- The 9 guidelines for the design of London Tube stations | “Transport for London recently released a document called the London Underground Station Design Idiom, a guide to the design aesthetic of Tube stations. After an introductory chapter called “A manifesto for good design”, the document offers nine main guidelines for how Underground stations should be designed.”
- Why Good Infographics Are More Than Just Pictures and Numbers | “If you want it done right, it’s probably best to work with a visual journalist—someone who can tell a story, knows how to present data in an interesting way, and is willing to do the research the same way a writer or reporter would. “
- Don’t Focus on Hiring a Superstar. Just Avoid Toxic Workers | “The move will pay off two-fold. Those who are hiring almost always focus on finding that needle-in-the-haystack candidate—a top performer who is also a cultural fit. But that search method is flawed. Avoiding the opposite sort of worker—the toxic employee—should be the priority.”
- Google and Apple alum shares the surprising secret to being a good boss | “Kim Scott has built her career around a simple goal: Creating bullshit-free zones where people love their work and working together. She first tried it at her own software startup. Then, as a long-time director at Google, she studied how the company’s leaders created an environment where the joy that people took in their work felt almost tangible. As a faculty member at Apple University, Scott learned how Apple takes a different path but is equally committed to creating the conditions where people can do the best work of their careers and love doing it.”
- Evolution of the Bicycle | “300 years compressed to a 1 min animation telling the interesting history of the bicycle, all the way from the wooden horse to the modern racer. The video was made in combination with an application to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 2013.”
- These Maps Will Show You Exactly How Pointless Daylight Savings Time Is | “Daylight savings time (DST) was introduced over the course of the last century in many areas of the world to help decrease energy use and give people an extra hour of light in the summer. It perhaps seems counterintuitive, then, that we actually lose an hour of sunlight in the winter evenings, when sunlight is already in short supply as it is.”
- How to Ruin Your Company with One Bad Process | “I am a giant advocate for technical founders running their own companies, but one consistent way that technical founders deeply harm their businesses is by screwing up the budgeting process. Yes, the budgeting process. How ridiculous is that? How does it happen and why is it particularly problematic for engineers?”
- I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change | “There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.
I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.”
- The One Side Project per Year Challenge | “Stay focused and actually introduce something into the world.”
- What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address | “In May of 2013, two years after her appointment to President Barack Obama’s Commission of Fine Arts, Fernández delivered a spectacular keynote address to the graduating class at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. Titled ‘On Amnesia, Broken Pottery, and the Inside of a Form,’ the speech is a fine addition to the greatest commencement addresses of all time and a masterwork of the ‘connected irrelevance’ that characterizes MacArthur ‘geniuses.'”
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