“Even with advanced gadgets such as smartphones and tablets, “the hand is the easiest way to get something down,” says Everett Katigbak, a communication designer at Facebook. Most of the walls at the company’s offices around the country have been coated with dry-erase or chalkboard paint or a treatment for glass to allow employees to sketch ideas whenever they arise. The company’s offices are filled with jottings, from mathematical equations to doodles of cats and dollar signs.”
“Think about the traits that creative people possess. Creative people don’t follow the crowds; they seek out the blank spots on the map. Creative people wander through faraway and forgotten traditions and then integrate marginal perspectives back to the mainstream. Instead of being fastest around the tracks everybody knows, creative people move adaptively through wildernesses nobody knows.”—The Creative Monopoly - NYTimes.com
“Beyond Grey Pinstripes is an independent, biennial survey conducted by the Aspen Institute highlighting how academic institutions prepare students to meet the business challenges of tomorrow. Rankings are based on required and elective courses on social and environmental impact, and articles published on relevant topics.”
I am convinced we Americans are more obese because:
- the society and economy is built around cars
- gas is cheaper than dirt, yep, even now
- 1950-1980s we planed development for cars, not people (if we did any planning at all)
- the above led to developers making shopping (malls) and living separate
- modern architecture came along just at the right time, destroying natural dynamic urban environments (most downtowns, small shops)
– dependency on cars and driving to “shopping” malls attracted other stores around these shopping centers which lead to Walmart which accelerated the death of downtowns
- the baby boom forced families to leave tighter, dirty, not new urban rental spaces to sparkly suburban homes. We love new stuff.
- women began to work, which necessitated faster food prep which lead to fast food for families (not good). Add in the stupid big portion sizes too.
- and probably a dozen other things I forgot
But we are no obese because we are lazy or privileged or our food is produced in an industrial process.
I went to dinner with a non American friend recently living in the U.S. as a researcher. He had noticeably gained weight, because he had been living in the American suburbs instead of his much more native walkable urban city!
“How Wide are the Spaces? While some of the white space character widths are obvious, others need some definition.
An em space is the size of the letter M at that point size. In traditional typesetting, an em space was often used as the indent for a paragraph.
An en space is one-half of an em space. An en space is often used as a fixed-width space between bullets and the next character of text.
A thin space is one-eighth of an em space. I use a thin space on either side of an em dash or the greater than (>) sign in menu commands such as File > New.
A hair space is one-twenty-fourth of an em space. A hair space is used when extremely small spaces are needed.
A figure space is the width of a number in the same typeface. This is used to help align numbers in financial tables. A punctuation space is the width of a period or comma.
A flush space is a variable space that is used with the Justify All paragraph alignment setting. When flush space is inserted, the space between the characters will automatically expand so that the line of text fills the entire column width. A flush space character ensures that the justification of the text comes from the word spacing and not letterspacing.”
"I don’t care how good your idea is, no matter how unique it is, you’re going to get a lot of rejection… "You have to be able to knock on door number 100 and be just as enthusiastic at that door as you were on the first 100 doors that were slammed in your face."
“Designers aren’t in the artifact business anymore, they’re in the consequence business. Design has transformed the world. Now the world is demanding the transformation of designers. The contemporary design challenge of production and consumption demands new approaches to industrial-age methodologies and orthodoxies. What we consider the “products of design” are expanding beyond the mass-produced object, encompassing instructional, interventional, narrative, experiential, and speculative possibilities—all aimed at creating the new types of value that catalyze positive change. More and more we are recognizing that designed artifacts—be they sets of instructions, posters, social interventions, crafts, hacks, mods, short-runs, manufactures on demand, mass productions, design fictions or design art—need to be integrated more deeply into the value of human life and its prospects. Through a combination of design thinking, design making, and design doing, we immerse our participants in hands-on physical exploration, rigorous investigation, and strategic intent—helping them explore, discover and define the kinds of value required for progress and prosperity.”
One man attempts to justify two spaces after a period. But, what exactly is a space? Does he mean the Space character or the Em, En, or Quarter space? Depending on the typeface, there may be even more to choose from. Not to mention, the ability to over ride tracking or specifically just the kerning after a period with typesetting technology now.
This is like saying 20 inch tires are better than 17 inch tires. Sure, except in rain or snow or if it is cold and maybe on a compact car or a big truck, both are horrible. It is really relative and depends on so many factors. But yes, generally speaking, for text type, one is the way to go.
“So why do so many companies find innovation such a struggle? A big part of the answer is that trying to create something truly new means generating lots and lots of ideas, with the understanding that most of them are going to be flops. Few businesses are prepared to tolerate, much less encourage, the inevitable failures.”
I got zero South American history in school. Yet, it seems to be a big part of U.S. history…
“The war lasted until 1935 and was the bloodiest in Latin American history, claiming 100,000 lives (many from dehydration). Sadly, the Chaco War was largely a proxy fight between two oil companies, with Standard Oil backing Bolivia and Shell supporting Paraguay.”