The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #17

  1. Mood Lines: Setting the Tone of Your Design | “Through repeated use, certain patterns and lines have gained universally recognized meanings.” (via Chris Glass)
  2. Some of Today’s Most Prominent Artists on Courage, Creativity, Criticism, Success, and What It Means to Be a Great Artist | “Wisdom from Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović, Damien Hirst, Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and more.”
  3. Exclusive First Read: Scott McCloud’s ‘The Sculptor’ | “Cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud is sometimes called the “Aristotle of Comics” because of his three landmark nonfiction works: Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics. He’s a man who’s spent a lot of time thinking about making art — and that’s reflected in The Sculptor, his first full-length graphic novel.”
  4. The Most Important Design Lessons Of 2014 | “More companies than ever identify as design-led organizations. Yet the nuts and bolts of how to “do design” remain mysterious to many.”
  5. Typography Lessons From the Masters | “Curious about a random fact on Burns’ middle years, I began Googling around, and came across a page that referenced a Burns quote on typography from a 1960s-era issue of Print.”
  6. Why Star Clipper’s Owners Shuttered Their Beloved St. Louis Comic Book Shop | “After 27 years in business, the beloved Delmar Loop institution will close its doors sometime in February.”
  7. Lots of wisdom from Christoph Niemann’s brilliant Redddit AMA | “Christoph Niemann is one of our creative heroes, an illustrator and artist whose talent, imagination and sense of humour puts him smack bang in the top drawer.”
  8. It’s never been more important for design firms to think differently | “They’ve worked on improving their processes and polish, but they haven’t changed how they think in over a decade.”
  9. Thoughts on Becoming an Adventurer | “So, you want to be a professional adventurer? You want to go beyond simply doing great journeys in your spare time, holidays or sabbaticals. Here are a few thoughts, for what they’re worth, about what I’ve learned over the last few years about turning my hobby into my job.” (via kottke)
  10. The Weird Science of Naming New Products | “The oddity is that for all the weight a company places on choosing names, the decisions arise from a process that couldn’t be less corporate.”

Image by zevendesign, after Landscape Architecture, by John Ormsbee Simonds.