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The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #73

by | May 13, 2016, 10:16am

  1. Al Jaffee, the Longest Working Cartoonist in History, Shows How He Invented the Iconic “Folds-Ins” for Mad Magazine | “Conceived of as the satirical inverse of the expensive-to-produce, 4-color centerfolds that were a staple of glossier mags, the first Fold-In spoofed public perception of actress Elizabeth Taylor as a man-eater. Jaffe had figured it as a one-issue gag, but editor Al Feldstein had other ideas, demanding an immediate follow up for the June 1964 issue. Jaffe obliged with the Richard Nixon Fold-in, which set the tone for the other 450 he has hand rendered in subsequent issues.”
  2. Pixar: What Makes a Story Relatable | “A quick look at Pixar’s approach to storytelling and character development.”
  3. Our Favorite Typefaces of 2015 | “Welcome to our tenth annual celebration of what is fresh and interesting in type design. Who decides what meets that standard? No single writer. No editorial board. No consensus by committee. No superstar-studded jury (though there are some luminaries in this bunch). Those formats all have value. But what makes this list different — and maybe a little weird but, to me, always insightful — is that each contributor makes their own pick.”
  4. A New Look for Instagram | “We have a new look! You’ll see an updated icon and app design for Instagram. Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form. Learn more about the story behind the design…” Whatever you think of the icon itself, this is a great wordless explanation of how they arrived at the final iteration.
  5. Elevate yourself with side projects | “Do that thing you’ve always wanted to do, writes Matt Haughey, even if you think you don’t have time.”
  6. Why Every Illustrator Should Form a Collective Right Now | “Share costs, clients, conversations + creative inspiration.”
  7. Data. Information. Knowledge. Insight. Wisdom. “It irritates us that we don’t know who the original artist is, but this is making the rounds.”
  8. NASA Makes Dozens of Patents Available in Public Domain to Benefit U.S. Industry | “NASA has released 56 formerly-patented agency technologies into the public domain, making its government-developed technologies freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition to the release of these technologies, a searchable database now is available that catalogs thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain.”
  9. Never mind the bus pass: punks look back at their wildest days | “From bassist to banker and punk rocker to priest, six lifelong rebels on the movement that made them.”
  10. THE INTROVERT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING DESIGN INDUSTRY EVENTS | “I am a friendly person. I smile on a regular basis, chat with folks at the water cooler, and discuss the weather with people in elevators. Small get-togethers with close friends are my jam. But drop me in a social gathering of more than about 5 other people and I’ll start acting like a social leper, wishing I had the option to walk across hot coals while stabbing my eyes out with sticks rather than suffering through trying to socialize with the room full of strangers.”

Image: artwork by hughcards / gapingvoid, link #7.