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The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #108


  1. Ethics can’t be a side hustle | “In the last few months I’ve had a lot of designers ask me “Where can I do good work?”And they don’t mean “good” as in quality. They mean good as in “on the side of the angels.” They look at the world, they see a garbage fire, and they wanna help put it out. That’s commendable. If there’s been a shred of a silver lining lately, it’s been seeing so many people rally to activism. It gives me hope. Where can you do good work? The answer is so obvious as to be painful. Right where you stand. That’s where you do good work.”
  2. YES YES YES Explores the Historic Power of the Underground Press’ Amateur Design | “What we find interesting is how, in what is for the most part an amateurish world from a graphic design standpoint, so many visually interesting things were created.”
  3. Veteran Photo Editor Mike Davis on Editing Your Own Work | “The award-winning picture editor and Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at Syracuse University explains how to select images for books, competitions and grants.”
  4. George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | “A series of instincts, thousands of tiny adjustments, hundreds of drafts … What is the mysterious process writers go through to get an idea on to the page?”
  5. Chasing the First Arcade Easter Egg | “‘That was the first and only game that I ever programmed and I think it was maybe one of the first games with a backdoor in it. I didn’t tell people about this, even within Atari, for at least 30 years, but I had some code in there that if you did a certain sequence of controls it would say ‘Hi Ron!’ and give you 10 free games…’ …But there was a problem. Ron didn’t remember exactly how to bring up the Easter egg.”
  6. When someone tells you, “The climate is always changing,” show them this cartoon | “…this timeline of Earth’s average temperature shows just how much we’ve influenced the climate. This epic webcomic was created by Randall Munroe, the artist behind xkcd…”
  7. Top Universities: Art & Design | “Discover the world’s top universities that specialise in Art & Design with the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.”
  8. Art Supply Sales Jumped in January, Thanks to Protest Signs, Report Says | “Political activism can be measured in several ways: by the number of signatories on a petition, demonstrators at a protest or donations to an organization. Or, in some cases, the sale of art supplies.”
  9. The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death | “It does require a fairly dystopian strain of doublethink for a company to celebrate how hard and how constantly its employees must work to make a living, given that these companies are themselves setting the terms. And yet this type of faux-inspirational tale has been appearing more lately, both in corporate advertising and in the news.”
  10. A recreation of the bedroom from 2001: A Space Odyssey | “Artist Simon Birch and architect Paul Kember have recreated the famous bedroom from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as part of a larger art project called The 14th Factory in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Weirdly, when Birch approached Kember about doing the project, Kember revealed that his uncles had worked on the actual set for Kubrick…”