The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #240

  1. Star Wars: The High Republic’s Infographics Show Evolving Approaches to Storytelling | “Many Star Wars Legends novels included a timeline and a dramatis personae, the High Republic era now has infographics to keep track of the story.”
  2. The Case for Universal Creative Income | “In the 1930s, the New Deal was a series of programs and projects instituted to aid the unemployed, support economic recovery, and reform the financial system in the midst of the Great Depression. Among the programs was Federal Project Number One, which devoted $27 million—roughly $522 million today—to provide employment for tens of thousands of artists across music, design, visual art, theater, writing, and more. As the largest instance of government patronage of the arts, the program also sought to make art accessible to the wider community and to create a new American style of art.”
  3. FigJam | “An online whiteboard for teams to ideate and brainstorm together.”
  4. New Procreate iPad feature is blowing the internet’s mind | “3D paint is straight out of the future… with the capability to import 3D objects as a canvas, 3D Paint will allow artists to paint on any surface, at any angle. And with the help of AR, digital artists will be able to view their 3D work in the real world.
  5. Any video conferencing app can use the iPad Pro’s fancy zoom and pan camera | “Apple has confirmed that the digital pan and zoom feature of the new M1 iPad Pro’s front-facing camera can work with any video conferencing app, not just FaceTime. That opens the door for popular apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams to make remote work and e-learning blend more seamlessly into the realities of pandemic life — a hybrid lifestyle that’s likely to continue even after the outbreak subsides.”
  6. SBA executives ‘beyond doubt’ that teleworking employees are more productive | “The Small Business Administration issued 14 years’ worth of loans in 14 days under the CARES Act. Over the past year, it nearly tripled its workforce to process hundreds of billions of dollars in pandemic relief spending approved by Congress. The agency could do none of it, top SBA officials said, without the flexibility of a 100% remote workforce. Now they’re considering the benefits of making long-term telework a permanent feature for the agency workforce.”
  7. We instinctively add on new features and fixes. Why don’t we subtract instead? | “‘Less is more’ is a hard insight to act on, it turns out.”
  8. How does typography behave under extreme conditions? New book Teasing Typography explores | “Recently published by Slanted, Juliane Nöst’s first book explores what happens when meaning is stripped away from type.”
  9. Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind’ | “Here’s a sobering thought: The older we get, the harder it is for us to learn, to question, to reimagine. This isn’t just habit hardening into dogma. It’s encoded into the way our brains change as we age. And it’s worsened by an intellectual and economic culture that prizes efficiency and dismisses play.”
  10. Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and co-inventor of the PDF, has died at 81 | “As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock developed groundbreaking software that has revolutionized how people create and communicate…”

Image: visual by LucasFilm, link #1.