LEGO tools and toys
Over the years I've created several useful (and silly) digital tools. Compared to the rest of the site these are self-contained applications that tries to do one thing, and do it well. Enjoy, and let me know if you have a fun idea you want Swooshable to explore.
LEGO Font Tester
There comes a time in every builder's life when he gets the urge to build letters with LEGO. Luckily, Swooshable has many complete fonts to get inspired by. And this tool lets you test your phrase in all of them!
Graphic designers around the world often use tools to create and test color schemes. It's a natural part of the design process. By using Ryan Howerter's fantastic documentation of parts colors, I created a tool that enables LEGO builders to do the same.
How does a minifig compare to a human? What is the proper minifig scale? Well, as it turns out, a minifig is very differently proportioned compared to your average human. This tool visualizes that and provides rough length estimates. Thanks to Tim Gould for building the original version.
The tool that gave birth to Swooshable! When you've got builder's block you need some creative inspiration. This little toy places two LEGO fads next to each other and encourage you to build their offspring.
One especially grumpy conversation compelled me to highlight crummy criticism. By building a virtual (random) critic the hope was to subtly point out that yes, you can offer feedback in many ways. Some are better. Not sure if I succeeded, but I got rid of some anger.
Color Reference Chart
Ryan's color work is incredibly important to the community, so to prevent it from getting lost Swooshable is hosting a variant of his color reference table. It is always up to date with all color data this site has indexed.
I don't buy LEGO sets all that often, but when I do I want to know if that set I'm oogling is any good. Inspired by review aggregators like Metacritic and Open Critic I decided to build one for LEGO sets. It automatically collects the latest reviews, converts their scores, and calculates the average.