Monday, 30 January 2012

Op/Tech Camera Wrist Strap

My Panasonic G1's neck-strap is rarely used as intended. Usually I wrap it around my wrist, but it is bulky and clumsy, and occasionally obscures the lens.

This wrist strap is comfortable to use, and substantial enough to support medium-size cameras. It is also easily detachable.

£15.67 inc. p&p from Amazon.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

1912 American Type Founders Specimen Book

Kottke reports: [edited]

The Internet Archive is hosting a copy of the American Specimen Book of Type Styles released by the American Type Founders Company in 1912. It's a 1300-page book listing hundreds of typefaces and their possible applications.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Zero Bundle

A limited time offer of a bucketful of freebies to download, including web menus, textures and Photoshop files.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Free Font - Open Sans

Open Sans is available in 5 weights (with their complementary italics) from Font Squirrel.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Free Font - Lavandaria

Lost Type reports: [edited]

Based on lettering found on Laundromat windows of San Francisco's Mission District, Lavanderia features numerous opentype features and three weights.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Free Vector Social Media Icons reports: [edited]

This free set includes 80 icons of the most popular social media networks on the internet. The zip package contains: 16px, 24px, 32px in PNG format and a vector EPS file.

Icons include: Delicious, Flickr, Twitter, Retweet Button, Facebook, MySpace, StumbleUpon, Digg, Slash Dot, Mixx, Skype, Technorati, Reddit, FriendFeed, YouTube, LinkedIn, Newsvine, SlideShare, Google, Google Talk, Yahoo, Yahoo Buzz, Netvibes, AOL, Microsoft, MSN, Apple, MobileMe, App Store, Amazon,, Mister Wong, Qik, Vimeo, Viddler, Virb, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Posterous, Behance Network, Design Float, Deviant Art, Design Bump, Friendster, Bebo, Squidoo, Share This, RSS, and Email.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Free Font - Mosaic Leaf

Behance Network reports: [edited]

This is a free font created by emptypage design studio, inspired by Akzidenz Grotesk typeface.

If you use our font in your design, please tell us about this and show your work. Font contains Western and Central Europe encoding, and also Baltic and Turkish. Mosaic Leaf include also Nordic characters set, numbers, punctuations and symbols and currency symbols.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Canon Powershot S100

Digital Photography Review have published a comprehensive review of Canon's flagship 'enthusiast' compact.

Conclusions [edited]

The S100 combines the best qualities of a pocketable point and shoot and an enthusiast compact camera. It provides well thought-out full manual control in a form factor approaching the size of Canon's Elph series.

Canon S100 boasts fast continuous shooting speeds and short shot-to-shot times. The S100 is one of the few compact cameras that stays light on its feet even in RAW+JPEG mode (assuming you're not trying to shoot continuous bursts).

The S100 produces well-balanced JPEG images that are full of detail and color. In typical Canon style, minimal default chroma noise reduction in the S100 results in JPEG images that retain a good amount of low-contrast detail without appearing desaturated.

Overall, the S100 is very competitive: it is capable of delivering very good image quality in an addictively small package, in a wide range of shooting environments. It is also a genuine pleasure to use, thanks to its effective and well thought-out operational ergonomics.

The Canon S100 is well-suited to two types of photographers: compact camera shooters looking to upgrade to a similarly small camera with more control, raw mode and better image quality, and DSLR photographers looking for a compact 'take anywhere' pocket camera with much of the same manual control as their larger cameras.

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For a more anecdotal review, click here

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Free Font - Homestead

Lost Type has released a donationware slab-serif typeface that includes a regular, inline & display variation, along with 3 'composite' versions that allows a large variety of textures and colourways.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Kingston 16GB Micro USB Flash Drive

MyMemory reports: [edited]

Easily add 16GB of extra storage to your PC, netbook, notebook, car audio and more without increasing the size of its footprint. Kingston’s DataTraveler Micro USB Flash drive is designed in an ultra-small form factor that it even can be permanently left in the device while on the move.

£11.99 inc. p&p

Thanks to Mel for the heads-up

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


lifehacker reports: [edited]

Insync is a new syncing and backup service similar to Dropbox, but with a bunch of additional features, like syncing your Google Docs and Gmail contacts.

Insync creates an always-in-sync folder on your computer that copies files to the cloud and to other machines running Insync. It also syncs your Google Docs to this folder as well, which is pretty great. If anyone shares a Google Doc with you it'll show up in your Insync folder, on your Insync page, and (of course) in Google Docs:

When you make changes locally, those changes are synced back up to Google Docs almost instantly. If you want to keep an eye on anything and everything Insync is up to, you can check in the menubar (system tray in Windows):

Revisions are tracked with your synced docs, too, so a quick right click can let you look back on all the revisions you've made. Here it is in action:

You can also drop any file into the Insync folder and it'll save it to your cloud storage and sync it with your other machines.

Insync is free for individual users and business accounts (limited to five users). Both account types come with 1GB of free storage. Additional storage options are forthcoming.

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Brett's 2p'orth: I'm giving it a try, and it works fine, however, there is a (Google-imposed) 10MB limit on individual file sizes. Dropbox remains my 'cloud' storage of choice, but I'm using Insync to free up space on it for larger files.