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The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #111


  1. We just posted this: “A Tremendous experience—We want everyone at Tremendousness to feel safe, creative, focused, appreciated, and rewarded. Here’s how we work toward that.”
  2. The history of looking at data visualizations | “One of the interesting things about contemporary data visualization is that the field has a deep sense of its own history, but that “professional” historians haven’t paid a great deal of attention to it yet. That’s changing. I attended a conference at Columbia last weekend about the history of data visualization and data visualization as history. One of the most important strands that emerged was about the cultural conditions necessary to read data visualization.”
  3. 22 Movies And Shows Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix | “Netflix’s queue is constantly changing. Here’s a guide to the latest stuff.”
  4. You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you | Amazingness by The Oatmeal. Will be lost on those who need it most. Even the source HTML is amazing.
  5. How to Decode an Ancient Roman’s Handwriting  | “Roger Tomlin has made a career studying bar bills, curse tablets, and other British relics that were never meant for posterity.”
  6. How to Design a Magazine Cover without Subject Cooperation | “Bloomberg Businessweek Creative Director Rob Vargas, on what goes into making the magazine’s provocative covers, how he handles sensational and sensitive subject matter, and why acknowledging that he was always going to come up with terrible ideas opened up his way of thinking.”
  7. Why I Do Portfolio Reviews | “With Portfolio Review night coming up on Tuesday, I can’t help but remember the first time I showed my design work in a job interview… Of course, it went horrible. The very nice person who was interviewing me kindly said that my work was great (no it wasn’t), but it really wasn’t focused on business communications. They were looking for someone that could help assemble printed catalogs, create ads, and make retail signage… Lucky I became friends with a graphic designer named Jim Murphy, who helped shape my work into something more appropriate and commercially viable.”
  8. Gratitude as a Company Value | “The story behind a surprising company ritual for expressing simple and sincere thanks to coworkers.” Related:  The Science of Gratitude
  9. Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s “Oblique Strategies,” the original handwritten cards | “The concept behind Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies, a set of 115 cards with elliptical imperatives designed to spark in the user creative connections unobtainable through regular modes of work, is now a commonplace. Every Barnes & Noble sells kits for breaking writer’s block—hell, you can even buy them in the form of playing dice with questionably useful words like “REDEEM” and “TRAP” on them. In 1974, when the original Oblique Strategies set was developed, it was a more radical intervention with roots in Eastern philosophy.”
  10. The Sandwich Alignment Chart | “@mattatomic on Twitter not only had a brilliant idea, but executed it with such perfection I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to eat carbs again without wondering at its moral and ethical placement.” RIP  I ♥ Sandwiches