Obsessions: May 17th, 2010

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Hello Kitty has no mouth, but she must scream

At his Flickr stream, Mike Essl asks a pretty important question I’m surprised I’ve never heard asked before: what’s that wall called with all the crap pinned to it? You know what I’m talking about; we all have one. (Mine’s a big round red aluminum dot with everything stuck to it magnetically.)

Here’s an interesting article about two opposing cultures of social conduct: asking versus guessing. The basic thought goes like this: we are either raised in a culture where we directly say or ask what need to know, or we are raised in a culture where it is more important for us to divine what is going to come next based upon surrounding cues. This is interesting to me because my partner and I were raised in opposite forms of this culture. Su’s family taught him to ask what he needed to know; mine (being Southern, y’all) taught me I should know what’s going on in every situation without asking.

Courtesy of the lovely and talented Miss Debbie Millman (who I hear makes a living turning letters on game shows and not using her brain at all), here is your essential list of logo design tips and advice.

Great article at the New York Times about Hello Kitty’s popularity, currently on the wane. I’ve always been bananas for anything kawai, but the really interesting parts here are the details scattered throughout detailing the amount of money a completely immaterial concept like Hello Kitty is worth, and the trouble her creators are going through to find a replacement sticky enough to generate the same amounts of revenue she has.

One of my favorite FontShop features at the FontFeed is their roundup of film poster typography, called Screen Fonts. It’s a thorough romp through whatever horrible typography Hollywood’s foisted on us for the month. This particular entry picks on Clash of the Titans, and frankly, that film absolutely deserves what Yves gives it.