The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #128

  1. Sketchnotes 101: The Basics of Visual Note-taking | “So you say you’re ready to start sketchnoting. Maybe you’re not much of a sketcher but you take a lot of notes, and are interested in making them more meaningful and interesting, but you’re afraid your drawings are too crude. For you, it’s important to stress that sketchnotes—although they are inherently a visual medium—do not require drawing ability of any kind. Essentially they’re about transforming ideas into visual communication; structuring thoughts and giving hierarchy to concepts can be completed with strictly text and a few lines.”
  2. Freelance Achievement Stickers | “Commendations for going outside, putting on pants, and other small accomplishments.”
  3. German Untranslatable Words: Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can | “A set of 20 cards featuring the best of the German language’s extraordinary range of compound words. We are all hugely dependent on language to help us express what we truly think and feel. However, some languages are better than others at crisply naming important sensations, and therefore allowing us to express ourselves more fully. Germans in particular have been geniuses in inventing ‘compound’ words that elegently articulate emotions or experiences that we all know, but that other languages require whole clumsy sentences or phrases to express.”
  4. Tina Roth Eisenberg: Don’t Complain, Create. | “Tina Roth Eisenberg was chugging along in her career as a designer… and then her daughter was born. She realized she had not yet become the kind of woman she had hoped her children would know. She immediately delved into a career as a serial entrepreneur that now includes an impressive group of “labors of love.” In this talk she shares five rules that have helped her launch businesses like Creative Mornings, Tattly, and Studiomates, among others.”
  5. Beazley Designs of the Year | “The annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition returns, providing a snapshot of the very best in innovative design from the past year.”
  6. Future Of Design by NEA | “Last year we launched this survey to establish a common data set for how design creates value in building successful companies and cultures and shared the results… We’re back for 2017, with some new questions that emerged — some suggested by the data, others posed by all of you…”
  7. New Paper Textured Editorial Illustrations by Eiko Ojala | “With a minimalist approach to editorial work that blends silhouettes and shadows, Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala has become a staple of major newspapers and magazines as of late including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, and New Scientist. His distinctive style involves the look and feel of paper cut-outs to achieve surprising depth, both visually and conceptually, in clear statements perfect for the limited space of editorial design.”
  8. Line Rider – Mountain King | “I synchronized the song ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Edvard Grieg to my first line rider track drawing everything by hand. It took me over a month of my free time to create. Hope you enjoy!”
  9. State Borders | By xkcd.
  10. Also: The Mediterranean Sea of America.

Image: via The School of Life, link #3.