Contraband Playing Cards


Designed by Joe White, Contraband Playing Cards were inspired by secret societies, conspiracy theories, and everything unknown. Laced with gold, structured around custom typography, these playing cards use an art deco approach to create a one of a kind design. With intricate details, this deck is shielded in gold and black foil.
If playing with real cards is not your thing, or if you are getting a hard time finding players to join you at the table, you can go ahead and try a virtual game table like Netbet Online Casino, for a blackjack or poker game.






Font Nerd


Guess, discover and favorite the fonts that you love. Like everyone else in this business, Andreas likes coffee. He’d really appriciate a cup from you, if you like the game and want to play further than the first level. He’ll throw in another font pack or two or maybe three down the road without asking for more liquids. Have fun guessing some fonts, you nerd!

The man behind Font Nerd is the Copenhagen based graphic designer Andreas M. Hansen, who has always been a natural graphic talent. Andreas finished his education as graphic designer in the summer 2012 and have been working hard to develop his career further. A frustration towards a chaotic job market intensified Andreas’ will towards creating design and realizing graphic dreams as Font Nerd. Andreas’ background for creating this font game is, beside his passion for typography and graphic design, based on his past position as a graphic design student in one of the most successful learning companies in the world, Area9.

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Font Nerd is a must-have iPhone app for everyone interested in design and typography, kindly sponsered by!

Snoil – A Physical Display Based on Ferrofluid

Snoil, a sensitive skin of oil, is a great interactive piece by Martin Frey.

Ferrofluid is a liquid that reacts to magnetism. It is attracted by magnets, pretty similar to iron. This can lead to areas where the liquid partly resists to gravitation when a magnet approaches. Thereby a small bump is formed close to the loadstone. This behavior is enabled by magnetic nano-particles that are suspended in a carrier fluid. Normally the particles are coated with a surfactant to prevent their agglomeration. This results in stable ferrofluid dispersions.

Snake + Oil = SnOil

There are different reasons, why an interesting application for the ferrofluid-display is based on the game Snake: the food pieces are shaped out of the surrounding fluid and are instantly converted to the snakes body after consumption. So the growth in length of the snakes tail comes along with a real swelling volume of the collected fluid. The snake on the screen is steered by a joystick or a keyboard whereas the input interface of SnOil relies on a straighter action: The player holds the whole ferrofluid-basin in his hands and controls the flow direction of the snake by slightly tilting in the according direction. The controller measures this by tilt-sensors.

See the video here.

Source: Core77

Arial or Helvetica

Once there was a typeface called Helvetica.
It was extremely popular.
Later came a software company called Microsoft.
They “borrowed” Helvetica for their operating system and called it Arial.
This inferior typeface is now on millions of desktops all over the world.
Can you tell the difference between the original and the rip-off
in these ten examples?

Take the Quiz.
(If a little unsecure, read this great article first by Mark Simonson.)

Or, play the Game.

Or, follow the discussion over at Noisy Decent Graphics.