Exams are now over and so is my hiatus. Although I had limited time to read anything other than my notes from class, I saved several articles that I found particularly interesting and worth mentioning:
- CNN put out a great photo set of “the worlds most exquisite libraries,” and the images are incredible. There are many places I’d love to visit in this world, but these libraries just jumped to the top of my list.
- Arina Pozdnyak, a graphic designer from Russia, has created the first calendar I’d ever consider hanging on a wall. Called the “Perpetual Calendar,” each month features a beautiful landscape with the month name set in the ultralight weight of Helvetica Neue. Fantastic.
- Maria O’Connell, writing for Whittaker Associates’s blog, wrote a piece called “Not Just Coffee: Starbuck’ Rise to Success.” It’s a great read, particularly over a cup of coffee, and I finally got the answer to a question I had as to why round tables are so prevalent in Starbucks:
The round tables in a Starbucks store were strategically created in an effort to protect self-esteem for those coffee-drinkers flying solo. After all, there are no “empty” seats at a round table. Service counters are built out of natural materials like warm woods and stone, rather than plastics and metals, to create a homier atmosphere.
- Toby Osbourn, a developer working at Buffer (that social media app), wrote about some of the challenges of working remotely. Although I’m incredibly fond of remote work as an alternative to the normal 9-5 work day, there have been a lack of first-hand discussions surrounding the growing pains of moving to a remote work style.
- Nick Heer, my online buddy who writes over at Pixel Envy, tweeted a link to an interesting art project he worked on called “Departures.” As a web designer, most of what I see that constitutes “art” is digital, made of pixels and only visible on a screen connected to the internet. So when I see something real-world and tangible made by someone I know primarily by their online work, I feel it deserves some attention.
- Gretchen Reynolds, for The New York Times “Well” health and fitness blog, wrote a groundbreaking piece, revealing that the faster you walk the more healthy you probably are. Note: The same holds true for exercise in general; the more you exercise, the more healthy you probably are. Same for food; the better you eat, the more healthy you probably are.
I hope everyone’s had a great start to December, and, as always, thanks for reading.
—Monday, 16 December 2013