Handwritten Blog: Memories of a Girl I Never Knew

I’ve wanted to create a handwritten blog for some time now. The subject matter has unfortunately eluded me.

Today I stumbled upon a website titled, “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew.” It’s beautifully simple, and all done by hand.

There’s just something elegant about a website that showcases handwritten text only.

Impressive Collaboration: Pyramid of Giza

While putting together a Pecha Kucha presentation about the power of working together, I read a bit about the Pyramid of Giza.

What amazes me most is that of the 4,500 years this pyramid has existed, it was the tallest structure in the world for 3,800 of those years.

That’s crazy.

Also, the heaviest of the 2.3 million blocks used in its construction were transported over 500 miles. That might not seem like a big deal today, but in 2,500 BC?

That’s mind-blowing.

Amazing things can happen when people work together on a common goal.

Mr. Rogers on Caring People in the World

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

–Fred “Mr.” Rogers

Elias Canetti on Personal Growth

“I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore.”

– Elias Canetti

Raumrot and Mazwai: Free Photos and Videos

I love to share websites that offer free high-resolution images, because as a designer I feel you can’t have access to enough of these.

Raumrot is a site I recently discovered that offers free handpicked stock photos for your commercial and personal use. Their images have a certain feel to them, so they may or may not meet your needs.

Mazwai is a site that offers free short videos. The selection is pretty good and the videos are short, built for looping.

More Public Domain Images

I like to share websites that offer free stock images whenever I can. I believe that collectively these sites can provide a large enough pool of choices that you’re almost guaranteed to find something that fits your project needs.

Public Domain Archive is the newest find for me. I like the frequency that new images are posted.

Add this to your collection of free stock sites, and perhaps it will offer what you’re having trouble finding elsewhere.

24 Hours of Happy

Need a little energy boost? Feeling down? Well, here’s something that might help you out.

Pharrell Williams has created a song that almost instantly makes you feel happy. It’s conveniently titled, “Happy”. It’s also had a lot of air time so chances are you know what I’m talking about.

However, did you know that Pharrell also made a 24 hour long music video to accompany the song?

This isn’t just a fantastic video. The website itself is amazingly simple and elegant, just like the overall concept.

Next time you’re having a bad day, just visit 24 Hours of Happy and turn your frown upside down.