The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #179

  1. Shareholder Value Is No Longer Everything, Top C.E.O.s Say | “Chief executives from the Business Roundtable, including the leaders of Apple and JPMorgan Chase, argued that companies must also invest in employees and deliver value to customers.”
  2. Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism | “Created in New York by Jewish immigrants, the first comic book superheroes were mythic saviours who could combat the Nazi threat. They speak to the dark politics of our times.”
  3. These measuring cups are designed to visually represent fractions for intuitive use! | “The joy of my job comes in discovering products that make me go “Damn, I wish I thought of that”. These moments admittedly don’t come often, but that just makes their arrival more worthwhile. The Visual Measuring Cups are one of those products. They’re sensible, they’re useful, and they have absolutely no learning curve. They’re good design in practically every way, because they enrich lives with their simplicity and ingeniousness.”
  4. A Collection of 100 Years of US National Parks’ Graphical Ephemera | “From the folks that produced the NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual and the NASA Standards Manual comes a new book, Parks, about the art, maps, and printed materials produced to support American’s national parks.”
  5. Solving Fifty Shades of Blue | “There was a stage a few years ago when our Intercom product featured roughly 50 shades of blue. Some of them were intentionally contrasting, of course, but many were just the product of different designers choosing subtly different shades at different times.”
  6. User Inyerface | “Hi and welcome to User Inyerface, a challenging exploration of user interactions and design patterns.”
  7. Where did the web’s personality go? | “And as I learn about the internet’s relics and the people who miss them, I’ve started to ask questions: where did the web’s old personality go? Why did it leave? And how do we get it back?”
  8. Dear Designer: If You Want to Make the World a Better Place, Start With Your Day Job | “Giving back is admirable, but it can’t undo the damage your employer is doing.”
  9. The Alda Center | “The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science empowers scientists and health professionals to communicate complex topics in clear, vivid, and engaging ways; leading to improved understanding by the public, media, patients, elected officials, and others outside of their own discipline.”
  10. How long is a “moment”? | “Moment was a medieval unit of time. 1 day was divided into 24 hours and 1 h was equal to 12 lengths of the period from sunrise to sunset. 1 h was divided into 4 puncta, 10 minuta, or 40 momenta. Considering an average 12 solar hours…”

Image: visual measuring cups designed by Pam Daniels of Welcome Industries, link #3.