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The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #40

by | July 17, 2015, 11:06am

  1. 4 historical heroes who loved charts | “The explosion of charts and graphs in the internet era makes it easy to believe they’re a new phenomenon. But chart fans have been around for hundreds of years — ever since early pioneers like Joseph Priestley and others…”
  2. Herman Miller: The Picnic Posters of Steve Frykholm | “In 1970, a young Steve Frykholm arrived at the legendary Herman Miller Furniture Company, where Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and George Nelson built their reputations and created the canon of modern furniture design. It wasn’t long before Steve began making waves of his own with a series of screen printed posters for the annual company picnic.”
  3. Be Normal At Dinner | “It is very painful, I think, to be told: ‘You enchanted the world for me, you made me feel things I never knew I could, now please be normal at dinner.’ We are always saying this to people in one way or another, of course; maybe we have to.” —Brian Phillips, Run to the Devil: The Ghosts and Grace of Nina Simone
  4. Design and the Non-Conceptual Mind | “Although he is discussing the role of conceptual and non-conceptual thinking in the art of writing, I think Saunders’ ideas can be applied to design as well. Designers are so wrapped up in the reasoned and the rationalized, we often forget how essential it can be to allow our non-conceptual mind to play a role in the design process.”
  5. 40 maps that explain the internet | “The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no maatter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it’s used by people around the world.”
  6. 7 Rejections | “On June 26, 2008, our friend Michael Seibel introduced us to 7 prominent investors in Silicon Valley. We were attempting to raise $150,000 at a $1.5M valuation. That means for $150,000 you could have bought 10% of Airbnb. Below you will see 5 rejections. The other 2 did not reply. The investors that rejected us were smart people, and I am sure we didn’t look very impressive at the time.”
  7. An Atlas of Strategy Traps | “The exploration versus exploitation trade-off is at the heart of all business strategy.”
  8. LIGHTYEAR.FM: A journey through space, time, and music | “Radio broadcasts leave Earth at the speed of light. Scroll away from Earth and hear how far the biggest hits of the past have travelled. The farther away you get, the longer the waves take to travel there—and the older the music you’ll hear.”
  9. The Science of ‘Inside Out’ | “Five years ago, the writer and director Pete Docter of Pixar reached out to us to talk over an idea for a film, one that would portray how emotions work inside a person’s head and at the same time shape a person’s outer life with other people. He wanted to do this all in the mind of an 11-year-old girl as she navigated a few difficult days in her life.”
  10. How I built linkmoji in an hour (and made over 100,000 emoji links) | “While hanging out at my neighborhood public library this week, I built linkmoji, a link shortener that lets you easily convert a long URL into a short URL that’s made up of emoji! I created it with my friend and fellow emoji-fanatic George on Wednesday night. In the last 36 hours, we’ve currently seen over 100,000 emoji links created!!”

Bonus: A little known hack from Japan to get your notebook organized.


Image: Vimeo screenshot via link #2.