I just came across this neat video on youtube, which shows some basic smt components sizes like resistors &capacitors 0201, 0402, 0603, 0805, 1206 and TSSOP56 IC. The quality is great and I really recommend it to beginners.
Lenore from EvilMadScientist suggests a new form of art, generated from spools of different parts like in this case a spool of ceramic capacitors.
Many electronic components are available on spools that can be used by machines for counting them out or placing them on boards. These capacitors were once on such a spool, but since we didn’t need quite enough for a full spool, they were counted out, rolled up and shipped out to us. They exhibit the opposite spirals of phyllotaxis that are probably most familiar from the face of a sunflower. Who knew capacitors could be so lovely?
Electronic Sun Flower: [Link]