1. The State of Design | Click to read.
  2. Above the fold | “It’s not 1997 anymore.”
  3. The Web Site “Centuries of Sound” is Making a Mixtape for Every Year of Recorded Sound from 1860 to Present | “The vibrations of the Metropolitan Elevated Railroad in Manhattan, a recitation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” the announcements issuing forth from an inventor’s attempt at a talking clock — hardly a mix with which to get the party started, but one that provides the closest experience we can get to traveling in a sonic time machine.”
  4. Accidental Wes Anderson Sets in Real Life | “If you’re a fan of the visual style seen in the iconic movies by director Wes Anderson, then you will love this Reddit thread. Users from all over the world share their pics of hotels, buildings, sceneries or even people who seem to belong in the next Wes Anderson movie.” Via Chris Glass.
  5. One Designer’s Urgent Mission: Preserve Classic City Signage Before It Disappears | “Her latest book documents the signs and storefronts in Barcelona.”
  6. Total Eclipse of the Art: A TOKY Poster Series | “Midday on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse [crossed] the United States, making its way from Oregon to South Carolina. With the path of totality just a short drive from TOKY’s St. Louis office, we decided to mark this momentous occasion… with design.”
  7. Designs of the Year 2017 shortlist | “The Design Museum has announced the nominees for this year’s Designs of the Year prize, showing a strong theme for politically-minded projects.”
  8. Animation At Work | “Animation isn’t merely decorative—it’s an invaluable tool for creating a better web. Start with science: by understanding the human visual processing system, you can design delightful animation that works to ease cognitive load. Rachel Nabors guides you through the anatomy of web animations, patterns, and communication decisions across teams.”
  9. Save Your Sanity. Downgrade Your Life. | “Over the past few years, as my work life has accelerated at boggling speed, my personal life has begun creeping backward toward the 20th century. Like carbon offsets, each decision to remove a technology at home makes the corresponding upgrade at work feel more acceptable.”
  10. An impressive Japanese Rube Goldberg machine | “Japanese have made an impressive Rube Goldberg machine with a 4-minute course. The beads move in a chain reaction divided into several more complex steps, including the one with a whiteboard that turns to release new balls positioned on the back side.”