Friday, January 30, 2009

COOL! Helbotica by Jonathan Yule...

Digging through a folder of bookmarks on my desktop the other day (labeled 2B_Blogged), I came across this little gem... Helbotica by Jonathan Yule is one in a series of Font-Bots, typographic illustrations based on his favorite san-serif typefaces. Very cool IMO... see the rest on his website at - enjoy!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Recommended Viewing | 2008 GDC Manitoba Chapter Annual Report...

The 2008 GDC Manitoba AGM and Graphex 2008 exhibition was held yesterday evening at the Park Theater. In case that you missed it, pictures from the event have been uploaded to the GDC Manitoba group pool on Flickr and a PDF version of the annual report (designed by Jeope Wolfe, MGDC and Communications Chair for GDC Manitoba) has been uploaded to the GDC Manitoba Chapter website.

Visit the Manitoba Chapter website to download a PDF copy of the annual report, here - enjoy!

Thanks to my fellow Board Members/Executives for an awesome two years, to those who are leaving, you're contributions will be greatly missed! For those who decided to stay, and the new members who decided to step-up, I look forward to working with you over the next two years. Cheers!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Gung Hei Fat Choy! Sun Lein Fai Lok!

Gung Hei Fat Choy! Sun Lein Fai Lok!
Happy Chinese New Year!

The Lion Dance is a part of traditional Chinese New Year festivities. If the dance is done correctly, it's believed to bring happiness and luck, and will ward off evil spirits. The amateur video footage embedded above (from YouTube user, ghodax), was shot in Victoria, BC a couple of years back during their Chinese New Year celebrations. I doubt that they'll be having any Lion Dance celebrations outdoors in Winnipeg today as it's a balmy, -40 degrees celsius (with the wind chill).

2009 marks the year of the Earth Ox. May the Year of the Ox bring all humanity, good health, peace, love and happiness - cheers!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

GDC Manitoba 2008 Annual General Meeting & GRAPHEX 2008 Exhibit...

Join us next week Wednesday, January 28th for the 2008 GDC Manitoba Annual General Meeting! Once again, the AGM will be held at the Park Theater on South Osborne.

This year we're presenting the Graphex 2008 exhibit. Come see the best of the best of design in Canada. The exhibit will only be on display for the one evening - so don't miss out! You can also view the Graphex 2008 winners online at - enjoy!

GDC Manitoba Chapter attendees who have paid their membership prior to the meeting will be entered into a draw for a $200 gift certificate for Future Shop.

When: January 28, 2009, 7 pm
Where: Park Theater, 698 Osborne Street

For more information, please visit the GDC Manitoba Chapter website at - I hope to see you there! Cheers!

Friday, January 16, 2009

R.I.P. Shigeo Fukuda | 1923-2009

It's with great sadness that I learned today through Rob that Shigeo Fukuda (an internationally recognized Graphic Designer, Design Sensei, artist, sculptor, and master illusionist) has passed on. Long have I been an admirer of Fukuda-san's work, I love his poster work.

The international design community mourns, as one of its brightest stars (or a comet if you prefer) has fallen. There's an article in the Icograda eNews regarding his passing, here. You can view some examples from his prolific body of work, here and here - enjoy.

Rest in peace Fukuda-san. You will be missed.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

So You Think You Can Cook?

I came across this culinary quiz today (over on mental_floss) and thought it would be interesting to see how others do with it. I'll admit that I do have a slight advantage, having worked in the F&B (food and beverage) industry for over a decade... but, to be honest I didn't think that it was all that tough, nor would I ever consider myself on par with a top chef.

I'm curious to see what others think, as I've been hearing a lot in the news lately about what the younger generation considers to be cooking. FYI, using a microwave to heat a pre-prepared meal is not considered cooking in my books. ;) Take the quiz and let me know what you think of it... have fun!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

COOL! HTML-Ipsum...

This one is for all you webbies, cause regular Lorem Ipsum just isn't good enough for your comps... along comes HTML-Ipsum... ;) I'm sure that this will come in handy... check it out for yourself at - or visit if you still prefer good ol'regular, Lorem Ipsum - enjoy!

Thanks to Jean-Sebastien Dussault for sharing this on the GDC Listserve - cheers!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Wicked! Blue Vertigo...

Another wicked link to share (at least for creatives)... Blue Vertigo is an online archive of web design resource links. The links are vast and varied, covering topics such as fonts, stock photos, vector artwork, logotypes, Photoshop brushes, icons, 3D Poser downloads, colour tools, text generators, patterns, sounds and design contests (whew!).

Definitely worth a look (or bookmark) IMO. Check it out for yourself at - enjoy!

Thanks to 'Segun Olude for sharing this awesome link via the GDC Listserve - cheers!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Since MUHSASHUM was featured as a Blogger Blog of Note, I've experienced a huge spike in traffic, reader comments (which I have to moderate now... see below) and new followers, with that being said, I felt I needed to clarify a few things:

1) I don't post everyday, although I try my best... I do back-fill posts when I have time (this post would be an example), as some posts take longer to write than others.
2) I appreciate all the comments I get and try to answer any questions ASAP - I don't appreciate SPAMMERS... ;(
3) I enjoy porn as much as the next guy, but I really don't need or want any sexual/penile enhancement products nor links to 'something I might be interested in' - get a life! ARGH!
4) Thanks if you're one of the many people who send me cool things to look at, or blog about... I appreciate it.
5) If you haven't yet, please check out some of the recommended links, blogs/RSS feeds I've got in my sidebar navigation. If you enjoy my blog, then I'm sure that you'll find something amongst the links that you'll like.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Recommended Viewing | Enter the Serif...

Too hilarious not to share (at least for designers and typographers)... as described from the original post on FontFeed:

Enter the Serif... (a student film [1:54] by Johann Pascual | California College of the Arts, USA) combines typography with fragments from the classic Drunken Master – a mix of martial arts and slapstick comedy from 1978 which propelled Jackie Chan to mainstream success. The short film pits Univers Chang of the Sans Serif Clan against Sabon Huang of the Serif Clan. Excerpts of Drunken Master are alternated with dialogue screens that are inspired by the work of Jan Tschichold: his classic, centered serif period and his assymetrical neue Typographie period. Some bits are laugh-out-loud funny (via FontFeed).

I couldn't tend to agree more... ;) you should go and check out some of the other video highlights from the ATypI’08 | Typophile Film Fest 4 (there are some really nice ones...) via FontFeed - enjoy!

Thanks to Nancy Wu for sharing the link on the GDC Listserve - cheers!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Year is 2009...

Wow. It feels somewhat odd to say that... the year is 2009. For me personally, 2008 was a blur of a year. My apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks... I took some time off from blogging over the holiday season, but hope to be back to a more regular posting schedule soon. Look for some interesting things to come... ;)

Until then, a belated Happy New Year!, wishes for peace and prosperity to all in 2009! Cheers!