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Seven Years of Brain Pickings — Immeasurable Wisdom

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 26, 2013

In late October of 2006, Maria Popova, a college student and freelancer at an advertising agency, started sending out a periodic inspirational email. The email evolved into a blog which Popova dubbed Brain Pickings. On the seventh anniversary of Brain Pickings, Popova published an article of what she has learned from the experience. The list amply reflects the wisdom behind Brain Pickings, and provides a framework for building a relevant and productive life: 1) Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind; 2) Do nothing for prestige or status or money alone; 3) Be generous; 4) Build pockets of stillness into your life; 5) When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them; 6) Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity; 7) “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” – Debbie Millman.

Sunrise: Font Aid VII Creates a Collaborative Typeface for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 25, 2013

In response to the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, the Society of Typographic Aficionados has reissued their Font Aid fundraising model. Font Aid VII calls on designers and typographers to create glyphs based on the eight-rayed sun featured on the Phillipine flag. The glyphs will be arranged in a typeface that will be offered for sale on the SoTA website; proceeds from the sale will got to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 1st. Participants are asked to submit vector artwork in black and white, to fit within a 10” square. Submission guidelines and instructions are posted on the SoTA website.

Guild Attends Icograda General Assembly 25

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 20, 2013

The Guild attended the Icograda General Assembly 25 from November 16-18. Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design, is a global organization representing the interests of design associations and educational institutions. As a Professional Member of Icograda, the Guild and other organizations were invited to present on the challenges facing our members, and on how we hope Icograda can help us achieve our goals. We described the Guild's activities within the United States on copyright and advocacy issues, and iterated our desire for a dialogue on speculative practices with similar organizations from around the world. We also expressed our desire for action with like-minded organizations via an Icograda platform on speculative practices.

Artist Dies of Exposure: Tim Kreider on Working for Free

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 10, 2013

In response to no less than three requests for free work within one week, cartoonist and writer Tim Kreider issued a manifesto via the New York Times Op-Ed page calling upon his younger colleagues to not give away their work. In fairness, Kreider admits that many of the requests come from struggling organizations or publishers. But he accurately describes a cultural shift which has occurred, in which creative work has been devalued and demoted to “content”, and in which the ease of digitizing and accessing that work via the Internet has lead to stagnant income increases.

You Are What You Kern: Beautiful Web Typography via HTML5

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 30, 2013

Designer and educator Amy Papaelias had created and coded an online resume showcasing beautiful web typography. “You Are What You Kern” is well worth a visit to see what mastering CSS can yield. Papaelias welcomes visitors to “poke around” and see how she put it together. To make the visit even more worthwhile, Papaelias has included a list of links to some of her favorite typographic resources, from grids and stylesheets, to a how-to on hanging punctuation.

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