The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #117

  1. ‘Mountain’ at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital | “A permanent installation inspired by Thomas Mann’s ‘The Magic Mountain’ at a newly opened cancer care centre.”
  2. Silicon Valley Title Sequence Breakdown | “HBO has the best titles sequences on TV and Silicon Valley is no exception. We break down all the little details in the title sequences over the years. Shots Fired is publishing a follow up soon that breaks down how the Silicon Valley Title Sequence has changed throughout the years as well as why some companies disappeared from the title sequence and others have become more prominent.”
  3. Guy Sucks At Photoshop, Spends 10 Years Mastering Microsoft Paint To Illustrate His Book | “Turns out, sometimes our resistance to learn something new and master a new skill can lead to something pretty amazing. Pat Hines, who couldn’t be bothered to learn Photoshop and illustrated his ebook using good old Microsoft Paint, is the proof. ‘I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years… I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk…,’ the guy writes.”
  4. How to Build a Simple, Effective Smartphone Projector | “The design is impressive in that it leaves the phone out, making it easy to grab if a call comes in, and the construction method is pretty darn simple. I’d love to see this introduced as a first-year Industrial Design assignment, to see how students would incorporate ergonomic touches.”
  5. Jessica Helfand: Design and Precedent | “In the end, #firstsevenjobs was an exercise in self-generated inclusivity, reminding us that we are, as Aristotle himself might have observed, a great deal more than the sum of our parts. In a world defined by competing realities—social, digital, global, virtual—how do we share who we are, what we value, how it might matter to others?”
  6. Abandoned Pop Culture Megastructures | “Lovely renderings by Filip Hodas (Instagram, Behance, Prints at Society6). I especially dig the giant Pacman-Wrecking-Ball and the abandoned Bender-Head.”
  7. Memphis | “After its 1981 debut, Memphis dominated the early 1980s design scene with its post-modernist style.”
  8. Game of Thrones: Inside the World’s Most Popular Show | “Wandering around the Belfast set, the scope and the orderliness of the enterprise is staggering. The wights, zombie-like creatures with spookily pale faces and dressed in ragged furs, form a tidy line as they wait to grab breakfast burritos. Outside the stage door, a few smoke cigarettes, careful not to ash on their worn-in tunics. ‘At first we had a season with one big event, then we had a season with two big events, now we have a season where every episode is a big event,’ says Joe Bauer, the show’s VFX supervisor.
  9. Stanley Kubrick’s List of Top 10 Films: The First and Only List He Ever Created | “‘The first and only (as far as we know) Top 10 list Kubrick submitted to anyone was in 1963 to a fledgling American magazine named Cinema (which had been founded the previous year and ceased publication in 1976),’ writes the BFI’s Nick Wrigley… But seeing as Kubrick still had 36 years to live and watch movies after making the list, it naturally provides something less than the final word on his preferences.”
  10. Research Shows That People With Dark Senses Of Humor Are Smarter | “Researchers found that people who appreciate disturbing humor also tested higher on the IQ tests than those who were repulsed by the cartoons. They also revealed that enjoying dark humor is a “complex information-processing task.” That makes sense; the humor in “American Psycho” works on a much deeper and more complex level than the jokes on the average sitcom.”

Image: from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”, link #2.