The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #188

  1. A Visual Compendium of Letters as Logos + Logos as “Art” | “Typographically speaking, the bones of a capital “A” are mostly non-negotiable: two diagonal strokes, one crossbar, and a single counter. But within those constraints, there’s a world of opportunity. In the hands of a graphic designer, an A can be a line that wraps around itself and rises into a peaked coil. Or a triangular block that’s merely the suggestion of the letter’s original form.”
  2. A Fresh Look for The Atlantic | “Really nice work and methodology behind it. Hearing designers talk about how they approach their work always makes me miss practicing design on a daily basis, a former vocation of mine that seems very very far away these days.”
  3. Questions for The Producer | “Yesterday I was on the phone with a music producer I know. He’s starting an interview series with other producers and wanted to know if I had ideas for good kinds of questions to ask them. I thought this was an interesting question itself: Is there a set of questions for creative people that are always interesting?”
  4. Beautiful News Daily | “A collection of good news, positive trends, uplifting statistics and facts — all beautifully visualized by Information is Beautiful. We’ll be releasing a chart every day for a year to move our attention beyond dramatic news headlines to the slow developments and quiet trends that go unseen, uncelebrated. Amazing things are happening in the world, thanks to human ingenuity, endeavour and collaboration.” Via swissmiss.
  5. 5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please | “Sick of round-the-clock work emails and Slack messages? Here’s some hope.”
  6. The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising | “In 2018 $273bn was spent on digital ads globally. We delve into the world of clicks, banners and keywords to find out if any of it is real. What do we really know about the effectiveness of digital advertising?”
  7. Science says listening to this meditation can help you make fewer mistakes | “On days when you feel spacey, forgetful or tired at work, taking a 20-minute break to meditate could help you pay closer attention to tasks and ultimately make fewer mistakes, according to a new study out of Michigan State University.” Also: Are meditation apps missing the point?
  8. ‘I Have Nothing to Say as an Artist’ | Anish Kapoor on why he avoids putting meaning into his precisely engineered work. In a wide-ranging interview, the artist offers his perspective on Brexit and explains why he’s finally having a show in China.”
  9. Can a Woman Who Is an Artist Ever Just Be an Artist? | “The lives of two painters, Celia Paul and Cecily Brown, tell very different stories about what it takes to thrive in a medium historically dominated by men.”
  10. This Tom Hanks Story Will Help You Feel Less Bad | “Hanks is playing Mister Rogers in a new movie and is just as nice as you think he is. Please read this article anyway.”

Image: visual via AIGA, link #1.