The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #112

  1. The Life of ¶: The History of the Paragraph | “If we start by designing one great paragraph, down to every fine detail and nuance, as our content builds out, so will our typographic system, giving us a flexible, robust and considered foundation for the entirety of our content and the site beyond.”
  2. Inclusive Illustrations, By Design | “…there was a whole range of characteristics I was missing from my internal definition of inclusiveness in illustration, due to my own biases: age, occupation, location, lifestyle, socioeconomic background, etc. I worked to place characters outside of the “perfect latte / laptop world,” drawing different backdrops in the larger scenes, expressing different jobs and backgrounds through props and attire, and including a section on how to depict age in the style guide.”
  3. Study: we’re born knowing colors | “New research strongly suggests that the ability to recognize basic colors is hard-wired into our brains from birth. Babies as young as four months old responded to a color despite not having learned the words to describe it, indicating that how we categorize colors is tied to the biology of how we see.”
  4. Why You Can’t Concentrate at Work | “The problem is visual noise; companies get creative dialing down distractions that pull eyes away from desks, an unforeseen consequence of open-plan workspaces.”
  5. Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus | “The problem is that excessive focus exhausts the focus circuits in your brain. It can drain your energy and make you lose self-control. This energy drain can also make you more impulsive and less helpful. As a result, decisions are poorly thought-out, and you become less collaborative. So what do we do then? Focus or unfocus?”
  6. How To Be More Productive by Working Less | “The only work that is linear is really basic, repetitive stuff. Like hauling bales of hay. Or packing boxes. Or really obnoxious data entry on gigantic spreadsheets. Or operating the fryer at McDonalds. Four hours is twice as productive as two hours is twice as productive as one and so on. Sadly, the ‘work as a linear function’ is where all the religion of ‘Bro, you’ve just gotta hustle’ comes from in the startup world.””
  7. “Write drunk; edit sober” | “A quote often (and probably inaccurately) attributed to Ernest Hemingway. And if you take the quote too literally, you’ll miss the power of what it teaches.”
  8. Prototyping in Sketch is here—powered by InVision | “With Craft Prototype, you’ll experience an unparalleled level of continuity between Sketch and InVision. By bringing your design and prototyping process together, work faster, collaborate more seamlessly, and stay focused to create more amazing products with your team.”
  9. Werner Herzog Creates Required Reading & Movie Viewing Lists for Enrolling in His Film School | “‘Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read… read, read… read,’ Werner Herzog once said. ‘If you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.’ The director of Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans hasn’t distanced himself from that pronouncement in assembling the curriculum for his Rogue Film School, which we first featured last year”
  10. Free career advice from a guy named Bill Gates | “The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist shared a hopeful message for college grads in a Tweetstorm.”

Image: via Print Magazine, link #1.