The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #169

  1. Visualizing the History of Fugazi | “During the 1980s and 90s, in the era before the internet, fans of punk music discovered new bands through obsessive documenters. The mainstream music press did not cover the majority of punk music, and it wasn’t played on MTV. Fans documented their favorite bands through underground informational networks that included fanzines, which contained show and record reviews, band interviews, show photography, and the random musings of the creators. Fanzines were idiosyncratic, printed in limited runs, and were traded around like contraband. Fanzines were a co-creative act. Punk is a participatory culture, in which the divide between the “creators” in the bands, and the “consumers,” i.e. the fans, blurred or did not exist. Fanzine culture impacted the music’s reach, and led to a culture of collectors, who often held on to these fading printed documents for years.” Three of my favorite things: Fugazi, visualizations, and ‘zines!
  2. Dimensions.Guide | “Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world. Created as a universal resource to better communicate the basic properties, systems, and logics of our built environment, Dimensions.Guide is a free platform for increasing public and professional knowledge of life and design.”
  3. Color Dot Font | “The Color Dot Font is a font composed entirely of colored circles. In the Color Dot Font, each Latin character is replaced with a circle of a certain color. For example, an “a” character is represented by a blue circle, a “t” by a yellow circle, and so forth. Available as a TTF file, the font can be installed and used on any computer operating system.”
  4. The Art of the Smear | “Breaking down a secret animation trick…” Found via Animators forget about stuff sometimes…
  5. Feature Trends of Billboard Top 200 Tracks (1963-2018) | “I made this with R and ggplot2.”
  6. No, someone hasn’t cracked the code of the mysterious Voynich manuscript | “Medieval scholar: ‘Sorry, folks, ‘proto-Romance language’ is not a thing.'”
  7. Visualize the “Elephant” with Live Sketching | “The essence, regardless of what you call it, is getting visuals out of people’s heads and into the world where everyone can see them—all while the discussion is happening in real time. It’s a practice that is simple in premise and complex in execution.”
  8. YTMND disappeared, 15 years after changing the internet | “The gif-and-looped-sound site was one of the earliest homes of internet culture.”
  9. Resilient Management | “Finding your bearings as a manager can feel overwhelming—but you don’t have to fake it to make it, and you don’t have to go it alone. Lara Hogan shares her recipe for supporting and leading a tech team—from developing your mentoring and coaching skills, to getting comfortable with having difficult conversations, to boosting trust among teammates—while staying grounded along the way.”
  10. Work in America Is Greedy. But It Doesn’t Have to Be. | “Long, inflexible hours are the norm. But in a tight job market, more companies are offering flexibility on the when and where of work.”

Image: visualization by Carni Klirs, via link #1.