It is not easy to sell your house nowadays!
A Mousepad with QR-code might help making your colleagues curious. Or put it on another strategic desktop, like the reception of your real estate agent or near the checkout point of your local store(s).
I realized this one with the Mousepad kit Padder did send me some time ago.
For this occasion I chose the mousepads of three big Dutch banks.
They had a big influence on what happened on the financial markets in 2011.
The Rabobank pad shows striking accurate that most of our money flew past the Earth. We Terrestrials saw it passing by before it definitely disappeared in space……..
Until now banks don’t differ in their approach of customers.
ING-bank and the ABN-Amro-bank like to “Welcome” us. But when we enter and cleaned our shoes on their doorstep, behind it they are also all the same.
I found out that customers are not welcome.
I wish 2012 will become a year in which the Welcome on the doorstep is followed by a “Thank you” when I leave.
For all Mousepad lovers I wish 2012 will become a year in which most dreams come true!
Hindu artwork is amongst the most beautiful in the world, in my opinion. Here’s a wonderful image that is available as a mousepad on Cafe Press:
Notice the mouse in the lower right of the picture and the Swastika, which is properly an ancient religious symbol, in the lower left.
I really want one of these!
I finally used the Mousepad kit I received from Padder.
I had some idea of what I wanted to print on it in my mind, but still had no well-defined way to create it.
It had to be basic since Padder likes basic Mousepads. But quite unique too.
Well.. this is what I made….
Danger zone for the Mouse!
After some careful moving around, my mouse got acquainted to it and until now
no accidents happened.
Creating the picture took some time. I had to find a smooth mousetrap and a nice lawn.
I photo shopped them together, mirrored the picture and printed it.
So far so good.
I followed the instructions that accompanied the Mousepad kit.
- Heat up the iron long enough on its highest level
- Put the correct sides opposite to each other, transfer on top
- Cover it with a pillowcase (I used a tea-towel)
- Iron one minute in a constant circular way
- Press hard and cover every part, especially the edges
- Let it cool down before removing the transfer
But you might have guessed, it did not work that way.
When I tried to remove the transfer with care, I noticed it was still separated from the Mousepad itself.
So I removed the tea-towel and pushed the iron at least two minutes firmly on top of it.
After it cooled down again the transfer was at least firmly connected to the Mousepad.
I started removing the transfer from the left top side and only there some very small pieces were not transferred as you might notice.
But no real damage was done.
I am satisfied with this result!
Some more favorites from the collection:
If you like nature and beautiful photography, you’re going to love the line of mousepads available from Steve Hughes.
Steve is an avid photographer whose images have been published in his native England. He specializes in nature photography and has captured some beautiful close-up shots, as shown above.
But it’s not all nature. Steve also captures architecture,still life, landscapes and abstract images of all kinds. Here is one of my favorites:
This mousepad is entitled “Virgin Mary” for obvious reasons. It’s just another example of the fine work Steve offers in the form of a mousepad.
Click the images to go to his Zazzle page for more great photographic mousepads. You should also visit his personal website.
For web design fans such as myself, the coming of HTML5 is a big deal. This latest version of HyperText Markup Language will represent the under lying structure of web pages for years to come.
What’s really cool is that HTML5 has it’s own logo:
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is encouraging web geeks to use the logo on websites and to emblazon it on things like T-shirts. So, of course, I had to create a mousepad for the occasion:
I not only used the HTML5 logo, but I also combined it with mouse art I created using IO Graph (see “Art Your Mouse Makes”). I created the layout with the logo in the lower left corner where it’s more likely to remain visible as a mouse is maneuvered. The “faster, cleaner, more semantic web pages” bit is a pretty standard description of what HTML5 has to offer, but I came up with the “Give Me 5!” tag line.
It’s a cold peel and it came out perfectly!
I have a couple other ideas for an HTML5 mousepad. Here’s an idea I did not use, because the artwork isn’t mine. It’s by Kevin Cappis of Surreal Places.
The bottom portion is a graphic available from the W3C.
My other idea is to create something based on the famous painting by Charles Demuth “I Saw the Number 5 in Gold”, only I’ll replace the word “Gold” with “HTML”.
Or maybe not…
It’s nice to add a new mousepad to the collection!
This is from Progressive Insurance, the commercial division.
I like the custom shape, the bold logo and the whole metallic grill theme.
Compare this pad to the one for National Interstate. Both pads are advertise the commercial vehicle line of business for their respective companies.
Take a look at a gallery of insurance-related mousepads.
Well, this is the longest I’ve gone between posts!
I have a number of reasons for my lack of new content, but I won’t bore you with them here. Instead, what I will say is that I’m back in a situation where I can begin to resume writing new and exciting (Ha!) posts for The Mousepad Collector. Look for them starting next week!
In the meantime, enjoy another encore mousepad gallery!
I like to feature the mousepads of some of the many designers I stumble across online. Retro-style mousepads are my favorite, so it was nice to see a pad with an advertising campaign I well remember from my youth:
The Maidenform Bra Company created dozens of iconic ads which showed an attractive woman in odd situations, fully dressed from the waist down, but wearing only a bra. The “I dreamed…” tag opened up countless Freudian-laden possibilities. Some of them included: “I dreamed I went shopping in my Maidenform Bra”; “I dreamed I rode a streetcar…”; “I dreamed I opened the World Series…”; “I dreamed I created a collectible mousepad…”
Okay, I made up that last one, but you get the idea.
You can see some of the original print ads for yourself.
Buckaroosmercantile over at Art Fire offers this and other retro mousepads over which I’ve been salivating. Click on the image or links above to visit his page.