Monday, March 30, 2009

Why It's Great to be Dutch

2 of many reasons: Van Houten Cocoa and Ecofont

What: Ecofont, the brainchild of Dutch creative communications firm, SPRANQ, that uses up to 20% less ink.

DCF: Holey font! "After Dutch holey cheese, there now is a Dutch font with holes as well." Save your ink and get the free font download here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

i think i would die without macaroni cheese.

What: Twistori

DCF: Enter the minds of the Twitterati. Twistori displays what people love, hate, think, believe, feel, and wish on Twitter at any given time.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Michigan crushes Ohio State again - on Wikirank

What: Wikirank, a trending tool that lists the most popular topics on Wikipedia and allows you to compare the traffic for different search terms (i.e. Michigan vs. Ohio State - The Michigan Wikipedia page is the clear winner (obviously) with 41, 493 page views in the past 30 days vs. only 1,666 PVs for Ohio State. Go Blue.)

DCF: Like Google Trends, Wikirank provides yet another place to find a snapshot of news and consumer topics of interest. While Wikipedia's audience is smaller than Google's (leading to less diverse trending information; 60.9 MM uniques for Wikimedia Foundation Sites vs. 148.9 MM for Google sites), I like the utility of Wikirank's homepage, which allows you to view both the most popular topics of the day and of the past 30 days. The Beatles, Watchmen, and Natasha Richardson are leading the past 30 days as of now, with the morbid topic of "Deaths in the 2009" ranking at #9.

You can also compare the Wikipedia traffic for several topics of interest (i.e. Michigan v. Ohio State), and then search for articles related to the topic on Google News, Twitter, and The New York Times with one click.

Check it out.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Answering the question we've all been dying to know...

What: The Juicy Juice Child Personality Quiz - "You might find that your child is insightful like a carrot or mild-mannered like a cabbage."

DCF: Well, Juicy Juice has outdone itself. We can now all discover our inner vegetable while making up answers about the veggie eating habits of our imaginary children.

P.S. - I'm a carrot. I'm proud that my friends are sweet potatoes, cabbages, and hot peppers.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Watch your bottom.

What: To sit, or to squat? Charmin helps us decide at, where you can search for public restrooms and view "sit" or "squat" rankings submitted by users.

DCF: Love that a brand is partnering with this site in beta - it's a fresh, contextually relevant environment for Charmin that embraces the cute, yet slightly edgy Charmin bear (enjoying the animated bottom...) Sidenote - The Hotel Pierre at 61st and 5th has a 4-star "Sit" rating, while the Starbucks at 575 5th Avenue has a 0-star "Squat" rating.

Beyond the Google Map

What: A few interesting sites that have found a way to use Google Maps for niche interests, ranging from environmental concerns to travel to panoramic photography

DCF: The cool factor here varies by concept...

Flood Maps - View a map of the new coastline for sea level increases ranging from 1M - 14M. Scary.

Wines and Times - While this site leaves much desired from a design perspective, Wines and Times offers a robust listing of wineries across the United States, as well as their hours of operation.

Panedia - Scrolling panoramas of over 7,000 locations (defaulted to Australia - love it.) Similar to Street View, but a more smooth and visual experience.

mezzoman - Type in two addresses to get a suggestion of places to meet in the middle

Broadway2Day - See a map of Broadway shows filtered by date and genre...especially helpful for hunting down rush tickets!

Monday, March 23, 2009