"I'm left-handed but right-eyed," a friend told us recently. Right-eyed? We had no idea that one side could have an edge. A bit of research revealed that eye dominance is "one of the most important discoveries for any person who is participating in any sport that requires physical movement to propel an object accurately to a target or position on a field." And it's probably worth considering when designing anything from signage to digital interfaces. So how do you determine which eye (if either) you favor? This site outlines an easy method to check eye dominance for adults and even very young children.
Hit the links with Twirdie, an app-based golf game powered by Twitter. Players tee off and sink putts by typing a word -- say, "Kardashian" -- and Twirdie finds out how many times that word was tweeted in the past 60 seconds. That number is how far your ball goes. Game designers Kurt Bieg and Ramsey Nasser created nine challenging courses for Twirdie, which is available to download at Apple's App Store. The recent Parsons grads describe the game as "the only way to play with what the world is talking about right now." Why not take a swing at it?
What if a history of the Soviet Union were arranged to the soundtrack of Tetris, the addictive and iconic puzzle video game? That is the question asked -- and brilliantly answered -- by Donald Newholm and Dan Woods, better known as the band Pig With The Face Of A Boy. The London-based duo pride themselves on playing acoustic instruments and writing songs with peculiar lyrics, and their first music video, "A Complete History of the Soviet Union Through the Eyes of a Humble Worker, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris," quickly became a viral sensation on YouTube and earned them the (self-applied, yet deserved) title of "world's best neo-post-post-music hall anti-folk band." Click and watch to see why.
The Dow Jones is slumping -- this week saw the Index's biggest two-day decline since December 2008 -- but things are looking up at StockLogos.com. Among the latest in a series of creative initiatives by WebMediaBrands (Liquid Treat's parent company), the online community was created as a source of creative, high-quality and affordable logos. Those seeking to sell their logo designs can easily upload their work and price it for sale, while logo-seeking customers from around the world can browse and purchase designs posted to the site. Not interested in buying or selling? Stay abreast of identity design trends with the StockLogos blog, which this week has assembled a great collection of ultracreative business cards.
Treat yourself to a daily dose of design-related wisdom without adding to your desk clutter or to-do list (we're looking at you, Page-a-Day Calendar!) by becoming a regular visitor to Quotes on Design. Web designer Chris Coyier has culled books, blogs and everywhere in between to assemble an ever-growing archive of creative inspiration and advice. His understated website doles out quotes one at a time and invites visitors to click for another. The quotable figures range from Paul Rand and Paula Scher to Jackson Pollock and Jay-Z, who once advised, "Be fluid. Treat each project differently. Be water, man. The best style is no style. Because styles can be figured out. And when you have no style they can’t figure you out."
Music and photography come together at Rock Paper Photo, a new online gallery that offers hand-signed, limited-edition photographs of pop culture phenomena ranging from The Beatles and Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. The brainchild of music industry veteran and photo collector Guy Oseary, who developed the site in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, Rock Paper Photo has already built an impressive stable of established photographers and promising up and comers. The mix of iconic shots (Bob Marley in concert) and rarely seen images (Ethel Merman does disco?) of artists from a range of genres makes this one-stop shopping for music buffs ready to upgrade from concert posters.