The LEGO company logo (above in LEGO) — though this is not the complete square of the recognizable logo, it is enough of the whole to “give it away.”  For all of my LEGO mosaics that I have kids build at events, there can be a “small mosaic” and a “large mosaic.” Here is my son building the smaller version:

This was the biggest LEGO mosaic for kids that we built at BrickMagic 2012; we also did this mosaic for the Children’s Event at the Educators Marketplace yesterday.

It was 8 16×16 plates wide and 4 high. The image above is the smaller original version that served as the initial pattern for the bigger one pictured below.  This mosaic has pretty good recognition once you have most of the top or bottom row on there so that kids can start seeing the outlines of the letters. And, of course, I’m doing these at LEGO fan events, so it’s not like “LEGO” isn’t already on everyone’s mind. That helps. 🙂

You may note some discrepancies between the mosaic above from the one below — there are always some quality control issues when you have a large number of kids (and even adults) simultaneously building and submitting quadrants of a mosaic. In this case there were several “QC issues” I didn’t notice before taking the picture.

But here it is all cleaned up with all the right bricks in all the right places …


This smart kid comes from one of our family’s favorite tv shows. If you visited our event on Saturday at BrickMagic, we only attempted to put Phineas together once, before we realized that I had miscalculated the number of light blue pieces I needed for the background. 🙁 Fortunately, a trip to the Raleigh LEGO Store that evening ensured that Phineas was buildable for Sunday’s event.

As with yesterday’s famous frog, this mosaic was built as a puzzle from smaller 16×16 baseplates that kids got to build and help us put the bigger mosaic together.


pinhead* –noun
1. the head of a pin.
2. something very small or insignificant.
3. Slang . a stupid person; nitwit.
pinned head -noun
1. the face of a minifig appearing “pinned” on a backboard, particularly as portrayed in the form of a LEGO mosaic

I recently wondered how it would look to do a series of portraits of LEGO minifig faces, peeling away the normal look and shape of a minifig head, and concentrating on the face.  This series is the result.

So, does this make me a pinhead (definition #3 above) for making pinned heads? 😀

* pinhead. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: May 16, 2012).

National Geoplastic, a LEGO Mosaic by Duckingham Design

National Geoplastic, a LEGO Mosaic by Duckingham Design
Sometimes the job of friends is to remind you of your own epic fails in life. This one may not be *quite* as epic, but it has been a year since I built this mosaic, not to mention displaying it at BrickMagic 2011, so … mildly epic fail, at least. 🙂 So, thank you, Sue, for reminding MamaDuck to remind me to get this thing posted. 🙂

Another thing … the “built the mosaic” and the “display[ed] it at BrickMagic 2011” are very closely connected. In fact, MamaDuck, Duck Jr., and I put the whole thing together in our hotel room at the Hilton the day before the event. I’d designed it by hand on the computer already … we just hadn’t had a chance to piece it together. This also explains why our van was weighted down with excessive amounts of loose LEGO brick, too … had to make sure I had enough of everything. As it stood, we were *extremely* lucky to find that the Raleigh LEGO store *did* in fact have yellow 2×6’s and 2×4’s to help finish out the distinctive border. Something tells me that this mosaic wouldn’t have had quite the same effect if the border had been … say, green, or blue. 🙂

National Geoplastic is the third in my series of LEGO mosaic magazine parodies, following Mime Magazine and DuckJournal. For those of you who *just don’t get the reference* the idea here is a LEGO brick parody of the great adventuring magazine, National Geographic, and the famous cover with King Tut, here replaced with a LEGO King Tut. This is an homage, not only to the magazine, but also to the Pharoh’s Quest series of LEGO sets from 2011. (one of my favorite LEGO lines of all time, though sadly my set-buying budget has been down, and I only walked away with the 2 small sets from the series.)


DuckJournal Magazine: For LEGO Duck enthusiasts everywhere!


All good AFOLs (Adult fans of LEGO) know about BrickJournal magazine. After I built my Mime Magazine mosaic, I started brainstorming about other magazine titles that would be fun to cover as LEGO. BrickJournal seemed to be an obvious choice, and mixing it up with a Duck followed pretty quickly.

It’s not always easy to get an idea of the size of LEGO mosaics when all I do is include a photo of just the mosaic, so I got a little help from some of the little girls in my life (above) to give you a better idea.

Here is DuckJournal on display with my Mime Magazine mosaic at BrickWorld 2011:



image of Mime Magazine Mime of the Year LEGO Mosaic by Duckingham Design

Building a LEGO magazine cover

Mime Magazine is the first in a series of 3 LEGO mosaics I built and displayed for BrickMagic 2011. Each of the 3 mosaics is a parody of a popular magazine. Playing on the popularity of the new LEGO Mime minifig, I thought it appropriate to announce a “Mime of the Year” in Mime magazine, complete with the red-bordered representation of the original magazine, Time.

Facts about LEGO Mime Magazine

Built: February 2011
Size: 35″ x 45″
5 Colors: Black, Red, White, Lt. Grey (Bley), Dk. Grey (Bley)
4500 pieces

image of Mime Magazine LEGO Mosaic, work in Progress in Progress early February 2011 image of Close-up of the finished face of Mime Magazine image of the Mime putting together a piece for the Mime Magazine LEGO Mosaic
The HTML 5 Logo (Grayscale) built with LEGO bricks
The HTML 5 Logo (Grayscale) built with LEGO bricks

The specification for HTML is one of those rare things that is the successful result of being run by committee. Or two. Considering the tens of thousands (if not millions) of HTML coders worldwide, we accept that a committee (or two) is superior than a democracy.

But, as something being run by a committee (or two), we still get iffy things like the occurrence this week of the announcement of a logo for the up and coming HTML 5 standard as well as another announcement that HTML 5 will not be known as such, but as simply HTML, which completely obliterates the logo.

But, since the whole thing is still run by a committee (or two), it is not clear at this time with the life and/or death of the HTML 5 logo will be.

In the meantime, fresh after the first announcement, I commenced upon my own personal interpretation of the logo in LEGO bricks. And post it here for posterity, regardless of the outcome. 🙂

The HTML 5 Logo (Grayscale) built with LEGO bricks with Builder and Builder Jr.
The HTML 5 Logo (Grayscale) built with LEGO bricks with Builder and Builder Jr.