Thinking and rethinking
That’s what I’ve been doing regarding this blog. I haven’t really “tumbled” in a long time, nor have I updated this blog. I’ve been freelancing for the last six or so months, and it’s been pretty positive. I like it a lot so far. It’s a nice freedom to be your own boss.
However, I have found that I miss having a place to write about design. I’m going to refocus the writings of this blog to things I find inspirational, productivity tools I am using and maybe even a few things I am working on. Expect a more personal touch. What that looks like, I don’t know exactly, but we will figure it out together.
Here’s to turning over a new leaf!
Why A Symbol For ‘The’ Probably Won’t Take Off
An Australian restaurant owner-turned-innovator has created a character to replace the word “the” in the English language. Similar to how the ampersand replaces “and” and the “@” symbol replaces the word “at,” Paul Mathis’ character looks to simplify the most common word in the English language.
"The main functionality of this is in the texting space," Mathis told The Sydney Morning Herald. “Is this important? No. Is this going to change the world? Not really. But is it something that might be useful for people? I think so.”
Mathis argues the ampersand (&) replaces “and,” the fifth most common word in English, and that the word “the,” which is used more frequently, has no such replacement. But as far as a new symbol for “the” goes, it won’t be gaining any wide-scale recognition anytime soon. Read the rest on NPR’s All Tech Considered blog.
Well, this is interesting.
This piece from The New York Times is incredible. It took me several hours over the course of a few days (It came out on Thursday) to read and interact with all of it. Multi-chapter writing, parallax, photography, video, sound bites, animated maps — it’s gorgeous. John Branch and his team did a great job of portraying a terrifying, awful story in a way that really makes someone think. This sort of long-form reporting could have happened in print, but NYT made a great use of web and multimedia resources to really do everything possible. The video at the end is fantastically done also.
Additionally, this post from The Atlantic Wire discusses why this kind of storytelling is the future of online journalism and this post from The Atlantic discusses why it isn’t. I can see both sides, but I think I agree with the “against” side a bit more. I can’t wait to see more things like this, though, that’s for sure.
I love the concept behind #govote, a Tumblr blog that features non-partisan images by artists around the country to encourage others to find their polling locations and cast their ballots today. Here’s my quick contribution. So — go vote!
Above: Mark Pernice & Kathleen Fitzgerald
Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay.
I caught this article on Adweek earlier this week (and again today on The Daily What and on CoCreate, reminding me that I meant to post this before now) discussing a project by designer Meg Jannott to brand all 44 United States presidents on her blog.
Anyone who has read this blog should know about my love for patriotic design*, so naturally you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that a million kittens were born out of my happiness when I saw Jannott’s project. Each of her quick design studies explores a president, offering a brand to the ones who didn’t have Adobe Illustrator at their fingertips. Jannott pairs historic imagery with iconography and typography to capture the essence of each Commander in Chief, sometimes adding in nicknames and subtle nuances and clues to their personalities — my favorite of which being the tiny teddy bear snuck into Theodore Roosevelt’s ‘R.’ Jannott is up to 40, and I can’t wait to see what she pulls together for the last four… or maybe five? Time will tell.
*This goes right along with the Election Day Advent Calendar I bought on Kickstarter a few months back, which has resulted in an office-wide competition for who can correctly answer questions from the U.S. naturalization test on the calendar each day. Nerd alert.
No, this is not a planet. It is a soap bubble. Yes, really.
My mom forwarded me this awesome post from 2008 on Creative Review (whose use of Dala Floda as their logo is pretty nifty, if you ask me). Apparently Sony hired Jason Tozer to photograph planets, I mean bubbles, using Sony’s then-new Alpha 350 digital camera. All of the shots are totally gorgeous, though, and worth posting about again even if 2008 was really four years ago — if you believe what these candidates are saying, that is. (Thanks for the find, Mom!)
Meanwhile, in recent news, some amateur astronomer sleuths discovered a new planet with four suns. Let’s hope their neighbors weren’t blowing bubbles at night…