archive of typography indexed by typeface, format, and industry. You can also contribute to the archive.

I’m a big ‘looking at funny cats on the web’ sort of guy, so these photos of cats shaking their heads tickles my funnybone.

If only my older self could shake some sense into my younger self, or maybe the other way around? Anyway, here are 23 Things you’d wish you’d known at 23, by Hillary Kerr, mostly for the ladies, but some good general common sense there as well. 

Ah, Tom Waits, yet to let me down in music or in life, I remember seeing his interview with Don Lane when it was shown originally. An amusing compilation of some of the most memorable things Tom Waits said on Talk Shows.

Find yourself asking questions all the time? Here are 11 interesting questions to ask yourself.

I’m a big fan of cartoonist Charles Schultz and am looking forward to seeing the new Peanuts film when it’s out. In the meantime, why not Create a Peanut Character of yourself. I have spent much too much time on this site!

After a particularly busy couple of months I can identify with this piece on dealing with post-creation depression.

I here there’s some national design awards thingee happening this week – you can check out the work of the finalists on the site.

I like this design for a new Australian flag quite a bit more than any other suggestions I’ve seen

I’m not a morning person at all, but these morning routines of various people are pretty interesting regardless.

The Wall Street Journal does a pretty good interview with designer Michael Bierut, even though enquiring minds have been there before.

Wil Wheaton gets it, don’t sell your self short.

I am in awe of craftsmen who work delicate beauty with their hands, this video of a Japanese Kokeshi doll being made is a perfect example.

The design of classic pinball and slot machines is a greatly under appreciated artform

Hipster Barbie is on Instagram and it’s great

I love me some vintage airline posters, this slideshow accompanies a review of the  book, Airline Visual Identity, 1945-1975 by Matthias C. Hühne.

An evolution of US magazine covers – those Cosmo covers from the 60s-80s really jammed the cover text on.

Star Trek designer fans rejoice! Some neat posters that portray each episode of the original series in minimalist illustrations, I got mine!

Getting back to hands on in the digital age, what a good idea methinks.

Really enjoyed Simon Hanselmann‘s collection of his comic strip Megg, Mogg and Owl, this isn’t your Megg and Mogg from childhood!