Art and Design Fun

100 self-insert master works

Liked 100 Days of Art History Jinjins Gallery by Jinjin Sun (100 Days of Art History Jinjins)

100 copies of famous paintings with the subjects swapped for self portraits.


Ideas for playing with language to spark your mind

Bookmarked The furious music of birds at the zoo by Thomas Sharp (The Poetry Of It All)

1. Try not to use the word ‘I’ or variations thereof – ‘me’, ‘mine’ etc. – for a week…
2. For one month commit to including a sentence of beauty in every matter-of-fact, prosaic email you send…
3. For a week de-gender your conversation. Don’t use ‘he’ or ‘she’, only ‘they’.


Book poll!

Replied to Some books that mean a lot to me, taking another run at a blogging meme from 2005 by Matt Webb (Interconnected)

So waaaaaay back (before you was born, dude, when life was great) blogs used to be social media, like Twitter only less angry, and we had MEMES.

And yes I participated.

That post above is one in which you had to answer:
How many books do you own?
What is the last book you bought?
What is the last book you read?
What are 5 books that mean a lot to you?

I’m a joiner! I’ll answer book questions any day! 

How many books do you own?

  • Physical books: one bookcase + two boxes of overflow comics – mostly art books, comics, and reference – I used the single bookcase as my limit for years, aggressively donating books to make room for new, but started buying a lot more books during the pandemic and really need to get a second bookcase…
  • Ebooks: I’ve tagged 267 books as “owned” on my Kindle

What is the last book you bought?

  • Fiction: Illuminations by T. Kingfisher (in e-book), who is an auto-buy for me
  • Non-fiction: pre-ordered Chris Bailey’s How to Calm Your Mind – I liked his first two books a lot
  • Art book: There and Back by Jimmy Chin – he takes great photos and I’ve also been enjoying the interesting adventure stories interspersed through the book

What is the last book you read?

  • Fiction: re-read His at Night by Sherry Thomas
  • Non-fiction: re-read the writing book 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron
  • Art book: Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow

What are 5 books that mean a lot to you?

  1. How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell – this book inspired me to start a year long art project/ business
  2. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach – I would never reread this and expect I would have problems with it today, but seventeen year old me was quite taken by the idea of creating a new world that valued ecology – I’m still into bioregional thinking, with my blog even called Cascadia Inspired
  3. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare – this is the first romance novel I tried reading, which made me realize I’d been blindered by prejudice about the romance genre and opened up an entire new world of stories centered on emotional growth and connection — and now I write romance!

Meaningful is not quite the right word for some other books that have had an impact on me, so I’m pivoting to another variation on this question:

What books have been especially influential to your thinking?

  1. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin – this influenced my perspective on money and work and was my entre into the world of FIRE (along with Mr. Money Mustache)
  2. Story Genius by Lisa Cron – this helped me understand storytelling much better than any writing book I’d read before, and brought my storytelling to another level
  3. Orality and Literacy by Walter Ong – I read this in my freshman year of college and still come back to this concept of oral and written culture constantly, nearly twenty years later
Art and Design Fun

Name your brand colors

Bookmarked Name Your Colors! (

Here’s a fun experiment: if your app has a designer, ask them how many colors they think are in your app. Then, count the number of colors that you actually use in your app. The bigger the app, the more comical the difference will be.

I’ve got a solution for this which is pretty fun to boot. You should name your colors.

Why not? Always thought it’d be fun to come up with product color names.

Fun Places Travel

Find cool places to stop on long drives

Bookmarked Make My Drive Fun (

Waypoint pop-up looks a little buggy but worth checking for road trip / trip planning ideas 💡

Fun Humor Romance

Watched The Lost City

Watched The Lost City from

A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

I laughed more than I expected to! They did a great job making fun of the tropes of romcoms and romance but not in a mean way. Yes, it has all the scenes you expect, but the writers go all in, push the gags as far as they can, and don’t take the story too seriously. It’s goofy and it knows it.

I want that pink bodysuit.

Art and Design Fun Marketing

Print your own newspaper

Bookmarked Newspaper Club – Make and print your own newspapers (

We help you make your own newspaper. Print one copy or thousands, from a range of sizes. We ship internationally and offer a fast, friendly service.

About $2 each for tabloid at 100 copies

Curious how a local printer would match up 🤔

Fun Lifestyle

Want to watch: weaving fun into your life


Keepsake games: self-guided TTRPGs

Bookmarked Jeeyon Shim carved a new path in crowdfunding for her keepsake games by Alexis Ong (The Verge)

When Shim began a long-term collaborative partnership with artist / designer Shing Yin Khor, she knew she’d found her footing. Starting with Field Guide to Memory, the pair defined keepsake games as both a genre and a useful shorthand for their work.

Field Guide to Memory is a ‘keepsake’ game written inside your own personal journal

Throughout the game, the player offers their own insight through their journal — a physical book that documents their character’s diary, field notes, and correspondence with nonplayer characters.

The “keepsake” is the unique journal created through gameplay. Connected play is their description of a cohort play along where everyone shares what they’ve created and goes through the experience together.

I’ve discovered I don’t especially like games, but this sounds like a different style worth trying out. Could be fun to play, and could be fun to write 🤔

Game now available for self-guided play as pdf.

I also like the idea of their keepsake “collection boxes” that were high tier rewards on one of their earlier Kickstarters. Sounds fun to assemble.

Fun Websites

Website scavenger hunt

Ever seen anyone host a scavenger hunt inside their own website? 🤔

It could also be fun to create a scavenger hunt that encouraged people to visit and read indie websites. You could make a post with your “game card” with links to each of the websites. It’d be challenging to figure out the right kind of quest, though – might need to be design based, like finding a website with an orange theme. Need to strike the balance between fun and difficulty – finding new people’s websites alone is a challenge, never mind sorting through a bunch of them to find things.

Could also be a casual group event where everyone is hunting through different webrings or something and chatting about and sharing the neat stuff they like / that fits a prompt.